South Africa will be hoping to end Zimbabwe’s World Twenty20 campaign on Thursday when the African teams meet in a Group D match.
Sri Lanka crushed Zimbabwe by 82 runs in the tournament opener on Tuesday and another defeat will bring the curtains down on Zimbabwe as only the top two teams from the four groups advance to the Super Eights.
South Africa’s Hashim Amla says his teammates closely watched how the pitch played at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in this southern port city.
South Africa has underwhelmed in major events since its post-apartheid re-admittance in 1992, having won just the Champions Trophy in 1998.
Five South African players have fallen ill but are expected to be fit for their first match. “We have a few guys who’ve gone down with viral infection, vomiting and diarrhoea but I am happy to say that they are on the mend,” team manager Mohammed Moosajee said.
He declined to identify the players struck by illness.