New Zealand vs West Indies 3rd ODI: Anderson annihilates West Indies with fastest ODI century

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Anderson smashed the fastest century in ODI history

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson annihilated the West Indies during the third ODI in Queenstown as he smashed the fastest century in ODI history.

Anderson was brilliantly supported by opening batsman Jesse Ryder, who hammered a magnificent century as well.

West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo won the toss, which was delayed by five hours due to heavy rain, and elected to bowl.

Due to the heavy rain, the match was cut down to 21 overs a side.

Bravo’s decision to bowl first paid off almost immediately as New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill was caught behind off the bowling of Jason Holder for just one run.

Ryder and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum put together a trailblazing 51-run partnership before McCullum was caught by Lendl Simmons for a quickfire 33 off 11 balls, which included three boundaries and sixes.

Ross Taylor failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Kieran Powell at wide long-on off the bowling of Nikita Miller for just nine runs.

From this point on, it was all New Zealand as Ryder and Anderson went on an absolute rampage.

The pair amassed an incredible 191-run partnership at an eye-popping run rate of 15.28.

During their impressive partnership, Anderson brought up his maiden ODI century and Ryder his third, before Ryder was caught by Miller at point off the bowling of Holder.

Ryder’s sparkling knock of 104 came off 51 balls and included 12 boundaries and five sixes.

Thanks to Anderson, New Zealand finished on an outstanding score of 283/4 off their 21 overs.

Anderson remained undefeated on 131 off just 47 balls, which included six boundaries and a jaw-dropping 14 maximums.

During his awe-inspiring innings, Anderson beat Shahid Afridi’s record for the fastest ODI century.

Holder was the pick of the West Indian bowlers with two wickets, while Miller and Sunil Narine chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing a mammoth target of 284 to win, the West Indies got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Johnson Charles was caught by James Neesham at third man off the third ball of the innings.

Simmons and Powell were both dismissed by Mitchell McClenaghan just three overs later.

Chadwick Walton managed to score 17 runs before being caught by Adam Milne at deep square leg off the bowling of Ryder.

Bravo and Narsingh Deonarine’s 56-run partnership was the only bright spot of the West Indies’ innings until Deonarine was caught by Milne at cover point off the bowling of Neesham for 29.

Bravo finished on 56 off 54 balls, which included three boundaries and sixes, as the West Indies ended on 124/5, leaving them 159 runs short of their target.

McClenaghan was the most successful New Zealand bowler with two wickets, while Neesham, Ryder and Kyle Mills all snapped up one wicket each.

Bravo was at a loss of words to explain what had happened.

“They caught us on the back foot, he said. “Came out positive, [but a] fantastic innings [by Anderson], nothing you can do as captain and bowler when they hit the ball so clean. At one point we thought we wouldn’t have a game, but no excuses. We have to regroup and get ready for the next game.”

McCullum was impressed with his team’s performance and praised Ryder and Anderson for their brilliant centuries.

“We didn’t think we’d get a game but we knew the wicket was going to be good,” he said. “We were pretty desperate to get out there. Some of the batting [we saw was] once in a lifetime sort of stuff.

“It looked a good wicket [and] we needed early momentum. I got a couple away and then sat back and watched an amazing show. The whole thing was about getting through our overs, it was straight out get through the overs no matter what, they did a great job.”

Anderson was named Man of the Match for his record-breaking century.

“Feels pretty good, nice to get the win too,” he said. “I went out there thinking about ticking over some singles but you hit a couple of boundaries and you keep going.”

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