Ambassador of honesty, Hashim Amla wins hearts with his action, twitter salutes


08 May, 2017

When Kings XI were asked to bat, their innings was set up by a second-wicket century stand between Amla and Shaun Marsh. None of their first three bowlers - Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Varun Aaron - struck in their first spells.

Marsh breezed to 58 before he was caught at long-on by fellow Australian Aaron Finch, in the process giving licence to Amla to up the ante.

Smith was dropped twice during his innings before eventually holing out off the bowling of Glenn Maxwell. Dinesh Karthik's 35 not out off 23 balls played a short cameo towards the end as Gujarat Lions reached 192 for four in 19.4 overs.

"I don't think I wanted to save it for the last".

In the match between Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions at Mohali, Amla scored an unbeaten 59-ball century to lift his team KXIP to 189/3 in 20 overs.

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An opening partnership of 91 between Smith and Ishan Kishan (29) put the Lions ahead of the required rate though and even when Smith fell, after striking eight fours and four sixes, in the 12th over, the visitors' charge did not falter. However, Karthik said that they would look to win the remaining games and finish the tournament on a happy note.

Kohli slammed 100 off 63 balls which included eleven boundaries and one huge six as RCB posted a decent total of 180.

Amla quashed the general perception that he can not score fast and slammed two centuries in the ongoing edition of the IPL, but his team has let him down on both the occasions. KXIP were also sloppy in their fielding, giving two lives to Dwayne Smith, who hit a 39-ball 74 to help Gujarat Lions win the match, but Amla said dropped chances were part of the game. The Lions might have sensed an opportunity to pull things back when the partnership was broken, but Amla did not allow the Lions bowlers to dictate terms.

Dhawal Kulkarni, who was making a return to the Gujarat playing XI, was very impressive with the ball - conceding just 24 runs and taking the wicket of Marsh during his four-over spell. "I think guys are becoming a lot more accommodating for players like that", Amla said. The likes of Shardul Thakur, James Faulkner, Basil Thampi and Ravindra Jadeja have failed to live upto the expectations of the side. Sangwan and Thampi were the other wicket-takers.

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