Amla hits 100 as South Africa gets 343-4 against West Indies

Amla hits 100 as South Africa gets 343-4 against West Indies

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 5:27 p.m. ET

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (AP) Hashim Amla struck 110 off 99 balls as South Africa amassed 343-4 from its 50 overs against the West Indies on Wednesday in the one-day international tri-series.

South Africa's total was built around an opening stand of 182 between Amla and Quinton de Kock, who scored 71 at Warner Park.

Faf du Plessis then piled on the misery for the hosts in the later overs, striking six fours and two sixes in an unbeaten 73 off 50 deliveries.

All-rounder Kieron Pollard was the best of the home team's bowler with 2-64.


Sent in to bat, South Africa was given a robust start by Amla, who dominated his opening stand with the left-handed de Kock.

The pair added 52 in the first 10 overs and continued to plunder the varied West Indies attack on a true batting surface.

The 33-year-old Amla became the fourth South African to pass 1,000 runs against West Indies when 63, and was soon lifting his bat to acknowledge his 23rd century at this level in his 135th match.

West Indies got a boost when both openers fell within three runs.

Amla mis-hit a Pollard delivery to long-off, while de Kock was yorked by Jerome Taylor at 185-2 in the 35th over.

But du Plessis shared successive half century stands with Chris Morris and AB de Villiers to ensure a grandstand finish.

Morris, promoted to No.3, slammed two sixes and two fours in his 40, while skipper de Villiers added 27.