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List of Fastest Centuries in World Cup Cricket

Ireland, a relatively smaller cricketing nation defeated England by 3 wickets and 5 balls to spare in the ongoing Cricket world cup 2011. Score: England 327-8 Ireland 329-7.

The specialty of the match was Ireland batsman Kevin O’Brien's the fastest World Cup century in 50 balls which is also the sixth fastest in the history of one-day internationals. O'Brien overtook the previous record by Australia's Matthew Hayden who scored century from 66 balls against South Africa in 2007.

The list of fastest centuries in World Cup history is as follows:

50 balls: Kevin O’Brien (Ireland) v England, Bangalore, 2011

66 balls: Matthew Hayden (Australia) v South Africa, St Kitts, 2007

67 balls: John Davison (Canada) v West Indies, Centurion, 2003

72 balls: Kapil Dev (India) v Zimbabwe, Tunbridge Wells, 1983

72 balls: Adam Gilchrist (Australia) v Sri Lanka, Bridgetown, 2007

80 balls: Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) v Canada, Hambantota, 2011

Fastest Centuries in One Day Internationals

102 (100 from 37 balls) S Afridi (v SL) 1996

147* (100 from 44) M Boucher (v Zim) 2006

117 (100 from 45) B Lara (v Bang) Oct 1999

102 (100 from 45) S Afridi (v Ind) 2005

134 (100 from 48) S Jayasuriya (v Pak) 1996

*113 (100 from 50) K O’Brien (v England) 2011

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