Sports Desk: The highest run in 11 ODIs is 72. Fifty is the same. This time the batsman of such a simple performance introduced himself anew. Oman’s opener Jatindar Singh gifted a record-breaking century in a devastating century.
Jatindar scored a 60-ball century in the ICC Cricket World Cup League Two match against Nepal in Muscat on Tuesday.
This is the record for the fastest century in both the League Two and the World Cricket League Championship. It is also now the record for the fastest ODI century by an ICC ally.
Kevin O’Brien of Ireland, however, holds the record for the fastest ODI century as an ally. He scored a century off 50 balls on the way to losing to England in the 2011 World Cup. However, Ireland is now a full member country.
John Davison of Canada previously held the record for the fastest ODI century among the current allies.
In the 2003 World Cup against the West Indies, Davison scored a century off 8 balls in Centurion.
On the way to overtaking Davison, Jatinder’s storm started from the first over. Oman’s run chase started by holding Nepal to 198 runs. Jatindar started with a boundary in the first over by Sompal Kamir. In the next over, he hit four sixes to Vikram.
In the fifth over, Kami was bowled out by Jatinder for three fours and 30 runs in six overs. Later, Karan Casey hit fifty off two boundaries off just 21 balls.
He could not touch the record of the fastest ODI fifty among the batsmen of the allied countries for a short while. Richie Barrington of Scotland holds the record for the most number of balls.
Even after the fifth, he kept running at the speed of the storm. Karan took 20 runs in one over, with three fours and one six. Susan Bhari hit a six.
He scored 90 runs with only 40 balls. Probably because it is close to a hundred, then proceed very carefully. It takes 20 balls to make the next 10 runs.
From 99, he finally set foot on the boundary with the ball of Kushal Malla. The next ball of the century hit another boundary and got out in the next ball.
His innings stopped at 106 off 72 balls with 12 fours and 6 sixes. Oman won the match by 5 wickets with 113 balls remaining.
The work of Jatindar and Oman, however, was a bit easier, as Nepal’s star leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichan was injured and could not bowl.
As the name suggests, Jatinder Singh’s roots are in India. He was born in 1969 in Ludhiana, Punjab. But growing up in Oman. He has played for Oman at all levels, starting from the under-19 team.
This is Oman’s fourth ODI century in 2019. Akib Elias scored a century in two consecutive matches against Nepal and the United States last year. Oman captain Jisan Maqsood also scored a century in that match against the United States. This time Jatindar did.