Hamilton, Feb 19: South African opener Richard Levi set two world records, smashing 13 sixes and a fastest Twenty20 International hundred against New Zealand here at the Seddon Park on Sunday.
The right-handed opener, who was unsold at the February 4, 2012's Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in Bangalore, set South Africans on the victory path with a 117 not out off just 51 balls. Besides 13 sixes, he also scored five fours.
This power-hitting from Levi tonight might attract IPL team owners' attention. Levi's base price at the auction was $50,000 and he has done more than enough to raise his pricing.
With Levi's big hitting on small boundaries, South Africa coasted to victory by eight wickets. South Africa chased down hosts' 173 quite comfortably. South Africa ended with 174/2 in 16 overs to level the three-match series.
Levi, 24, made his international debut in the opening match of the series on Friday in Wellington. The hosts had won that match.
Levi's ton was also the fastest in T20 international history. His 100 came off just 45 balls.
"It was good fun, every shot we seemed to play came off, AB (De Villiers)kept me calm. The leg side boundary was quite short, so I targeted that. I have no idea about the records, the time just went unbelievably quickly," said Levi after accepting the Man-of-the-Match award.
West Indian opener Chris Gayle had owned the previous record for most sixes in a Twenty20 international with 10, while Gayle and Brendon McCullum had shared the record for fastest century. Both had achieved the feat in 50 balls.
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum said: "Richard played an absolutely unbelievable innings, he was too good tonight and didn't allow us to bowl well."