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Amla double-ton in South Africa’s 552

Van Zyl, de Villiers tons help team declare before rain halts play early on day 2 of the first Test

Amla double-ton in South Africa’s 552 - Cricket News
Hashim Amla scored a double century in his first home Test as captain before South Africa declared at a formidable 552 for 5.
A double-century from Hashim Amla in his first home Test as South Africa captain and a century on debut from Stiaan van Zyl allowed South Africa to declare at a formidable 552 for 5 on the second day of the first Test against West Indies at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Thursday (December 18).
 
However, rain during and after an early tea break prevented the West Indies from beginning its chase as play was called off for the day.
 
Amla’s 208 was his third double-century and his first at home. He and van Zyl took on the depleted West Indies bowling attack to add 155 for the fifth wicket.  
 
The West Indies was missing Kemar Roach who had limped off the field on Wednesday with an ankle injury. According to a team spokesperson, there was no significant damage and he is expected to bowl later in the match.
 
Suleiman Benn, the left-arm spinner, was the pick of the bowlers, getting the prize wickets of Amla as well as AB de Villiers earlier.
 
Amla and de Villiers had resumed on South Africa’s overnight score of 340 for 3 and continued to pile on the runs. Benn finally broke the record fourth-wicket stand of 308 when he got de Villiers caught at point by Jermaine Blackwood. De Villiers’s 152 took 235 balls and included 16 fours and two sixes. 


 
He later had Amla, who had survived some close calls, caught on the long-on boundary. The captain’s 371-ball knock featured 22 fours.
 
Van Zyl was troubled by Benn early on, but once he settled in, he reached his century off 129 balls, smashing 15 boundaries along the way. He became only the fifth South African to make a hundred on Test debut. Andrew Hudson (v West Indies in 1992), Jacques Rudolph (v Bangladesh in 2003), Alviro Petersen (v India in 2010) and Faf du Plessis (v Australia in 2012) are the other South Africans to have achieved the feat.

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