Fastest ODI Century: Corey Anderson Beats Shahid Afridi's Long-Held Record (Top Ten Fastest ODI Centuries List)

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January 1, 2014 8:55 PM EST

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson scored the quickest century ever in international cricket on Wednesday, taking just 36 balls against West Indies to break the record long held by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi.

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Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi's fastest ODI hundred record was broken by New Zealand's Corey Anderson on New Year's Day

Afridi scored a 37-ball hundred against Sri Lanka in 1996 and had remained the fastest across all formats of the international game since.

Anderson, 23, brought up the mark with his 12th six of the innings after the third one-day international in Queenstown was reduced to a 21-over match due to rain.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (33 off 11 balls) started the onslaught before Jesse Ryder (104), who completed his hundred in 46 balls, and Anderson added 191 runs for the fourth wicket.

"It's one of those things you don't plan on doing when you go out there but obviously with it (being) a reduced game it makes it easier to go harder at it earlier and Brendon showed his intent early on and Jesse played an unbelievable innings as well," Anderson said in a televised interview.

"I think we went pretty good together. I was hitting boundaries and he was hitting boundaries. It was just one of those things that comes off.

"I think me and Jesse were thinking every ball was going to get us out or go for six so it was nice to have that feeling out there and get them out of the middle."

Anderson remained unbeaten on 131 off 47 balls with 14 sixes and half a dozen fours to take New Zealand to a mammoth 283 for four wickets in their innings. West Indies could only manage 124 for five in reply, giving NEw Zealand a mammoth 159-run victory.

Asked if he was aware of the record, the left-hander said: "No. I didn't have a clue actually. It's not like I look it up and take it down but I guess it's nice to have that."

Fastest ODI centuries: Corey Anderson (New Zealand vs West Indies, 2014) 36 balls.

Shahid Afridi (Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1996) 37 balls.

Mark Boucher (South Africa vs Zimbabwe 2006) 44 balls.

Brian Lara (West Indies vs Bangladesh 1999) 45 balls.

Afridi (Pakistan vs India 2005) 45 balls.

Jesse Ryder (New Zealand vs West Indies 2014) 46 balls.

Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 1996) 48 balls.

Kevin O'Brien (Ireland vs England 2011) 50 balls.

Virat Kohli (India vs Australia 2013) 52 balls.

Afridi (Pakistan vs Bangladesh 2010) 53 balls.

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Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi's fastest ODI hundred record was broken by New Zealand's Corey Anderson on New Year's Day
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