Hashim Amla India vs South Africa Test Series: Legendary South African batsman Hashim Amla says the Indian team’s superior collective experience was one of the key reasons for their easy win in the first match of the Test series at Centurion. India beat South Africa by 113 runs in the first Test at SuperSport Park to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Amla told Cricket South Africa’s website, “It was a fair result. They (India) have emerged as a strong unit in the last two years. They have more experience collectively and when you have a strong score to defend it always makes a big difference.
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South Africa have only experienced players like captain Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi. Amla said India’s big lead in the first innings made a difference in the outcome of the match. He said, “In Centurion it becomes difficult to bat as the game progresses. So when India won the toss, batted first and scored more than 300 runs, then the entire responsibility fell on the South African batsmen.
Amla said, “Legging by 130 runs in the first innings was a setback for them and it made the difference in the end.”
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The 38-year-old Amla, who scored 9282 runs in 124 matches at an average of 46.64 with 28 hundreds in his Test career, praised the Indian batsmen for their excellent batting on the first day of the Test. He said, “The pitch on the first day looked best to bat on and credit goes to the Indians. He played disciplined cricket.