The Proteas women are ready to put in “a complete performance” and build on their first World Cup win as they take on Pakistan in their second game of the tournament on Friday morning (game kicks off at 3am).
It was an inconclusive start to the tournament after the Proteas were put to work hard by an unknown Bangladesh team, but they managed to secure a comfortable win in the end and will be happy to build on that against Pakistan.
Proteas star bowler Ayabonga Khaka admitted that the team was in a good mood and had worked to improve their skills as they pursued a complete performance.
“The mood in the camp is good, we are fully focused on what to do against Pakistan and we can’t wait to get on the field,” Khaka said.
“We haven’t worked too much, we’re just getting the basics right. We are looking for a complete performance against Pakistan and we want to do well in our bowling, batting and fielding.
“We will take the game as it comes and as long as we run it on the day it will be fine.”
‘Executing our plans’
Khaka, who took stunning 4/32 figures against Bangladesh and was named Player of the Match, believes South Africa can still improve and get better, while eager to continue doing what it takes for the team.
“It was a great bowling performance from us, we knew what we wanted to do, we knew the conditions as we were here before and just had to adapt to it,” explains Khaka.
“So I think we can get a lot out of the match in Bangladesh, but we can always improve as a bowling unit and we look forward to executing our plans in the next match.
“I always try to do what I have to do, play my part and help the team where I can. So I don’t think about taking the most wickets or anything like that, I just focus on my job and helping the team .”
Despite having a brilliant start to the competition, Khaka has no personal goals and is completely focused on helping the team achieve its goals.
“I don’t have a personal goal for the tournament, but we have a team goal and that’s what I’m focused on, helping the team achieve that goal is all I want to do,” Khaka added.