MI vs KKR: Hardik Pandya clinches record with fifty against Kolkata Knight Riders
Hardik Pandya scored the fastest fifty of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) as the Mumbai Indians all-rounder achieved the milestone in just 17 balls against Kolkata Knight RidersUpdated: Apr 29, 2019 08:21 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Hardik Pandya scored the fastest fifty of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) as the Mumbai Indians all-rounder achieved the milestone in just 17 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.
The record previously belonged to Delhi Capitals’ Rishabh Pant who scored a 18-ball fifty against Mumbai Indians.
Fastest 50s for MI in IPL (balls faced):
17 K Pollard v KKR, Mumbai, 2016
17 I Kishan v KKR, Kolkata, 2018
17 H Pandya v KKR, Kolkata, 2019 *
19 Harbhajan v KXIP, Mumbai, 2015
Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen fired on all cylinders to post the season’s highest total -- 232 for two.
Staring at elimination following a six-match losing streak, the embattled KKR got off to a fiery start with Shubman Gill (76) and Chris Lynn (54) putting on a 96-run opening stand, their highest this season, after Rohit Sharma opted to bowl in his 100th match as captain.
Andre Russell, KKR’s biggest impact player of the season, was finally seen higher up the order at No 3. The West Indies power-hitter ensured that KKR finished on a high with an unbeaten 80 off 40 balls.
Fielding let down Mumbai Indians big time with both Lynn and Russell dropped early in their innings by Kieron Pollard and Evin Lewis respectively.
(With agency inputs)
First Published: Apr 28, 2019 23:23 IST