Colin Munro blazed 104 off 53 balls against the West Indies at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui , becoming the first man to score three hundreds in the international game.
The Black Caps opener reached 100 in 47 balls, which made his the fastest century by a New Zealander in the game’s shortest format, pushing Brendon McCullum’s 50-baller against Australia in Christchurch in 2010 into second place.
He hit 10 sixes in his knock, equalling Corey Anderson’s record for the most by a New Zealander set a year ago on the same wicket.
Besides Munro, there are other four batsmen who have scored two centuries in T20Is — Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Brendon McCullum and Rohit Sharma. Munro completed his century inside 47 balls, which is his fastest as the previous two came in 52 and 54 balls against Bangladesh and India respectively in 2017.
With this century, Munro also became the first batsman to smash two centuries in T20Is in a single season — 2017-18. His previous century in the season came against India at Rajkot.
He becomes only second batsman to hit three 50-plus scores in a bilateral T20I series after Virat Kohli did against Australia in 2016.