The IPL 2021 did kick off with a bang this year until it was suspended and the fastest fifty-record wasn’t held by any player for a considerable period of time. Such has been the intensity of the tournament which is one of the best T20 leagues going around in the world.
To score the fastest half-century is not an easy task by any means and surprisingly, three Indians are on the list of fastest half-centuries in IPL 2021. With the tournament suspended at the midway due to the surge in Covid cases, it is time to look at the five fastest half centuries of IPL 2021.
Five Fastest Half Centuries Of IPL 2021:
Andre Russell(21 balls):
The Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Andre Russell did not have the best of seasons last year and this game against Chennai Super Kings got him into his groove again. He played a blinder of innings with 54 off just 22 balls when the team was struggling at 31 for the loss of 5 wickets in a chase of 221. He formed an important partnership with Dinesh Karthik.
He scored the fifth-fastest half-century in the tournament in just 21 balls and he looked like getting KKR back in the game until being dismissed by Sam Curran. He gave the momentum which helped Dinesh Karthik and Pat Cummins get into the act and in the end, KKR lost the game by just 18 runs.
Ambati Rayudu(20 balls):
Ambati Rayudu played an explosive inning for the Chennai Super Kings against the Mumbai Indians and his innings helped Chennai bolster the total to a massive 219 on the board. CSK faltered off after a good start and they were 135 for the loss of four wickets at the 15th over when Rayudu started his demolition.
Rayudu equalled the third-fastest half-century in the tournament in just 20 balls and ripped the Mumbai bowling apart. He finished unbeaten with 72 in just 27 balls at a strike rate of 266.67 and hit seven sixes and four fours in the innings. However, Mumbai Indians chased down the target at the last ball.
Deepak Hooda(20 balls):
Deepak Hooda was very impressive for the Punjab Kings at the start of the IPL 2021 and he scored a quickfire 64 off 28 balls against the Rajasthan Royals which propelled the team score to 221 runs for the loss of 6 wickets at the 20th over mark. Hooda smashed the spinners to all parts and hit six sixes and four fours in the innings.
Hooda in the process reached his fifty in just 20 balls which turned out to the fastest fifty for a considerable period of time in IPL 2021 until Prithvi Shaw went past him. Hooda started to fade off after the good start to the season and did not have the best of outings after that.
Prithvi Shaw(18 balls):
Prithvi Shaw had a brilliant IPL 2021 and was among the runs consistently at the top of the order for Delhi Capitals. He was coming back of an excellent run in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and a lot was expected out of him. He delivered his potential against the Kolkata Knight Riders and showed destructive he could be at the top of the order.
Shaw scored 82 off just 41 balls which guided the team home easily and in the chase of 156, he struck KKR fast bowler Shivam Mavi for six fours continuously in six deliveries in the first over of the innings. He got to his fifty in just 18 balls and it was the second-fastest fifty in IPL 2021.
Kieron Pollard(17 balls):
Kieron Pollard smashed a brilliant 87 run knock in just 34 balls that took Mumbai Indians over the line against Chennai Super Kings in a nail-biting contest. Mumbai never looked to have got the momentum in a mammoth chase of 219 and it took splendid innings from Pollard to get Mumbai back into the game.
Chennai had no answers to Pollard’s destruction and he pulled out a stunning victory with all odds in the favour of the opposition. It was the second-highest chase in IPL history and Pollard his eight sixes and six fours in the knock. In the process of chasing down the score, Pollard registered the fastest half-century of IPL 2021 in just 17 balls.