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Amla's ton keeps Proteas in hunt

Amla's ton keeps Proteas in hunt

Hashim Amla scored his first Test century on Sunday to take South Africa to 272-3 at lunch against New Zealand.

Cape Town, South Africa: Hashim Amla scored his first Test century on Sunday to take South Africa to 272-3 at lunch on day four of the second of three Tests against New Zealand.

The 23-year-old, playing his fourth Test, offered no chances in reaching his century in a little over five hours.

He hit 12 fours, sharing a 144-run, third-wicket partnership with Jacques Kallis that dominated the morning's play.

Amla was 103 not out at the interval to leave South Africa 321 behind New Zealand's first-innings 593-8 declared.


Ashwell Prince, on 9, was the other not out batsman.

Kallis was dismissed for 77 after becoming the first South African and 17th player overall, to pass 8,000 Test runs.

He reached the mark when he drove James Franklin through midwicket for two to move to 61, although his innings ended when he tried to pull a delivery by Jacob Oram and top edged for Chris Martin to take an easy catch at mid-on.

Play started a half-hour early to make up time lost to bad light on the third day and South Africa resumed on 155-2.

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming took the new ball immediately after 80 overs of South Africa's innings, but only used the pace of Martin and Franklin for nine overs in the cool and blustery conditions.

He reverted to the spin of Daniel Vettori and Jeetan Patel, but Amla and Prince coped easily.
first published:April 30, 2006, 18:33 IST