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IPL 2021: Fastest fifties in IPL history

Sometimes, a batsman can change his gears at an exceptional speed leaving no chance for the opposition to control the flow of runs.

Chris Gayle
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IPL is a format where the game can change in very few overs and it becomes very difficult for teams to recover if they fall behind too far. Sometimes, a batsman can change his gears at an exceptional speed leaving no chance for the opposition to control the flow of runs. In this article, we will be discussing-

IPL 2021: Fastest fifties in IPL history

The current record for reaching the 50-run mark in the least balls belongs to Indian opener KL Rahul. He scored the half-century in only 14 balls against the Delhi team in IPL 2018 game. Rahul hit 51 runs off 16 balls in this innings with the help of 6 fours and 4 sixes. The Punjab team chased down the target of 167 runs in 18.5 overs winning the match by 6 wickets. Karun Nair also contributed to the team’s win playing a knock of 50 runs off 33 balls including 5 fours and 2 sixes.

The record for fastest fifty in IPL which Rahul broke was earlier held jointly by Yusuf Pathan and Sunil Narine. In the IPL 2014 game, Yusuf Pathan played one of the most stunning T20 innings of all time. Kolkata Knight Riders were chasing 161 runs in the match, and they needed to do it in 15.2 overs in order to reach the second spot in the points table and get two chances of reaching the final of the tournament.

Yusuf smashed 72 runs off only 22 balls and reached 50 runs in only 15 balls during his innings. It was Yusuf’s unbelievable hitting that KKR achieved the total in 14.2 overs, and attained the second position. 

In the IPL 2017 game, KKR were chasing 159 runs to win and Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine completely demolished the RCB bowling attack. They shared a 100 run partnership in only 6 overs. In this chase, Narine slammed his half-century in only 15 balls, the joint-fastest at that time. KKR chased down the required total in 15.1 overs and won the match by 6 wickets.

If the all-time non-hundred IPL innings of players are listed out, Suresh Raina’s tremendous knock played in IPL 2014 qualifier may 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 6 sixes in total. CSK could manage 202/7 in their 20 overs and lost the clash by 24 runs. 

There are a total of 9 players who are at joint fifth place in terms of hitting the fastest fifty with all of them reaching the 50-run mark in 17 balls. Among them, the highest score belongs to Chris Gayle who smashed 175 runs off 66 balls against Pune Warriors in IPL 2013 game. Other players in the record include Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Adam Gilchrist, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Morris, and Sunil Narine.         

IPL Fastest Half Centuries

Player Runs Balls for Fifty Against Year
KL Rahul 51 14 DD 2018
Yusuf Pathan 72 15 SRH 2014
Sunil Narine 54 15 RCB 2017
Suresh Raina 87 16 KXIP 2014
Chris Gayle 175* 17 PW 2013
Hardik Pandya 91 17 KKR 2019
Kieron Pollard 87 17 CSK 2021
Adam Gilchrist 85 17 DC 2009
Chris Morris 82 17 GL 2016
Nicholas Pooran 77 17 SRH 2020

*Last updated on 17 Sep,2021