Hashim Amla bowled an incredible 278 deliveries for his unbroken 37 to help Surrey pull off a stunning comeback against Hampshire in the County Championship.
Hampshire had amassed a massive 488 runs in the first innings and had Surrey bowled out for just 72 runs in the first innings. Surrey were under a lot of pressure after being asked to follow on with a 416-run deficit.
But Hashim Amla, the ever-reliable batter he has been throughout his career, delivered again another batting masterclass, ensuring Surrey finished the game with only eight wickets down.
Hashim Amla’s masterpiece has been lauded the Twitterati.
Fans on Twitter praised Hashim Amla for his outstanding performance. In addition, the former South Africa opener set a new record by facing the most deliveries in a single first-class innings while scoring less than 40 runs.
38-year-old Hashim Amla played one of the greatest gritty knocks ever in the County Championship, he came to bat from the first ball of the final day and scored unbeaten 37 runs from 278 balls including 5 fours at a strike rate of 13.30 and helped Surrey to draw the match. pic.twitter.com/Nvk8LuaoXF
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 7, 2021
Hashim Amla batting on 5 runs in 114 deliveries for Surrey. Pujara bhai Wada Wau Wau moment for England series loading.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) July 7, 2021
Hashim Amla has played one of the great first-class innings – 37* off 278!balls to secure a draw for Surrey against Hampshire.
An epic performance. pic.twitter.com/QfBF388UDl
— Derek Alberts (@derekalberts1) July 7, 2021
Hashim Amla 3* (96) at lunch takes a level of patience I will never know
— Scarlett #BurnsBrigade (@ScarlettSport) July 7, 2021
You really ‘held the door’, Hashim Amla.
— Sritama Panda (@cricketpun_duh) July 7, 2021
Astonishing effort from Hashim Amla to save the game for Surrey.
— mike selvey (@selvecricket) July 7, 2021
Hampshire batted first at the Ageas Bowl and were put in a strong position by New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme’s spectacular 174. Hampshire appeared to have batted Surrey out of the game with a couple of useful half-centuries from opener Ian Holland and lower-order batsman Felix Organ.
Surrey’s woes worsened when Keith Barker, who has been in outstanding form for Hampshire all season, blasted through their top order and put them on the back foot. Surrey were bowled out before they had reached the three-figure mark.
Hampshire had 105 overs to bowl Surrey out in the second innings, putting them in a strong position to win the game. However, as he has done countless times during his Test career for the Proteas, skipper Amla demonstrated his amazing pedigree by playing match-saving, marathon knocks for his team.