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Hashim Amla scored a South African record 21st ODI century to set the Proteas up for a 20-run victory over New Zealand in the first Momentum ODI at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. His partnership of 185 for the second wicket with Rilee Rossouw was the essential difference between the two side as New Zealand were unable to put together a stand of similar magnitude.

New Zealand were nevertheless in with a chance of winning most of the way through their innings until they lost two wickets in an over to the bowling of Vernon Philander. Imran Tahir had the best figures for South Africa of 2/40 while Philander also showed excellent form. He bowled no fewer than 26 dot balls in his opening spell of 31 deliveries and then came back to take two wickets in his second spell.

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Proteas captain, Hashim Amla, is looking forward to leading his country at home for the first time in the upcoming Sunfoil Test series against the West Indies starting at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. Amla has had a successful run on the road since taking over the captaincy from Graeme Smith in June, with impressive away series wins in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

“Captaining at home is something special,” Amla said to the media on Tuesday. “Having made my captaincy debut overseas, where you don’t have the hype and attention, was probably a good thing.  I’m a bit more settled in the captaincy and we’re playing at home. It feels like we have been away for a long time, we had a few away series throughout this year. To be at home and to give the fans some local action will be good, hopefully the home support will bring us some victories as well, it’s great to be back.”

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Hashim Amla scored his third century in his last four innings to set the Proteas up for a 93-runs victory over Zimbabwe in the first of three ODI’s at Bulawayo on Sunday. It was Amla’s 15th ODI century and followed innings of 109, 101 and 48 in his previous three ODI’s in Sri Lanka. He ended unbeaten on 122 from 132 balls, hitting 6 fours and 3 sixes.

Amla and Quinton de Kock set up the South African total of 309/3 with their opening partnership of 109 in 20.3 overs. De Kock contributed 63 (68 balls, 8 fours and a six) and Amla then shared a second wicket partnership of 123 with Faf du Plessis (59 off 77 balls, 4 fours).

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Hashim Amla played a solid hand as he helped his side to 98-3 at stumps on day 2 of the Colombo test. The South Africans bowled out the hosts for 421 just after lunch after Mahela Jayawardene and debutant Niroshan Dickwella frustrated them in the early hours of play.

Jayawardene and Dickwella began the morning well as the duo posted a century stand on the way to lunch. Dickwella looked particularly impressive on debut as he fed off Morne Morkel for two consecutive boundaries before reaching his maiden half century. Jayawardene continued from where he left off from the previous day, as the Sri Lankans took a commanding position.

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Proteas captain, Hashim Amla, says the 1-0 lead counts for nothing as his team prepares to face Sri Lanka in the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Thursday.

“I don’t think that record is playing on our minds,” Amla said to the media on Wednesday. “What’s more in our minds is playing good cricket over the next five days. Coming into this Test it’s important that we come here with a clean slate and continue to do the same basics here well.”

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Hosts Sri Lanka bounced back in style as they cruised to an 87-run victory over South Africa in the second ODI at Pallekele to level the series 1-1. The Proteas failed in their attempt to chase a target of 268 runs despite Hashim Amla scoring his second consecutive century of the tour.

Skipper Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat first on a track that looked good for batting. Tillakaratne Dilshan gave his side a brisk start before the Sri Lankans lost opener Kusal Perera (7) early following which Morne Morkel had in-form Kumar Sangakkara caught behind for 7, leaving Sri Lanka on 63-2 in 9 overs.

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The South Africans took a handsome 1-0 series lead as they gave the Sri Lankans a 75-run hammering in the first ODI in Colombo. After setting the hosts a target of 305 courtesy a fine hundred from Hashim Amla, the Proteas countered a threatening knock from Kumar Sangakkara to bundle the Sri Lankans out for just 229.

Young Quinton De Kock walked out to bat with the Hashim Amla after skipper AB De Villiers won the toss and elected to bat first. The duo gave their side a good start adding 58 for the first wicket inside 13 overs before the Lankans put a brake on their charge as De Kock chopped one onto his stumps following which Jacques Kallis, who had question marks over his fitness before this game, walked rather quickly back to the pavilion for a 17TH ODI duck.

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