ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Hashim Amla becomes first South African to 25 ODI centuries
Hashim Amla became the fastest man to reach 25 centuries in ODI cricket, taking only 151 innings to beat India captain Virat Kohli, who took 162. South Africa are taking on Sri Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 03, 2017 19:14 IST
Hashim Amla was in sublime touch at The Oval on Saturday as the South African scored his 25th century in One-Day Internationals (ODI) against Sri Lanka in their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener. (Sri Lanka vs South Africa live updates)
With this century, Hashim Amla became the first South African and sixth batsman overall to hit 25 or more hundreds in ODIs. Amla took 151 innings to score 25 centuries. It is 11 innings lesser than the next fastest. India’s Virat Kohli took 162 innings to score 25th hundred. (Sri Lanka vs South Africa live scorecard)
Amla’s 115-ball knock was a perfect example of the calm and poise as the Durban-born hit his second century of 2017 with the previous one (154) also being against Sri Lanka in February. In between, during the IPL, he hit two T20 centuries playing Kings XI Punjab.
South Africa started very slowly in their Group A opener against Sri Lanka, scoring only 32 in the first 10 overs. But once Amla and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock settled in, the run rate kept creeping up.
After de Kock was sent back to the pavilion for 23, Amla combined well with Faf du Plessis to put strike a 145-run stand for the second wicket which gave South Africa the platform to put up a big score of 299/6.
South Africa lost du Plessis (75) and skipper AB de Villiers (4) but Amla remained steady at the crease to become the fastest man to reach 25 centuries in ODI cricket, taking only 151 innings to beat India captain Virat Kohli, who took 162.
The 34-year-old is now also the leading South African batsman when it comes to most ODI centuries, moving past AB de Villiers, who has 24.
Sri Lankan bowlers tried everything to get the right-hander but failed at it. Finally it took a run out to send Amla back the pavilion when his tired legs could not run a second in the 43rd over.
His knock was studded with five boundaries and two sixes.