Fastest Fifties in IPL History

The cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), one of the best T20 leagues in the world, has become a source of entertainment for all the cricketing fans around the globe. With their performances, both batters and bowlers have shone in the IPL over the years. Scoring runs is important in any format, but scoring it quickly is even more challenging. Several batters participating in IPL have aced this challenge. IPL 2022 is also set to witness many batting exhibition.

Meanwhile, Let’s take a look at the Top 5 fastest fifties in the IPL history

5.Ishan Kishan - 16 balls

MI, who went into the match to improve their NRR for a place in the top four, won the toss in the in their last league stage math against SRH in IPL 2021 and opted to bat first. Kishan opened the innings and slammed a half-century off just 16 balls. The southpaw notched up 84 runs off just 32 balls as his blitzes were the top cricket news that day. MI eventually posted 235/9, subsequently winning the match by 42 runs.

4.Suresh Raina - 16 balls

This has to be one of the most destructive knock in the IPL history. In the Qualifier 2 match against Punjab Kings in Mumbai in IPL 2014, Raina’s CSK was set a target of mammoth 227. Coming in to bat at number three, Raina started his innings with all guns blazing as the southpaw brought up his fifty off 16 balls. He got out on 87 off just 25 deliveries with 12 crisp fours and six maximums with an unbelievable strike rate of 348.00. Such was his impact in the chase that CSK mustered 100 runs in the powerplay but couldn’t find a place in the final as they lost the clash.

3.Sunil Narine - 15 balls

Sunil Narine started opening the batting with only one thing in mind - see the ball hit the ball. And the Trinidadian wreaked havoc in the RCB camp when he hit almost everything to register joint-second fastest fifty in 15 deliveries against Virat Kohli’s team in IPL 2017. Chasing 159, Narine opened the innings with Chris Lynn and smashed 54 off 17 balls which included six fours and four sixes with a strike rate of 317.65. KKR eventually chased down the target in just 15.1 overs.

2.Yusuf Pathan - 15 balls

Yusuf Pathan and KKR had their eyes set on a top-two finish. Hence, they needed to chase 161 against SRH in 15.2 overs in their last league-stage game of IPL 2014. Then it was absolute carnage at the Eden Gardens as KKR chased down 162 in just 14.2 overs thanks to Pathan power as he went bonkers to smash a fifty in 15 deliveries. He scored 72 off 22 balls with five fours and seven humongous sixes with a strike rate of 327.27, helping KKR cross the line in 14.2 overs.

 1.KL Rahul - 14 balls

The Bangalore-born Rahul went absolutely berserk right from the start while opening the batting For Punjab Kings against Delhi Capitals in the second match of IPL 2018 in Mohali. Chasing a target of 167, the right-handed batter slammed a half-century off just 14 balls, as he gave his team a brilliant start. Punjab eventually won the match by six wickets. Rahul scored 51 of just 16 balls with six fours and fours maximums with a staggering strike rate of 318.75.

Fastest fifties in the history of IPL:

Players Team Opposition Year Venue Balls
KL Rahul Punjab Kings Delhi Capitals 2018 Mohali 14
Yusuf Pathan Kolkata Knight Riders Sunrisers Hyderabad 2014 Kolkata 15
Sunil Narine Kolkata Knight Riders Royal Challengers Bangalore 2017 Bangalore 15
Suresh Raina Chennai Super Kings Punjab Kings 2014 Mumbai 16
Ishan Kishan Mumbai Indians Sunrisers Hyderabad 2021 Abu Dhabi 16
Kieron Pollard Mumbai Indians Kolkata Knight Riders 2016 Mumbai 17
Chris Gayle Royal Challengers Bangalore Pune Warriors India 2013 Bangalore 17
Sunil Narine Kolkata Knight Riders Royal Challengers Bangalore 2018 Kolkata 17
Hardik Pandya Mumbai Indians Kolkata Knight Riders 2019 Kolkata 17
Adam Gilchrist Deccan Chargers Delhi Capitals 2009 Centurion 17

 

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