In a telephone interview, Zimbabwe cricket team manager, Lovemore Banda, said the team is eager to prove themselves after narrowly succumbing to defeat, the last time the two teams met.
After drawing with New Zealand XI in a 3 day warm-up encounter, Allan Butcherâ€™s charges will be looking to draw inspiration from some encouraging performances from Regis Chakabva who top scored with 87 runs in an innings where Tatenda Taibu also scored 66 runs.
Malcolm Waller will be another bright prospect, after a 58 run contribution guided Zimbabwe to 328 for 9.
While Zimbabweâ€™s batsmen in the middle order performed in the warm up encounter, the opening pair of Tinotenda Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza will be Zimbabweâ€™s key to overall performance.
Having gone through all the pre-match hype, all is set for the one of test match between Zimbabwe and the black caps set to explode into life this Thursday.