In the Indian Premier League, a batsman’s strike rate is a crucial factor that determines the outcome of the game. Batsmen who score half-centuries in a quick time can change the momentum of a game and put their team in a commanding position. These innings can be crucial in setting or chasing a target in a limited-overs match. Scoring a quick fifty can have a major impact on the game and change the momentum totally.
A high strike rate is especially important in the IPL due to its fast-paced nature, where teams have only 20 overs to score as many runs as possible. A batsman with a high strike rate can not only score runs quickly but also put pressure on the opposition bowlers, forcing them to bowl defensively and make mistakes. In this article, we will list out the fastest fifties scored by a player in the Indian Premier League.
List of players with the fastest fifty in history of the IPL
1. KL Rahul – 14 balls
KL Rahul leads the charts for the fastest fifty in the Indian Premier League. Rahul has scored loads of runs in the IPL and also smashed he fastest fifty as well which came in just 14 balls against Delhi Capitals in 2018. Rahul scored 51 runs in the innings, which included six fours and four sixes.
2. Pat Cummins – 14 balls
Pat Cummins takes is primarily known for his skills as a fast bowler but has scored some useful runs in the IPL, his highest score in the IPL is 66 runs, which he scored off 34 balls while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2020. In that innings, he smashed a 14-ball 50 against Kolkata Knight Riders.
3. Yusuf Pathan – 15 balls
Yusuf Pathan takes the 3rd spot on the list, he hit the third-fastest fifty in IPL history in just 15 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014. He smashed eight fours and three sixes in his innings of 72 runs.
4. Sunil Narine – 15 balls
Sunil Narine comes 4th on the list of the fastest fifty in the IPL. He cracked a brilliant fifty off just 15 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2017. Narine’s innings included six fours and four sixes and helped KKR chase down a target of 159 runs.
5. Nicolas Pooran – 15 balls
Nicolas Pooran takes the 5th spot on the list, he smashed a 15-ball 50 against RCB in the 2023 IPL, he came in when the match was almost lost and took the game away from RCB at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
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