2nd Test: Colin de Grandhomme hits 28-ball fifty, the fastest for New Zealand
Colin de Grandhomme hit a record fastest 50 for New Zealand. (Image: @BLACKCAPS)

The allrounder Colin de Grandhomme has smacked the quickest Test fifty for New Zealand  beating team-mate Tim Southee‘s record by one delivery.

De Grandhomme reached his half-century in 28 deliveries, hitting six fours and a six in the process, to outdo Southee’s 29-ball effort on Test debut against England in 2008.

The milestone came for de Grandhomme as New Zealand sped to a second-innings total of 585/4 declared in their second innings on Friday to set Sri Lanka a record 660-run target if they are to win the deciding second Test in Christchurch.

FASTEST TEST 50s FOR NEW ZEALAND:

Player Balls Opponents Venue Season
C de Grandhomme 28 Sri Lanka Christchurch 2018-19
T Southee 29 England Napier 2007-08
B McCullum 30 Pakistan Sharjah 2014-15

De Grandhomme finished 71 not out off 45 balls, adding a second six to his whirlwind innings.

The fastest Test fifty was scored by former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, off 21 balls, against Australia.