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02-Mar-2011 17:02:00 GMT
England v Ireland, Group B, World Cup 2011, Bangalore

Kevin O'Brien Hits Fastest World Cup Hundred

Banglaore: Ireland's Kevin O'Brien smashed the fastest century in World Cup history on Wednesday when he reached the landmark off just 50 balls against England.

O'Brien beat Australian Matthew Hayden's record of a century off 66 balls against South Africa at St Kitts in the 2007 tournament.

The 26-year-old O'Brien hit 13 boundaries and six sixes in his blistering century at the Chinnaswamy Stadium which was also the sixth fastest ODI ton of all time.

Chasing England's 327-8, O'Brien shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 162 with Alex Cusack (47) as Ireland targeted a famous victory.

Pakistan's Shahid Afridi hit the fastest century of all time off 37 balls against Sri Lanka in Kenya in 1996.

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