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Hashim Amla Suppresses Virat Kohli's Record, Becomes Fastest To Reach Milestone Of 27 ODI Centuries

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| January 20 , 2019 , 14:06 IST

South Africa's star batsman Hashim Amla on Saturday suppressed Indian captain Virat Kohli's record to become the fastest to reach the milestone of 27 ODI centuries.

Amla has smashed 108 runs off 120 deliveries in the first ODI against Pakistan at St George's Park in Porth Elizabeth. He reached the milestone in 167 innings whereas Kohli achieved the feat in 169.

However, the veteran batsman efforts went in vain as Pakistan won the game by five wickets.

Amla steadily paced his innings and played cautiously throughout his 108-run knock, but the South African star has earned criticism over his slowly paced innings in Port Elizabeth. Amla batted through the innings and ended unbeaten on 108 off 120 balls as South Africa ended their innings on a bizarre total of 267/2. Amla's 108-run knock was laced with seven boundaries and a six.

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Batting first South Africa managed to post 266/2 on the board in fifty overs with the help of Amla's 108 and Rassie van der Dussen's 93 off 101 deliveries. Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan picked up a wicket apiece for Pakistan. In reply, Pakistan chased down the target with five balls to spare.

Pakistan got off to a strong start as openers Imam-ul-Haq (86) and Fakhar Zaman (25) posted a 45-run stand for the opening wicket. Babar Azam (49) then combined with Mohammad Hafeez (71) to sail Pakistan through. Duanne Olivier was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts with two wickets under his belt.

With the 5-wicket win, Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.