Hashim Amla justifies his top billing

Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai

New Delhi: Hashim Amla once again justified his top billing in the ICC Test rankings on the first Day of two match Test series against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi.

Apart from JP Duminy, on a track where all the South African batsmen failed to even cross the mark of 20 runs, the one-down batsman Amla scored an unbeaten hundred.

He came in to bat in the third over of the day after the fall of opener Alviro Petersen. Despite the wonderful bowling spells by two fast Pakistani bowlers -- Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan, he fought till the very end of the day.

He is still at the crease and playing on 118. In the entire day he faced 250 deliveries and scored 13 boundaries.

Where the other batsmen were struggling to even survive at the crease he displayed an outstanding temperament and scored his 20th century in the longest format of the game.

On day one of the opening Test, Amla and Duminy were the only batsmen who showed some guts in front of the Pakistani bowling attack. Duminy scored 57 runs before skying a top edge to Shafiq.

Amla was the only batsman who looked like he belonged to the No.1 Test team on the first day.

Before the end of the day South Africa were at 245 with the loss of eight wickets. Now it would be interesting to see how many runs he will manage to add with the last two South African batsmen on the second day.