Salt seasons Capitals win after Jozi pep-talk: 'Not being arrogant, but we expected to win'

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  • Pretoria Capitals opener Phil Salt said their high standards demanded that they avenge Tuesday's loss against the Joburg Super Kings.
  • They did so convincingly on Wednesday when they beat them by six wickets at SuperSport Park.
  • Salt said they didn't leave the bus mentally in Johannesburg and it showed in their performance.

Self-confessed biltong lover and Pretoria Capitals opener Phil Salt said their high standards at the franchise demanded that they win against the Joburg Super Kings.

They did so on Wednesday night and quite convincingly by six wickets, with all-rounder Jimmy Neesham breaking the back of the Super Kings' batting with 3/7.

His spell broke open the game and allowed the Capitals to bowl out their Highveld rivals for 122, a total they chased down in 13 overs to get a bonus point.

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Neesham also took a screamer of a catch that helped get rid of Alzarri Joseph.

Salt made 52* off 30 with six fours and one six as the Capitals initially weathered Faf du Plessis's fusillade of boundaries before working their way through the rest of the batting.

They still lost four wickets in the chase, but they were never truly in danger. Salt said they needed to make up for not getting out of the bus mentally in Johannesburg.

"I'm not being arrogant, but we expected to win tonight," Salt said.

"We turned up on Tuesday and did ourselves an injustice with the way we performed, but we know how good we are and we know how deep we can go into this competition.

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"We were disappointed with how we played in Johannesburg. To be honest, it felt like we didn't even get off the bus.

"We played a poor game of cricket and we were still only a couple of hits away, but we had a good chat in the changing room and we recognised we had this game to bounce back.

"We did exactly that and the boys were clinical."

For the Capitals, they may not have reached the halfway stage as yet, but Salt felt the success of their landlords the Titans and their home base the Delhi Capitals is rubbing off on them.

The Capitals have yet to win the Indian Premier League, but have become a formidable team while the Titans are regular trophy winners in South African domestic cricket.

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"A lot of our mentality comes from half of Dehli and their success in the IPL and that of the Titans," Salt said.

"We know how good the players who have come through both those teams have been and we know the players who have come through that dressing room and the success they have gathered.

"A lot of the conversations is about doing that success justice, continuing something special and being as successful as we can because nothing unifies a side or a fan base like winning."

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