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Women’s T20 cricket has taken a giant leap in recent times, especially with the promising developments in franchise cricket. The entertainment factor in the shortest format makes it extremely appealing to fans and players alike.

A batter smashing a century is one of the most riveting parts of T20 cricket. However, doing it in the quickest time possible is a challenge only a few cricketers have been able to master in the women’s game. New Zealand’s Sophie Devine holds the record for the fastest century in Women’s T20 history, achieving the feat in only 36 balls. 

Meanwhile, Deandra Dottin, the fearless West Indies’ batter, has scored the fastest century in Women’s T20 Internationals. The Barbados-born cricketer recorded the first-ever WT20I ton against South Africa Women in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in 2010.

The Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur has registered the fastest hundred by an Indian in Women’s T20Is. Her mesmerising innings in the ICC Women's World T20 2018 against New Zealand allowed her to feature in the top 10 of the all-time list of fastest T20 century at the international level.

Australia, on the other hand, have three batters - Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney - in the top 10. While Healy’s 46-ball rampage gives her the second spot, Lanning makes the list twice. With Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt, the English side also has two players with quickfire WT20I tons in the top 10.

Get the full list of the fastest centuries in Women’s T20 Internationals.

Fastest century in Women’s T20 Internationals

Player

Team

Balls

Opponent

Year

Deandra Dottin

West Indies Women

38

South Africa Women

2010

Alyssa Healy

Australia Women

46

Sri Lanka Women

2019

Tammy Beaumont

England Women

47

South Africa Women

2018

Harmanpreet Kaur

India Women

49

New Zealand Women

2018

Fargana Hoque

Bangladesh Women

51

Maldives Women

2019

Meg Lanning

Australia Women

51

England Women

2019

Danni Wyatt

England Women

52

India Women

2018

Meg Lanning

Australia Women

53

Ireland Women

2014

Beth Mooney

Australia Women

54

Sri Lanka Women

2019

Fatuma Kibasu

Tanzania Women

54

Eswatini Women

2021

Deandra Dottin (West Indies Women) - 38 balls vs South Africa Women

Deandra Dottin is revered as one of the most dangerous all-rounders in Women’s T20 cricket. Her century off 38 balls against South Africa Women, which was the first-ever ton in Women’s T20 Internationals, still remains the fastest.

Dottin, who came in to bat in the 10th over, smashed 112 runs off only 45 balls against the Proteas in the T20 World Cup group stage clash in 2010. Striking at 248.88, her blitzkrieg knock included seven fours and nine sixes.

West Indies Women beat the South African side, courtesy of her brave batting efforts. 

Alyssa Healy (Australia Women) - 46 balls vs Sri Lanka Women

Australia’s Alyssa Healy, reputed as the most menacing wicketkeeper-batter in WT20Is, ranks second on this list after her 46-ball century against Sri Lanka in 2019. 

The Lankan side were on the wrong end of Healy’s wrath in Sydney as she slammed 148 runs in 61 balls - the then-highest individual score in WT20Is - while staying unbeaten to help Australia post 226/2. Her jaw-dropping knock featured 19 fours and seven maximums. 

While the innings was a match-winning one, it remains Healy’s only ton in Women’s T20 Internationals. 

Tammy Beaumont (England Women) - 47 balls vs South Africa Women

English opener Tammy Beaumont set the stage on fire at Taunton in June 2018 against South Africa. Making the most of an opportunity to bat first, she amassed an eye-catching century in just 47 balls, helping England score 250/3 in 20 overs. It is the second-highest team total by a full-member nation in WT20Is.

Beaumont hit 22 boundaries in her knock, including four maximums, while scoring at an incredible rate of 223.07. The 116-run performance helped her finish as the top run-scorer in that tri-series with 256 runs, featuring England, South Africa and New Zealand.

 

Photo credits: Alamy

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