IPL 2024: Fastest fifties in IPL history from 2008 to 2024

The 22-year-old southpaw, Yashasvi Jaiswal, leads the list of notching up his half-century in the least number of deliveries in the history of the IPL.

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In the dynamic format of the Indian Premier League (IPL), fortunes can shift dramatically within a few overs, making it exceedingly challenging for teams to stage a comeback once they lag behind significantly. Sometimes, a batter can change his gears at an exceptional rate leaving no chance for the opposition to control the flow of runs.

In the match between PBKS and RCB, Rajat Patidar scored fifty in 21 balls at Dharamsala. Earlier when SRH and LSG  played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, unstoppable openers of SRH Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma hit the fastest fifty in 19 and 16 balls respectively for the second time this season. 

In a blitzkrieg act, RCB skipper Faf du Plessis clobbered GT bowlers for fun during the run chase in match 52 of the IPL 2024. Du Plessis took the visiting bowlers to the cleaners as he smacked the joint 6th fastest fifty in the league's history. So far, the South African has 35 fifties to his name which led to getting past the 300-run mark in the ongoing IPL season. Notably, in the current season, Plessis' strike rate stands at an impressive 160 with two half-centuries in the ongoing cricket extravaganza already.

Youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal created an all-time IPL record in the 56th match of IPL 2023, as he smashed a 13-ball half-century against Kolkata Knight Riders. He ended up unbeaten on 98 off 47, with 12 fours and 5 sixes.

Jaiswal bettered Pat Cummins' record from the 14th match of the 2022 IPL edition. He pummeled a 14-ball half-century against the Mumbai Indians (MI) while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders. It was some exceptional hitting from Australia’s Test captain on the day as he ended up unbeaten on 56* off just 15 deliveries with four fours and six maximums, as he belted Daniel Sams for a massive 35-run over to finish off in style to win the game for his side with four overs to spare.

Further, Indian opener KL Rahul also scored a half-century in 14 balls against the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) on his debut for the Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in an IPL 2018 match. Rahul blasted 51 runs off 16 balls in this innings with the help of six fours and four sixes. The Punjab team chased down the target of 167 runs in 18.5 overs, winning the match by six wickets. 

The record for the fastest fifty in the IPL that Rahul had broken in his innings was held jointly by Yusuf Pathan and Sunil Narine. In an IPL 2014 game, Yusuf Pathan played one of the most stunning T20 innings of all time when Kolkata Knight Riders were chasing 161 and needed to do it in 15.2 overs to reach the second spot in the points table to get two chances of reaching the final of the tournament, which they ultimately won, clinching their second title in their IPL history. Yusuf smashed 72 runs off only 22 balls and reached his 50 runs in only 15 balls during his innings. Yusuf's extraordinary hitting propelled KKR to reach the total in just 14.2 overs, securing the second position on the points table in the process.

In the 46th match of IPL 2017, KKR were chasing a target of 159. Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine completely demolished the RCB bowling attack in a blistering 100-run partnership in only six overs. Narine slammed his half-century in only 15 balls, the then joint-fastest. KKR chased down the required total comfortably in 15.1 overs and won the match by six wickets.

Explosive West Indian batter Nicholas Pooran is joint third with Yusuf and Sunil for smashing the fastest half-century in just 15 deliveries in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The swashbuckling batter, playing for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), achieved the feat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Match no. 15 of IPL 2023 in Bangalore. Batting first, the Challengers set a massive target of 213 for the Super Giants and Pooran's innings just took the game away from the home side. Coming in to bat at No. 6 after the fall of Marcus Stoinis's wicket at 10.4 overs, Pooran hammered 62 off just 19 with the help of four fours and seven towering maximums at a deadly strike rate of 326.32. Notably, Stoinis also smashed 65 off 30 and courtesy of the duo, LSG chased down the target on the final ball of the match.

If the all-time non-hundred IPL innings of players are listed out, Suresh Raina’s tremendous knock played in the IPL 2014 qualifier will end up on the top. In this crucial encounter, CSK were chasing a huge total of 227 runs to ensure a place in the final. CSK were off to a flyer as they smashed 100 runs in the powerplay to put KXIP on the backfoot. Among these 100 runs, 87 were scored only by Raina. However, he got run out on the first ball of the seventh over leaving his team’s hopes in tatters. Raina slammed a fifty in only 16 balls and hit 12 fours and six sixes in total. CSK could manage 202/7 in their 20 overs and lost the clash by 24 runs. 

The most expensive player in the Mega Auction of 2022, Mumbai Indian’s Ishan Kishan also slammed a blistering fifty in just 16 balls in the 2021 edition against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi. Mumbai batted first and Ishan scored 84 off 32 balls, which included 11 fours and 4 maximums. MI narrowly missed out on a spot in the Playoffs courtesy of their net run rate.

In the ongoing 2024 edition, Jake Fraser-McGurk holds the record for the fastest fifty in the league, reaching the landmark in a freaking fifteen deliveries. The young Australian batter achieved this feat not just once but twice. He hit a sensational half-century against SRH in Match 35 of IPL 2024 and went on and did it again in Match 43 against MI. This time he smashed Mumbai bowlers and made a score of 87 off 27 with the help of 11 fours and 6 sixes.

Additionally, SRH openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma are also wreaking havoc in the current season Both the SRH batters reached the landmarks in 16 balls, respectively, which is the joint-second-fastest. While Abhishek scored a 16-ball fifty against Mumbai Indians, it was the Aussie opener who took on Rishabh Pant's Delhi Capitals in match no. 35 played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi.

In a record-breaking thriller at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata during match 42 of the league, four players including the likes of Phil Salt, Jonny Bairstow, Shashank Singh, Sunil Narine, and Prabhsimran Singh made it to the list of fastest to half-century mark thus far.

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Fastest fifties in IPL history from 2008 to 2024

Player Runs Balls for Fifty Against Year
Yashasvi Jaiswal 98* 13 KKR 2023
KL Rahul 51 14 DC 2018
Pat Cummins 56* 14 MI 2022
Jake Fraser-McGurk 87 15 MI 2024
Jake Fraser-McGurk 65 15 SRH 2024
Yusuf Pathan 72 15 SRH 2014
Nicholas Pooran 62 15 RCB 2023
Sunil Narine 54 15 RCB 2017
Travis Head 89* 16 LSG 2024
Travis Head 89 16 DC 2024
Suresh Raina 87 16 PBKS 2014
Ishan Kishan 84 16 SRH 2021
Abhishek Sharma 63 16 MI 2024
Kieron Pollard 51* 17 KKR 2016
Chris Gayle 175* 17 PWI 2013
Sunil Narine 50 17 RCB  2018
Hardik Pandya 91 17 KKR 2019
Adam Gilchrist 85 17 Deccan Chargers 2009
Ishan Kishan 62 17 KKR 2018
Chris Morris 82 17 GL 2016
Nicholas Pooran 77 17 SRH 2020
Kieron Pollard 87* 17 CSK 2021
Suryakumar Yadav 52 17 RCB 2024
Faf du Plessis 64 18 GT 2024
Rishabh Pant 78* 18 MI 2019
Jos Buttler 67 18 DC 2018
Prithvi Shaw 82 18 KKR 2021
Travis Head 62 18 MI 2024
Prabhsimran Singh 54 18 KKR 2024
David Miller 51* 19 RR 2014
Owais Shah 60 19 RCB 2012
Chris Lynn 93* 19 GL 2017
KL Rahul 71 19 CSK 2019
Robin Uthappa 51 19 PBKS 2010
Andre Russell 51 19 PBKS 2015
Harbhajan Singh 64 19 PBKS 2015
Sanju Samson 74 19 CSK 2020
Yashasvi Jaiswal 50 19 CSK 2021
Moeen Ali 93 19 RR 2022
Ajinkya Rahane 61 19 MI 2023
Jason Roy 61 19 CSK 2023
Jake Fraser-McGurk 50 19 RR 2024
Tristan Stubbs 71* 19 MI 2024
Rajat Patidar 50 19 SRH 2024
Abhishek Sharma 75* 19 LSG 2024
Nicholas Pooran 75 19 MI  2024

Fastest Fifties in IPL 2024:

Sr. No. Player Team Balls for Fifty Runs Opposition Venue
1 Jake Fraser-McGurk DC 15 87 MI New Delhi
2 Jake Fraser-McGurk DC 15 65 SRH New Delhi
3 Abhishek Sharma SRH 16 63 MI Hyderabad
4 Abhishek Sharma SRH 16 63* LSG Hyderabad
5 Travis Head SRH 16 58* LSG Hyderabad
6 Travis Head SRH 16 89 DC New Delhi
7 Surya Kumar Yadav MI 17 52 RCB Mumbai
8 Prabhsimran Singh PBKS 18 54 KKR Kolkata
9 Travis Head SRH 18 62 MI Hyderabad
10 Faf du Plessis RCB 18 64 GT Bengaluru
11 Rajat Patidar RCB 19 50 SRH Hyderabad
12 Tristan Stubbs DC 19 71 MI Mumbai
13 Jake Fraser-McGurk DC 19 50 RR New Delhi
14 Travis Head SRH 19 77* LSG Hyderabad
15 Travis Head SRH 20 102 RCB Bengaluru
16 Jonny Bairstow PBKS 20 108* KKR Kolkata
17 Andre Russell KKR 20 64 SRH Kolkata
18 Rajat Patidar RCB 21 55 PBKS Dharamsala
19 Sunil Narine KKR 21 84 DC Visakhapatnam
20 Shivam Dube GT 22 51 GT Chennai
21 Shashank Singh PBKS 23 68* KKR Kolkata
22 Sunil Narine KKR 23 71 PBKS Kolkata
23 Ashutosh Sharma PBKS 23 61 MI Mullanpur
24 Heinrich Klaasen SRH 23 67 RCB Bengaluru
25 Philip Salt KKR 24 75 PBKS Kolkata
26 Shashank Singh PBKS 25 61 GT Ahmedabad
27 Heinrich Klaasen SRH 25 63 KKR Kolkata
28 Marcus Stonis LSG 26 51* CSK Chennai
29 Phil Salt KKR 27 62 DC Kolkata
30 Ruturaj Gaikwad CSK 28 108 LSG Chennai

*Last updated on 25th May, 2024.

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