Proving thousands of people wrong on their ‘notion’ by a sole innings, Hashim Amla has perhaps changed the way of how people look at T20 cricket. The 34-year old right-hand batsman from South Africa made a point that the slam-bang format of the game can be played solely with technique and class as well.
After scoring his maiden T20 century, Amla has joined the elite club of batsmen who have scored a test triple hundred and a T20 hundred. The feat was earlier achieved by Sanath Jayasuriya, Chris Gayle, Mahela Jayawardena, Virender Sehwag and Brendon McCullum. Amla has also joined Sachin Tendulkar and AB de Villiers as batsmen who have scored 20+ centuries in test matches and ODIs to go with one or more T20 century.
Kings XI Punjab were put in to bat by Mumbai Indians’ captain Rohit Sharma. A decent start enabled Punjab to score 69-1 by the halfway mark. But 129 runs off the next 10 overs saw Kings XI sprint to 198-4 in 20 overs. Glenn Maxwell initiated the swift flow of runs but was soon followed and overtaken by Hashim Amla.
Hashim Amla ended up scoring 104* (60) with the help of eight fours and six sixes. He was severe on Lasith Malinga, scoring 51 off the 16 balls that Malinga bowled to him. It was a typical Amla-ish innings, full on elegance, grace and orthodox stroke play. Seldom would you notice him playing a rash shot. There were talks on Amla’s position at the top of the order for people were criticising him due his style of playing. Putting aside all such speculations, Amla answered his critics in the best possible way.
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