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CWC 2023: Twitter erupts as Kusal Mendis hits dazzling ton against Pakistan; fastest-ever by a Sri Lankan in World Cup history

Sri Lankan cricket sensation Kusal Mendis left the cricketing world in awe as he blazed his way to a remarkable century in Match 8 of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 against Pakistan. His dazzling century, achieved in record-breaking fashion, set social media ablaze.

Mendis lights up Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium

Mendis showcased his extraordinary batting prowess at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, where he embarked on a breathtaking innings. From the very outset, Mendis launched an onslaught on the Pakistani bowlers, leaving spectators and fans on the edge of their seats.

Early entry and explosive partnerships

Mendis entered the crease early in the innings after Sri Lanka lost opener Kusal Perera in just the second over. Undeterred by the early setback, Mendis forged a sensational partnership of 102 runs for the second wicket alongside Pathum Nissanka, who contributed a splendid 51 to the team’s cause.

Continuing his onslaught, Mendis then joined forces with Sadeera Samarawickrama, and together, they added 111 runs for the third wicket. This partnership kept the Pakistani bowlers at bay and solidified Sri Lanka’s position.

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Record-breaking century

However, the standout moment of the match came when Mendis reached his century. Mendis achieved this remarkable feat with a flick over deep mid-wicket, racing to triple figures off just 65 deliveries. This century was not only a testament to his exceptional skill but also the fastest-ever by a Sri Lankan in the history of ODI World Cups.

Mendis’s extraordinary innings finally came to an end when he was dismissed by Hasan Ali, having amassed a breathtaking 122 runs from just 77 balls. His innings was studded with 14 boundaries and 6 massive sixes, leaving the Pakistani bowlers shell-shocked.

Fastest Century by Sri Lankan Batters in ODI World Cups (Balls Faced):

65: Kusal Mendis vs Pakistan, 2023
70: Kumar Sangakkara vs England, 2015
73: Kumar Sangakkara vs Bangladesh, 2015
80: Mahela Jayawardene vs Canada, 2011

Unsurprisingly, Mendis’s scintillating century set Twitter abuzz with cricket enthusiasts and fans showering praise on the Sri Lankan star. Twitter erupted with congratulatory messages and appreciation for his record-breaking performance.

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Here is how Twitter reacted:

#CWC #Twitter #erupts #Kusal #Mendis #hits #dazzling #ton #Pakistan #fastestever #Sri #Lankan #World #Cup #history

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