During the Kings XI Punjab innings, David Warner, captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, tweeted: “Can Hashim Amla do it again?” His question was if Amla can score his second century off the IPL season. The Kings XI batsman was batting on 87* at that moment.
In the final over of the innings, Amla smashed a six over extra-cover to bring up his second century of this IPL season and became only the third batsmen after Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle to score two or more centuries in a single IPL season.
Amla scored his century off 59 balls but was dismissed off the next ball as he missed a delivery from Dhawal Kulkarni and was adjudged LBW. He made 104 runs off 60 deliveries, a knock which had eight fours and five sixes.
The South African’s half-century was a slow affair as he scored it off 35 balls. He had only hit four fours and a six for his fifty. But in the next 25 balls, he hit 54 runs.
Earlier in the tournament, Amla had scored an unbeaten 104 against Mumbai Indians. That was his maiden T20 century. He had reached the three-figure mark against Mumbai a ball earlier than he reached it against Gujarat.