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Sunil Narine of KKR blazes into record books with joint-fastest fifty in IPL

Sunil Narine blasted the joint-fastest fifty in the history of the Indian Premier League as he helped Kolkata Knight Riders thrash Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets to move to second spot.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 08, 2017 00:01 IST
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Sunil Narine blasted the joint-fastest fifty in IPL history off 15 balls as Kolkata Knight Riders romped home to a six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2017 to boost them to second spot in the points table.
Sunil Narine blasted the joint-fastest fifty in IPL history off 15 balls as Kolkata Knight Riders romped home to a six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2017 to boost them to second spot in the points table.(BCCI)

Sunil Narine’s contributions for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League have been valuable. However, in the 2017 edition, he has been the X-factor for the two-time champions with the bat. His promotion to the top has yielded rich dividends with the team getting off to a flier. (IPL 2017 full coverage)

In the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Narine opened with Chris Lynn and the pair went on to smash records as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets to move to the second spot in the points table.

In the course of the innings, Narine blasted a record fifty and the team went on to achieve other milestones.

The milestones:

15 - Number of balls taken by Narine to reach his fifty, which is the joint-fastest in history of the IPL. Yusuf Pathan also blasted a fifty off similar balls in the 2014 IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

105 - The total number of runs scored by Kolkata Knight Riders in the first six overs of the powerplay. This is the highest-ever number of runs scored by a team in the powerplay of the IPl, beating the previous mark of 100 set by Chennai Super Kings in the 2014 match against Kings XI Punjab in the first qualifier.

2 - Number of wins for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2017, which is the joint-least for any team at this stage. In 2008, Deccan Chargers won only two out of 14 games while Delhi Daredevils won only two out of 14 games in IPL 2014.

11 - Number of times Royal Challengers Bangalore have lost to Kolkata Knight Riders. They have lost more than 10 matches against Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians.

2 - Number of fifties by Chris Lynn in IPL, both have come in this edition. In the match against Gujarat Lions, he smashed a fifty off just 19 balls while in this game, he blasted a fifty off 21 balls.

184 - The strike-rate for Sunil Narine in this IPL, which is the highest among batsman who have scored over 100 runs in the tournament. Hardik Pandya is the next-highest with 176.