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Anderson smashes fastest ODI ton

Allrounder takes 36 deliveries to reach three figures; Ryder too slams century as New Zealand routs West Indies by 159 runs

Anderson smashes fastest ODI ton  - Cricket News
Corey Anderson, who was unbeaten on 131, took a mere 36 deliveries to reach his century.

Corey Anderson, the New Zealand allrounder, scored the fastest century in One-Day International history on Wednesday (January 1), plundering the West Indies attack in a rain-shortened third ODI. 

His whirlwind performance overshadowed a century by Jesse Ryder as the pair took New Zealand to 283 for 4 in a match reduced to 21 overs each side. 

West Indies was never in the hunt and settled for 124 for 5 when it ran out of time, Dwayne Bravo top-scoring with an unbeaten 56. The 159-run win levelled the five-match series at 1-1 after West Indies won the first ODI and the second match was washed out without a ball being bowled. 

Anderson, who was unbeaten on 131, took a mere 36 deliveries to reach his century, beating the previous record set by Shahid Afridi, who took 37 balls to reach the century against Sri Lanka in 1996. 

Along the way, Anderson hit 14 sixes, the third highest in an ODI innings behind Rohit Sharma (16) for India against Australia in November and Australia's Shane Watson (15) against Bangladesh in 2011. 

Put in to bat, New Zealand lost Martin Guptill early. He was all at sea against the bounce generated by Jason Holder and after surviving two caught behind appeals, he was finally dismissed in the third. 

Ryder, the other opener, and Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, then added  51 runs for the second wicket. McCullum struck 33 off 11 balls with three fours and three sixes before being dismissed by Sunil Narine. Ross Taylor soon followed for 9. 

Anderson and Ryder then put on 191 for the fourth wicket as they hammered the West Indies attack.  Anderson brought up his 50 in 20 deliveries in an over in where he hit four sixes in a merciless attack on the usually tight bowling of Narine. 

In a near chanceless innings, he only faced 47 balls for his 131 while Ryder faced 51 balls for his 104 which included five sixes. 

In reply,  West Indies was in deep trouble when Johnson Charles was dismissed without scoring in the third ball. Lendl Simmons and Kieran Powell too fell cheaply to reduce West Indies to 19 for 3 in the fourth over. Narsingh Deonarine added 29 as West Indies dismissed any thought of a run chase.

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