• Phehlukwayo likes pressure of home final

    All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo is confident the Cape Town Blitz will overcome the pressure mounted by Sunday’s Mzansi Super League final against the Jozi Stars or Paarl Rocks at Newlands.

    Phehlukwayo was a late edition to the Blitz squad, after returning from the Proteas’ limited-overs tour. His first game for the new franchise resulted in victory over the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants – and he has since been a key member of the table-topping squad.

    ‘Playing in a home final is a pressure we like, and having the final at Newlands in front of the Blitz brigade supporters is unbelievable. This is where the tournament started and for it to end here is really exciting for everyone,’ said Phehlukwayo.

    Head coach Ashwell Prince acknowledged the demand of a home final, but insisted a team serviced by Proteas pace ace Dale Steyn, batsman Quinton de Kock and several other stars will cope.

    ‘I don’t think it adds more pressure, because a final brings its own pressures, whether it’s at home or away,’ added Prince.

    ‘A lot of our players have played in big finals before, be it for their countries or franchises around the world, so there’s a lot of experience coming into the match and obviously we will unpack that just before the game.

    “We will make sure that we are able to talk about things that might come up during the game so that everyone can be at ease playing in a big match like this.’

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