Sanath Jayasuriya - 100 off 48 balls - Sri Lanka vs Pakistan at Singapore 1996
Sri Lanka had just won the World Cup during which Sanath Jayasuriya (seen here) had built his reputation as the `Matara Mauler’. He didn’t waste any time in showing why he enjoyed his exalted status.
In the first match of the Singer Cup he launched an astonishing onslaught on the Pakistan bowling which included Waqar Younis, Aaqib Javed and Saqlain Mushtaq. After Romesh Kaluwitharana fell at 40, Jayasuriya totally dominated a second wicket partnership of 156 runs with Asanka Gurusinha.
During the course of a truly amazing innings Jayasuriya broke one record after another. In reaching his 100 off 48 balls he broke the previous mark of Md Azharuddin (62 balls) for the fastest century in ODIs. In hitting eleven sixes he broke Gordon Greenidge’s record of eight sixes for most number of such strokes in ODIs.
In one over from Aamir Sohail there were 30 runs scored - the most number of runs in a single over in an ODI. Jayasuriya hit 29 and there was one wide.
Gurusinha (29) was second out at 196 and Jayasuriya fell a run later but not before hitting 134 off 65 balls. Besides the eleven sixes he hit the same number of fours.
Sri Lanka went on to get 349 for nine in 50 overs and it is to Pakistan’s credit that they got as much as 315 before being bowled out in the last over.