'Proteas aware of Slinga Malinga'

Hashim Amla says the Proteas know how dangerous Lasith Malinga could be.

FILE: Proteas top order batsman, Hashim Amla. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNERBURG - Hashim Amla says the Proteas know how dangerous Lasith Malinga could be at the back end of a cricket game.

South Africa take on Sri Lanka in the World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday at the SCG, the first of the last eight knockout matches.

Amla said they have to keep a close eye on Malinga.

"Just the way he delivers the ball and in that unique action of his, he's become extremely consistent at what he does and probably one of the best bowlers in the world. Fortunately, we have played against him quite a lot and it's a good experience against him."

The opening batsman added that his opening partner Quinton De Kock's failures in the competition have not forced him to change his approach.

"Sometimes you do get some of those balls upfront and you just manage to score off them and unconsciously you score quickly. For me, that's what it's been - I haven't consciously tried to be any more attacking. I just try to do my job."

Amla said fans should expect a very tight game.

"At a World Cup, Sri Lanka pretty much compete very well. They're a very good team and we've played them quite a bit. I think both teams know each other fairly well. But in a game like this it's going to be lovely environment and a lovely intensity that both teams will play in".

Meanwhile, Farhaan Behardien says that the team were looking forward to a bit of rest.

"First port of call is just a few days off and then we'll get to the business into the nets, and onto a quarterfinal. It's knockout time now."