AB de Villiers (20) too tried to wash his hands in the flowing river but fell prey to a slow short ball early in his innings by Ishant Sharma, chopping onto his stumps.
It was only a small twist of the hands but a ideal one that allowed him to pierce the infield.
Before that, Amla had hit five other fours, all beautifully laced with his delicate touch but none quite as delicious to look at. "If you got a wicket then for the next 2-3 overs you could try a little bit and put attacking fields and change up", he said. He came in the side in place of injured Dale Steyn. His innings was ended by a faint edge off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin which he chose to review but the mics picked up a sound as the ball passed the bat. Part of what makes Amla so prolific is that he has often been able to capitalise on opportunities where he has been let off the hook. But the move did not pay much dividend as even though there was turn on offer, it wasn't anything drastic to bother a batsman of Amla's class.
Ashwin was the only Indian bowlers who looked threatening as he finished with three wickets on the first day wicket at Centurion.
An ineffective bowling attack and a batting wicket is all former skipper Hashim Amla needed to roar back into form with a classy 82. It will now be exciting to see if the South African pace battery manages to make inroads into the Indian batting line-up. Ishant Sharma having bowled 22 overs, bowled the most overs among the Indian pacers. It only helped that this is his home ground.
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Exactly why Amla has prospered on this pitch is hard to pin down - it could have something to do with the pace of ball on bat - though on Saturday that would not have been the case. Obviously, these things have combined over the last few years.
4 AMLA GETS DOUBLE REPRIEVE: India afforded one of the most prolific batsmen in the world not one but two chances to continue his innings as he was dropped on 14 and then again on thirty.
It was a mistake.
After going wicketless in the morning session, and with Amla being dropped twice, India need such moments to spike their day at SuperSport Park. He brought the session to a reassuringly solid close, playing out successive maidens as Vernon Philander probed away with Quinton de Kock standing up to the stumps.
Before lunch‚ South Africa were bowled out for 335 after they lost their remaining four wickets of Keshav Maharaj‚ Kagiso Rabada‚ with captain Faf du Plesis‚ who scored well constructed and defiant 63 off 142 balls‚ and Morkel.