ICC World Twenty20

Amla looks to bat the situation

2014-04-02 22:33
Hashim Amla (AFP)

Dhaka - Proteas batsman, Hashim Amla, says his strategy upfront will be guided by "what the team needs" in their World Twenty20 semi-final against India in Dhaka on Friday.

 Amla, who is the Proteas' leading run-scorer with 163 runs at a strike rate of 130, has played varying innings in each of his four stays at the crease, and says it comes down to adapting to the situation on the day.

His list of high scores read as follows: 41 off 40 balls against New Zealand, 43 off 22 balls against the Netherlands and 56 off 37 balls against England.
 
"It depends on what the team needs upfront at the time," Amla said after the Proteas' training session on Wednesday.

"The innings has to be set up and Quinny (de Kock) and I try to play positively to get the team off to a good start.

"Some days it works out and some days it doesn't, I think in this format all different styles can make it.
 
"It's about assessing the situation of the game," he added.

"Upfront you are not always going to be scoring as quickly as you would like to, you have to see how your partner is doing and how the team can fit your innings as best as possible."
 
Amla played down the continued hype around India's spinners, and says its could come down to any bowler on the day.
 
 "It's difficult to say before the game starts," he said of the impact spin will have.

"We are going to try and play our best cricket, its difficult to say who will be the most dangerous.

"On any given day a seamer can take a five-for and so can a spinner, we will prepare for both as best as we can."   

The Proteas are benefitting from an extended playing break following their last group match on Saturday, and have recharged and regrouped after a strenuous week in Chittagong.
 
"The preparation has been good," Amla said.

"We have had some time off before the semi-final, so preparation has been good.

"We have had some time to rest after our time in Chittagong was quite intense with back-to-back matches."
 
Amla felt that the squad was "hardened up" by their pressure wins in the group stages, and are in a good space ahead of their eighth head-to-head match against India on Friday

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