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10 fastest centuries in ODIs

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Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien

The one day game was invented to make cricket more exciting for supporters, and over the past four decades or so, it has lived up to those expectations. In one day internationals (ODIs), batsmen are expected to score quickly and that is the primary reason why the game has become so popular.

Over the course of hundreds of ODIs, plenty of batsmen have scored quickfire hundreds that have captured the imagination of cricket fans, making ODI cricket what it is today. Among those, the 10 quickest ones are iconic in their own way, and here is a brief look at each of them.

#10 Kevin O'Brien (50 balls) v England, Bangalore, 2011

Kevin O'Brien's epic effort against regional rivals England in the 2011 World Cup is the 10th fastest century ever scored in ODI history. Chasing 328 to win, O'Brien came in to bat at number 6 with Ireland reeling at 14-6 in the 23rd over. Instead of looking to rebuild the innings, he went hard at the England bowling.

He brought up his century in 50 deliveries and in total hit 13 fours and 6 sixes in his innings of 113. O'Brien was eventually run out with Ireland needing only 11 more to win. His innings brought about one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. 

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