Amla upbeat despite washout
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):
Opener Hashim Amla says Sunday's one-day tour match against the WICB President's XI was important in South Africa's build-up to the start of the Tri-Nations Series later this week, even though rain ruined the contest at Queen's Park Oval.
Opting to bat, the Proteas piled up 280 for nine off their 50 overs and the President's XI were 127 for three in the 25th over when rain arrived to end the game prematurely.
The game was ruled a tie under Duckworth/Lewis.
"It was a great outing for us. When you come to a foreign country, the most important thing is having time on the legs, especially some of the guys who haven't played in a while," said the prolific opener, who top-scored with 92.
Bowlers Kyle Abbott (43) and Aaron Phangiso (36) chipped in down the order while Farhaan Behardien struck 36 and Chris Morris, 31.
The visitors were pegged back largely by rookie leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, who picked up four for 53 from his 10 overs. Dashing left-handed opener Evin Lewis then struck an unbeaten 71 from 61 deliveries to lead the hosts' reply before inclement weather had the final say.
South Africa will join hosts West Indies and world champions Australia in Guyana for the Tri-Nations Series which runs from June 3-26.
The series will move on to St Kitts from June 11-15 before winding up in Barbados.