Kusal Mendis Hit Fastest Century By A Sri Lankan In ODI World Cup 2023
Pakistan won their 2nd CWC 2023 game in a row after Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan’s hundreds helped the team chase down a record target in the ICC ODI World Cup history. A few more records have been made in this game, including the fastest hundred by a Sri Lankan batter. Kusal Mendis scored the fastest hundred by a Sri Lankan batter in the ICC ODI World Cup history. Unfortunately, he ended up on the losing side as Pakistan chased down the target with 6 wickets and 10 balls left.
Kusal Mendis scored the fastest hundred for Sri Lanka in World Cup history
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka decided to bat first. They lost Kusal Perera early in the inning. But then comes Kusal Mendis at the crease to join P Nissanka. The pair added 102 runs for the 2nd wicket.
Sadeera Samarawickrama joined Kusal Mendis at the crease after that partnership. Kusal Mendis was going after the Pakistani bowlers all over the park. He has played so many good shots throughout his inning and went on to score the fastest hundred for Sri Lanka in the ICC ODI World Cup history.
Kusal Mendis completed his century in just 65 balls on the first ball of the 27th over of the inning. He completed his century by hitting a six to Hasan Ali over deep mid-wicket.
Kushal Mendis is in good form right now
The 28-year-old Kusal Mendis is coming into this World Cup 2023 with good form. He scored a century in a warm-up game against Afghanistan. Then, he played an outstanding knock of 76 runs off 42 balls with 4 fours and 8 sixes. Unfortunately, the target was too big, and he ended up on the losing side.
Sadeera Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis helped Sri Lanka to post a big total
The pair added 111 runs for the 3rd wicket. Kusal Mendis went on to score his highest score in ODI cricket. He scored 122 runs off 77 balls with 14 fours and 6 sixes. Sadeera also reached his century in the 46th over.
Pakistan pulled it back in the last few overs
Pakistan has pulled it back in the last few overs of the Sri Lankan inning. At one stage, Sri Lanka was set to put 370+ on the board. But only 50 runs came in the last 9 overs.
Rizwan and Shafique set up a record run chase for Pakistan
Pakistan lost Imam ul Haq and Babar Azam early in a run chase and the target looked far from them. But the pair of Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique steadied the ship for the team and set up a record run chase. Both the batters scored a magnificent hundred. Rizwan remained not out on 131 off 121 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes.
Pakistan won the game with 6 wickets and 10 balls left. A few records have been made in this game. Let’s see it one by one.
Record For Sri Lankan Player Kusal Mendis
The right-hander becomes the fastest Sri Lankan batter to score a century in the ICC ODI World Cup history. He also made his highest score in the ODIs in this game (122). Sri Lanka will now play their next game against Australia on October 16 at Lucknow.
Pakistan chased down the highest score in the ICC ODI World Cup history
Pakistan chased down a target of 345, which is the highest in the ICC ODI World Cup history. They went past Ireland’s 328 vs England in WC 2011.
4 Centuries in one game | CWC 2023
For the first time in an ODI World Cup game, 4 players hit 4 centuries in one game. Sadeera Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis scored hundreds from Sri Lanka and Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan scored hundreds from Pakistan.
Overall, it is only the third time that 4 centuries have been made in an ODI match.
Pakistan remained unbeaten against Sri Lanka
Pakistan kept their record intact against Sri Lanka in an ODI WC. They haven’t lost any single game (8 games total) against Sri Lanka in an ODI World Cup.
Highest individual score by a Pakistani wicketkeeper in World Cup.
Mohammad Rizwan has made the highest individual score in an inning by a Pakistani wicketkeeper batter in an ODI World Cup.
Kusal Mendis is in good form. And Sri Lanka would hope that he will continue this form going forward in this WC. Let’s see how Sri Lanka does in this WC. They are still looking for their first win in CWC 2023.
What do you think? Will Sri Lanka win against Australia in Lucknow? Lucknow is traditionally helpful for the spinners. And Sri Lanka has a few good spinners in the team. Let’s see how they do. Make your prediction on this in the comment section below.
Who scored the fastest 100 in the ODI World Cup?
IND vs AFG match: Rohit Sharma hits the fastest ODI World Cup hundred in just 63 balls.
Who is the most Wicket Taker in ICC ODI World Cup 2023
Mitchell Santner, the New Zealand all-rounder is leading the most wicket-taker list in ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He took 7 wickets in just 2 matches. Mitchell Santner, is in the 1st position followed by Hasan Ali & Jasprit Bumrah.
Who will win this ODI World Cup 2023?
The host nation has always had the home advantage. For example, India in 2011, Australia in 2015, and England in 2019. Team India is in very good form and delivering good performance in the ongoing World Cup 2023. India are the clear favourite to win this World Cup 2023