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Updated on: Jul 7, 2023 10:43 pm IST

Fastest 50 in ODI

Indian all-rounder Krunal Pandya has etched his name in cricket history by smashing the record for the fastest half-century by a debutant in One Day Internationals (ODIs). Previously held by New Zealand’s John Morris, who achieved the feat in 35 balls against England in 1990, the record now belongs to Krunal, who reached his fifty in a blistering 26 balls. During his remarkable innings, Krunal showcased his aggressive style, striking six boundaries and two maximums. This achievement also marks him as the 15th Indian batsman to score fifty or more runs on his ODI debut. However, it’s important to note that while Krunal broke the debutant record by a significant margin, he still falls short of holding the overall record for the fastest 50 in ODI cricket.

Fastest 50 in ODI

Runs Balls 6s 4s Player Match Venue Date
149 16 16 9 AB de Villiers South Africa v West Indies Johannesburg 18/01/2015
76 17 5 8 ST Jayasuriya Sri Lanka v Pakistan Singapore 07/04/1996
68 17 2 13 MDKJ Perera Sri Lanka v Pakistan Pallekele 15/07/2015
93 17 8 9 MJ Guptill New Zealand v Sri Lanka Christchurch 28/12/2015
66* 17 6 6 LS Livingstone England v Netherlands Amstelveen 17/06/2022
74 18 6 4 SP O’Donnell Australia v Sri Lanka Sharjah 02/05/1990
102 18 11 6 Shahid Afridi Pakistan v Sri Lanka Nairobi 04/10/1996
55* 18 6 4 Shahid Afridi Pakistan v Netherlands Colombo 21/09/2002
60 18 7 3 GJ Maxwell Australia v India Bangalore 02/11/2013
59 18 7 2 Shahid Afridi Pakistan v Bangladesh Mirpur 04/03/2014

AB de Villiers vs West Indies – 16 balls, January 2015

In a remarkable display of batting prowess, AB de Villiers set multiple records during South Africa’s second ODI match against the West Indies in Johannesburg in 2015. Not only did he achieve the fastest 50 in ODI cricket, reaching the milestone in just 16 balls, but he also went on to create history by scoring the fastest hundred in ODI as well. Leading the South African team as captain, de Villiers played a pivotal role in their mammoth total of 439/2, with three players, including himself, scoring centuries. In a dominant performance, the Proteas emerged victorious by a staggering 148 runs, restricting the West Indies to 291/7.

Sanath Jayasuriya vs Pakistan – 17 balls, April 1996

The final of the Singer Cup in 1996 witnessed a low-scoring contest, as Pakistan managed to accumulate only 215 runs while batting first. However, Sri Lanka began their innings in a stunning fashion, led by their star opener, Sanath Jayasuriya. The left-handed batsman displayed an extraordinary performance, achieving the then fastest half-century in ODIs, reaching the milestone in a mere 17 balls. Surprisingly, his opening partner, Romesh Kaluwitharana, was yet to score a single run when Jayasuriya reached his fifty. Jayasuriya continued his onslaught and went on to score 76 off just 28 balls. Despite his incredible effort, Sri Lanka eventually found themselves all out for 172. Notably, two other players have also accomplished the feat of scoring a fifty in 17 balls in ODIs: Kusal Perera achieved it against Pakistan in 2015, while Martin Guptill matched the record in the same year against Sri Lanka.

Liam Livingstone vs Netherlands – 17 balls, June 2022

On June 17, England’s middle-order batsman Liam Livingstone achieved a remarkable feat by smashing a 17-ball half-century against the Netherlands in an ODI match. This extraordinary innings, which equaled the joint second-fastest half-century in ODI cricket, saw Livingstone amass an impressive total of 54 runs in just 17 balls, with an astounding 50 runs coming from boundaries alone. Stepping onto the crease when England’s score stood at 4/407, Livingstone wasted no time in settling, launching an assault right from his first over against Philippe Boissevain. In that over, the 28-year-old scored a staggering 32 runs, courtesy of four sixes and three fours. Unrelenting in his onslaught, Livingstone continued to cause havoc throughout the innings, ultimately finishing with an unbeaten score of 66 off a mere 22 balls.


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