IPL is all about hitting fours and sixes and IPL 2020 has been no different. Except for the bowler and the fielding team, everyone present in the stadium love to watch the balls sailing over the ropes for sixes and fours. The non-stop action keeps the fan on the edge of their seats with the fortunes changing after every boundary hit.
The ongoing edition too got off to a blistering start and even recorded the highest average of sixes with the batsman taking on the attack from the word go. Some of them has even managed to breached the half-century mark in a rather blistering fashion. Let’s take a look at the 5 fastest fifties registered in IPL 2020.
Nicholas Pooran (17 balls)
Kings XI Punjab batsman Nicholas Pooran was on fire on Thursday as he scored the fastest fifty of the IPL 2020 during the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. But his 37 balls 77 runs were not enough to save KingsXI Punjab from 69 runs defeat at the hands of SRH.
The southpaw took just 17 balls to register his first fifty of the season, which is also the fastest so far in IPL 2020
Notably, Pooran smashed 28 runs (6,4,6,6,6,0) in the 9th over of the KXIP innings which was bowled by Abdul Samad and completed his half-century in the same over with a six.
He walked back to the pavilion after scoring 77 off 37 balls at a whopping strike rate of 208.11. His innings consisted of 5 fours and 7 sixes.
Interestingly, the fifty by the West-Indian’s is the second-fastest by a KXIP batsman.
Sanju Samson (19 balls)
Rajasthan Royals batsman Sanju Samson punished the Chennai Super Kings bowlers on a placid track in Sharjah as he cracked 7 massive sixes on his way to completing his half century in just 19 deliveries. Coming in to bat at the fall of Yashasvi Jaiswal’s wicket, Samson took heavy toll on CSK spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla.
Samson was eventually dismissed for 74 off just 32 deliveries by Lungi Ngidi. His effort is also the tied second fastest half century by a Royals player. Jos Buttler holds the record for the fastest 50 by a Royals player, which he had brought up in 18 deliveries.
Hardik Pandya (20 balls)
Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya on Sunday showed his six-hitting capabilities as he brought up his fifty off just 20 balls, joint-fastest for a Mumbai batsman this season alongside current skipper Kieron Pollard. The 27-year-old, who was playing his 77th IPL game, took just 21 balls to score 60 runs.
In his blistering innings against Rajasthan Royals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Sunday, Pandya smashed a whopping seven sixes and two fours to help his side reach 195 for the loss of just five wickets.
Pandya, who came to the crease after skipper Kieron Pollard’s dismissal, got off to a slow start. He, however, changed the gear after the 16th over and started smashing the Rajasthan Royals bowlers. He hit 52 runs from the last 12 balls — 6, 1, 6, 6, 6, 0, 1, 6, 4, 4, 6 and 6 — that he faced
Kieron Pollard (20 balls)
Kieron Pollard’s unbeaten 60 off just 24 deliveries almost took Mumbai Indians (MI) to a sensational win against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2020 in Dubai on the 28th of September. The match ultimately ended in a thrilling tie.
Pollard had joined Ishan Kishan in the middle at 78 for 4 in the 12th over and he brought up his half-century in a swift span of 20 balls to neuter a required run rate at almost at 15 per over and pull the match into a Super Over.
Marcus Stoinis (20 balls)
Delhi Capitals all-rounder Marcus Stoinis smashed a 20-ball half century in the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Kings XI Punjab.
Stoinis’s 21-ball 53 helped Capitals recover from 96-6 in the 16th over to a competitive total of 157 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The Australian hit seven fours and three sixes as DC collected 44 runs from the last two overs. Stoinis was particularly severe on Chris Jordan, who conceded 30 in the final over of the inning