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ODI Cricket’s Fastest Fifty: Top 5 Batters with Fastest Fifty

by Navyatha Sandiri
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ODI Cricket’s Fastest Fifty, Since its debut in 1971, the limited-overs game has developed quickly, and in 2022, it is in a totally unanticipated shape and form. Since one-day cricket first appeared in 1961, five decades have passed, and now we have innovative forms like T10 and Hundred. Which batsman in ODI cricket has reached fifty runs in the quickest time?

As the game progressed, batters became more and more explosive. As a result, a Sanath Jayasuriya record that many people thought would never be broken (17-ball fifty) did in fact fall, and it won’t be shocking if AB de Villiers’ current record is finally surpassed.

Scoring a fifty inside of 20 deliveries is still a pretty rare occurrence, and we have only seen a handful of them despite the evolution we saw. Here are the 10 most memorable ODI cricket innings, or half-centuries, in terms of speed.

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1. AB de Villiers faced 16 balls against West Indies in January 2015.

As violent and vandalizing as AB de Villiers’ run against the West Indies on January 18, 2015, when Johannesburg was decked out in pink, there has never been more international cricket devastation. With less than 13 overs left, Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw both had century-level performances when he came out to bat.

Beginning with the first delivery, De Villiers quickly put the Windies bowlers on their knees. In 16 deliveries, the South African struck the quickest fifty in ODI cricket with a six-over-long-off. In just 31 balls, De Villiers went on to record the fastest century in the history of international cricket. In just 44 balls, he scored 149 runs, hitting 16 sixes and 9 fours.

2. Sanath Jayasuriya faced 17 balls against Pakistan in April 1996.

In the history of cricket, there have been many explosive players, but very few with Sanath Jayasuriya’s physical threat. The southpaw attacked the bowlers during the Singer Cup final in 1996 against Pakistan, and it appeared that the team would quickly reach the 216-run target.

Jayasuriya scored the fastest ODI fifty in just 17 deliveries, scoring 76 runs in just 28 balls. His innings featured eight fours and six sixes, however after he was dismissed, Sri Lanka lost the game. It took another cricketer over two decades to break this record, and when it did, it did it in grand fashion.

3. Kusal Perera faced 17 balls against Pakistan in August 2015

Kusal Perera, a batsman frequently compared to the legendary Sanath Jayasuriya, perfectly matched his idol’s record of reaching fifty in 17 balls. It turns out that Pakistan was the same opponent that Perera and Jayasuriya did it against.

In Pallekelle, Sri Lanka needed 288 runs to win the match, and Perera got off to a fast start. He effectively took advantage of the field limitations to reach his fifty in 17 balls. He completed his innings with a 25-ball 68 with 13 fours and 2 sixes.

4. Martin Guptill faced 17 balls against Sri Lanka in December 2015

When Sri Lanka batted first in the second one-day international of their bilateral series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch, Matt Henry and Mitchell McClenaghan bowled the visiting team out for just 117 runs.

Guptill, who recently had a great World Cup campaign, was in beast mode during the innings, hitting an undefeated 93 in only 30 balls. He hit eight sixes and nine fours in his knock. He came close to breaking AB de Villiers’ record for the quickest 100, but there weren’t enough runs to chase. However, he did reach fifty very quickly—in just 17 balls.

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5. Simon O’Donnell faced 18 balls against Sri Lanka in May 1990.

In the 1990 Austral-Asia Cup, Simon O’Donnell launched a blitzkrieg assault on Sri Lanka, setting the record for the fastest fifty in ODI cricket and the first time in the history of international cricket that a batter reached his fifty within 20 deliveries.

Dean Jones scored an impressive hundred, giving Donnell complete freedom to lose his mind. In order to reach his fifty in just 18 balls, he blasted 6 sixes and 4 fours en route to a 29-ball 74 “inputs from www.mpl.live”.

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