Anderson enters ODI record books with innings
Corey Anderson has written himself into world cricket folklore by breaking the record for the fastest international century in a remarkable display of batting against the West Indies in Queenstown today.
In a reduced 21 over per side one-day-international Anderson brought up his century in just 36 balls which knocked off the world record set by Shahid Afridi for Pakistan in 1996.
Afridi held the record with 37 balls and with Anderson 95 from 35 balls he needed to hit the 36th ball for six to put himself in the world record books.
Anderson did just that bringing the Queenstown to their feet and full of voice as they marvelled at one of the finest innings seen in New Zealand cricket.
Anderson finished 131 not out from 41 balls in an innings that included 14 sixes and six fours.
While Anderson was etching his name into folklore at the other end his partner in crime Jesse Ryder was just as impressive even though the spotlight was shining brightly on Anderson.
Ryder brought up a century himself which in fact was the fifth fastest century in international cricket.
The pair put on 191 for the fourth wicket.
After the game was halted by rain for the majority of the day it quickly rained sixes with the New Zealand batsmen racking up in 22 sixes in total in their startling 283 for four from their 21 overs.
On a day when two centuries were scored it hardly surprising Brendon McCullum's wasn't all that prominent but even his 33 from 11 balls was something special to watch. His first five balls McCullum faced went for 24 runs as he set the tone for Ryder and Anderson.
The West Indies managed just 124 for five from there 21 overs well short of the required 283 New Zealand set them.
- Fairfax Media
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