Amla creates history as Proteas declare
July 22, 2012 16:16:21 UK
Hashim Amla created history with his triple century against England at the Oval.
Hashim Amla created history with his triple century as South Africa declared on 637 for two at tea on the fourth day of the first Test.
Amla finished unbeaten on 311, while Jacques Kallis was 182 not out when captain Graeme Smith, who made 131, decided to declare and put England into bat for the final session at the Oval on Sunday afternoon.
The Proteas, who are 1.25 not to win the Test match in the lay market, lead by 252 and will be looking to take some early wickets as England are now 1.44 not to win and it is 1.50 for the draw not to happen.
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However all the talk is surrounding Amla's sensational innings as he became the first South African player to hit a triple century in Test cricket and the first player to achieve the feat in England since Graham Gooch's 333 in 1990.
Amla's partnership with Kallis was also the highest for the third wicket by any team against England as Andrew Strauss' men will have their work cut out to avoid going 1-0 down in this three-match series.
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