New Delhi - South African batsman Hashim Amla cracked his
maiden Twenty20 century but his sublime knock for his Indian Premier League
side Kings XI Punjab went in vain.
Amla hit a 60-ball 104 not out to help Punjab post 198-4 but
Mumbai Indians achieved the target with 27 balls to spare during their
eight-wicket win in Indore on Thursday.
England's Jos Buttler top-scored for Mumbai with a 37-ball
77 as he put together an 85-run second-wicket stand with left-handed batsman
Nitish Rana (62 not out).
But it was Amla's eye-catching innings that remained the
highlight of the evening at Indore's Holkar Stadium that saw 397 runs in 35.3
Amla, 34, known for his classical style of play, hit 8 fours
and 6 sixes to single-handedly destroy the Mumbai bowling attack, with New
Zealand paceman Mitchell McClenaghan and Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga
Amla enjoyed an 83-run stand with skipper Glenn Maxwell, who
hit 40 in 18 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes for the third wicket.
Congratulatory messages flowed as Amla, whose highest score
in T20 internationals is 97 not out, registered his first hundred in his 113th
"Hashim Aaaaaaaaamla... What a player, what a champion!
@amlahash @IPL," South African one-day international captain AB de Villiers
wrote on Twitter.
Proteas Test and T20 skipper Faf du Plessis, who plays for
IPL side Rising Pune Supergiant, declared Amla a "legend" while Morne
Morkel also sang praises for his team-mate.