South African Reeza Hendricks smashes fastest ODI hundred by a debutant

first_imgSouth Africa’s Reeza Hendricks etched his name in the record books on his one day international debut against Sri Lanka in the third match of the series in Kandy.Hendricks smashed the fastest century by a debutant off just 88 balls at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on Sunday.Hendricks blasted 102 off 89 balls to become the third South African and 14th overall to score a hundred on debut. The two other South Africans to previously achieve the feat were Colin Ingram in 2010 and Temba Bavuma in 2016.Hendricks’ sizzling century helped South Africa take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series with a 78-run victory.The No.3 batsman was one of the four South African batsmen to post a 50-plus score as they amassed 363/7.READ – 3rd ODI: Reeza Hendricks hundred helps South Africa win series vs Sri LankaThat was about as perfect as you get for a debut @reezahendricks tries his best to sum it up #ProteaFire #SLvSA #Unbelievable South Africa (@OfficialCSA) August 5, 2018The tourists then returned to bowl out Sri Lanka for 285 in the 46th over to record their third successive victory in the series.Put into bat on a flat track, Hendricks and Hashim Amla, who made a run-a-ball 59, took South Africa past the 100-mark following opener Quinton de Kock’s early dismissal.Thisara Perera (4/75) removed Amla and South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis (10) but Hendricks and JP Duminy kept the scoreboard ticking with their 78-run stand.Hendricks, who turns 29 this month, hit eight boundaries and a six in his breathtaking knock before falling to Lahiru Kumara in the 35th over.advertisementDuminy clobbered four sixes in his 92 off 70 balls as he and David Miller, who made 51, continued to punish the hosts.The tourists really accelerated towards the end of their innings, plundering 71 runs in the last five overs, to post their highest total in Sri Lanka.To accomplish the chase, Sri Lanka needed their top order to fire but that did not happen as Lungi Ngidi (4/57) removed both the openers in his successive overs.Dhananjaya de Silva kept Sri Lanka alive with a belligerent 84 but once he fell in the 42nd over, a ball after smacking his third six, the contest was truly over for his team.The fourth ODI will also be played in Kandy on Wednesday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more