Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sanath Jayasuriya - 100 off 64 balls - Sri Lanka vs Netherlands - Amstelveen 2006 | Fastest ODI tons ever series [Part - 3]

Sanath Jayasuriya - 100 off 64 balls - Sri Lanka vs Netherlands - Amstelveen 2006

Sri Lanka vs Netherlands was always going to be a mismatch and it was on the cards that records would be set left, right and centre.

Sri Lanka notching up the highest score ever in ODIs 443 for nine in 50 overs was then no real surprise and Jayasuriya (seen here) at 37 and well past his heyday really came to the party.

He had long ceased to be the most feared batsman in ODIs, but on this day he really enjoyed himself and conveyed that enjoyment to the spectators. Opening the innings with Upul Tharanga Jayasuriya reached his half century off 34 balls with seven fours and a six.

After Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene had been dismissed with 88 runs scored, Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara commened the rout of the Dutch bowling with a third wicket partnership of 149 runs.

Jayasuriya reached his hundred off 64 balls with 15 fours and a six and continued to regale the audience with strokes all round the wicket reaching 150 off exactly 100 balls. He was fourth out at 291 after hitting 157 from 104 deliveries with 24 fours and a six.

With Tillekeratne Dilshan also getting a hundred, Sri Lanka were able to get their record total up on the board and then bowled out the Dutchmen for 248 in the penultimate over.

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