Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: Statistically Speaking - Hashim Amla and Ab De Villiers

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Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers are two of South Africa's most talented players and have been two of the most reliable over the last ten years. ANTOINETTE MULLER takes a closer look at their stats and how much they matter to South Africa.

South Africa lost the second ODI against Sri Lanka by 87 runs, thanks largely to an inept batting performance. Hashim Amla was the only player to score any runs of significance, making his second successive hundred. No other player passed 30 and only two other players got into double figures, one of them an injured tail-ender.

Despite Sri Lanka losing their last five wickets for just 11 runs, South Africa failed to take advantage of a chaseable total.

What did stand out once again, though, was just how much South Africa depended on Amla and De Villiers doing well. The Proteas are seemingly in a quandary of over-reliance on two of their most talented batsmen. This reliance is very notable in one-day cricket, perhaps because they are some of South Africa's most consistent players, even when dips in forms happen.

Amla is undoubtedly in a purple patch. Nobody has ever doubted his talent, but form comes...

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