Has Mumbai's Ishan Kishan just scored the fastest IPL 50?

Shamanth Jayaram October 8, 2021
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Mumbai Indians faced SunRisers Hyderabad in the final league game of this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) and Ishan Kishan has just played a blinder.

Mumbai went into the game today with an outside chance of finishing in the top four. The men in blue have to win by a huge margin to qualify for the playoffs, and they’ve given themselves a small chance.

The Indians tabled a mammoth 235 in their 20 overs. Ishan Kishan was the star of the show, but has he broken the record for the fastest 50 in IPL history?

Has Ishan Kishan just scored the fastest IPL 50?

Kishan scored a half-century in just 16 balls against the SunRisers today, but the 23-year-old misses out on the record.

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KL Rahul of Punjab Kings holds the record for smashing 50 in just 14 balls. He achieved that feat against the Delhi Capitals at the IS Bindra Stadium back in April 2018.

Kishan’s 16-ball half-century is a sensational achievement as well, but he’s not second on the list either. That record is held by Yusuf Pathan and Sunil Narine, both of KKR, who scored their fifties in just 15 balls.

The Mumbai Indians star ranks next alongside Suresh Raina, who smashed his 16-ball 50 all the way back in 2014 against the Punjab Kings, who were then called the Kings XI Punjab.

Can Mumbai reach the playoffs?

Mumbai Indians’ first innings score of 235 is a sensational total to defend in a normal game. However, if they want to join Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore in the playoffs, they will have to pull off something special.

Rohit Sharma’s men have to bowl out Hyderabad for under 65 runs today. That is extremely difficult at this stage, but cricket is a funny old game and anything is possible.

At the time of writing, the SunRisers have 15 runs on the board after two overs. At this rate, they will knock Mumbai out of the competition in the ninth over, which would mean that the Kolkata Knight Riders will finish fourth in the table and qualify for the playoffs.

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Shamanth works as a senior editor at GRV Media. Based in Bangalore, India, he's a massive Arsenal fan who also enjoys a bit of UFC every now and then.