IPL is set to rock our TV screens a couple of weeks from now. We at Follow Your Sport look at top 10 fastest fifties scored in the IPL history which were entertaining, swift and left the opposite teams helpless & the nation spell bounded.
1. Yusuf Pathan -15 balls (72 off 22)
Match: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 24 May 2014 (Kolkata)
After a good bowling performance by KKR which restricted SRH to 160 runs, Yusuf Pathan began punishing the SRH bowlers as soon as he entered the crease. In his destructive knock of 72 runs off just 22 balls, he hit 7 sixes and 4 fours at an unbelievable strike rate of 327! KKR comfortably won the match with 5 overs remaining and Pathan was declared the man of the match for his fastest fifty in IPL history.
2. Suresh Raina – 16 balls (87 off 25)
Match: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab Qualifier 2, 30 May 2014 (Mumbai)
The match though is remembered for Sehwag’s powerful century which advanced the Punjab team into the finals but it also holds a special record for the second fastest fifty and an blistering knock of 87 by Raina. The latter was looking unstoppable until he got run out as CSK could not recover after his loss and had to face defeat by 24 runs.
3. Adam Gilchrist-17 balls (85 off 35)
Match: Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils 1st Semifinal, 22 May 2009 (Centurion)
Good, restrictive bowling by the Deccan Chargers was challenged by Dilshan’s 65 who helped DD reach a competitive total of 153. The 2nd innings was dominated by the then captain Gilchrist who went on firing the DD bowlers wih his 85 off just 35 balls and got out after placing his team in a winning position. He hit 10 fours and 5 sixes in his riveting knock and was awarded the man of the match for his efforts.
4. Kieron Pollard- 17 balls (51 off 17)
Match: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 28 April 2016 (Mumbai)
Thanks to a good fifty by Gambhir and decent contributions by others, KKR registered an impressive 174. In reply, Rohit and Pollard ensured a 4-wicket win for Mumbai with their respective fifties. Pollard remained unbeaten on 51 off just 17 with the bowlers being taken for cleaners with his attacking boundaries that left them helpless.
5. Chris Morris – 17 balls (82* off 32)
Match: Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils, 27 April 2016 (Delhi)
Smith and McCullum's opening stand provided the start which enhanced the GL innings to a score of 172. DD's top order could not answer with the same force except for one person – Chris Morris – who almost brought victory for DD. Chris played an enthralling innings of 82 runs after taking 2 wickets in the 1st innings. The last over required DD to get 14 runs but clever bowling by Bravo somehow saved GL and DD had to accept a disappointing loss by 1 run.
6. Chris Gayle-17 balls (175* off 66)
Match: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors, 23 April 2013 (Bangalore)
Gayle is regarded as the most dangerous and destructive batsman of IPL. He played true to his image and hit the 3rd fastest fifty and further went on to score a century which accelarated the score of RCB to a whopping 263 after 20 overs. With a strike rate of 263, Gayle hit 13 fours and 17 sixes which completely outclassed the Pune team. The Warriors failed to show any fight and were forced to a mammoth defeat by 130 runs.
7. Robin Uthappa – 19 balls (51 off 21)
Match: Royal Challengers Banglore vs Kings XI Punjab, 16 March 2010 (Banglore)
Bopara and Bisla provided the ideal start for Punjab which helped the Kings post a huge total on the board. But it was not enough to outplay RCB as Kallis and Uthappa with their marvellous innings drove RCB to a thrilling win. Uthappa played a swift knock of 51 runs that included 4 fours and four sixes and allowed his team to win the match by 8 wickets.
8. Harbhajan Singh-19 balls (64 off 24)
Match : Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab, 12 April 2015 (Mumbai)
After an economical bowling perormance (2-20), Harbhajan fired with his bat too. When all the top order batsmen succumbed to the Punjab bowling, Harbhajan showed a suprising good hand with the bat and went on scoring a quick fifty. He played an attacking knock of 64 runs off just 24 balls (5 fours and 6 sixes), but it was not enough and Mumbai had to accept a 18 run defeat despite an excellent all-round performance by Harbhajan.
9. Owais Shah- 19 balls (60 off 26)
Match: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 15 April 2012 (Bangalore)
Rahane and Owais Shah's contribution made Rajasthan get to a dominating total in the 1st innings. Rahane hit a superb unbeaten century while Owais hit a rapid fifty that included 5 fours and sixes and got to 60 runs off just 26 balls. The team that have the best batting lineup (RCB) failed to attack the Rajasthan's restrictive bowling and Royals tasted a comfortable victory.
10. David Miller- 19 balls (51* off 19)
Match: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab, 20 April 2014
Decent fifties by Samson and Watson lifted the Royals to a good score in the 1st innings. South African dynamo David Miller along with Glenn Maxwell led Punjab to a successful chase in the 2nd innings. Miller in his 51 run knock didn't hit a single four and only dealt in sixes, destroying the Rajasthan bowling lineup which brought an easy 7 wicket win.