The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a tournament where batsmen can change the course of the game in a matter of a few overs with their explosive hitting. Over the years, many players have scored quick-fire fifties to entertain the fans and help their teams win crucial matches. In this article, we will look at some of the fastest IPL fifty in history and the stories behind them.
1. Pat Cummins – 14 balls
Pat Cummins achieved the joint record fastest IPL fifty in the 14th match of IPL 2022, playing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) against Mumbai Indians (MI) at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. The Australian bowler, who is also the Test captain of his country, came to bat at number eight when KKR were struggling at 101 for 5 chasing 162. He unleashed his fury on the MI bowlers, especially Daniel Sams, whom he smashed for 35 runs in an over. He ended up with an unbeaten 56 off 15 balls, hitting four fours and six sixes.
2. KL Rahul – 14 balls
KL Rahul scored his blistering fifty in IPL 2018, playing for Punjab Kings (PBKS) against Delhi Capitals (DC) at IS Bindra Stadium. The Indian opener started the chase of 167 runs with a bang, hitting six fours and four sixes in his 14-ball knock of 51. He set the tone for PBKS’s comfortable six-wicket win with7 balls to spare.
3. Yusuf Pathan – 15 balls
Yusuf Pathan played one of the most memorable innings in IPL history in 2014, playing for KKR against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Eden Gardens. KKR needed to chase down 161 runs in 15.2 overs or less to secure the second spot in the points table and get two chances of reaching the final. Pathan rose to the occasion and smashed 72 runs off just 22 balls, reaching his fifty in only 15 balls. His innings included seven fours and seven sixes and helped KKR achieve the target in 14.2 overs.
4. Sunil Narine – 15 balls
Sunil Narine also scored a sensational fifty in IPL 2017, playing for KKR against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. KKR were chasing 159 runs to win and Narine opened the innings with Chris Lynn. The duo put on a century stand in just six overs, with Narine scoring 54 off 17 balls (six fours and four sixes). KKR won the match by six wickets with 29 balls remaining.
5. Suresh Raina – 16 balls
Suresh Raina’s innings against Kings XI Punjab in 2014 was one of the most remarkable batting performances in the history of the IPL. Raina scored 87 runs off just 25 balls, including 12 fours and six sixes. In the process, Raina broke several records. His 87 runs off just 25 balls was the second-fastest IPL fifty at that time after Yusuf Pathan’s 15-ball fifty, and his strike rate of 348 was the highest in the history of the tournament for an inning of more than 50 runs.
These are some of the fastest IPL fifty we have ever seen. The IPL has seen some incredible batting performances over the years, and these fifties have been some of the most memorable moments in the tournament’s history. These innings are a testament to the talent and skill of the players who participated in the IPL over the years. Do you think the record for the fastest IPL fifty will ever be broken? Comment and Let us know.
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