Fastest T20I century for each Test-playing nation
Superb batting performances by Dawid Malan and captain Eoin Morgan saw England level the five-match T20I series against New Zealand 2-2 at McLean Park in Napier on Friday. Malan slammed an unbeaten 103 not out from 51 balls and featured in a sizzling 182-run stand with Morgan (91 from 41 balls) for the third wicket, as England posted their highest T20I total of 241/3.
While skipper Morgan broke the record for the fastest half-century for England, scoring one in 21 balls during the game, Malan’s maiden T20I century came off 48 balls and he is now the fastest centurion for England in T20 cricket.
In the wake of Malan’s record, we take a look at the fastest T20I century for each Test-playing nation.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal (60 balls)
Experienced Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal holds the record for the fastest T20I century by a batsman from his country. He reached a hundred in 60 balls in the 2016 World T20 match against Oman at Dharamsala.
Iqbal made an unbeaten 103 from 63 balls with 10 fours and five sixes, at a strike rate of 163.49. Sabbir Rahman also contributed 44 from 26 as Bangladesh finished with 180 for 2.
The inexperienced Oman were given a D/L target of 120 from 12 overs, but only managed 65 for 9 to lose the game by 54 runs (D/L method).
Pakistan: Ahmed Shahzad (58 balls)
Opening the innings, Ahmed Shehzad raced to a century off 58 balls against Bangladesh in a 2014 World T20 game at Dhaka. Shehzad finished on an unbeaten 111 from 62 balls, hitting 10 fours and five sixes. His runs came at a strike rate of 179.03, as Pakistan posted 190 for 5.
Bangladesh were held to 140 for 7 in response, as Umar Gul claimed 3 for 30. Shakib Al Hasan top-scored for Bangladesh with 38, as Pakistan won the clash by 50 runs.
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