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Hashim Amla breaks Virat Kohli’s record yet again, Quinton de Kock on par with Indian

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Oct 16, 2017, 12:29 pm IST
Updated Oct 16, 2017, 12:45 pm IST
The duo broke many records on the way as they helped South Africa trump Bangladesh in the 1st ODI.
De Kock equalled Virat Kohli’s record of 83 innings (joint second-fastest) to reach 13 ODI tons, with teammate Amla leading the charts at 86. (Photo: AP/AFP)
 De Kock equalled Virat Kohli’s record of 83 innings (joint second-fastest) to reach 13 ODI tons, with teammate Amla leading the charts at 86. (Photo: AP/AFP)

Kimberley: South Africa stormed past Bangladesh to clinch the first ODI in Kimberley with a thumping 10-wicket victory, thanks to tons from openers Quinton De Kock and Hashim Amla.

Opting to bat first, the visitors put their best foot forward, registering their highest score against the Proteas with a score of 278, with Mushfiqur Rahman leading the way with a three-digit figure.

 

However, the hosts made light work of the chase and chased it down with an unbeaten partnership of 282 between their openers. This saw the South African pair of Amla and De Cock break many records on the way.

De Kock equalled Virat Kohli’s record of 83 innings (joint second-fastest) to reach 13 ODI tons, with teammate Amla leading the charts at 86. Meanwhile, Amla, who notched up his 26th ODI hundred in just his 154th innings, broke the India skipper's record, who was earlier the fastest to achieve the feat in 166 innings.

This is not the first time that Amla has broken Kohli's record though. The South African opener became the fastest to reach 7000 runs, taking only 150 innings compared to Kohli's 169.

 

The former South Africa skipper also holds the record for the fastest to reach 6000, 5000, 4000, 3000 and 2000 runs, having got to the landmarks in 123, 101, 81, 57 and 40 innings respectively.

The duo also overtook the iconic opening pair of Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs, becoming the only South African pair to score the most runs.  

South Africa also became the only team to chase the highest target without losing a wicket, beating Alex Hales and Jason Roy’s record of 255 against Sri Lanka back in 2016.

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