Hashim Amla © AFP
Hashim Amla scored his second ton in a row © AFP

 

Jul 9, 2014

Hashim Amla scores 14th ODI hundred against Sri Lanka, even as South Africa were in trouble at 180 for seven in their chase of 268 against Sri Lanka at Pallekele after Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga took five wickets wickets between them. South Africa were in trouble at 129 for seven after 30 overs.

After AB de Villiers holed out to substitute fielder Thisara Perera for 29, wickets keep falling. At the other end, Amla was virtually impenetrable, as he scored well over 60 percent of the total runs scored by South Africa. JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, and Vernon Philander were all dismissed for single-digit scores.

Earlier, Sri Lanka got off to a good start, but Dale Steyn injured his hand while fielding off his own bowling, going off the field just 2.2 overs into his spell in the process. Dilshan made his intentions clear very early on, hitting Steyn down the ground for four in the first over of the match. He followed it up with two more boundaries in his next over.

Rain soon stopped play, albeit briefly with Sri Lanka’s score on 257 for eight at the start of the 48th over. In the end, they were left perhaps 20 runs short of what they would have been happy with.

Sri Lanka had won  the toss and elected to bat first. Both teams were unchanged, as Sri Lanka were searching for a win to stay alive in this series. Dilshan’s affinity for Pallekele came through again, as he averages over 90 in ODIs at the venue.

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