Kevin O’Brien blazes Ireland to glory

Kevin O'Brien roars with triumph after bringing up his 50-ball century, England v Ireland, World Cup 2011, Bangalore, March 2, 2011

Ireland batsman Kevin O’Brien on Wednesday entered into World Cup record books by hitting the fastest century in the mega event’s history in just 50 balls during his side’s Group B match against England in Bangalore.

O’Brien bettered former Matthew Hayden’s earlier World Cup record of 66-ball hundred which the former Australian opener had hit against South Africa in St Kitts in the 2007 edition in the West Indies.

O’Brien, 27, reached the milestone by taking a double off Michael Yardy in the 41st over of Ireland run chase after England had batted first and posted 327 for eight.

The right-handed middle-order batsman hit 13 fours and six sixes in his explosive innings.

O’Brien’s record is the sixth fastest overall in ODIs. Shahid Afridi holds the record of fastest hundred in ODIs in 37 balls. He also hit another ton in 45 balls. Others who have hit faster centuries in ODIs than O’Brien are Mark Boucher (44 balls), Brian Lara (45) and Sanath Jayasuriya (48).

Kevin O'Brien obliterated the  record for fastest World Cup century with a 50-ball epic

Kevin O’Brien stunned England with the fastest hundred in World Cup history as Ireland secured their greatest victory with a monumental three-wicket triumph in Bangalore. O’Brien clubbed a magnificent 113 off 63 deliveries as Ireland earned the highest World Cup run-chase with four balls to spare. After he’d added a match-changing 162 with Alex Cusack, John Mooney joined him to play the innings of his life and help write another famous chapter in Irish sport.

 

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