U19 matches abandoned due to rain
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Thursday, 3 October 2013

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Continuous rainfall from the start of the day ensured that the scheduled  youth quadrangular matches were all abandoned. The Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s were due to play Zimbabwe at the Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium, while India would have played Australia at the Port Diamond Jubilee Stadium in Visakhapatnam, India.

This means that India finish Round Two of the tournament on top of the log table, with South Africa the runners up. The two sides will meet in the final on Saturday at the ACA-VDCA Stadium to determine the ultimate tournament winner. Australia will play Zimbabwe in the third and fourth place play-off.

South Africa captain, Yaseen Valli is happy with the progress his side has made since their arrival in India two weeks ago.

“We have grown a lot in our time here. I think we gained invaluable experience in our camp in Bangalore before arriving in Vizag,” he said. “This tour was an amazing opportunity for the guys to see where they stand in world cricket and just how much further the team has to go in order to compete successfully in the World Cup next year. I’m very pleased with the progress made and we can’t wait to take on India in the final, it’s definitely going to be a cracker.”

This tour will be the team’s last taste of international cricket before the ICC U19 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in February next year.

“After everything we have discovered and learned about both ourselves as a team and the other teams who competed here, we are ready to go back home and do the required work in order to be World Cup ready next year. We know we’ll be in for some tough competition, which is why will need to go above and beyond in our preparation and it all starts again with the final on Saturday,” Valli concluded.


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