KL Rahul has just hit the fastest fifty in all Indian Premier League editions. He brought up his half-century in just 14 balls against Delhi Daredevils at Mohali.
Kings XI Punjab were set a target of 167 runs to win in the second match of IPL 2018 after Delhi made 166/7 in 20 overs.
In the run-chase, Rahul was off to a flying start. He took 16 runs off Trent Boult in the first over. He took 11 from Mohammed Shami in the next over. The third over was a real productive one as he smashed Amit Mishra for 24 runs. He hit 466440 in the leg-spinner’s over.
The fifth ball of that over brought Rahul’s half-century which took only 14 balls. This is the fastest IPL fifty by any batsman and the joint-third in T20s. When Rahul reached fifty (51*), KXIP’s score was 52/0 in 2.5 overs. The other run was scored by his opening partner Mayank Agarwal.
Rahul got out on 16-ball 51 to Trent Boult. His innings comprised 6 fours and 4 sixes. Punjab put on 73/2 in the powerplay.
Previously, Yusuf Pathan and Sunil Narine jointly held the record of fastest fifties in IPL. Pathan set the record against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Eden Gardens in 2014. In 2017, Narine equalled the record against Royal Challengers Bangalore at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Fastest fifties in IPL:
KL Rahul 14 balls vs DD, Delhi, 2018
Yusuf Pathan 15 balls vs SRH, Kolkata, 2014
Sunil Narine 15 balls vs RCB, Bangalore, 2017
Suresh Raina 16 balls vs KXIP, Mumbai, 2014
Chris Gayle 17 balls vs PWI, Bangalore, 2013
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com