New Zealand’s Colin Munro has become the first man to score three centuries in T20 Internationals. He smashed his third T20I ton against West Indies in the third T20I at Bay Oval, Maunt Maunganui.
Before the start of the match, only Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma and Munro had two T20I centuries with none having three.
Munro scored fifties in the first and second T20Is. He scored his third consecutive fifty in 26 balls, becoming the 16th to score three successive half-centuries in T20I cricket. He didn’t stop by only scoring fifty, but drove towards another hundred.
The left-hander brought up his third T20I ton and fourth in T20Is in 47 balls. This is the joint sixth-fastest T20I hundred. He was dismissed after scoring 104 runs off 53 balls including 3 fours and 10 sixes. His 10 sixes is the joint fifth-most sixes in an innings and the joint most by a New Zealander.
Munro scored 101 against Bangladesh at the same venue Bay Oval in early 2017. He went to on become the first man to score two T20I hundreds in a calendar year with 109* against India in Rajkot.
In 2012, former New Zealand skipper McCullum became the first to two T20I tons with 123 against Bangladesh in the World T20. Gayle joined the list with 100* against England in 2016 World T20. Lewis, Munro, Rohit – all scored their second T20 ton last year.
New Zealand posted 243/5 in 20 overs, their highest and the seventh-highest total in T20Is. Their previous highest total was 214/6 against Australia in Christchurch in 2010.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com