Hashim Amla, South Africa vs Pakistan 2018/19
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The poor run of form continues for Hashim Amla in the International Cricket. The classy right-handed batsman yet again tasted failure in the home game against Pakistan. Ahead of the match, he was the centre figure in debates for the analysts and the latest failure added weight on his role for South Africa.

Amla scored only three centuries in the last two years, with his previous one coming more than a year back, Hashim Amla’s form has been a matter of big concern for South Africa. In 2018, barring four half-centuries, Amla hasn’t had a productive outing with the bat – averaging just 24.38.

Hashim Amla, South Africa vs Pakistan 2018/19
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His last half-century came against Australia in Port Elizabeth in March after which he has managed to cross 30 only twice in nine outings. With a 23-year-old Zubayr Hamza, a talented batsman waiting in the wings, the 35-year-old found himself under immense scrutiny.

Hashim Amla, who was asked to bat in the middle-order during Sri Lanka series walked at his regular number 3 position in the first Test against Pakistan. However, it hasn’t changed his fortunes, as he scored just 8 runs to his name.

Game Equally Poised:

Coming to the match, it is evenly balanced with both the sides having their tails up. Both the teams bagged the quality number of sessions in their kitty to make things interesting.

Hashim Amla, South Africa vs Pakistan 2018/19
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Both teams got the players standing at crunch situations of the game. Babar Azam for Pakistan and Bavuma for South Africa scored fine fifties to the name. In bowling, Mohammad Amir is back to form for the visitors while Ollivier was exceptional for Proteas.

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