• No time to lick wounds

    The quick turnaround time between matches will prevent South Africa from dwelling on their defeat to England too much as they gear up to face Afghanistan on Sunday.

    The Proteas play their second game of the World T20 tournament on Sunday against Afghanistan in what has turned into a must-win match for them.

    With only a day between games, they won’t have too much time to dwell on what went wrong against England when they failed to defend 229.

    ‘Yes I think so; the short turnaround time is a good thing whether your winning or losing,’ Hashim Amla said at a press conference on Saturday.

    ‘You just want to get on with the show. We’ve been here of a while and are quite excited to get on the park.’

    The Afghanistan match is a day game and although most teams would prefer to chase on the flat pitch of the Wankhede stadium, Amla played down the importance of the toss.

    ‘The toss wasn’t a crucial factor whether we chased or batted first [against England],’ he said. ‘Getting 229 is a very good score. Maybe we just lacked a bit of basics.

    ‘We’ve got a quality bowling attack and I firmly believe that they will be really hurt not executing as well as they would have liked [on Friday]. Hopefully in the games to follow we can correct that.’

    One of the few positives to come out of that loss was South Africa’s batting performance, and in particular the partnership between Amla and Quinton de Kock at the top of the order.

    ‘We do enjoy batting together,’ Amla said. ‘We have different styles in some ways and the way that we bat compliments each other. We’ve got a good chemistry going and fortunately we are managing to get our team off to a good start. We hope to continue doing so.’

    The game starts at 11:30am on Sunday.

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