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England are laden with statistical data and on a hard drive somewhere will be the information that dropping Amla
has given him more than 500 additional runs since the start of a Test series won by South Africa.
bar] CLOSE CALL: South Africa''s match-winner Hashim Amla
survives a run-out attempt on his way to a stunning score of 150 in the second One Day International of the series against England [bar] IT'S NOT ENOUGH: England''s Craig Kieswetter hits a six at the Ageas Bowl but could only make 20 against the South Africans at the Southampton ground
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Their unbroken stand of 377 - following the 259 Amla
put on with skipper Graeme Smith for the second wicket - powered the tourists into an ominous position.
made history several times over on day four at the Kia Oval, most notably when he surpassed team-mate AB de Villiers' 278 not out - the previous highest Test innings for a South African - and then passed 300 before a teatime declaration on 637-2.
Even when England resorted to extremes of defence, bowling wide with boundary sweepers posted in most directions, Amla
and Kallis found a way through without undue risk.
bettered the previous best score by a South African, 278 by team mate AB de Villiers, and became only the sixth person to score a test triple hundred in England following Don Bradman, Leonard Hutton, John Edrich, Bobby Simpson and Graham Gooch.
What is irrefutable is that Sunday belonged to 26- year- old Amla
( 675 minutes, 473 balls, 22x4s), who set several records while surpassing his previous Test best and also his highest in first- class cricket.
In the middle session, South Africa lost openers Neil McKenzie on 31 and Amla
received plenty of support, laying the foundation for the total through a 118-run partnership with AB de Villers (60), before the unbeaten JP Duminy fired off a classy innings at the death, scoring 60 off 42 deliveries as the Proteas finished on 288 for six.
Vaughan deployed James Anderson to try to unsettle Amla
with a succession of short balls and a five-four leg-side field in case of anything aerial off the pads.