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Hashim Amla saved match with defensive batting, scored 37* off 278 balls

Hashim Amla, Six Sports

Former South Africa Hashim Amla is being praised for playing a heroic inning. His inning helped to save a County Championship match for his side Sussex against Hampshire in Southampton on Thursday.

Hashim Amla scored an unbeaten 37 from 278 balls in a defensive masterclass. Even as wickets continued to tumble, Amla held one end strong, allowing Surrey to reach 128/8 and stave off defeat.

Impact of 37* off 278 balls by Hashim Amla

Amla scored just 3 runs off his first 100 balls, which later became 5 off 114. The first of his five boundaries came off the 125th ball he faced. Amla’s second-lowest strike rate (13.30) in First-Class Cricket, with the lowest being 10.24 in a Test match against India in Delhi in 2015, where he had scored 24 off 244 balls.

Despite staving off defeat, Surrey will almost certainly fail to make Division One as one of the top six teams. Amla looked in danger when Ian Holland dropped him at leg slip off Keith Barker when the batsman was on 30.

Hashim Amla, Six Sports

I did enjoy it. Every batter that went out there had a plan and [we] tried our best to just block it out. You don’t know how far you can go but we managed to go all the way. We had some nervous moments but the way the youngsters played was fantastic,” said Amla.

It was a real battle. Everyone wants to score runs, but we had a cause. You need a lot to go your way, especially on this wicket. It was up and down and there was quite a bit of rough from the off-spinner. The game dictated that we have to save the game. The last thing you want to do is play a couple of bad shots and the game is over by lunchtime. But the way everyone played today we managed to pull it back after being outplayed on days two and three.” he added.

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