Fastest Fifties in Indian T20 League
The Indian T20 Premier League is always a fun tournament where the best cricket stars in the world come together to produce some incredible cricket over a two-month period. The T20 tournament that runs during the Indian summer has captured the imagination of the Indian public and is the most coveted T20 tournament in the world.
Some of the biggest stars have made their name with the Indian T20 Premier League, with the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Chris Gayle, and AB De Villiers to name a few. The tournament sees some incredible hitting, with records broken almost every week.
Which Players Scored the Fastest 50s in Indian T20 Premier League Matches?
One of the most popular records in the Indian T20 Premier League is that of the fastest fifty, with plenty of big-hitters featuring in the list. Here are the five fastest in the tournament’s history:
1. KL Rahul vs Delhi
One of the most elegant batsmen in the world right now, KL Rahul was always known to be a versatile player. His powerful hitting never looks forced and his exquisite timing makes it look like he’s always in control of his batting. In 2018 however, Rahul, playing for Punjab decided to go on the rampage and dismantle the Delhi team with some masterful strokeplay.
His innings featured shots all over the ground and by the 14th ball, Rahul had already reached his half-century, marking the fastest one the tournament had ever seen. He went on to have a fruitful Indian T20 Premier League with the Punjab franchise, ending up as their top-scorer for that year, and among the top batsmen in that edition.
2. Yusuf Pathan vs Hyderabad
Yusuf Pathan was always your ideal T20 player, with his ability to quickly settle into his innings before going upping the ante. That was precisely the case against Hyderabad back in 2014 when Pathan was Kolkata’s designated power-hitter. The Baroda man bludgeoned a 15-ball fifty 50 to help Kolkata get into a strong position.
Pathan’s innings consisted of 7 sixes and 5 fours as he took on the Hyderabad bowlers with ease.
3. Sunil Narine vs Bangalore
No one knew about Sunil Narine’s big-hitting ability until he opened for the Kolkata and began showcasing his all-around prowess. Bangalore was on the receiving end of one such drubbing when the West Indian reached his fifty in a meagre 15 balls.
Since then, Narine gained a reputation for being one of the most unorthodox opening batsmen, providing the team with a great platform to build on with his quick-fire innings at the top.
4. Suresh Raina vs Punjab
In what would be one of the most brutal Indian T20 Premier League innings of all time, Suresh Raina produced a masterclass against Punjab during the semi-finals of 2014. The southpaw batsman, who is among the highest run-scorers in Indian T20 Premier League history, took on the bowlers during the powerplay, smashing an incredible 12 fours and 6 sixes during his eventual 87-run stay.
He reached his half-century in a matter of 16 balls and left the entire stadium spellbound as Chennai reached 100 off just 6 overs. They eventually went on to lose the game, but this inning was highly appreciated for its sheer audacity.
5. Chris Gayle vs Pune
The highest score in a T20 match for a long time, Chris Gayle’s 175 against Pune will go down in the pantheons as one of the most unforgiving displays of hitting. The West Indian blasted 17 sixes in an absolutely incredible stay in the middle, surpassing his fifty in a matter of just 17 balls.
Gayle went on to cart the bowlers all around the ground, and Bangalore comfortably won the game with ease.Ãƒâ€š
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