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April 23, 2017 Hashim Amla News
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Amla top-scored Sunday with 65 off 40 with nine fours and two maximums in a victory over the Gujarat Lions.
On the heels of his unbeaten century and the highest score of the tournament thus far, Amla needed just 30 balls to record his second half-century of the opening round. For his efforts, he was named Man of the Match and is in the poll position for the Orange Cap with 299 runs through the opening seven matches, despite being beaten for a duck two matches ago. He'll look to maintain his strong form in Friday's visit from Sunrisers Hyderabad.
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Fantasy AnalysisAmla was able to check off another box in his spectacular career, as the century marked his first in the T20 format. With 26 tons in Tests and 24 in ODIs to his name, the potential always existed for the South African to reach the threshold in a T20, but the conditions necessary came together Wednesday. In particular, Amla contributed 51 to Lasith Malinga's IPL-worst return of 58, while combining with Glenn Maxwell for 50 runs between the 15th and 16th overs. Through six tournament games, Amla also has an unbeaten 58 to his credit, placing him third in the running for the Orange Cap with 234 runs. He'll next suit up Sunday against the cellar-dwelling Gujarat Lions.
Fantasy AnalysisAmla had been in good form coming into the match, with 130 runs through the first four fixtures, including an unbeaten half-century in the second game of the tournament. However, needing 160 in the chase, Amla badly mistimed the first ball and was beaten for a lbw by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the first of five scalps Kumar would take. Amla will look to bounce back in Thursday's visit from the Mumbai Indians.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile some were clamoring for Eoin Morgan to step in for Amla, the South African did plenty to stake his claim in the XI. His unbeaten half-century was his 22nd 50 in T20 play, and after an up-and-down tournament last year that saw him record a Man-of-the-Match worthy 96, but just 61 runs in the other five matches, Amla's off to a more consistent start this year, picking up 86 runs in the first two matches, both wins. He'll look to carry his form into Thursday's trip to Kolkata against the Knight Riders.
Fantasy AnalysisThe veteran South African added another fifty to his tally in a rain-affected first day in the third and final Test match of the series with his side currently up 1-0. Amla was in early on with debutant Theunis de Bruyne departing for a duck in the third over. With the other opener, Dean Elgar, being clean bowled in the next over, the experience of Amla came through to steady his side and bring his half-century up from 93 balls, before he too was bowled by Colin de Grandhomme.
Fantasy AnalysisWith fellow opener Quinton de Kock departing early for a duck, Amla anchored the innings for South Africa but still scored quickly, hitting game-high 62 from 43 balls. This innings included nine fours and a six, with four fours coming from consecutive deliveries against bowler Ben Wheeler.
Fantasy AnalysisFalling only five runs short of his career ODI score of 159, Amla and fellow opening batsman Quinton de Kock set-up the win against Sri Lanka to take the series in a whitewash 5-0. The pair had a partnership of 187 before Amla kept going until he was eventually dismissed in the 49th over for 154 from 134 deliveries, in an innings that included five sixes.
Fantasy AnalysisAmla was given a reprieve on 12 when Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal dropped an attempted diving catch. The 33-year-old batsman scored four fours in his 91 minute innings. Earlier in the day Amla took a stunning catch, diving low and to his left at a wide first slip to dismiss Kusal Mendis.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his 100th test, Amla combined with JP Duminy to take South Africa from 45 for two to 338 for 3 with only Duminy being dismissed in that time. Amla, who batted until stumps and remains not out over night on the total of 125 from 221 balls.
Fantasy AnalysisThe experienced South African batsman managed just the one run from both innings, being dismissed for a duck and one respectively. Both dismissals came from seam bowler Josh Hazlewood, first caught at slip by Steve Smith and later bowled. With still two tests remaining on the tour, Amla will look to create a plan when facing the opening bowler to ensure he isn't dismissed in a similar fashion to the same man.
Fantasy AnalysisAmla looked in top nick as he quickly fired his way to another Test half century Friday against the Black Caps. He split the field easily with masterful shots and was only dismissed by the best ball of the innings from seamer Trent Boult. Amla hit 10 boundaries in his innings and only looked like being dismissed when his scoring rate was slowed after lunch on the first day.
Fantasy AnalysisThe top run-scorer of the tournament couldn't get any sort of partnership going, seeing Brendon McCullum stumped in the third over, while none of the next three batsmen could break a dozen runs. Amla has at least 25 runs in six of seven matches and has been instrumental in each of the Knight Riders' three victories.
Fantasy AnalysisEn route to his third half-century in five games with the Trinbago Knight Riders this season, Amla didn't exactly set the pitch alight, as Providence Stadium has capped strike rates during this portion of the tournament. However, he contributed to a pair of 40-plus run stands with Colin Munro (42) and Umar Akmal (43), before getting bowled by Adam Zampa on quite the unsightly swing. No matter, the Amazon Warriors were unable to chase down the Knight Riders' tally of 151.
Fantasy AnalysisThat's now two half-centuries in four matches for the South African, picking up a 103-run partnership with Colin Munro to put Trinbago in a good spot. However, due to Chris Gayle's batting masterclass, they were unable to walk away with the victory. Amla will look for his first Twenty20 century Sunday against Guyana after 19 half-centuries in 97 innings.
Fantasy AnalysisWithstanding a cascade of wickets that took out the rest of the Trinbago Knight Riders' top 5 -- Brendon McCullum, Colin Munro, Darren Bravo, and Umar Akmal -- Amla escorted his side out of the morass with captain Dwayne Bravo. Scoring at a comfortable rate (7.25 runs per) between the sixth and 13th overs, the duo took kindly to the Tridents' bowlers thereafter, scoring double-digit runs in six of the last seven overs. Although he was bowled on the final ball of the innings, Amla's partnership with the elder Bravo yielded 150, which represents the most ever for the fifth wicket in T20 history and the most for any wicket in three-plus seasons of the CPL. In the aftermath of the victory, Amla was unable to take the field due to a back concern, but his presence as opener on Saturday evening against the Guyana Amazon Warriors indicated its lack severity, even if he managed just six off 10.
Fantasy AnalysisAmla picked up a century and a half-century during his six matches during the West Indies Tri-Nation Series and had a strong season for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. This is his first season in the CPL; however, despite South Africa's struggles in the Tri-Nation Series, Amla still acquitted himself well and finds himself on last season's winners, who have another strong squad, featuring captain Dwayne Bravo as well as last season's top bowler, Sunil Narine. They begin their campaign on Wednesday night against the St. Lucia Zouks.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was only a matter of time before this triangular series experienced its first score of 300-plus, what with nine of the top-20 ranked ODI batsmen heavily involved. The Proteas boast three of the top 4, including Amla (No. 3), who propelled the attack Wednesday. With Quinton de Kock (No. 4) on the other side, the openers reached 50 within nine overs, 100 in the 18th, and 150 in the 27th. When Amla was finally dismissed by Kieron Pollard on the first ball of the 34th, he had supplied 13 fours to an 182-run stand, but the pace amazingly picked up after his departure, with de Kock (71) and Faf du Plessis (73) tacking on half centuries and reaching 343 for the first innings. Receiving a tour de force with the ball, Imran Tahir proceeded to one-up his teammate with a seven-wicket haul, which helped contain the Windies to 204.
Fantasy AnalysisCurrently the third-ranked ODI batsman, Amla captured some of the fluency displayed during his recent IPL stint with Kings XI. That run included a 96 but also three single-digit tallies en route to a 26.16 average and 131.93 strike rate in six innings. The longer form of the game suits the South African better, and if he can exhibit patience, a great series could be in store for Amla. His first opportunity to pick up the bat arrives Friday versus the West Indies.
Fantasy AnalysisAmla's first of 14 fours on the second ball of the game appeared to instill a confidence in the South African, who sidestepped the occasional dismissal of partners to construct his top score of the tournament by a mile. Afforded the opportunity to kick the tires in IPL for the first time in his career earlier this month, his first three innings were uninspiring, to say the least, as he posted one, 21, and a five-ball duck prior to Sunday. With the aforementioned four under his belt, though, he picked up steam as the first proceeded, notching 33 with M Vijay, 54 with Wriddhiman Saha, 65 with Gurkeerat Singh, and 21 more with compatriot David Miller. Merely three balls shy of his first not out since the Proteas' last outing of the World T20, though, Amla holed out to long-off as fatigue was evident in another swing for the ropes.
Fantasy AnalysisAmla was called upon by Kings XI to replace Shaun Marsh, who was ruled out of IPL9 due to an injured back. The South African promptly made his IPL debut Saturday, but miscommunication with Marcus Stoinis resulted in a run out while sitting on one. Amla fared slightly better Monday, teaming with M Vijay for a fruitful, yet short-lived, partnership to kick off the chase. Although the tandem struck for at least one boundary in each over of the Powerplay aside from the first, Amla wrapped up the 45-run stand by holing out to midwicket in the sixth. As the second half of the tournament continues, he'll likely remain a fixture of what has become a lost campaign for Punjab.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter containing the Sri Lankan order to 120 in the first innings, Amla was a steady hand in the chase, striking when he could but otherwise guiding his side. Sidestepping the run out of Quinton de Kock in the second over, Amla cobbled together partnerships of 60 with Faf du Plessis and 47 with AB de Villiers, the latter of whom crushed a six to put up the winning runs. In the course of South Africa's four-match run in the tournament, Amla was the epitome of hit or miss, notching two half centuries and a pair of single-digit showings. No matter, Monday's outing pushed his career tally in T20Is past the 1,000-run mark.
Fantasy AnalysisDespite a preponderance of dot balls, Amla exchanged the strike with Morne van Wyk in the early going and scattered boundaries throughout his time in the crease. However, Amla offered up a return catch to Grant Elliott on the first ball of the 21st to end the partnership at 86. After posting his 21st ODI ton in the first such match versus the Black Caps, Amla averaged a formidable 58.66 with a 93.12 strike rate to turn the series, 2-1, in South Africa's favor.
Fantasy AnalysisAmla's ODI innings have been mostly barren since the mid-point of the World Cup, when he notched his previous ton in the format (159 off 128 versus Ireland). In the meantime, he's surpassed 30 runs on just one occasion in seven innings, during which he averaged a woeful 18.14 at a 74.70 strike rate. Seemingly reinvigorated, Amla partnered with Rilee Rossouw for 185 runs for the second wicket, exhibiting patience along the way. Amla will seek to keep up the pace Sunday in the second of three such matches with the Black Caps.
Fantasy AnalysisAmla was lucky to emerge with any score at all, as he hung up his eighth ball faced, but Trent Boult reacted too late to make the grab. In the very next over, Boult got redemption, bowling Amla out of the match for his lowest score of the tournament. Amla put together a productive three-game stretch during Group B play, racking up 65, 159, and 38 in consecutive matches. However, his other top score was otherwise 22 en route to a 41.62 average at a strike rate of 95.14. With no IPL team biting during February's auction, his next appearance may not occur until July 5, when the Proteas face Bangladesh in a T20 international.
Fantasy AnalysisThe accomplishment came in Amla's 108th innings, making him the fastest to the landmark in history. Following up his 127-run stand with Faf du Plessis last Friday with 247 across 36.1 on Tuesday, Amla's personal-best tally continues his slow build through the tournament: 11, 22, 65, and 159. With three centuries in eight ODIs this year, Amla now boasts an incredible 111.67 average and 103.72 strike rate in the format in 2015.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Quinton de Kock's early departure, Amla and Faf du Plessis steadied the ship with 127 in 23.4 overs, laying the base for AB de Villiers' 162-run explosion in the latter innings. As he approaches South Africa's fourth match of the tournament Tuesday versus Ireland, he brings along a 32.67 average and 69.01 strike rate from the previous three.
Fantasy AnalysisAmla entered the World Cup on a tear, putting up 133, 61 not out, 153 not out, and 66 during the five-match ODI series versus the West Indies. The result was an unsustainable 206.50 average, which has indeed fallen apart after posting 11 off 26 and 22 off 28 in the first two outings of the Cup. On the year, he still carries a 74.33 average and 103.72 strike rate, which he'll attempt to prop up Friday against a familiar foe, the Windies.
Fantasy AnalysisThough not an official ODI, Amla's form was ominous, and carried over his tremendous play from the home series against the West Indies in January. In that series, Amla averaged 206.50 in his four innings, notching up two centuries including an unbeaten 153, holding down the other end while captain A.B. de Villiers went about breaking the ODI world record for the fastest century. He did not score below 50 in that series and getting runs at an impressive strike rate of 109.84 is no mean feat. Amla is one of the world's best batsmen and holds a large portion of South Africa's fate in his hands in Australia for the World Cup.