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De Villiers smashes fastest ODI century

Johannesburg: Swashbuckling South African AB de Villiers struck the fastest century in one-day international cricket on Sunday, taking 31 balls to pass the milestone against the West Indies at The Wanderers.

After coming to the wicket following a massive 247-run opening stand between Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw, De Villiers compounded the tourist’ misery as he belted eight fours and 11 massive sixes to beat the previous record of 36 balls by New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson against West Indies last year.

Anderson beat the previous record set by Shahid Afridi, who needed 37 balls to reach three figures playing for Pakistan against Sri Lanka in 1996.

After coming to the wicket following a massive 247-run opening stand between Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw, De Villiers compounded the tourist’ misery.

He already scored the fastest 50 during the match, hitting three fours and five massive sixes to beat the previous record of 17 balls by Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya against Pakistan in 1996.

South Africa lead the five-match series 1-0 after a 69-run win in the opening game in Durban on Friday. Reuters

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