Queenstown - New Zealand's Corey Anderson clubbed the
fastest century in the history of one-day internationals - from 36 balls - as
the hosts cruised to a 159-run win over the West Indies in Wednesday's
rain-shortened third one-dayer.
New Zealand reached 283-4 from only 21 overs, with the West
Indies only able to manage 124-5 in reply.
Anderson hit 12 sixes and four fours to break the record -
by one delivery - of a 37-ball century scored by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi
against Sri Lanka which has stood for almost 18 years.
"I went out there thinking I'm going to have to tick
over some singles and construct an innings but you hit a couple of boundaries
and keep going," Anderson said.
New Zealand scored at 13 runs per over, and the 23-year-old
allrounder finished on 131 not out from only 47 balls.
He put on 191 for New Zealand's fourth wicket with Jesse
Ryder who made 104 from 51 balls - the sixth-fastest century in one-day
internationals - to show he has lost little of his aggressive stroke-play in
his two-year absence.
Captain Brendon McCullum set the momentum of the New Zealand
innings when he smashed 33 from 11 balls.
"Some of the batting we saw was once in a lifetime sort
of stuff. It was great to watch and those boys will certainly enjoy all the
accolades that come their way," McCullum said.
Ryder took over the pace-setting role when McCullum was
caught in the deep, and dashed to his half century in 24 balls with four fours
and four sixes. It was a reminder of his best, after he was out for a duck in
his comeback game which opened this series.
Ryder, though, was overshadowed by Anderson, who hit
four-consecutive sixes off Sunil Narine and also four sixes in an over from
Ravi Rampaul whose three overs conceded 64 runs.
Anderson was 95 not out after 35 balls, needing a six to
break Afridi's record and, though unaware of the fact, he swatted the next ball
from spinner Nikita Miller out of the ground to break the world record.
The New Zealand innings contained 22 sixes and 22 fours or
220 runs from boundaries. The Queenstown Events Center at which Wednesday's
match was played is a regulation-sized international cricket ground.
The straight boundaries are relatively long, the square
boundaries much shorter and the pitch was fast-paced and true, rewarding
batsmen who played aggressively.
Ryder withdrew from the New Zealand's team in February 2012
after being censured for drinking alcohol while recovering from an injury. He
refused international selection for the next two years while he tackled
personal problems, including his episodes of alcohol-related misbehavior.
He employed his own psychologist who traveled with him,
including to his stints in the Indian Premier League, abut during his
international absence he tested positive to a banned substance and was
suspended for six months. Then he was the victim of an assault outside a bar in
Christchurch which caused life-threatening head and lung injuries.
The West Indies were simply overwhelmed by New Zealand's
batting performance on Wednesday and made no attempt at a winning run chase,
giving up their series lead.
"Not a good way to start a New Year," Bravo said.
"But we've got to give credit to the New Zealand boys.
"The game was shortened and they grabbed it with both
hands. They caught us on the back foot, they came out positive and they were
fantastic innings from both Anderson and Ryder. There is nothing you can do as
a captain and a bowler when they hit the ball so cleanly."