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Friday, April 15, 2005

Cricket: India v Pakistan: 5th ODI: Shahid Afridi smashes Second Fastest Century in ODIs

15th April 2005 Friday.
India v Pakistan - 5th ODI - Kanpur

Shahid Afridi goes berserk!

Shahid Afridi smashes India's bowling into submission. Shahid Afridi scored 102 runs off *just* 46 balls with 9 sixes (yes, you read it right, 9 sixes!!) and 10 fours. Pakistan are cruising to victory in the 5th ODI at Kanpur, chasing India's 250 to win in 50 overs, they are scoring at 7 runs per over and are 163 for 2 23 overs with Shahid Afridi out for 102 runs after scoring the fastest century by any player in the history of One Day Cricket versus India and the second-fastest century of all-time in the history of One Day International cricket. Shahid Afridi scored a trail-blazing trademark superfast century. His hundred coming off just 45 balls with 9 sixes and 10 fours. Shahid Afridi kamaal ka player hai. No dearth of amazing magical fireworks in batting with Shahid Afridi at the crease. Maan, I'm missing the action. Today's highlights are going to be a must-watch.

Brief Scores:
India...249/6 in 50 Overs
Pakistan...163/2 in 23 overs

Shahid Afridi 102 runs
(9 sixes, 10 fours, 46 balls, Magic!)

Players like Shahid Afridi and Virender Sehwag don't need coaching manuals and coaches. Set them free, unshackle them from the orthodox style of cricket, and let them show their magic on the cricket field. Why should a ball be played and get a wellplayed applause when it can always be hit for a thumping six! Well played Shahid! Congratulations!

Follow the match on Cricinfo.
List of fastest centuries in One Day Cricket. Shahid Afridi's name is on the top of the list and with this *awesome* batting performance his name will apear once again in the 2nd position.
Now Shahid Afridi holds the record for the fastest century (37-ball hundred scored in 1996) and joint (with Brian Lara) second-fastest hundred (today's century v India).

SMS CRI to 8243 for the latest Cricket score.

Read my March 1 post written on Shahid Afridi's 25th birthday.
The Joy of Shahid Afridi's Batting.

Update: Pakistan has won the 5th ODI by 5 wickets.
Read the complete scorecard of the 5th ODI played in Kanpur.

"For those 75 minutes today Shahid Afridi didn't play cricket he toyed with it (the bowling)." A nice read on Cricinfo that describes Shahid Afridi's record breaking innings.

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