Amla’s blitzkrieg half-century along with similar rapid contributions from Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy propelled South Africa to an imposing 229/4 in the Proteas World T20 opener. However, due an ill-disciplined effort from the bowlers – they conceded 20 wides – England were allowed to chase down the highest target in World T20 history.
With the turnaround between matches just one day there hasn’t been much time for the Proteas management to digest the “Mauling of Mumbai”, which has prompted Amla to issue caution against making any wholesale changes.
“I think the team that played yesterday (Friday) was the best team and I think us scoring 230 on this ground was a good score. I know the captain and coach are always trying to play the best XI suited for each venue and yesterday was,” Amla explained.
The former Test captain stated quickly that “I am not a selector”, but believed that the introduction of an extra spinner in the form of Aaron Phangiso would not necessarily be the way to go on a good Wankhede Stadium surface despite Imran Tahir conceding just 28 runs in his allotted four overs. Tahir was the only bowler on either team not to be struck for a single boundary in the run-fest that yielded 460 runs in 39.4 overs. Likewise JP Duminy showed an encouraging return to form with a tidy spell of off-spinners, while England’s Moeen Ali (2/34) and Adil Rashid (1/35) were equally economical.
“I think if the seamers bowl as well we know can then I am not sure. I don’t think it will make a difference whether it is a spinner or seamer. There is some pace in the wicket that helps the faster bowlers, so I don’t think it really makes a difference,” Amla explained.
Amla’s reasoning possibly relates to the Afghan’s not being exposed to the searing pace of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott and Chris Morris on a regular basis. He did explain, though, that further detailed analysis on Sunday’s opposition will be done before the two sides meet in the afternoon clash.
“What we know is basically what we’ve seen in their game against Sri Lanka and the preliminaries. But we will leave that to our brainstrust to show us the footage and hopefully we’ll get to know their team a bit better. We won’t them lightly because they are a good team and they have been playing very exciting cricket,” Amla explained. - Independent MediaProteas opening batsman Hashim Amla still has all the confidence in the under-fire South African bowling attack to deliver the goods.
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