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Cricket-Amla backs South Africa to chase 300 in third test against India

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Updated: 03:53 GMT, Jan 28, 2018 | Published: 03:46 GMT, Jan 26, 2018 |
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South African cricketer Hashim Amla on Thursday (January 25) said they could chase down 300 in the final innings of the third and final test against India, but they will need some luck on a wicket that has considerable pace, bounce and lateral movement.

Amla, who was speaking at a news conference in Johannesburg, led the way for South Africa with 61 in their first innings score of 194 at the Wanderers, but India have an overall lead of 42 with nine wickets remaining in their second innings and seem to have seized control of the game after day two.

Amla tried to nullify the prodigious seam movement from the Indian bowlers by shuffling across to outside off-stump, an attempt to get in line with the ball to ensure that if he missed it, he could take a blow to the body rather than edge to the slip cordon. He said he was satisfied with his performance.

Neither team has managed to top 200 in the test yet, but Amla believes his side could chase down more than that in the fourth innings.

South Africa have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, but are seeking a first ever clean-sweep over India.

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