George Munsey slams 2nd fastest T20I ton, falls short of record jointly held by Rohit Sharma, David Miller
In the ongoing Ireland T20I tri-nation series, Scotland and Netherlands locked horns in the second match of the series in Dublin on Monday (September 16). Apart from the coin toss, nothing clicked for the Netherlands side as Scotland ended their innings at 252 for 3 courtesy opener George Munsey's 127 not out.
Not only did Scotland register the sixth-highest T20I total in history, Munsey's unbeaten century saw him register the second-fastest T20I ton. The left-hander came out all guns blazing and smashed everything dropped on his arc. Thus, he reached the triple figures in 41 balls and fell short of the fastest T20I hundred, jointly held by Rohit Sharma (India), David Miller (South Africa) and Sudesh Wickramasekara (Czech Republic). The trio had got to the feat in just 35 deliveries each.
In addition, Munsey's 127 now is fifth in the list in terms of most runs in an innings in a T20I. He has surpassed some of the big names in international cricket such as Rohit Sharma, Brendon McCullum, Babar Hayat, Faf du Plessis, Evin Lewis, Shane Watson, Mohammad Shahzad, Chris Gayle and the likes.
Munsey remains behind Australia's limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (who features twice in the list), Glenn Maxwell and Afghanistan's Hazmatullah Zazai.
Munsey came out to bat with skipper Kyle Coetzer (89) and stitched an impressive 200-run stand to set the tone for the rest of the innings. The openers made their intentions clear from the onset and Netherlands' erratic bowling display triggered the onslaught from Scottish batsmen. Munsey carried his bat and attacked Max ODowd for 6, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6 in an over to finish with as many as 14 sixes and five fours. Thus, 81.88 per cent of his total runs came in boundaries.
It will be interesting to see how the Netherlands approach the daunting run-chase. As of now, the momentum certainly lies with the Scotland camp following Munsey's blitz.