Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shoaib Breaks 100mph Barrier

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shoaib Breaks 100mph Barrier

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PAKISTAN'S Shoaib Akhtar broke cricket's equivalent of the four minute mile when he became the first bowler to break the 100mph barrier at the weekend.

The fast bowler, nicknamed the 'Rawalpindi Express', delivered the devastating ball in the third one-day international against New Zealand in Lahore.

Although Akhtar finished without a wicket as his side defeated New Zealand by 66 runs, he was clocked at 100.04mph with the sixth ball of his second over to Craig McMillan.

"According to the speed gun operated at the ground, Shoaib Akhtar bowled a delivery at a speed off 161kph (100.04mph)," the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement. "I am delighted to bowl that fast - the speed machine is authentic and it should be acknowledged throughout the world," Shoaib said.

The previous record for the fastest delivery was held by Australia's Jeff Thomson, who was timed at 99.8 mph (160.5 kph) in 1975 in controlled conditions.

Shoaib, who along with Australia's Brett Lee is acknowledged as the fastest of today's first- class bowlers, only bowled four overs in the victory. …

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