New Zealand's Corey Anderson hits fastest ever ODI century

Jan 01, 2014, 12:28 IST | AFP

Kiwi slams ton off just 36 balls in the third ODI against West Indies to break the previous record held by Shahid Afridi, who took 37 balls to reach his ton in 1996

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson cracked the fastest century in one-day international history on Wednesday, reaching three figures in just 36 deliveries against the West Indies.

Corey Anderson of New Zealand celebrates his ton. Pic/ AFP

New Zealand powered to 283-4 after being put in to bat in the third one-day international against the West Indies in a match reduced to 21 overs a side because of rain on Wednesday. Jesse Ryder scored 104 while Jason Holder took two for 48 for the West Indies.

The previous record was held by Shahid Afridi, who took 37 balls to reach his ton playing for Pakistan against Sri Lanka in 1996.

Anderson, who finished the New Zealand innings unbeaten on 131, hit 14 sixes in his whirlwind assault, the third highest number of sixes in an ODI innings.

India's Rohit Sharma hit 16 sixes against Australia two months ago and Australia's Shane Watson hit 15 against Bangladesh in 2011.

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