Abu Dhabi - Sport24 readers have hailed Hashim Amla's brilliant performance against Pakistan to hold the Proteas' innings together.
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GALLERY: Amazing Amla!
Hashim Amla was out for 118 as the Proteas were bowled out for 249 on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
Hashim Amla became the fourth South African batsman to score 20 Test match
centuries as he played almost a lone hand to keep the Proteas in
He became the fastest South African to reach his 20th Test ton, in his
122nd innings, eclipsing the previous record held by Smith.
It is 18 knocks since he last posted a single-figure Test score – run out for nine at Headingley in August 2012.
He has also managed 50 or more runs in seven of his last nine Test innings.
His batting average for the current calendar year is in excess of 96
while his career average has now moved above 53. He has scored six
centuries in his last 12 Tests (19 innings).
Hashim Amla is currently the number one-ranked batsman in the world in both Tests and ODI's.
Here's what Sport24 readers had to say about Hashim Amla's sublime form:"Seems like day one was not a good day for Smith and his fellow top order batsmen. I guess Amla's composure saved us." - Ndyemo Mxhelomnyama
"Great job by Hash to prevent us from serious collapse and give some respectability to the innings." - Richard Barnes
"In Amla, Kallis and AB we probably have 3 of the best players of spin outside of India." - Spike Porcupine
"What a man Hash#Tag!" - Julian Laing
"Amen! #tag all the way! What a legend! The best thing is, he'll never let that legend tag go to his head. He'll always be good old dependable #!" - Skrap Nel
"I met him at the Durban airport and I must admit, he is a very humble guy.He made time to take photos with us and others.I just hope he continues to remain this way." - Jo Barton
"Can this man get any better? He is in a class of his own." - Nande Mnqumevu
"Amla is the God of cricket. What an amazing player he is." - Demetri Sharkie Giannopolis
"Book this guy in the Hall of fame already!! Legend!!!" - Niall Foley
"Hash is the Proteas! Without him they are a bunch of fools running around a field!" - Kyle 'the King' Oelofse
"Hashim saving our bacon again. CSA should give this guy the Key to the City of Durban." - Sean Bagley
"King Amla at it again.He just keeps on producing the goods." - Gunner ZN
"The mighty #" - Dhirshan Gobin
Hashim is congratulated by Faf du Plessis as he scores his 20th Test century. (Gallo Images)
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