Amla hits century as Proteas dominate

Last updated at 15:54 27 March 2008


Hashim Amla made 159 as South Africa continued to dominate day two of the first Test - but he was run out midway through the second session to leave the tourists on 501 for six at tea.

The number three batsman hit 19 fours in his 248-ball innings before being smartly run out by Shanthakumaran Sreesanth following an attempted quick single.

Mark Boucher (62no) and Morne Morkel remained unbeaten, the former having brought up his 28th Test half-century by pulling Virender Sehwag to deep midwicket.

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Hashim Amla

Run out: Amla

South Africa started the day on 304 for four and lost just one wicket before lunch as AB de Villiers was dismissed six runs short of his half-century.

Amla started this morning on 85. But it was De Villiers who was quickest into his stride with a rush of boundaries.

Amla then hit three fours in one over to reach his century. But with South Africa having racked up 49 runs from just seven overs, India finally made a breakthrough when De Villiers edged an attempted drive at Sreesanth behind to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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Mark Boucher

Half century: South Africa's wicketkeeper-batsmen Mark Boucher

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