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India vs South Africa: We Can Chase Down 300 at Wanderers, Claims Hashim Amla

Despite calling it as one of the 'toughest wickets' that he has ever come across in the longest format of the game, South African middle-order maestro Hashim Amla has claimed that the hosts are capable of chasing down any target on this track.

Cricketnext Staff |January 26, 2018, 11:54 AM IST
India vs South Africa: We Can Chase Down 300 at Wanderers, Claims Hashim Amla

Johannesburg: Despite calling it as one of the 'toughest wickets' that he has ever come across in the longest format of the game, South African middle-order maestro Hashim Amla has claimed that the hosts are capable of chasing down big target on this track.

At stumps on Day 2, India took a lead of 42 runs, with nine wickets in hand and three days still left to be played in the match. Amla feels that the match is evenly poised and the pendulum can swing towards any side.

"I think it's very evenly poised. They are 30-40 ahead, and anything can happen tomorrow morning. Even if we have to chase 300, it's fine because we have to do our best to get there. In these type of close matches, we see the value of the lower order. Runs at the bottom order are extremely valuable because every run counts when it's so difficult to bat," Amla said in the post match press conference.

"It is probably one of the toughest (wickets). I can think back recently in England we played and there were a couple of tough wickets there as well. But this one has a lot of pace and bounce. It is probably one of the pacy wickets that I have played on. There have been a couple in one or two years, quite fickle. In England, certainly there were one or two. It's quite challenging to bat on," he added.

Terming it as a 'spicy wicket', Amla said that it was very challenging wicket to bat on but such wasn't the case for the bowlers.

"It's quite a spicy wicket. No one can hide from the fact you can get out on any ball, so in the same token it's challenging as batsmen. Sometimes we get on to wickets where you can score when it's pretty flat. Bowlers are enjoying themselves. It's quite difficult to bat," Amla said.

"I was happy to get 60-odd. Obviously, as a batsman you always desire to get as many runs as possible, you never like getting out. I just figured that the ball is doing so much, so get into the channel. If its outside, try and leave it," he added.

Amla also lauded nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada's effort with the bat as he was one of the top-scorers for the hosts in the first innings and built a crucial partnership with the right-hander.

"Rabada did his job as a night watchman. On wickets like this, there is more chance of playing and missing, so any batsman can get out at any stage. But he kept good intensity and kept leaving as well as he could," he added.

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