South Africa Full of New Energy - Amla
Hashim Amla hailed the performance of South Africa's rising stars after yesterday's 67-run win against Pakistan.
Man-of-the-Match Amla laid the foundations with 81 off 97 balls in their innings of 234 for nine, in the clash at Edgbaston on Monday (10th June). South Africa are missing injured bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, but returned to their winning ways in game two of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
26-year-old Chris Morris was called up to the squad after Morkel suffered a leg injury in the opening loss against India, the youngster marked his One-Day International debut with two wickets for 10 runs in 19 balls. Inexperienced spinner Aaron Phangiso also had an creditable performance in a return of one for 50 from 10 overs.
Amla said: "We all knew Chris and Phangiso, everybody knew of their skills and their hunger for the game and fortunately today they managed to prove it.
"The environment in the team is really conducive for youngsters coming in and expressing themselves, we really pride ourselves on that and we're really happy they did well."
South Africa have given themselves a real chance of qualifying for the semi-finals as they look ahead to the final group match against the West Indies in Cardiff this Friday (14th June).
"Not having Dale and Morne in the team, any bowling attack will miss them," said Amla. "And obviously Jacques (Kallis) and Graeme (Smith) are not here and their experience is missed.
"But it's water under the bridge for us. We have new guys in the team, new energy, and fortunately a victory like this will boost the confidence of everybody."
Left-arm paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe chipped in with two for 23 and Ryan McLaren wrapped up the match with a career-best four for 19 to see his team win with five overs to spare.
Amla added: "We didn't have a lot to defend at 230 and we thought it was a par score on this type of wicket.
"Fortunately, Tsotsobe was in front, and he seemed to be at his best. He kept scoring really tight and led from the front."
South Africa were faced with a huge Pakistani crowd in their win yesterday, but this wasn't a surprise for them.
"No matter where we play it's always going to be loud. It doesn't make too much of a difference, we're used to that playing away from home. We don't expect any love from anyone else," said Amla.
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