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Colin Munro first to smash 3 T20 international centuries - Statistical highlights

Colin Munro was at his blistering best during the third T20 international between New Zealand and West Indies today. The Kiwi opener scored his third Twenty20 century

cricket Updated: Jan 03, 2018 15:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Colin Munro,New Zealand cricket team,West Indies cricket team
New Zealand's Colin Munro celebrates his century during the third T20 international cricket match between New Zealand and the West Indies at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on January 3, 2018. (AFP)

Colin Munro became the first batsman to score three hundreds in T20 internationals. The left-handed New Zealand opener achieved this feat by making 104 off 53 balls with three fours and 10 sixes in the third and final T20 match against West Indies at Mount Maunganui on Wednesday (January 3). (Scorecard)

It was Colin Munro’s second century at this venue. He also scored 101 against Bangladesh on January 6, 2017. Munro’s highest score is an unbeaten 109 against India at Rajkot on November 4, 2017.

Powered by Munro’s knock, New Zealand made 243 batting first against the West Indies. Martin Guptill made 63 while for the West Indies Carlos Brathwaite took two for 50. The Kiwis defeated West Indies by 119 runs to win the three-match series 2-0. The second game was abandoned due to rain.

New Zealand’s 119-run victory was their biggest in term of runs and third biggest overall after Sri Lanka’s 172-run victory over Kenya at Johannesburg on September 14,2007 and South Africa’s 139-run win over Scotland at The Oval on June 7,2009. New Zealand’s previous biggest win was 95-run over Pakistan at Wellington on January 22,2016.

New Zealand will now leapfrog Pakistan to become the top-ranked T20 international team in the world.

Salient features of Colin Munro’s century on Wednesday:

1. Colin Munro also recorded the fastest century for New Zealand in twenty20 Internationals by reaching 100 runs off 47 balls. It was joint sixth fastest century in this form of cricket. Brendon McCullum who completed his century off 50 balls during his unbeaten 116-run knock against Australia at Christchurch on February 28,2010 held the previous record fastest century for New Zealand.

2. Colin Munro became New Zealand’s second and seventh player on eighth occasion to hit 10 or more sixes in an innings. West Indian Chris Gayle is the only batsman to achieve this feat twice.

(With inputs from S. Pervez Qaiser)

First Published: Jan 03, 2018 13:22 IST