South African conditions are well suited for the bowlers: Hashim Amla
South African batsman, Hashim Amla has said that South African conditions are well suited for the fast bowlers. The current Test series between India and South Africa is now level 1-1, and whichever team is able to play better cricket in Newlands will definitely
come on top in the end. South Africa got bowled out for 131 in the first innings of the Durban Test, and also found it hard to play the Indian bowlers in a comfortable manner on the first day of the Newlands Test.
Hashim Amla has been one player of South African side who has batted well for South Africa in the series and has managed to score vital runs for his side in the series. But like other batsmen, Amla also had some tough moments in the bowling friendly conditions
of South Africa and had to bat with a massive control to keep his wicket intact. Hashim Amla said that he would have opted to bowl first in the third Test, if South Africa had won the toss on the first day. On the first day, the Indian bowlers got a lot of
movement from the wicket and made the Proteas batsmen tentative in their approach.
Hashim Amla was of the view that the Newlands pitch has a lot of substance for the bowlers and if a bowler can bowl a decent length in his spell then he can easily get some nip and swing from the wicket. Hashim Amla was among the run getters in Newlands
and scored a gutsy 59 in the first innings. He did have some nervy moments in his innings, but overall he showed a lot of composure in his innings and drove anything that was pitched up.
Hashim Amla further said that there is a lot of grass on the wicket and the batting conditions on the second day would also be quite tough for the batsmen. The movement in the pitch depicts the bowling friendly nature of the South African wickets.
The conditions have been ideal for bowling in the whole Test series and both the sides were successful in dismissing the opposition for low totals. Bowlers like Zaheer and Sreesanth exploited the conditions well in Newlands, and made the batsmen drive of
the fuller deliveries. Any bowler which has bowled with consistency during his spells, has been successful in troubling the batsmen in the series.