Nicholas Pooran of Lucknow Super Giants smashed the fastest fifty of IPL 2023 against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday.
Pooran brought up his half-century off 15 balls, with a six off Wayne Parnell in the 16th over. He went past Ajinkya Rahane’s 19-ball fifty against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.
Pooran’s 15-ball fifty is also the joint-second fastest in the history of the IPL. Sunil Narine and Yusuf Pathan have also scored half-centuries off as many balls. KL Rahul and Pat Cummins hold the record for the fastest IPL fifty (14 balls).
The left-hander fell for a 19-ball 62, which included four fours and seven sixes, and put Lucknow in the driver’s seat while chasing a mammoth 213.
The West Indies cricketer was bought for Rs. 16 crore by the Lucknow franchise at the IPL 2023 auction. In IPL 2022, Pooran plied his trade for Sunrisers Hyderabad and scored 306 runs in 14 matches while striking at 144.34. Pooran made his IPL debut in 2019 for Kings XI Punjab (Punjab Kings) and played three seasons (2019-21) for the franchise.
The 27-year-old has played 51 IPL matches and amassed 1053 runs at an average of 27.71 while striking at 157.87.
FASTEST FIFTIES OF IPL 2023
|1||Nicholas Pooran (LSG)||15||RCB||Bengaluru||April 10|
|2||Ajinkya Rahane (CSK)||19||CSK||Mumbai||April 08|
|3||Shardul Thakur (KKR)||20||RCB||Kolkata||April 06|
|4||Vijay Shankar (GT)||21||KKR||Ahmedabad||April 09|
|5||Kyle Mayers (LSG)||21||CSK||Chennai||April 03|
FASTEST FIFTIES IN IPL HISTORY
|1||KL Rahul (KXIP)||14||Delhi Capitals||Mohali||April 8, 2018|
|2||Pat Cummins (KKR)||14||Mumbai Indians||Pune||April 6, 2022|
|3||Yusuf Pathan (KKR)||15||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Kolkata||May 24, 2014|
|4||Sunil Narine (KKR)||15||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Bangalore||May 07, 2017|
|5||Nicholas Pooran (LSG)||15||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Bengaluru||April 10, 2023|