It was indeed a tricky start for Amla. At one stage he had 3 runs after facing 15 balls and he did look poor, Markram had to hit out at everything to keep a reasonable run rate going - since Amla was doing the exact opposite, Markram was out on 21 having faced 15 balls.
Amla then started hitting fours - which gave him a good score - but when the spinners came on he was clean-bowled. Not entirely happy about what happened. Amla will have to show us on Sunday whether he can survive against the Windies bowlers.
I m still not sure about the openers - Amla could easily have been out a number of times in the first few overs,
What was more disappointing was the batting of Miller and Duminy. That remains a serious deficiency, Millers fielding was top notch though and so was Markram's.
I was also impressed by the bowling of Ngidi and Phehlukwayo - but seriously worried about the fielding of the latter. Because o f poor fielding of the latter there were at least 4 fours hit by the Sri Lanka batsmen that he could have prevented and he missed a catch as well.
Quinnie and Markram to open with Amla at first drop. You're not going to get a dividend out of the serial choker, Miller..... and Duminy will have one good bat.
I tend to agree with you here, I think the batters should be as follows:-
1 De Kock
4 Du Plessis
5 Van der Dussen
My only problem is that Amla struggles badly against swing and spin bowling and he may even at 3 be exposed to that. Not sure about what will happen on Sunday,
Let hope that issue gets cleared up in the warm up match against the Windies on Sunday.
Hahahaha, now you agree Amla should be in the team.
Based om yesterday performance - maybe, even though he was dicey initially. So lets see wat happens tomorrow.