Amla stars as Proteas whip Enlgand
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AFP) — Hashim Amla inflicted another recordbreaking century upon England as South Africa won the second one-day international (ODI) by 80 runs in Southampton yesterday.
Amla’s 150 saw him become the fastest player to 3,000 ODI runs as he reached the landmark in just his 57th innings, compared to the 69 it took West Indies’ great Vivian Richards.
It was also the highest individual score in ODI matches between South Africa and England, and the cornerstone of the Proteas’ 287-5, made after captain AB de Villiers won the toss.
England, in reply, were dismissed for 207 with more than nine overs left.
Amla’s 10th ton at this level surpassed teammate Graeme Smith’s 141 in Centurion three years ago as the largest solo effort in South Africa-England one-dayers and was also Amla’s personal best, overtaking the 140 he made against Bangladesh in Benoni in 2008.
Victory saw South Africa take a 1-0 lead in this five-match series following Friday’s washout in Cardiff and ended England’s run of 10 straight wins in completed ODIs.
It also meant South Africa, having already dethroned England at the top of the world Test rankings this tour, also replaced them at the head of the equivalent one-day standings and were now top in all three formats.
South Africa only need to draw this series to cement their new-found status, while England must win it to remain in pole position in the 50-over game.
England’s attack must be sick of the sight of Amla, who made a South Africa record 311 not out in the first Test at The Oval last month and another ton as the Proteas sealed the three-match series 2-0 with victory at Lord’s.