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Fastest T20 century: Namibian player John Nicole Lofty-Eaton scored the fastest T20 century in men’s international cricket

Namibia’s Jan Nicole Lofty-Eaton created history by scoring the fastest T20 century in men’s international cricket against Nepal.

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Lofty-Eaton made history with the fastest men’s T20 century in cricket. (Photo: Nepal Cricket)

John Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Smashes Fastest T20 Century in Nepal Tri-Series

Namibia’s 22-year-old sensation John Nicole Lofty-Eaton etched his name in cricket history by scoring the fastest T20 century in men’s international cricket. This historic moment happened in the Nepal triangular T20I series, Where Namibia faced host country Nepal at Kirtipur Cricket Ground.

Lofty-Eaton’s heroics are a crucial one for Namibia, as they find themselves at 62 for 3 in the 11th over against Nepal. Undaunted, Lofty-Eaton came in and immediately started scoring runs at the opposition bowlers. His attack helped him complete his century in just 33 balls, surpassing Nepal’s Kushal Malla’s previous record by a single ball.

The innings of this young batsman, adorned with 11 fours and eight sixes, was no less than brilliant. Notably, Lofty-Eaton’s boundary count of 92 set a new record for the most runs scored via boundaries by a player in T20 Internationals. His innings not only took Namibia to a strong score of 206/4 but also broke the morale of the Nepali bowlers.

Partnering with Malan Kruger, Lofty-Eaton scored 135 runs for the fourth wicket off just 52 balls. Kruger played an important supporting role while opening the innings and remained unbeaten on 59 runs from 48 balls.

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Lofty-Eaton’s explosive start laid the foundation for a record-breaking innings

The fireworks started right from the start of Lofty-Eaton’s innings, as he hit two sixes and a four from his first six balls, making it certain that the record was about to be broken. His half-century came in just 18 balls, showcasing his ability to accelerate the scoring at a remarkable pace.

In addition to his batting talents, Lofty-Eaton demonstrated his all-round ability by contributing with the ball. The young cricketer claimed two wickets for 29 runs in his three overs, making his impact on the game even stronger. His brilliant all-round performance earned him the Player of the Match award.

Century sets the stage for a thrilling T20 tri-series final in Nepal

In the final chapter of the match, Nepal attempted to chase down the target set by Namibia. But Nepal was out for 186 runs in the 19th over.

The match not only marked Lofty-Eaton’s record-breaking century, but also set the stage for an exciting T20I tri-series, also involving the Netherlands. The final on March 5 is set to be a thrilling contest as Namibia aim to build on the momentum of their impressive opener.

The record for the fastest century in men’s T20 Internationals is now held by Lofty-Eaton, while the overall record in T20 cricket is still held by Chris Gayle. The legendary West Indies player achieved this feat in just 30 balls while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in 2013. Lofty-Eaton’s name has joined the ranks of record breakers, adding a new chapter to the rich history of T20 International cricket.

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