AB de Villiers slammed 149 in just 44 balls in the 2nd ODI against West Indies at the Wanderers, Johannesburg on Sunday 18 Jan 2015. During the knock, he broke the record for the fastest ODI century and the record for the fastest ODI half-century. Coming in to bat at 247/1, de Villiers took the attack to the West Indies from the word go and demolished everything that came before him.
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His Remarkable innings: 4-2-1-1-4-6-4-6-6-0-2-2-1lb-1-6-6-6-4-6-1-4-1-1-0-4-4-0-6-4-6-6
Here are 7 records that de Villiers and his team broke:
#1 Fastest ODI century:
AB de Villiers broke the record for the fastest ODI century ever, by getting to his ton in just 31 deliveries. In the process, he bettered Corey Anderson’s record, who had taken 36 balls to get to triple digits.
Anderson had achieved the feat during his knock of 131* (51) at the Queenstown Events Centre on New Year’s Day last year. Interestingly, the New Zealand batsman had also achieved the same record against the West Indies.
One record de Villiers couldn’t break today, though, was the fastest century in a competitive match. He fell just one short of Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Chris Gayle’s record – the West Indian had reached his century in 30 deliveries in an IPL match against the Pune Warriors India in 2013.
#2 Fastest ODI half-century:
To go with the fastest ODI century, AB de Villiers also broke the record for the fastest ODI half-century. By getting to the landmark in just 16 deliveries, he bettered the previous record which was held by Sanath Jayasuriya. The former Sri Lankan opener had scored a 50 in 17 balls against Pakistan, back in 1996.
#3 Highest strike rate ever in ODIs (minimum – 10 balls):
AB de Villiers also managed to register the highest strike rate by an individual in an ODI innings (minimum – 10 balls), by striking at 338.63 at the Wanderers today. The previous record was held by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, who had a strike rate of 305.55 during his knock of 55* (18) against Netherlands in 2002.
The previous highest strike rate by an ODI centurion was 278.72, which also belonged to Corey Anderson.
#4 Joint-highest number of sixes in an ODI innings
AB de Villiers equalled Rohit Sharma’s record for the most number of sixes in an ODI innings, by sending 16 deliveries over the fence. The Indian batsman had achieved the feat during his double-century against Australia in Bangalore, back in November 2013.
De Villiers hit his first six off the sixth delivery he faced today and got to his half-century and century by clearing the boundary. The 30-year-old took a liking for West Indian captain Jason Holder, whom he smashed for 6 sixes.
#5 Most individual centuries in an ODI innings
South Africa’s innings against West Indies was the first time that three individuals from the same team had hit a century in an ODI innings. Hashim Amla, Rilee Rossouw and AB de Villiers helped themselves to huge hundreds as the hosts piled on 439/2 in their innings.
On the other hand, there have been 116 instances of two batsmen in the same team hitting tons in the same ODI innings.
#6 Highest opening partnership for South Africa in ODIs
Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw added 247 for the first wicket, which is an all-time South African record in ODIs. The previous record was held by Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs who had hit 235 against India in Kochi, back in 2000.
This is now the 6th highest ODI opening partnership of all time.
With Amla (153) and Rossouw (128) both slamming centuries, this was also the first time that both openers have scored centuries in an ODI against the West Indies.
#7 Highest ODI score against a Test-playing nation
By ending their innings at 439/2, South Africa recorded the highest ever ODI score against a Test-playing nation. The only side to score more than South Africa’s total here, are Sri Lanka, who hit 443 in an ODI against Netherlands (an associate nation) in 2006.
The previous highest ODI score in a match featuring two Test countries was also held by South Africa, who had scored 438/9 against Australia in 2006, after being set a target of 435. Incidentally, that match also came at the same ground – the Wanderers, Johannesburg.
This was 12th instance of a side scoring over 400 runs in an ODI, with South Africa getting past the mark for the third time.
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