Continuing his knack of breaking Virat Kohli record, South Africa star Hashim Amla has shattered yet another record set by the India skipper. This time around, Amla broke Kohli’s record of fastest to 26th hundred in One-Day Internationals in terms of number of innings taken. In the last one year, Amla had also broken Kohli’s record of fastest to score 7000 ODI runs and the fastest to 23 ODI hundreds.
Amla achieved the latest feat in the first One-Day International against Bangladesh at Kimberley on Sunday (October 15). The right-handed batsman remained unbeaten on 110 to not only help his team register an easy win but also become the fastest to score 26 ODI centuries. He reached his 26th ton in his 154th innings, going past Kohli who had taken 12 innings more to score the same number of centuries.
Amla and Kohli are followed by three retired players who took way more innings to score their 26th ODI ton. Sachin Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer in the 50-over format, is third in the list, having reached the milestone in his 247th innings while Australia’s Ricky Ponting and Sri Lanka’s Jayasuriya are fourth and fifth respectively.
Fewest inns taken for 26th ODI 100
154 – Hashim Amla
166 – Virat Kohli
247 – Sachin Tendulkar
286 – Ricky Ponting
402 – S Jayasuriya#SAvBan
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 15, 2017
Meanwhile, South Africa thrashed Bangladesh by 10 wickets in the first ODI to go one up in the five-match series. Batting first, Bangladesh rode on Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim’s sublime 110-run knock to post 278 for 7 in the allotted 50 overs.
However, the score turned out to be a paltry one as Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock’s unbeaten centuries guided the hosts to a thumping 10-wicket victory. De Kock was awarded the Man of the Match for scoring a stroke-filled 168 which was studded with 21 fours a couple of sixes.