Queenstown, Jan 1: New Zealand's Corey Anderson today blasted the fastest century in One Day International history here at Queenstown Events Centre ground against West Indies.
The left-handed Anderson brought up his hundred off just 36 balls, shattering the previous record held by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi. Anderson remained 131 not out (47 balls, 6x4, 14x6). New Zealand posted a mammoth 283/4 in 21 overs. Jesse Ryder too hit a quick ton, scoring 104 off 51 deliveries (12x4, 5x6). Ryder's 100 is the sixth fastest in ODI history.
Afridi had taken 37 balls for his ton. Afridi had set the record in 1996 in Nairobi against Sri Lanka.
The 22-year-old Anderson, batting at number 5, reached the world record mark in the 18th over of the match which was reduced to 21 overs each due to rain. New Zealand won by 159 runs after keeping the visitors to 124/5 in 21 overs.
The assault by New Zealand batsmen destroyed West Indies' bowling figures. Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul was the most expensive with an economy rate of 21.33. He was hammered for 64 runs from 3 overs. All six bowlers went for more than 10 runs per over, the least being 11 by Nikita Miller (1/44 in 4 overs).
Fastest Hundres in One Day Internationals
Corey Anderson 36 balls
Shahid Afridi 37 balls
Mark Boucher 44 balls
Brian Lara 45 balls
Shahid Afridi 45 balls