Hashim Amla during his knock of 53  © Getty Images
Hashim Amla during his knock of 53 © Getty Images

Hashim Amla has expressed his discontent with the way some of the South African batsmen got out on day one of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand at Kingsmead, Durban. The end of day one’s play which was forced early due to bad light, South Africa made 236 for 8 wickets, in which Amla made the highest run scorer with 53 and next was Temba Bavuma who got out on 46. Amla feels that his team had a good opportunity to score a big total after they won the toss and elected to bat. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st Test at Durban

“Quite a few of us got out to deliveries in ways that could have been avoided,” Amla said according to cricbuzz. “I tried to bat normally. It wasn’t a conscious effort to score quickly. If I look at anybody else, they were hitting the half-volleys and cut shots. That’s what you need to do to score runs.” ALSO READ: South Africa vs New Zealand: Empty stands witness high-quality cricket on Day 1

“With the wicket having a little bit more bounce here, your margin of error was a little smaller in Bulawayo,” the 30-year-old said. “As a bowler, you can get a little bit carried away here, but I thought everybody bowled exceptionally well in partnerships today. We are pretty happy with where we are, but we know we still need to get two crucial wickets tomorrow and then go in with the bat and apply ourselves.” READ: New Zealand bowlers shine as South Africa end Day 1 at 236/8

South Africa started their innings quite well after openers Stephen Cook and Dean Elgar playing positively against the New Zealand’s pace attack. Just when it looked like the openers had settled down really well, Dean Elgar played a needless shot by poking his bat at a a delivery that was bowled full and wide of off stump by Doug Bracewell, and eventually edged it to second slip.

JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock alo got out in same fashion as the Duminy top-edged a bouncer while de kock tried got out while trying taking on Mitchell Santner after already hitting two fours in the over. Amla aslo pointed out that de Kock’s 33 runs in as many balls was a good sign for the team and said, “Someone like Quinny has been around for three or four years and he is aggressive by nature,” Amla said. “He plays that way. He got a quick 30 and had he not got out, we would have been in a good position. As he becomes more experienced, he will work it out. He played exceptionally well to get us some momentum, but, unfortunately, he didn’t bat through.”

With four days still left in the match, Amla is hoping the tailenders to add some useful runs for his team, which will put South Africa is a respectable position in the match.