Fastest Fifties in T20 Internationals: List of Fastest Half Centuries in Twenty20 International Matches

With the ICC World T20 2012 gathering pace in Sri Lanka as we move towards the Super Eight stage, the tournament has already seen a couple of super fast innings by the world’s top batsmen. Brendon McCullum of New Zealand has set the pace with a super fast century that propelled him to no.2 on the list of the fastest centuries in T20 Internationals.

So we thought why not take a look at another interesting record. Here we present a list of the batsmen who have scored the Fastest Fifties in T20 Internationals.

List of Fastest Half-Centuries in T20 International Matches

Top of the pop is Yuvraj Singh of India. In the inaugural ICC World T20 in South Africa, Yuvraj hammered England hard as he raced his way to a 12 ball half-century. Studded with Six Sixes off Six Balls in an over from Stuart Broad, that was one special innings. And will be one record that will be tough to break.

Now, let’s take at the full list:

  1. Yuvraj Singh: India vs England, ICC World T20 2007, 19 Sep 2007, Kingsmead Durban – 12 Balls
  2. Paul Stirling – Ireland vs Afghanistan, 24 March 2012, Dubai – 17 Balls
  3. David Warner – Australia vs West Indies, 23 February 2010, Sydney Cricket Ground –18 Balls
  4. David Warner – Australia vs South Africa, 11 January 2009, Melbourne Cricket Ground – 19 Balls and Gautam Gambhir – India vs Sri Lanka, 9 December 2009, Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur – 19 Balls
  5. Mohammad Ashraful – Bangladesh vs West Indies, ICC World T20 2007, 13 Sep 2007, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg – 20 Balls
Yuvi’s record is going to be a tough one to beat as can be seen by the margin between his record and the second best. The second fastest T20I fifty took 17 balls, 5 more than what Yuvraj needed. If you look at the rest of the list, they are all stacked close together with a difference of 1 ball each. Any batsman who wants to reach on top of that list of the fastest half centuries will either need to at least score six sixes off an over or do something even more special.
Will we see that special innings in this World Cup? Till that happens, you can enjoy this video of Yuvraj’s record breaking Six Sixes. Note the brief chat which Yuvi has with Flintoff just before he begins with the carnage!!

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