Corey Anderson and Jesse Ryder, the two New Zealand batsmen who welcomed the 2014 for New Zealand in style, by setting the Queenstown cricket ground on fire with their ballistic knocks.
The Kiwi allrounder, Anderson smashed the fastest century in ODI history, racing to 101 off just 36 balls on Wednesday. Anderson, struck 14 sixes and six fours in his whirl-wind knock to register his name in the record books. He broke the previous record, held by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi, by one ball.
His batting partner, Ryder also took the West Indies bowling to the cleaners in the rain-shortened game, making 101 off 46 balls. New Zealand scored an unbelievable 283 for 4 in a rain-curtailed ODI match, which was reduced to 21-over-a-side game. The duo stitched together an astounding 191-run partnership from 12.3 overs.
Batting first in the rain-curtailed third ODI in Queenstown, New Zealand scored 283 for 4 in 21 overs at 13.47 runs per over.
Could New Zealand have scored a 500-plus score, had the match not been curtailed by rain to 21-over game? The way Anderson and Ryder batted, New Zealand could have reached 674 runs in 50 overs at that run-rate.
On the contrary, if the match would have been a 50-over match, New Zealand's approach could have been different. The batsmen would have looked for a more sedate approach and aimed the Powerplays for quick runs. But considering, how the batting has evolved with the advent of T20 cricket, the score of 674 was very much possible.
The highest ever score in the 50-over format was posted by Sri Lanka, 443 for 9 against Netherlands in 2006, which Sri Lanka won comfortably by 195 runs. Prior to that, South Africa chased down a mammoth 434 runs set by Australia in the same year. The Proteas won the match by 1 wicket.