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Friday, Nov 22, 2019

David Miller thrilled after hitting fastest T20I ton against Bangladesh

David Miller scored a brilliant century off just 35 balls during South Africa’s second T20I encounter against Bangladesh.

cricket Updated: Oct 30, 2017 19:18 IST
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David Miller celebrates after scoring his century against Bangladesh during their second T20  in
David Miller celebrates after scoring his century against Bangladesh during their second T20 in (AFP)

South Africa middle-order batsman David Miller smashed the record for the fastest century in Twenty20 International cricket when he reached the mark off just 35 balls against Bangladesh on Sunday. (HIGHLIGHTS)

The left-hander surpassed the record of compatriot Richard Levi who scored his hundred in 45 balls in Hamilton during their 2012 series against New Zealand.

Miller, who was dropped on zero, powered his side to 224 for four in their 20 overs as he finished unbeaten on 101 from 36 deliveries, with seven fours and nine sixes.

Miller’s five sixes off the first five balls of the 19th over from Mohammad Saifuddin helped him motor from 57 to 88 in the space of an over. He just missed out on becoming only the third batsman ever to hit six sixes in an over in international cricket when he could only drive the final ball from Saifuddin through the covers for one.

“It’s a really special feeling,” Miller told SuperSport. “I tried to watch the ball and back myself. I was scratchy to be honest in the beginning and towards the back end it turned out to be sweet.”

Hashim Amla also provided good support to Miller as the duo took South Africa to a big score. Amla was solid despite Proteas losing wickets at regular intervals and his 51-ball-85 was crucial in taking them to a good total.

(With inputs from agencies)