Corey Anderson stuns with simply smashing ton
LOGAN SAVORY IN QUEENSTOWN
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has quickly put a call out to Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming to headhunt man of the moment Corey Anderson for the Indian Premier League this year.
Anderson, 23, announced himself on the international scene in dramatic style against the West Indies in Queenstown yesterday when the New Zealand all-rounder scored the fastest century in any form of international cricket.
In a reduced 21 overs-per-side one-day international Anderson brought up his century in just 36 balls which knocked off the world record set by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi in 1996.
Afridi held the record with 37 balls and with Anderson on 95 from 35 balls he needed to hit the 36th ball for six to put himself into the record books.
Anderson, who grew up in Canterbury but now plies his trade domestically with Northern Districts, did just that, bringing the Queenstown crowd to their feet as they marvelled at one of the finest innings seen in New Zealand cricket.
Anderson said later that he wasn't exactly aware he had broken the record for the fastest century until he heard the ground announcement.
"I just thought it was a pretty quick hundred. I didn't realise that it was the fastest," he said.
Anderson finished 131 not out from 47 balls in an innings that included 14 sixes and six fours.
In 36 balls Anderson had quickly switched from a player trying to find his feet in the international arena to being the talk of world cricket.
Bravo - who plays for the Super Kings in the cash-laden IPL - soon tapped Anderson on the shoulder and told him if he has his way he'll soon being playing alongside him in India.
"When I finished the match, as disappointed as I was, I said to him I hope to see him in the Chennai Super Kings. The auction is around the corner and hopefully MS [Dhoni, the captain] and Flem [coach Stephen Fleming] pick him up."
The praise kept coming for Anderson. This time it was his skipper Brendon McCullum who was lining up to give New Zealand cricket's new superstar a pat on the back.
"I don't know how many one-dayers have been played - there's probably in excess of, I don't know, 3000 maybe - and for him to be No 1 in terms of the speed he was able to get to a hundred, and Jesse [Ryder] is [world ranked at] No 6, is unbelievable really.
"That to me is the cleanest hitting I've ever seen at a ground. Today was as good as I've ever seen live."
While Anderson was etching his name into folklore, at the other end his partner in crime Ryder was just as impressive, even though the spotlight was shining brightly on Anderson.
Ryder brought up his century in 46 balls which made him sixth fastest on the list of ODI hundreds.
McCullum said it would be wrong not to acknowledge just what a special innings Ryder produced.
"For both of them to come out and do what they did today and to create history, and to do it in a manner that was so brutal, shows what good players they are," he said.
The pair put on 191 for the fourth wicket which is a New Zealand record.
New Zealand's 22 sixes in their innings was also an ODI team record, which is remarkable given they only had 21 overs to work with.
New Zealand finished on 283 for four from their 21 overs and when West Indies had their turn at bat this game was already toast.
They finished on 124 for five, a whopping 159 runs short of the target.
On a day when two centuries were scored it was hardly surprising Brendon McCullum's contribution wasn't all that prominent but even his 33 from 11 balls was something special to watch. His first five balls went for 24 as he set the tone for Ryder and Anderson.
The ODI series will head to Nelson for the fourth match on Saturday, with the five-match series level at 1-1.
SCOREBOARD NEW ZEALAND v WEST INDIES
Third one-day international, Queenstown: NEW ZEALAND M Guptill c Ramdin b Holder 1 J Ryder c Miller b Holder 104 B McCullumR Rampaul 3-0-64-0, N Miller 4-0-44-1, DJ Bravo 4-0-48-0 (1w), L Simmons 2-0-29-0. WEST INDIES J Charles c Neesham b Mills 0 L Simmons c Milne b McClenaghan 13 C Walton c Milne b Ryder 17 K Powell c Neesham b McClenaghan 1 DJ Bravo not out 56 N Deonarine c Milne b Neesham 29 D Ramdin not out 1 Extras (5lb, 2w) 7 Total (for 5 wickets, 21 overs) 124 Fall: 0 (Charles), 17 (Simmons), 19 (Powell), 56 (Walton), 112 (N Deonarine). Bowling: K Mills 2-0-11-1, M McClenaghan 2-0-7-2, N McCullum 5-0-27-0, J Ryder 4-0-13-1, J Neesham 4-0-21-1 (1w), M Guptill 2-0-13-0 (1w), A Milne 2-0-27-0. New Zealand won by 159 runs
- Fairfax Media
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