Amla rues ‘misreading the conditions’


South Africa stand-in ODI captain Hashim Amla was at a loss to explain why the Proteas were demolished by Bangladesh in the third ODI in Chittagong, except to say that he and his players had not take the conditions into account.

The match was delayed by rain for a long time, and was reduced to 40 overs per side, so the wet outfield and soggy overhead conditions changed the game. But the Proteas failed to adapt, and could only make 169 runs.

The Tigers chased this down with ease, nine wickets in hand, to win their first ever series against the Proteas and continued their incredible run of form at home.

A sheepish Amla, leading the side in place of AB de Villiers, who has returned to SA to be with his wife when she gives birth, said after the game: "Very disappointing, indeed. We misjudged the conditions but credit to Bangladesh.

"We were rusty and we haven't played good cricket."

All that being said, Amla was confident of a revival come the Tests, which start next Tuesday, saying the likes of Dale Steyn have arrived and that the number one-ranked side would be ready for that challenge.

He added: "We have got a good idea of what the wickets would be. Test cricket is a different ball game. We will regroup and come back in the Tests. The Test guys have flown in."