Cricket is a game of uncertainties has been proved time and again. This time, Hashim Amla and AB De Villiers proved this. Their first innings score of 225 looked way too poor the way they batted in the second innings. It was a master class effort from both the players and it was lovely watching them bat.
Hashim Amla and AB s Villiers scored huge centuries with scores of 196 and 169 respectively. It was indeed sad to know that both of them lost on a chance of scoring double centuries. Hashim Amla was the unluckier of the two as hemissed the mark by a whisker – by just 4 runs. It was a lot of joy for the Aussies then.
Hashim Amla was the more aggressive of the two. He literally played like a T20 game on a pitch that had proved to be the downfall of the Aussies. When the hosts struggled to get runs, runs were raining for him cats and dogs. He took just 84 balls toreach his century that included 10 fours.
However, his pace fell considerably as he consumed around 76 balls to reach the 150 run mark. But it was a watchful innings and that should be given full credit for it. As far as AB De Villiers is concerned, it was the other way round for him. He started off on a slow note and then literally blasted the Aussie bowlers to give a brisk pace to his innings.
AB De Villiers required 98 balls for reaching the 50 run mark. He hit 6 fours and one six in that score. However, he raced to his century requiring just 33 more balls. In that span of 50 runs, he hit as many as nine fours – scoring 36 runs out of 50 in this manner. The next 50 runs came even faster with 31 balls only. He hit 5 fours and a six then.
It is the batting of these two that can save the match for them.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 2012