Hashim Amla’s 103 was his 25th ODI hundred and he is now the fastest batsmen to reach the 25-ton mark. He is also the fastest to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs respectively.
Hashim Amla got off to a slow start for South Africa against Sri Lanka in their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener but picked up the pace of his innings in the middle overs. He went on to post his 25th ODI ton.
Hashim Amla took just 151 innings to reach 7000 runs and thereby broke Virat Kohli’s record (who reached 7000 runs in 166 innings). Incidentally, he is also the fastest to reach 2 000 runs, 3 000, 4 000, 5 000 and 6 000 runs.
Hashim Amla, who had earlier scored 104*, scored his second century of IPL 2017 for Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.
South Africa were stunned by England in their ICC World T20 opener in Mumbai despite setting a huge 230-run target.
Currently the number one Test bowler, Dale Steyn will finish the series having bowled only 11 overs.
Hashim Amla pointed out that like the South Africans, even Indian batsmen have struggled in this Test series.
A record twenty wickets fall on Day Two on a near-unplayable VCA Stadium pitch; South Africa, all out for 79 in the first innings, are 32/2 in the second.
Dale Steyn, missing the 3rd Test with injury, picked 10 wickets the last time two teams played at this venue.
Hashim Amla scored 66 in South Africa’s total of 279 for eight.
South Africa were 227 for three when rain ended play half an hour early.
Steyn took four for 45 and Morkel finished with four for 29 to dismiss the hosts for 216.
In reply, Sri Lanka were 30-0 when stumps were drawn for the day with Kaushal Silva batting on eight and Upul Tharanga on 20.
Hashim Amla was named captain last month after Smith retired from international cricket.
En route to being handed the reins of the Test team, Amla has had to overcome the ‘outsider’ tag at every step.