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Amla century powers South Africa innings against Sri Lanka

03 June 2017 - 19:24 By AFP
South Africa’s Hashim Amla celebrates reaching 100 runs during the ICC Champions Trophy match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at The Oval in London on June 3, 2017.
South Africa’s Hashim Amla celebrates reaching 100 runs during the ICC Champions Trophy match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at The Oval in London on June 3, 2017.
Image: Ian KINGTON / AFP

Former captain Hashim Amla scored his 25th ODI hundred to help South Africa to 299 for six in their opening Champions Trophy fixture against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday.

Amla hit five fours and two sixes in his 103 off 115 deliveries before being run out. He added 145 runs for the second wicket with Faf du Plessis (75).

J.P Duminy provided impetus to the South Africa innings towards the end, smashing 38 off 20 deliveries with five fours and a six.

  • No team wants to win Champs Trophy more than SA‚ says DuminyIf you were at South Africa’s training session at New Malden outside London on Thursday you wouldn’t have guessed the clock was ticking ever more loudly towards another attempt to get the monkey off their backs. 

Nuwan Pradeep was the most successful Sri Lankan bowler, finishing with two for 54.

Sri Lanka had suffered a blow prior to the match when captain Angelo Mathews was ruled out of the game with a calf strain.

  • Cricket SA unhappy as Indian board drags its feet on tour datesCricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani has said the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s tardiness in terms of confirming the dates for their summer tour is putting CSA under pressure from a logistical perspective. 

They elected to bowl first after winning the toss in overcast conditions.

Brief Scores: South Africa 299 for six in 50 overs (H. Amla 103, F. Du Plessis 75, J.P. Duminy 38, N. Pradeep 2/54)

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