IPL 2017: Hashim Amla’s ton in vain as GL dent KXIP’s playoff chances
Hashim Amla’s second IPL ton went in vain as Gujarat Lions defeated Kings XI Punjab by six wickets to dent their chances of sealing a playoff spot.ipl 2017 Updated: May 08, 2017 00:44 IST
Hashim Amla once again proved that you don’t need brute force to score runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL). But his magnificent 104 went in vain as Gujarat Lions beat Kings XI Punjab by six wickets to register their fourth win in IPL 2017. (Highlights)
Hashim Amla, who had earlier scored 65 against Gujarat Lions, went after the bowling early. Despite losing Martin Guptill in the very first over, Amla completed his half-century in 35 balls, hitting four boundaries and one six. (Scorecard)
Amla has been a consistent run aggregator for Kings XI Punjab and has scored two centuries and two fifties.
After hammering Pradeep Sangwan for two fours in the third over, Amla, in company of Shaun Marsh, kept the Kings XI Punjab scoreboard ticking.
Two overs later, Amla went after James Faulkner hitting the Australian left-arm pacer for a six and four.
His fifty came off a single off Ankit Soni in the 13th over and by that time the Kings XI Punjab had already put 109 for the loss of one-wicket. After completing his half-century Amla celebrated hitting Soni for a six off the last ball.
In the company of Shaun Marsh, who made 58, Amla stitched 125 runs for second wicket.
“It is always nice to get some runs. The wicket was a bit slow upfront, and it took some time to adjust. Myself and Shaun Marsh got the partnership. Everybody has a unique style. For me it is about playing simple and playing cricketing shots. That partnership set the platform for us,” Amla said.
Unable to contain Amla, Gujarat Lions bowlers leaked runs as the South African cleared the rope at will. He carted Dhawal Kulkarni for a six and followed it up with hitting Basil Thampi for two fours in the 17th over.
Needing seven to complete his century, Amla started the last over with a four and then reached the landmark with a six off the fourth ball.