ENG vs SA: Hashim Amla hit on helmet by Jofra Archer bouncer

Hashim Amla, the South African top-order batsman, was 85 runs away from becoming the fastest batsman to 8,000 ODI runs.

Hashim Amla has been the fastest to all multiples of 1,000 except one — the 1,000-run mark. File Photo: AP

South Africa suffered a big blow early in its chase of 312 against England in the first World Cup 2019 contest at The Oval.

Hashim Amla, the South African top-order batsman, was struck on the grille of his helmet by a rising delivery from Jofra Archer, the England fast bowler, and made to retire hurt. He was batting on 5 when he received a sharp, short delivery from Archer; he looked to pull it away but couldn't manage it.

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After a visit by the physio, Amla walked off.

He later came back to rescue the side from a precarious position in the chase — it had stumbled to 167 for 6. Amla managed to add eight more runs to his total before perishing to another short delivery, this time a slower one from Liam Plunkett. He got a thin edge through to the wicketkeeper.

The South African batsman was poised to go past 8,000 runs in One-Day Internationals in the contest. He was 77 runs away from the landmark when he was dismissed.

 

Amla would have become the fastest to the landmark. Amla has been the fastest to all multiples of 1,000 except one — the 1,000-run mark.

Kohli, in comparison, has been slower to these landmarks. But he has taken the second spot among the fastest batsmen to score 6,000 and 7,000 runs.

The seasoned Amla has been among the runs leading up to the World Cup. He has been in good form this year, having scored a century and a fifty in a one-day series against Pakistan held in January. He scored half-centuries in both the World Cup warm-up matches, against Sri Lanka and West Indies.