Misbah ul-Haq reached the landmark in 21 balls © Getty Images
Misbah ul-Haq reached the landmark in 21 balls © Getty Images

Nov 2, 2014

Misbah ul-Haq scored the fastest half-century in Test cricket during the second Test match against Australia at Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Misbah reached the landmark in just 21 balls, and broke the record of Jacques Kallis who had reached the landmark in 24 balls.

Player Balls Team Opposition Year
Misbah-ul-Haq 21 Pakistan Australia 2014-15
Jacques Kallis 24 South Africa Zimbabwe 2004-05
Shane Shillingford 25 West Indies New Zealand 2014
Shahid Afridi 26 Pakistan India 2004-05
Mohammad Ashraful 26 Bangladesh India 2007
Mohammad Yousuf 27 Pakistan South Africa 2002-03
Foffie Williams 28 West Indies England 1947-48
Ian Botham 28 England India 1981-82
Chris Gayle 28 West Indies New Zealand 2014
Bruce Yardley 29 Australia West Indies 1977-78

The highlight of Misbah’s innings was the two sixes, one boundary and another six hit from consecutive deliveries off Steven Smith. He came after the dismissal of Younis Khan, who was on a three-match century streak before this innings.

Australia are well and truly behind in this Test, trailing by 517 runs and will need to produce some exceptional batting to save the match.

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