<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/south-africa/">South Africa</a> allrounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/chris-morris/news/">Chris Morris</a> pleaded with fans at home to keep backing the team after a six-wicket loss to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a> on Wednesday saw the Proteas suffer a third defeat in as many matches at the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-200898/">World Cup</a>. <p></p> <p></p>The Proteas' hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals from the 10-team round-robin pool phase are already hanging by a thread after a reverse that followed a 104-run thrashing by hosts England in the World Cup opener and a surprise loss to Bangladesh. <p></p> <p></p>"It's pretty simple: lose three in a row at the World Cup, and you need to win every game from now on in," Morris told reporters. <p></p> <p></p>"But the guys know what needs to be done, they are disappointed and a little bit angry," he added. "We'll sort that out in our heads tonight and when the sun comes up we'll go again. It's pretty simple: win the next six and crack on." <p></p> <p></p>Morris made 42 batting at No 8 in a meagre total of 227 for nine following a top-order collapsed sparked by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jasprit-bumrah/news/">Jasprit Bumrah</a>'s double strike and continued by spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/yuzvendra-chahal/news/">Yuvzendra Chahal</a>, who took four wickets. The lively paceman then bowled well but without much luck in a return of one for 36, as India cruised to victory on the back of opener <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rohit-sharma/news/">Rohit Sharma</a>'s 122 not out. <p></p> <p></p>This was India's first match of the tournament compared to the Proteas' third after an Indian court ruled there had to be a rest period for Virat Kohli's men between the end of the Indian Premier League and the start of the World Cup. <p></p> <p></p>"The schedule has been a bit tough," admitted Morris. "Mentally we are pretty fresh, it's quite draining to go three down. But I think we'll be okay, there's a lot of strong-willed guys in that team." <p></p> <p></p>He added: "The fans at home, all we can say to them is 'stay with us, back us as much as we can and we'll try and perform for you'". <p></p> <p></p>South Africa never really recovered from a superb first spell by Bumrah that saw him dismiss openers Hashim Amla (six) and Quinton de Kock (10). <p></p> <p></p><strong>'Learn when you lose'</strong> <p></p> <p></p>But with the Proteas back at Southampton to face the West Indies on Monday, Amla said he hoped they had learned some valuable lessons about a lively pitch. <p></p> <p></p>"Generally you learn more when you lose, although we would have loved to win," said Amla. "We know how the wicket will play -- we anticipated it would be higher-scoring but it gave more assistance to the bowlers than we thought. It nipped right until the end, it wasn't a 300 type of wicket probably close to 250, 260." <p></p> <p></p>Amla missed the Bangladesh defeat as a precaution after being hit on the head by a sharp bouncer from England fast bowler Jofra Archer. But he insisted there were no lingering effects against India that caused him to edge Bumrah to Sharma in the slips. <p></p> <p></p>"I was feeling great. As a batsman that's just part and parcel, you are going to get hit -- it's not the first time and it won't be the last," he said with a laugh.