David Miller Smashes Fastest T20I Century Off Just 35 Balls

Rosalie Stanley
October 30, 2017

David Miller described his innings as "pretty special" as he smashed the fastest worldwide T20 century against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom on Sunday. "I felt pretty scratchy, to be honest. In the first ten balls I could have been out twice".

The 28-year-old just had a solitary fifty in 56 T20Is before this match but brought up his third T20 century in stunning fashion as he carted the penultimate over of the innings for 31 runs, including five successive sixes off the first five balls of the over. "The fifth one came out nicely". He despatched the first five balls from Saifuddin into the capacity crowd but could not get his bat under the sixth and had to settle for a single. A panicked Saifuddin veered down leg with the fourth ball‚ and Miller helped it over the fine leg ropes: six.

The left-hander's innings could have ended off the second ball he faced as he gloved an attempted pull off Rubel Hossain.

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Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, who opened the bowling on a slow-paced pitch, took 2/24 in his 4 overs but he was then trumped by South African captain JP Duminy in the same role when he took 2/23. He provided an early chance to Bangladesh but was dropped at 0 by Mushfiqur Rahim and he made them pay badly. South Africa's total was the joint 13th highest in T20 internationals with Miller's century and opener Hashim Amla hitting 85 off 51 balls.

Needing more than 11 an over from the start, Bangladesh didn't have the firepower to threaten the Proteas, a story that played out through most of the tour. But his teammates could not sustain the pressure in the face of Miller's onslaught. But Imrul Kayes was run out in the second over and the tourists never threatened again.

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