H.M. Amla

121

H.M. Amla 121 v EnglandBack to boards

Hashim Amla secured his second spot on the Honours Boards when he hit 121 versus England at the Home of Cricket during the summer of 2012.

South Africa, electing to bat first, managed 309 all out in their first innings total with Amla hitting three fours before being bowled by Steven Finn for just 13.

With England scoring 315 in their first innings to gain a slender lead, the tourists were determined to set a high score in their second innings but after Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen lost their wickets to leave South Africa 50-2, the focus was on Amla and Jacques Kallis to steady the ship.

Amla, in particular, was on fine form, displaying a number of graceful shots to leave England frustrated.

Despite South Africa losing the wicket of Kallis and night-watchman, Dale Steyn, Amla continued to shine, scoring his score of 121 off 205 balls before being bowled again by Finn with his side 351 all out at the end of their second innings.

Vernon Philander’s five-wicket haul gave South Africa a 2-0 series victory over England which saw him win man-of-the-match, but the knock from Amla proved pivotal in overcoming the number one Test nation at that time.

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