Hashim Amla scored the second century of the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League on Thursday
Hashim Amla hit a classy 58-ball 102 to lift the spirits of Kings XI Punjab against the Mumbai Indians in Indore on Thursday. The South African top order batsman just hammered the unsuspecting Mumbai bowlers to hit the second century of IPL 2017, Sanju Samson having hit the first one some days ago.
Amla’s maiden IPL century was dotted with eight fours and six sixes while his 83-run partnership with Glenn Maxwell (40) proved to be crucial for KXIP to reach 198/4 in 20 overs. Amla ended the innings on 104 not-out.
His partnerships with Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell especially ensured Punjab put up a big total for the Mumbai Indians.
Amla was brought into the KXIP squad as replacement for Shaun Marsh in the 2016 season after the Australian was ruled out due to injury.
The batsman played six matches for the franchise in his debut season and was bought by KXIP ahead of the tenth edition of the IPL to boost the lineup.
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“It was really nice to get some runs. Nice to capitalise. Maxi came in and gave us some momentum in the middle overs. In T20s, you need to take high risks and high risks sometimes means high reward as well. The first two wickets we played in Indore were not as good as this one. Hopefully, 200-odd is enough. I hope so we win, it is a very good wicket. There is not much turn on offer,” Amla said after the century.
Last week Samson had hammered a brilliant 102 runs off 63 balls for the Delhi Daredevils which eventually helped them reach 205/4 against Rising Pune Supergiant. It was the right-handed batsman’s maiden century in the Twenty20 format and his innings included eight beautiful boundaries and five huge sixes. The 22-year-old also has five half-centuries in the IPL.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the innings:
All hail the Mighty Hash! One of the greats of our times. Now playing in T20 at a screen near you! @amlahash
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 20, 2017