Friday September 7, 2012
South Africa levels series with England
NOTTINGHAM: Hashim Amla piled on the runs once again as he led South Africa to a series-levelling seven-wicket win in the fifth and final one-day international against England at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.
South Africa, chasing a modest 183 for victory, collapsed to 14 for three inside five overs under the floodlights in this day/night fixture.
But opener Amla responded with a superb 97 not out and, together with Proteas captain AB de Villiers (75 not out) he shared an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 172 that put England’s meagre total of 182 in its proper context.
Victory, with more than 15 overs to spare, saw South Africa share the series at 2-2.
Amla, who made a brilliant 150 in South Africa’s 80-run win in the second ODI in Southampton, was named man of the series for a total of 335 runs in four innings at an average of more than 111.
That followed on from his corresponding award in the Proteas’ 2-0 Test series win over England where he scored a South Africa record 311 not out at The Oval.
Amla’s combined tally for both series was a colossal 817 runs at 116.71. — AFP