On Tuesday South Africa skipper AB de Villiers praised Hashim Amla as the team’s “rock” after the opener got 159 runs in the demolishing 201 runs World Cup win over Ireland.

Hashim Amla got his 20th One Day International ton faster than any batsman, his career-best score coming in his 108th innings, with India’s Virat Kohli the next quickest to reach 20 centuries, in 133 innings.

The South Africa team piled up 411 runs for the loss of four wickets, the 2nd highest score in World Cup history.

Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis who scored 109 runs put on 247 runs for the 2nd wicket partnership while pace bowler Kyle Abbott ended up with figures of 4 contributing 21runs at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

Ab de Villiers, whose team is virtually certain of a position in the quarter-finals after a third victory in four games, said that Hashim Amla is still the rock and will always be that for team. He was magnificent. Expectedly that form can continue for the rest of the World Cup.

He also added that it was a good match. They played it their way. They follow their strategic plans and the guys set it up very nicely up top for their middle order.

Five different cricketers have also made tons in South Africa’s four matches.

David Miller scored 138 runs not out and JP Duminy scored 115 runs not out, both reached three figures against Zimbabwe, while AB de Villiers scored 162 runs not out against the West Indies before Hashim Amla and du Plessis on Tuesday reached three figures.

Hasim Amla was quoted saying: “Fortunately we got off to a good start. We had wickets in hand so that gave us the luxury of being able to go for it, to see what happened and fortunately it paid off. Any hundred is a good hundred. I’m just happy to get some runs and set it up for the boys at the back end.

Ireland faced their first loss after getting the victory against the Jamaicans and the UAE but are still in the running for a quarter-final place with a vital match against Zimbabwe coming up on Saturday in Hobart.

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