New Delhi: Australian swashbuckling middle order batsman Glenn Maxwell scored the second fastest century against Sri Lanka in the 40-year history of the World Cup.
This was his maiden hundred in 45 ODIs which came in 51 balls, falling just short of the World Cup record of 50 balls for a hundred set by Ireland's Kevin O'Brien against England in Bangalore four years ago.
He also became the fastest batsmen to score a century in the history of ODI cricket in Australia.
Maxwell however trying to hit another over the boundary failed to get away with the full-toss delivery from Perera, and was easily caught by Malinga at mid-on. Having faced 53 balls he scored 102 runs including 10 fours and four sixes.
His innings saw him go past South Africa captain AB de Villiers in the World Cup list for quick centuries after the Proteas` skipper struck a 52-ball hundred against the West Indies, also at the SCG, on February 27.
De Villiers though holds the record for the fastest century in any one-day international, off just 31 balls, against the West Indies in Johannesburg on January 18 this year.