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Amla 'happy to contribute'

Protea run-maker Hashim Amla once again produced a solid performance.

Protea run-maker Hashim Amla once again produced a solid performance. Picture: AFP

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JOHANNESBURG - Proteas opening batsman Hashim Amla says his partnership

with Colin Ingram did well to help weather the storm for South Africa in the team's

67-run victory over Pakistan

in the Champions Trophy.

The partnership saw them

post a first-wicket stand of 53. Amla scored 81 off 97 balls which steered South Africa to 234/9.

He says the contribution was

not all smooth sailing.

"At times it felt like 'where

are we going to find the next run' but in hindsight that was a really vital partnership

in seeing out the first ten overs. I'm just happy to have been able to

contribute."

Amla singled out Chris

Morris and Aaron Phangiso for their performances.

Morris marked his ODI debut by taking two wickets for 10 runs in 19 balls while

spinner Phangiso also performed well, taking one for 50 from 10 overs.

Amla says the pair have a

bright future in the team.

"I think everyone in the

team knew their hunger and knew their skills. Fortunately they managed to prove

themselves as such. The environment in the team is very conducive for

youngsters to come in and express themselves."

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