DAVID Miller hit the fasted century in T20 international history off only 35 balls as the Proteas beat Bangladesh by 83 runs to clinch the series 2-0 at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom yesterday.
It turned out to be the Miller show yesterday after coming in the 11th over. He was dropped on 0 off Rubel Hossain before he started his power hitting. Miller was given another life as Mushfiqur could not pull off a stumping and Bangladesh paid for those errors. He kept going and soon brought up his halfcentury off just 23 balls as he looked confident and started to accelerate further.
He hit five sixes in the 19th over making it a 31 run over bowled by Mohammad Saifuddin. In the end, he finished unbeaten on 101 off 36 balls as the Proteas set Bangladesh a huge target of 224. Miller was pleased with his contribution after guiding the Proteas to a huge target and scoring the fastest century.
“It’s a really special feeling. I tried to watch the ball and back myself,” Miller said. “I was scratchy, to be honest in the beginning and towards the back end it turned out to be sweet. Anything over 200 is good, good wicket here in Potch.” Veteran Hashim Amla also played well as he scored 85 runs off 51 balls but the day, belonged to Miller.
After winning the toss, Bangladesh elected to field first a decision which backfired as the Proteas punished them. After being set a target of 224, the Bangladesh chase got off to the worst possible start as they lost three quick wickets and failed to recover from there. It was always going to be difficult to chase down that target from the onset and Bangladesh continued to lose wickets in trying to keep up with the run rate.
Bangladesh were quickly reduced to 37/4 in the sixth over with JP Duminy and Robbie Frylinck among the wickets. The only resistance from the visitors came from opener Soumya Sarker (44), Mahmudullah (24) and Mohammad Saifuddin (25). Aaron Phangiso (2/31), Duminy (2/23) were the pick of the bowlers for the home side. The Proteas have now completed a clean sweep in all formats against the visitors.