Colin De Grandhomme scored a fast century, which was his first, when he hammered the Windies bowling attack to complete a century in just 71 balls on day two of the first Test.
De Grandhomme’s century was the second fastest century by a New Zealand batsman just behind Brendan McCullum who scored a century in just 54 balls against Australia in 2016. His knock helped the Kiwis to take a 313 runs lead in the first innings. New Zealand was 447/9 at stumps on day two.
Grandhomme’s century was the joint ninth fastest century in Test cricket and the fastest century against the Windies in their history. Grandhomme came to the crease just after the tea interval and completed this feat in just a session’s play. Grandhomme surpassed the previous record of a fastest maiden century of England’s Gilbert Jessop in 76 deliveries in 1902.
Grandhomme scored 105 off 74 deliveries in the last session of the day. He became the sixth New Zealand batsmen to score a century in a single session. De Grandhomme’ first 50 came in 44 deliveries but as he settled down, his second century came in just 27 balls as he hit 11 fours and three sixes. He smashed a window at the cricket museum with a monstrous hit. His previous best in Test cricket was 57 not out.
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|56||Misbah-ul-Haq||Pakistan v Australia||Abu Dhabi||2014/15|
|57||AC Gilchrist||Australia v England||Perth||2006/07|
|67||JM Gregory||Australia v South Africa||Johannesburg||1921/22|
|69||S Chanderpaul||West Indies v Australia||Georgetown||2002/03|
|69||DA Warner||Australia v India||Perth||2011/12|
|70||CH Gayle||West Indies v Australia||Perth||2009/10|
|71||RC Fredericks||West Indies v Australia||Perth||1975/76|
|71||C de Grandhomme||New Zealand v West Indies||Wellington||2017/18|
|74||Majid Khan||Pakistan v New Zealand||Karachi||1976/77|