We are just a few days away from the mindboggling tournament, i.e., VIVO IPL 2018. Our whole nation, as well as people around the world, are eagerly waiting to see the best bowling and batting performances from the players. Over the years, Indian Premier League has witnessed great half-centuries which have been knocked with colossal tempo and aggression. Below are some of the fastest fifties of IPL history that will surely encourage you to see the upcoming edition of the game with great enthusiasm.
- Sunil Narine (15 balls), Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore 2017, Bengaluru
Last year Kolkata Knight Riders did bit experiment by placing Sunil Narine as a pinch-hitting opener that paid off well. He got some quick starts as well as exhibited enough talent to hold his place as an opening batsman. During the match amid KKR and RCB, Narine smashed a quick fifty in just 15 balls while KKR was chasing the total of 159 runs. By smashing 50 runs in just 15 balls, Narine joined his team member Yusuf Pathan making it joint-fastest fifty ever in the IPL history.
- Yusuf Pathan (15 balls), Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad, 2014, Kolkata
During the final league game of IPL 2014, Yusuf Pathan’s blasting innings came in right as his team KKR had to chase 161 in just 15.2 overs to beat Chennai Supers King to the second position. Yusuf made the most of his batting, cutting Dale Steyn for 26 runs in one over so that KKR chased the score in just 14.2 overs. Pathan was judged as the Man of the Match for his colossal effort in this match.
- Suresh Raina (16 balls), Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab, 2014, Mumbai
In 2014, during the second qualifier match amid Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, Suresh Raina (CSK) played one of the best innings in IPL. However, his superb knock of 87 from 25 balls remains didn’t help the team to win the match. Raina Knocked his 50 from just 16 balls, but his unfortunate run out in the 7th over of the innings shattered the hope of his fastest hundred in the history of T20 matches as well as putting CSK in the losing side. His dismissal set off a severe loss of momentum for Chennai as they finished their innings on 202 for 7 in 20 overs while they were chasing a huge total of 226 runs.
- Adam Gilchrist (17 balls), Deccan Chargers v Delhi Daredevils, 2009, Centurion
In 2009 during the semi-final match between Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils, skipper Adam Gilchrist (Deccan Chargers) played a significant knock by scoring fifty for just 17 balls. By the great innings of Gilchrist, Deccan Chargers managed to beat the score of 153 runs in just 17.4 overs to reach the final of the tournament where defeated RCB to clinch the title. Gilchrist started to shatter the bowlers to every part of the ground from the first over of the inning.
- Chris Morris (17 balls), Delhi Daredevils v Gujarat Lions, 2016, Delhi
Chris Morris (Delhi Daredevils) attained one of the best knocks of the 9th edition of IPL with this epic endeavour approached against the Gujarat Lions while chasing the target of 172 Morris exhibited his great knock, where he scored his 50 in just 17 balls. However, efforts of Morris could not take DD past the end as GL won the match by just one. Morris was adjudged as the Man of the Match for his massive knock additionally to his bowling spell of 2/35.