"We can beat India": Manyande

04 Feb 2016 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 04 FEB (NAMPA) - Namibia’s national under-19 cricket team coach reckons they can beat India in the quarterfinals of the 2016 International Cricket Council (ICC) U-19 World Cup underway in Bangladesh.
Coach Rangarirai Manyande said his players are aware that they face cricket giants, but they believe in doing better.
“Everyone in the team is excited about the challenge on Saturday and we all know we are going to be tested but we believe we can beat India. We have prepared well and everyone is ready,” he told Nampa via telephone from Bangladesh on Thursday.
Manyande, a former Zimbabwean cricketer, said his players have learned a lot from their previous encounters at the ICC World Cup and are ready to face their Indian opponents in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
“We lost our last group game against Bangladesh because their spinners bowled very well on a pitch that suited them. They made it very difficult for us to score.
“Having said that, we also learned a lot about ourselves as there were some areas we really need to improve on when we face India on Saturday,” he said.
Namibia finished as runners-up in Group A after winning two group games against Scotland and South Africa, the defending champions.
On Tuesday the “Young Eagles” lost their last group game against the host nation by eight wickets to end as runners-up on four points. Bangladesh won the group with six points after winning all their group games.
Bangladesh will feature in the first quarterfinal against Group D runner-up Nepal on Friday.