Hashim Amla breaks Virat Kohli's record, becomes fastest batsman to score 26 tons in ODIs

In the first South Africa vs Bangladesh ODI, Hashim Amla scored his 26th century, batting alongside Quinton De Kock and won the game by 10 wickets

Hashim Amla surpassed Indian skipper Virat Kohli and former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky pointing on October 15 after he smashed the match-winning hundred against Bangladesh at Diamond Oval, Kimberley. In the first ODI, the Proteas comfortably chased the target of 279 runs without losing a wicket. The South African openers – Amla and Quinton De Kock – brewed up a partnership of 283 runs and scored their respective hundreds and took the game home by 10 wickets with 43 balls to spare.

This outstanding partnership created a handful of cricket records as well. Hashim Amla has now become the fastest batsman to get 26 tons in ODIs. He took 154 innings to go past Virat Kohli and reach this feat. The Indian skipper took 166 innings to reach his 26th ODI hundred. Amala remained unbeaten at 110 which he scored off 112 deliveries.

On the other hand, De Kock was the highest scorer of the game. He scored 168 runs off 145 balls including 21 boundaries and 2 sixes. It was the 4th occasion when Amla and de Kock scored centuries in the same match equaling Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly’s record.

This partnership of 282 runs between Hashim Amla and Quint De Kock is the fourth best opening stand in the ODIs. The highest is between Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga – 286 runs against England. The second is between David Warner and Travis Head  – 284 runs against Pakistan.

In yesterday’s game, Bangladesh elected to bat first after winning the toss. However, the Proteas bowlers put all their efforts to ruin their opponent’s strategy. With Mushfiqur Rahim’s 110 off 116 balls, the guests managed to put 278 runs on the board.

Bangladesh’s bowling brigade failed to take even a single wicket and lost the game by 10 wickets. With this, the Bangladesh team has owned the record of losing 11 ODI matches by 10 wickets – the most number of matches lost by any team.

For interesting videos from InUth, follow us on Youtube.com/InUthdotcom