IPL 2017: Hashim Amla shuts up doubters with maiden T20 hundred

first_imgKings XI Punjab batsman Hashim Amla slammed his maiden Indian Premier League hundred as he helped his team post 198/4 against Mumbai Indians on Thursday. This was also his first century in the format.The South African was being questioned regarding his form and his ability to open the innings but he shunted the critics with a brilliant unbeaten knock of 104 balls off 60 balls.Playing shots that would delight the purists, Amla spanked all the Mumbai Indians bowlers en route his unbeaten 104 off 60 balls, which included 6 sixes and eight boundaries. In fact, five of the half dozen sixes were hit off Sri Lankan slinger Lasith Malinga.There were straight hits, short-arm jabs over long-on, slashes over point, hook, and a majestic pull-shot, which brought up his first hundred in shortest format as well second of this edition.The true nature of the pitch also helped Amla, who in fact enjoyed Malinga’s back of the length deliveries.Put in to bat, the hosts were off to a steady start with Amla and Shaun Marsh (26) putting on 46 runs before Maxwell took just one over from pacer Mitchell McClenaghan, milking 28 runs, to change the complexion of their innings.McClenaghan’s over, the 15th of the innings, was incidentally the second-most expensive over of this IPL season.Amla, on the other hand, took full advantage of the life he got on 3, when he was dropped off a difficult chance by Nitish Rana, to first get to a superb half century in just 34 balls. The South African never looked back from there and continued with his shot making to stay unbeaten.advertisementlast_img read more

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