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Fastest half-centuries in IPL history

What much a change in batting position can do? Ishan Kishan is certainly the right man to answer this question. After struggling at number four throughout the season, the southpaw switched his beast mode on after getting the opening slot. During Mumbai Indians’ last league-stage game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Kishan put up a batting exhibition and smashed the joint third-fastest century in IPL history.

The dasher got to the milestone in mere 16 balls. It was truly a sensational effort from Kishan as MI took the field with an aim of scripting. In order to qualify for the playoffs, the five-time champions got to win this by game by at least 171 runs. Kishan, who scored a 25-ball 50 in his last outing, attacked bowlers from the outset and made optimum utilization of the powerplay overs.

Fastest half-centuries in IPL:-

Kishan recorded the joint third-fastest half-century in IPL history. He now shares the record with Chennai Super Kings’ Suresh Raina. During his memorable 87 off 25 deliveries, Raina smashed a 16-ball fifty against Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in 2014. Kolkata Knight Riders stars Yusuf Pathan jointly hold second place, getting to the milestone in 15 balls.

While Yusuf’s carnage was unleashed against SRH in 2014, Narine tormented Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers in 2017. The top spot is occupied by KL Rahul who scored a 13-ball fifty against Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in 2018.

S.No. Player Balls Team Opposition Venue Year
1 KL Rahul 14 Punjab Kings Delhi Capitals Mohali 2018
2 Yusuf Pathan 15 Kolkata Knight Riders Sunrisers Hyderabad Kolkata 2014
3 Sunil Narine 15 Kolkata Knight Riders Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore 2017
4 Suresh Raina 16 Chennai Super Kings Punjab Kings Mumbai 2014
5 Ishan Kishan 16 Mumbai Indians Sunrisers Hyderabad Abu Dhabi 2021

Last Updated: October 8

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