Hashim Amla acknowledges the Mohali crowd after reaching his ton for Kings XI Punjab. Photo: @lionsdenkxip on Twitter

Proteas star Hashim Amla stroked his second T20 hundred for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL on Sunday.

Although Amla again ended on the losing side, his outstanding form in India continued when he hit 104 off just 60 balls in the Kings innings of 189/3 off their 20 overs against the Gujarat Lions in Mohali.

The Lions, though – inspired by West Indian opener Dwayne Smith’s swashbuckling 74 off 39 balls (8x4, 4x6) – reached 192/4 with two balls to spare to win by six wickets.

But Amla produced a magical display of batting as he hit the ball skilfully all around the ground to bring up his ton after 59 deliveries.

The South African right-hander became only the third batsman in IPL history to score two hundreds in a season, following an unbeaten 104 – also in a losing cause – on April 20 against the Mumbai Indians in Indore.

The 34-year-old Amla’s form bodes well for the Proteas ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy, which starts in England with a match against Sri Lanka on June 3 at The Oval in London.

Before that, South Africa will play a three-game ODI warm-up series against the English – on May 24 (in Leeds), May 27 (Southampton) and May 29 at Lord’s.

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