South African opener pipped India captain Virat Kohli to become the fastest to 27 ODI centuries. Unfortunately, Amla’s ton was not good enough to seal a win for South Africa as Pakistan beat them by five wickets in the 1st ODI at Port Elizabeth. Amla took merely 167 innings to reach the feat, whereas the Indian captain took two more knocks. The South African veteran hit 108 off 120 balls. It was a typical Amla knock where he hit seven boundaries and a six. The Indian skipper reached the feat against England on 15 January 2017 in Pune. Both the cricketers are in ominous touch and with more ODIs coming up, they could sure add to the tally.
Meanwhile, Kohli has also hit a century in the new year, when he smashed a 104 off 112 balls against Australia in the 2nd ODI at Adelaide.
Earlier, South Africa posted 266 runs in their stipulated 50 overs. Chasing 267, Pakistan won the match with five balls to spare. It was Imam-ul-Haq (86), Mohammad Hafeez (71) with contributions from Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman that took Pakistan over the line. Pakistan has now taken an important 1-0 lead in the series. This is a big win for Pakistan considering their dismal show in the Test series.
“It is Virat’s mindset that makes all the difference. When I mean mindset, it includes off-the-field preparation also – awareness about all the worldly things, what needs to be done to become the best in the world and it’s not just about having the perfect technique,” said Akram. “It is about having a perfect mindset. He is one of the most popular cricketers in Pakistan.”