In a chase of 136 against Kuwait during an ACC Western Region T20 contest, Faisal blasted a match-winning unbeaten 28-ball 83 while belting seven fours and as many sixes.
In a chase of 136 against Kuwait during an ACC Western Region T20 contest, Faisal blasted a match-winning unbeaten 28-ball 83 while belting seven fours and as many sixes.

Saudi Arabia batsman Faisal Khan on Thursday stroked the third fastest half-century in a Twenty20 International, taking 15 deliveries to reach the milestone.

In a chase of 136 against Kuwait during an ACC Western Region T20 contest, Faisal blasted a match-winning unbeaten 28-ball 83 while belting seven fours and as many sixes.

India’s Yuvraj Singh holds the record for the fastest fifty in T20Is, taking a mere 12 deliveries during against England in the group stages of the first edition of the ICC World T20 in 2007 – that also saw him hitting six sixes in an over.

Colin Munro of New Zealand took 14 deliveries against Sri Lanka in 2016 for the second fastest such score.

With the win, Saudi Arabia qualified for the final of the tournament against an unbeaten Qatar.

Opener Sajid Cheema led a blazing start to the chase scoring 28 pff just 13 balls before being dismissed by Muhammad Kashif. He had lost his fellow opener Shamsudheen Purat for seven to Fiaz Ahmad.

Kashif then removed Ibrarul Haq for a first-ball duck but Khan found support in Abdul Wahid, who made 17 off 19 balls. Saudi Arabia chased down the target in just 9.1 overs, thus boosting their run-rate significantly, and that helped them qualify for the final. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait finished with four points each, behind Qatar who amassed eight, but Saudi Arabia had the best run-rate among the three, owing to Khan’s whirlwind knock.

Khan’s effort bettered West IndiesShai Hope’s 23-ball 55-run knock against Bangladesh in December 2017 during which the occasional wicketkeeper batsman got to his fifty in just 16 balls. Paul Stirling rounds up the five fastest fifties in T20Is with a 17-ball fifty against Afghanistan in Dubai in 2012

Fastest fifties in T20Is

 

Player Deliveries Team Opposition Place Year
Yuvraj Singh 12 India England Durban 2007
Colin Munro 14 New Zealand Sri Lanka Auckland 2016
Faisal Khan 15 Saudi Arabia Kuwait Al Amerat 2019
Shai Hope 16 West Indies Bangladesh Sylhet 2018
Paul Stirling 17 Ireland Afghanistan Dubai 2012
Stephan Myburgh 17 Netherlands Ireland Cape Town 2015
Chris Gayle 17 West Indies South Africa Sydney 2010

 

Khan’s effort is also the fourth fastest in T20s, but there are three more players who have scored a half-century in 15 balls in T20 cricket. Martin Guptill (in New Zealand Domestic Twenty20 in 2008), Yusuf Pathan (in the IPL in 2014) and Sunil Narine (in The IPL in 2017).

Also, there are seven players who have hit a half-century in 14 balls, one in 13 balls and three in 12 balls including Chris Gayle (in the BBL in 2016) and Hazratullah Zazai (in the APL in 2018). Yuvraj’s effort in the inaugural ICC World T20 tops the chart as it came in 2007.

 

Fastest fifties in T20s

 

Player Deliveries Team Opposition Place Year
Yuvraj Singh 12 India England Durban 2007
Chris Gayle 12 Melbourne Renegades Adelaide Strikers Melbourne 2016
Hazratullah Zazai 12 Kabul Zwanan Balkh Legends Sharjah 2018
Marcus Trescothick 13 Somerset Hampshire Taunton 2010
Imran Nazir 14 Sialkot Lahore Eagles Lahore 2005
Gerard Brophy 14 Yorkshire Derbyshire Derby 2006
Kieran Noema-Barnett 14 Central Districts Otago Invercargill 2010
Kieron Pollard 14 Trinidad & Tobago Leeward Islands Antigua 2012
Colin Munro 14 New Zealand Sri Lanka Auckland 2016
Farhaan Behardien 14 Titans Warriors East London 2016
KL Rahul 14 KXIP Delhi Daredevils Mohali 2018
Martin Guptill 15 Auckland Central Districts New Plymouth 2008
Yusuf Pathan 15 KKR SRH Kolkata 2014
Sunil Narine 15 KKR RCB Bengaluru 2017
Faisal Khan 15 Saudi Arabia Kuwait Al Amerat 2019