Cape Town - South Africa under-19s are on their way to Christchurch as they prepare for their ICC U19 World Cup Super League encounter against Pakistan. on Wednesday.
SA U19 coach
Lawrence Mahatlane reflected on Saturday's 71-run loss against New Zealand and
looked ahead to the quarter-final clash against an unpredictable Pakistani team.
was especially dismayed by the amount of extras bowled in the match.
one of the most disappointing things with the game was that we always speak
about winning the crucial moments of the game and setting the tone up front and
with the ball, we failed to do that and with the bat we failed to do that in
both innings," he commented.
"It's something that we pride ourselves in getting
right and having bowled 24 wides and two no balls is really unacceptable."
saw changes for the first time in the tournament proper with four players
getting their first appearances in the contest.
Mahatlane insists that the
changes made were not a contributing factor, citing that there are no players
in the squad of 15 that are not capable of giving match-winning performances.
we've got 15 good players and it's very important that everybody gets an
opportunity to prove that they can play," he continued. "Watching the way that
Jean (du Plessis) batted, watching the way that Fraser (Jones) bowled, watching
(Aandile) Mogakane and (Kgaudise) Molefe bowl shows that we have 15 good
players here, it's a pity that we couldn't put it together as a unit."
SA U19 captain Raynard van Tonder echoed his coach's sentiments during his post-match
"All of us
can play here, I don't think that anyone of the 15 isn't good enough to play,
it's just a matter of everyone on the park putting our game plans together and
executing them on the day," he said.
is thinking along the same lines heading into the team's must-win match against
Pakistan on Wednesday.
executing our skills and being consistent in the execution of our skills. I
think we have a very good group of players that should pull through on
Wednesday. One of the key factors for me, especially when you don’t know much
about the opposition is worrying about our own game and making sure that we
execute our skills to the best of our ability."
January 23: England v Australia, John Davies Oval, Queenstown
January 24: Pakistan v South Africa, Hagley Oval, Christchurch
January 25: Afghanistan v New Zealand, Hagley Oval, Christchurch
January 26: India v Bangladesh, John Davies Oval, Queenstown