Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) opening batsman KL Rahul, on Sunday, smashed the fastest fifty in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) by reaching the half-century landmark in 14 balls. The opener’s milestone came against his team’s match against Delhi Daredevils (DD) at IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, as KXIP chased a target of 167 runs. Rahul also became the first player in T20 cricket to hit a fifty in just first three overs of a match. In his innings of 51, Rahul smashed six boundaries and four sixes.
By scoring fifty runs in just 14 balls, Rahul broke the record of fastest IPL fifty by Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders), who scored a half-century in 15 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore, in a previous season of IPL. Narine was joined by Yusuf Pathan in 2014 as he too smashed a fifty off 15 balls for Sunrisers Hyderabad against KKR.
The half-century was Rahul’s sixth half-century in IPL since he made his debut in league in 2013.