Fastest centuries in World Cup
The pressure of the World Cup has brought about some of the cricket's best performances. Since its first edition when Clive Lloyd scorched to an 82-ball hundred against Australia, the game has seen many batting performances have dazzled all except the bowlers in the line of fire.
<b>Fastest World Cup hundreds</b><br><br> The pressure of the World Cup has brought about some of the cricket's best performances. Since its first edition when Clive Lloyd scorched to an 82-ball hundred against Australia, many batting performances have dazzled all except the bowlers in the line of fire. <br><br> Some came out as surprises, while some as batting masterpieces, but they all were extremely exciting. Here is the list of the fastest hundreds smashed in the World Cup history.
<b>Kevin O'Brien (50 balls), March 2, 2011</b><br><br> Ireland's Kevin O'Brien became the fastest World Cup centurion belting 100 runs off just half the balls hitting 13 boundaries and 6 sixes against England. It was also the 6th fastest ODI century. (Getty Images)
<b>Matthew Hayden (66 balls), March 24, 2007 </b><br><br> Matthew Hayden hit the fastest century in World Cup history against South Africa. Hayden raced to three figures off just 66 balls taking Australia to a score of 377/6. Australia won the game by 83 runs. (Getty Images)
<b>John Davison (67 balls), February 23, 2003</b><br><br> Canadian opener John Davison took the world by storm at the 2003 World Cup, shocking the West Indies with his ton that came off just 67 balls. Davison however, ended up on the losing side as the West Indies raced to a seven-wicket victory. <br><br>Davison's hurricane inning of 111 off 76 balls accounted for more than half of his side's total of 202. (Getty Images)
<b>Adam Gilchrist (72 balls), April 28, 2007</b><br><br> Adam Gilchrist scored a century in just 72 balls, the fastest in a World Cup Final against Sri Lanka. His century was 10 balls faster than the previous record of 82 balls set by West Indies captain Clive Lloyd in the 1975 final against Australia. His 149-run innings, containing 13 fours and eight sixes, was the highest individual score in a final, bettering his captain Ricky Ponting's 140 not out against India four years ago. <br><br>He put on 172 for the first wicket with opener Matthew Hayden, another World Cup final record, to propel Australia to 281/4 from their 38 overs in the rain-reduced match. (Getty Images)
<b>Mahela Jayawardene (80 balls), February 20, 2011</b><br><br> Sri Lanka's prolific batsman Mahela Jayawardene equalled Virender Sehwag's feat when he tore apart the Canadian bowling in Sri Lanka's opening game of the 2011 World Cup, hitting 100 off 80 balls. His knock guided Sri Lanka to 332/7 and lifted the side to a 210-run win over Canada. (AFP Photo)
<b>Virender Sehwag (81 balls), March 19, 2007</b><br><br> Indian opener Virender Sehwag smashed an 81-ball hundred against minnows Bermuda at the 2007 edition. He finished with a score of 114 off 87 balls and helped India score the highest World Cup score of 413 at Port of Spain. <br><br>The score was enough to help India coast to a 257 run win - the largest margin of victory in World Cup history. (Getty Images)