Kusal Mendis, the batting powerhouse of Sri Lanka, scored the fastest century for Sri Lanka in the ODI World Cup history today, on October 10, in a match against Pakistan at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.
Coming in to bat early due to Sri Lanka’s early blow when Kusal Perera was dismissed in the second over with the score at 5-1, Kusal Mendis assumed the role of stabilizer first and then went on to craft a vital 102-run partnership with opener Pathum Nissanka.
With an air of absolute calmness and control, Kusal Mendis faced the Pakistan bowlers head-on, peppering the field with his powerful strokes. He brought up his century with a towering six against Hasal Ali on the first delivery of the 27th over.
The wicket-keeper batter perished in the 28.5 overs off Hasan Ali’s bowling for 122 runs from 77 balls. Earlier Mendis started off the World Cup campaign with a half-century knock against South Africa. He hammered 76 runs from 42 balls.