Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla inked new record as South Africa recorded a 10-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first ODI.
South Africa stormed past Bangladesh to clinch the first ODI in Kimberley with a thumping 10-wicket victory, thanks to tons from openers Quinton De Kock and Hashim Amla.
Choosing to bat first, the visitors put their best foot forward, registering their highest score against the Proteas with a score of 278, with Mushfiqur Rahman leading the way with a three-digit number.
Withal, the hosts made easy work of the chase and chased it down with an unbeaten partnership of 282 between their openers. This assured the South African pair of Emile and De Cock break many records along the way.
De Kock equalled Virat Kohli’s record of 83 innings (joint second-fastest) to pass 13 ODI tons, with teammate Emile leading the charts at 86. Meanwhile, Amla, who notched up his 26th ODI hundred in just his 154th innings, broke the India skipper's record, who was earlier the fastest to reach the feat in 166 innings.
This is not the first time that Amla has broken Kohli's record though. The South African opener became the fastest to reach 7000 runs, taking only 150 innings compared to Kohli's 169.
The former South Africa skipper also holds the platter for the fastest to reach 6000, 5000, 4000, 3000 and 2000 runs, having gone to the landmarks in 123, 101, 81, 57 and 40 innings respectively.
The duo also overtook the iconic opening pair of Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs, becoming the only South African pair to score the most runs.
South Africa also became the lone squad to go after the highest target without losing a wicket, beating Alex Hales and Jason Roy’s record of 255 against Sri Lanka back in 2016.