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Indian T20 League 2021 saw two of the fastest half-centuries of the season in just a span of four days. After Prithvi Shaw took just 18 balls to make his fifty last Thursday against Kolkata, Mumbai’s Keiron Pollard took just 17 balls to reach his half-century against Chennai.

While Shaw smashed six boundaries off a Shivam Mavi over en route to his feat, Pollard’s destruction of Chennai saw Lungi Ndidi ending up having the worst bowling spell by any Chennai bowler in the tournament’s history.

However, despite their relentless hitting neither Pollard nor Shaw make it to the top five fastest fifties hit in the tournament's history. KL Rahul holds the record for the fastest fifty in the Indian T20 League.

Playing for Punjab in a jam-packed Mohali Stadium IN YEAR, KL Rahul scored a 14-ball 50 while chasing a target of 167 runs against Delhi. He smashed six boundaries and four sixes in his blitzkrieg.

Fastest fifties in Indian T20 League

Player (Team)

Against

Balls Taken

YEAR

KL Rahul (Punjab)

Delhi

14

2018

Yusuf Pathan (Kolkata)

Hyderabad 

15

2014

Sunil Narine (Kolkata)

Bangalore

15

2017

Suresh Raina (Chennai)

Punjab

16

2014

Chris Gayle (Bangalore)

Pune

17

2013

India’s Yuvraj Singh holds the record for the fastest fifty in T20 cricket and he has the distinction of registering in an international match against England in 2007.

Playing against England in a group match at the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, Yuvraj Singh scored 58 runs in 16 balls - an innings where he smashed his famous six sixes in an over.

The southpaw brought up his fifty in just 12 balls, thus helping India set a mammoth target of 219 for England in 20 overs. England lost by 19 runs.

The second fastest fifty in T20Is came nine years later when Sri Lanka were touring New Zealand in 2015-16. Opting to bat first, the visitors had posted a target of 143 runs that New Zealand had chased down in just 10 overs.

After Martin Guptill started strongly with a 25-ball 63, captain Kane Williamson was joined by the man of the hour, Colin Munro. Munro reached his half-century in just 14 balls that included one boundary and seven sixes.

Fastest fifties in T20I cricket

Player (Team)

Against

Balls Taken

Year

Yuvraj Singh (India)

England

12

2017

Colin Munro (New Zealand)

Sri Lanka

14

2016

Faisal Khan (Saudi Arabia)

Kuwait

15

2019

Shai Hope (West Indies)

Bangladesh

16

2018

Tim David (Singapore)

Malaysia

17

2020

 

While Chris Gayle hasn't managed to hit the fastest fifty in T20I cricket or in the Indian T20 League, the West Indian hard hitter has compensated for it by achieving the feat in Big Bash League.

Opening for the Melbourne Renegades in 2016, the towering southpaw had scored a half-century in 12 balls. Unfortunately, the Gayle storm had come in a losing cause as the Renegades failed to chase down the 171 runs target set by Adelaide Strikers.

Fastest fifties in T20

Player (Team)

Against

Balls Taken

Year

Chris Gayle (Melbourne Renegades)

Adelaide Strikers

12

2016

Hazratullah Zazai (Kabul Zwanan)

Balkh Legends

12

2018

Marcus Trescothick (Somerset)

Hampshire

13

2010

Imran Nazir (Sialkot)

Lahore Eagles

14

2005

GL Brophy (Yorkshire)

Derbyshire

14

2006

Featured Image: AFP/ Saeed Khan

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