Hashim Amla has surpassed Graeme Smith to become South Africa’s second-most century-maker in Tests with 28 hundreds. The right-hander scored his second hundred of the series against Bangladesh in Bloemfontein.
Amla jointly held the second position in the list with former captain Smith after he made 134 in Potchefstroom. Runs came for him in the second Test as well.
The 34-year-old was unbeaten on 89 runs off 99 balls after the first day. He reached his century in 113 balls after the day’s play had a delayed start due to rain. He went to lunch remaining 132 not out. He was bowled around his legs by Subashis Roy in the first ball he faced after lunch.
Amla faced 163 deliveries for his 132 runs including 15 fours. He was involved in a 247-run stand for the fourth-wicket with skipper Faf du Plessis. It was the 15th time he had involved in a 200+ partnership.
Amla has now 28 centuries in 109* Tests (186 innings). Smith had 27 tons in 116 Tests (for South Africa) while table-topper Jacques Kallis had 45 in 165 Tests for his country.
Most centuries for South Africa-
Jacques Kallis 45 in 165 matches (278 innings)
Hashim Amla 28 in 109* matches (186 innings)
Graeme Smith 27 in 116 matches (203 innings)
AB de Villiers 21 in 106 matches (176 innings)
Gary Kirsten 21 in 101 matches (176 innings)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com