Hashim Amla smashed a brilliant hundred against the Gujarat Lions but sadly it went down in a losing cause. Gujarat Lions chased down the target of 190 with Dwayne Smith laying the foundation of the chase with his 74 and Dinesh Karthik finishing the job for Gujarat. In the 10 years of the Indian Premier League, there have been many hundreds in a losing cause. We take a look at them:-
Got to feel for Hashim Amla. All his top scores in T20s have come in a losing cause. Great innings, but ended up being second best. #KXIPvGL
— S. Sudarshanan (@Sudarshanan7) May 7, 2017
1-) Andrew Symonds-117*
The Aussie batsman hit an impressive knock of 117 off 53 balls for Deccan Chargers against the Rajasthan Royals in 2008 at Hyderabad as Deccan Chargers set a mammoth target of 215 for the RR to chase. However, in an unprecedented result, RR chased down the target courtesy of a partnership between Graeme Smith and Yusuf Pathan.
2-) Yusuf Pathan- 100
Pathan hit the century for Rajasthan Royal against the Mumbai Indians in 2010 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The Mumbai Indians had set a massive target of 213 to chase for RR in which Pathan was the lone performer for RR as he hit the century off just 37 balls including 9 fours and 8 sixes but it ended up in a losing cause.
3-) Sachin Tendulkar- 100*
The batting legend hit an unbeaten ton for the Mumbai Indians against Kochi at Mumbai in 2011 but it went down in a losing cause as Kochi Tuskers chased the target of 183 given by Mumbai Indians. Brendon McCullum hit a quick fire 81 off 60 balls to seal the win for Kochi.
4-) Shane Watson- 101
Watson scored 101 off 61 balls which included 6 fours and 6 sixes but his ton was overshadowed by Michael Hussey’s heroics as he scored 88 which was enough for the Chennai Super Kings to chase down what Rajasthan had set for them.
5-) Wriddhiman Saha – 115*
Saha scored the unbeaten ton for Punjab against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the final of the 2014 season of the Indian Premier League which helped Punjab give a target of 200 to KKR to lift the trophy. However, KKR gave a stern reply with Manish Pandey being the lone fighter as he helped KKR clinch the title as he scored 94 in the final.
6-) Virat Kohli – 100*
Virat Kohli was in sublime form in the last edition of the IPL as he hit 4 centuries. However, one of his hundreds went down in a losing cause against the Gujarat Lions at Rajkot where he hit an unbeaten 100 off 63 balls to set a target of 181 for the Gujarat Lions. However, Gujarat Lions chased the target with ease and Kohli’s ton went in vain.
7-) Steve Smith – 101
The Aussie batsman had scored an impressive century for Rising Pune Supergiants in the 2016 edition of the IPL against the Gujarat Lions at Pune which went in vain as Gujarat Lions chased down the target Pune set for them easily.
8 -) Hashim Amla- 104*
The Proteas batsman had played an unbeaten knock of 104 off 60 balls against the Mumbai Indians at Indore as Punjab set a target of 199 for Mumbai. However, Mumbai replied strongly as they chased the target with 27 balls to spare courtesy Jos Buttler’s and Nitish Rana’s heroics with the bat which resulted in Amla’s century going in vain.
9-) Hashim Amla- 104
Amla played a superb knock of 104 against the Gujarat Lions at Mohali as Punjab again failed to win and capitalise on Amla’s effort resulting in his brilliant ton going down in a losing cause again as Gujarat defeated Punjab by 6 wickets.
— Ravindra Rupala (@RavindraRupala) May 7, 2017