Amla s maiden T20 century in vain
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Amla s maiden T20 century in vain

NEW DELHI (AFP) - South African batsman Hashim Amla cracked his maiden Twenty20 century but his sublime knock for his Indian Premier League side Kings XI Punjab went in vain.Amla hit a 60-ball 104 not out to help Punjab post 198-4 but Mumbai Indians achieved the target with 27 balls to spare during their eight-wicket win in Indore on Thursday.Engl s Jos Buttler top-scored for Mumbai with a 37-ball 77 as he put together an 85-run second-wicket stand with left-handed batsman Nitish Rana (62 not out).But it was Amla s eye-catching innings that remained the highlight of the evening at Indore s Holkar Stadium that saw 397 runs in 35.3 overs.Amla, 34, known for his classical style of play, hit 8 fours and 6 sixes to single-handedly destroy the Mumbai bowling attack, with New Zealand paceman Mitchell McClenaghan and Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga bleeding runs.Amla enjoyed an 83-run stand with skipper Glenn Maxwell, who hit 40 in 18 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes for the third wicket.Congratulatory messages flowed as Amla, whose highest score in T20 internationals is 97 not out, registered his first hundred in his 113th T20 game.Hashim Aaaaaaaaamla... What a player, what a champion @amlahash @IPL, South African one-day international captain AB de Villiers wrote on Twitter.Proteas Test and T20 skipper Faf du Plessis, who plays for IPL side Rising Pune Supergiant, declared Amla a legend while Morne Morkel also sang praises for his teammate.

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