Hashim Amla    AFP
Hashim Amla AFP

The very talented South African batsman Hashim Amla, who is playing for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 has cracked a brisk fifty in the 46th match played against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). He got to his half century off 30 balls hitting seven boundaries and a six. Amla’s batting was a mix of power and timing infused in most of his shots. He took special liking of Ashish Nehra’s bowling owing to which the opposition captain got him out of the attack after his two overs. The way in which Amla was batting was simply exquisite, and if he continued to bat in that manner, it appeared that he will definitely take KXIP to a mammoth total. Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Match 47 at Mohali

Talking of the match, Murali Vijay was the first to depart. He scored six having faced 12 deliveries. Wriddhiman Saha, who followed him scored a 23-ball 27. He hit three shots to the fence in his innings. Gurkeerat Singh was the new man at the crease after the fall of Saha. Vijay was scalped by Mustafizur Rahman while Moises Henriques took the wicket of Saha. Live Blog: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016, Match 46 at Mohali

Amla was batting at a strike rate of above 160, which is simply phenomenal. SRH tried seven bowlers upto the 12th over mark, but none of them succeeded in getting Amla out. Amla slowed down slightly after reaching his fifty. After 13 overs, KXIP were 102 for the loss of 2 wickets, and were looking pretty solid to go past 170.