Amla’s amazing double puts Proteas in charge

2010-02-08 00:00

HASHIM Amla’s maiden Test double-century was the gleaming rock upon which the Proteas built an imposing total of 558 for six declared, in the first Test against India yesterday.

Such was the Durbanite’s concentration that he might still be batting had Graeme Smith not declared late on the second day.

Amla (253 not out) had rattled up an immense 340-run partnership with Jacques Kallis (173) to rescue South Africa from a parlous six for two on the first morning.

Amla’s chanceless gem was further proof of his growing importance within the Proteas’ Test line-up.

The Proteas, on a pitch that is already showing signs of loose behaviour, will press on in search of 10 Indian wickets this morning.

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