Hashim Amla had another poor outing for the Cobras as the home side thumped the Warriors at Boland Park thanks to a powerful Janneman Malan T20 ton.
On Thursday Cobras assistant coach Faiek Davids said that Amla’s best form would be around the corner. But for Amla, it was another failure as the Proteas opener continues to search for much-needed form.
While Janneman Malan punished the Warriors’ bowlers, scoring the fastest T20 half-century at the Paarl ground off just 25 balls, Amla limbered off the field for just seven. That made it 100 runs in his last nine innings.
Amla’s fans will now have to wait until Sunday in hope that the Proteas legend finds his mojo.
If Amla doesn’t manage to rack up a few impressive performances before the World Cup squad announcement on 18 April, it will be interesting to see whether Ottis Gibson sticks to his word by picking on form and not reputation.
The Cobras went on to win their match comfortably by seven wickets. Malan finished with an unbeaten 103 off 57 balls, while David Bedingham (26) and George Linde (nine) provided useful contributions.
Malan was phenomenal, scoring at a strike rate just above 180 that included 12 fours and a six, his performance handing him the Man of the Match award.
The Cobras finished the match with five overs remaining to hand the hosts the bonus point.
Elsewhere, the Knights lost to the Lions thanks to Ryan Rickelton, who top-scored with 51, and Dwaine Pretorius’ 22-ball 36. This helped them set an unreachable 150-run target.
In Benoni, the Titans’ match against the Dolphins was rained out.
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