Proteas top the world with another win

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Updated: August 29, 2012

Hashim Amla’s record-breaking century helped South Africa to an 80-run win over England, and the top of the rankings in all three formats, in the second one-day international at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

The elegant Amla constructed a wonderful 150 off just 124 balls with 16 fours as South Africa posted a formidable 287 for five.

England, in reply, were bowled out for 207 after 40.4 overs with Wayne Parnell (2-30), Robin Peterson (2-51) and Morne Morkel (2-29) all playing their part in dismissing the hosts.

The victory saw South Africa supplant England at the top of the ODI rankings and the Proteas are now the first team to be ranked first in all three formats of the game.

Amla’s final total was the highest score by a South African in ODIs against England beating Graeme Smith’s 141 scored in Centurion in 2009. It was also the sixth highest score by a South African in all ODI cricket. Amla’s knock was his highest ODI score beating his previous best of 140 against Bangladesh in Benoni in 2008.

Amla also became the fastest man to 3 000 ODI runs during his innings as he reached the landmark in just 57 innings, 12 innings faster than the next best man to the mark, West Indies great Viv Richards.

The elegant Amla constructed a wonderful 150 off just 124 balls with 16 fours as South Africa posted a formidable 287 for five.

England, in reply, were bowled out for 207 after 40.4 overs with Wayne Parnell (2-30), Robin Peterson (2-51) and Morne Morkel (2-29) all playing their part in dismissing the hosts.

The victory saw South Africa supplant England at the top of the ODI rankings and the Proteas are now the first team to be ranked first in all three formats of the game.

Amla’s final total was the highest score by a South African in ODIs against England beating Graeme Smith’s 141 scored in Centurion in 2009. It was also the sixth highest score by a South African in all ODI cricket. Amla’s knock was his highest ODI score beating his previous best of 140 against Bangladesh in Benoni in 2008.

Amla also became the fastest man to 3 000 ODI runs during his innings as he reached the landmark in just 57 innings, 12 innings faster than the next best man to the mark, West Indies great Viv Richards.