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Hashim Amla slams 50th international ton for South Africa cricket, in elite club

Hashim Amla’s 24th ODI century put him level with AB de Villiers on top of the list for most centuries by a South Africa cricketer. South Africa achieved their second consecutive 5-0 whitewash as they defeated Sri Lanka to become the new World No.1 ranked ODI side in the latest ICC rankings.

cricket Updated: Feb 11, 2017 14:33 IST
Hashim Amla made a sparkling 154 and his opening partner Quinton de Kock a rapid 109 in a batting blitz that earned South Africa an 88-run victory over Sri Lanka at Centurion on Friday.
Hashim Amla made a sparkling 154 and his opening partner Quinton de Kock a rapid 109 in a batting blitz that earned South Africa an 88-run victory over Sri Lanka at Centurion on Friday. (REUTERS)

Hashim Amla slammed 154 off just 134 balls in the Centurion ODI against Sri Lanka. With this century at Supersport Park, Hashim Amla entered a grand club. He became only the second South African cricketer after Jacques Kallis to score a total of 50 international centuries. (INDIA v BANGLADESH LIVE)

This tally includes centuries in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. hashim Amla achieved the feat in just his 348th international innings, the quickest among all batsmen. Kallis is the leading South Africa century-maker with 62. He is the seventh batsmen to score over 50 or more international centuries.

Sachin Tendulkar leads the list with 100, followed by Ricky Ponting with 71, Kumar Sangakkara with 63, Kallis with 62, Mahela Jayawardene with 54 and Brian Lara with 53. Among all the batsmen in the list, only Mahela Jayawardene has a century in all three formats of the game.

AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla scramble a run during the fifth and last One Day International between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Supersport Park on Friday in Centurion. (AFP)

This was Hashim Amla’s 24th ODI century, putting him level with AB de Villiers on top of the list for most centuries by a South Africa batsman. While AB de Villiers has smashed 24 centuries in 206 matches, Amla has done it in just 145 games.

Amla’s knock of 154 was his fourth 150-plus score in ODIs, which is the highest for a South African batsman. He is level with Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle and Sanath Jayasuriya while Sachin Tendulkar and David Warner lead with five 150-plus scores in ODIs.

Quinton de Kock, rising among the ranks

Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s young wicket-keeper batsman, has grown in stature during the 2016/17 season. He smashed 178 in the Centurion ODI against Australia, a knock that included 16 fours and 11 sixes. In the game against Sri Lanka, he smashed his 12th century.

Quinton de Kock (L) is congratulated by South African cricketer Hashim Amla after getting his hundred during the fifth and last ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Centurion on Friday. (AFP)

During the course of his knock, de Kock went past 3000 runs in just his 74th innings, making him the third-fastest South African batsman and eighth fastest overall in ODI history. He bettered Virat Kohli by an innings. However, de Kock holds the record for the fastest to the mark by a wicket-keeper batsman. No other wicket-keeper batsman comes close. Amla holds the record for the fastest to 3000 in just 57 innings.

South Africa, the new kings of the 350-club and 5-0 whitewashes

South Africa secured their second consecutive 5-0 whitewash in 2016/17. Before Sri Lanka, they had inflicted a 5-0 whitewash on Australia for the first time ever. This was the fifth time South Africa had secured this scoreline. They are level with India, who have also inflicted five 5-0 whitewashes in ODIs.

By notching up 384/6 in Centurion, South Africa notched up a score of over 350-plus for the 24th time, the most by any team. India had come level with South Africa when they notched up their 23rd 350-plus score in the ODI against England in Cuttack