The Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s are looking to bounce back strongly after their loss to India when they take on Zimbabwe in their third ODI of the Youth Quadrangular series in Visakhapatnam, India on Friday. They play their third match in a row at the Port Diamond Jubilee Stadium and believe they have sufficient knowledge of the ground to get the advantage over their neighbouring country, who have yet to play there.
The team also have the added boost of Kagiso Rabada, who arrived in India on Tuesday after completing his school exams to bring more variation to the bowling attack. He is excited to get going and is not taking Zimbabwe lightly.
“The conditions are very different to what I’m used to as a South African,” he said. “The wicket’s definitely flatter but I have taken in as much as possible while watching the game against India and I am looking forward to bowling in the extreme heat and testing my limits. The mind-set is right within the camp and we’re definitely going to go out there and give it our best.”
The side took a hard knock when they faced India on Tuesday, losing by four wickets after setting them an above par target of 271. Bradley Dial is one of the senior players that the team look to for leadership and believes that they are ready to move forward from the defeat.
“The team unity is what will give us the required result,” he said. “In our previous fixtures, we have won as a unit with more than one player putting up their hand for the victory, we’re looking to continue that trend.”
When asked about their objectives in their next match against Zimbabwe, Dial was clear about how their side view the neighbours and how they will approach them in tomorrow’s match.
He said: “You have to take every team seriously if you want to stay as professional as possible. Zimbabwe will not be a walk over, we expect them to compete, especially because they are a neighbouring country. As a team, we would like to get better from game to game and never lower our standards.”