Richard Levi hits fastest Twenty20 international century

Second Twenty20 international, Hamilton:

South Africa 174-2 (16 overs) beat New Zealand 173-4 (20 overs) by eight wickets

Match scorecard

South Africa's Richard Levi hit the fastest Twenty20 international century as the Proteas beat New Zealand by eight wickets in Hamilton.

Levi reached three figures off just 45 balls, which included a record 13 sixes.

In just his second international match, the 24-year-old opener made an unbeaten 117 from 67 balls.

Highest T20 international scores

117: Richard Levi (South Africa)

117: Chris Gayle (West Indies)

116: Brandon McCullum (New Zealand)

104: Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)

101: Suresh Raina (India)

Levi tops the list of the highest individual score recorded in a Twenty20 international.

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has also reached 117 but needed six more balls to do so, while New Zealand's Brendon McCullum sits just below with 116.

Levi got his first 50 from 25 balls, and took just 20 more balls to reach his ton.

His remarkable feat ensured South Africa eased to the 174-run target to level the three-game series heading into the deciding match on Wednesday.