Amla scores a ton making it 4-0 for Proteas

Published: Monday, May 31, 2010, 11:58 [IST]
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Amla blooms for Proteas

Windsor Park, Dominica: Hashim Amla scored a solid hundred for South Africa, as the proteas posted their fourth straight win against the West Indies on course to a series whitewash.

Chasing a competetive target of 304, Amla set the tone for the proteas laying a solid platform for them, while the following batsmen managed to finish off the innings giving the South Africans a seven-wicket win over the home. Kallis, Ab de Villiers each scoring half century and Duminy
scoring a well made 32* consolidated on the start Amla had set.

In the first innings opener Dale Richards made a steady 59 and shared an opening stand of 64 for the first wicket with captain Gayle, who made 29, and shared yet another half century partnership for the second wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who top-scored with 66.

Dwayne Bravo and Darren Bravo chipped in later in the innings with useful 46 and 45 respectively. Pollard chipped in with a quick-fire 26 pushing the target target required further for the visitors. Pollard, under pressure to deliver for West Indies, brought out a couple of monster hits off Charl Langeveldt to take West Indies
towards 300.

Ryan Mclaren for the visitors had a tidy spell under the circumstances. He gave away 45 runs from his full quota of 10 overs picking up a wicket.

The South african batting side were cruising along comfortably after Amla fell for 129 runs of 115 balls. The run-rate required increased after his fall and after fall of all-rounder Jacques Kallis De Villiers and Duminy just looked to pick up singles and two's to stay till the end. The required run rate soared to 8.60 at the end of the 45th over, when South Africa had to take the mandatory batting Powerplay. Both teams were under pressure in the end, with the visitors needing 3 runs of the last over. The visitors managed to pick up two singles of the first two balls but after Bravo bowled three consecutive dot balls making it tough for De Villiers who could not beat the in-field. In the final delivery Villiers hit straight to in-field Darren Sammy, who fumbled with the ball giving the Proteas yet another win.

Hashim Amla was declared Man of the match for his ton.


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