Hashim Amla the run-machine score another ton in IPL

Hashim Amla the run-machine score another ton in IPL.
Hashim Amla the run-machine score another ton in IPL.

Former South Africa captain Hashim Amla stroked his second Twenty/20 hundred for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League- IPL Twenty/20 on Sunday.

Although Hashim Amla again ended on the losing side, his outstanding form in India continued when he hit 104 off just 60 balls in the Kings innings of 189/3 off their 20 overs against the Gujarat Lions in Mohali.

The Lions, though – inspired by West Indian opener Dwayne Smith’s swashbuckling 74 off 39 balls (8×4, 4×6) – reached 192/4 with two balls to spare to win by six wickets. But Amla produced a magical display of batting as he hit the ball skilfully all around the ground to bring up his ton after 59 deliveries.

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In the final over of the innings, Amla smashed a six over extra-cover to bring up his second century of this IPL season. Amla scored his century off 59 balls but was dismissed off the next ball as he missed a delivery from Dhawal Kulkarni and was adjudged LBW. He made 104 runs off 60 deliveries, a knock which had eight fours and five sixes.

The South African’s half-century was a slow affair as he scored it off 35 balls. He had only hit four fours and a six for his fifty. But in the next 25 balls, he hit 54 runs.

The South African right-hander became only the third batsman after Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle in IPL history to score two hundreds in a season, following an unbeaten 104 – also in a losing cause – on April 20 against the Mumbai Indians in Indore.

The 34-year-old Amla’s form bodes well for the Proteas ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy, which starts in England with a match against Sri Lanka on June 3 at The Oval in London. Before that, South Africa will play a three-game ODI warm-up series against the English – on May 24 (in Leeds), May 27 (Southampton) and May 29 at Lord’s.

  • Maksudul HAQUE, Correspondent, bdcrictime