On Thursday, May 11, Yashasvi Jaiswal hits fastest fifty in IPL history. Playing for Rajasthan Royals against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the left-handed batter achieved the feat in just 13 balls.
Breaks previous records held by KL Rahul and Pat Cummins
Jaiswal’s record-breaking performance broke the previous records set by KL Rahul and Pat Cummins, who both hit fifties off 14 balls against Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians respectively. Yashasvi Jaiswal’s feat also ties him with Austria’s Mirza Ahsan, Somerset’s Marcus Trescothick, and Comilla Victorians’ Sunil Narine for the second-fastest fifty in T20 cricket.
Jaiswal’s explosive start in the Royals’ run chase
Jaiswal made an explosive start to the Royals’ run chase, taking 26 runs off the first over from Nitish Rana. He hit 20 runs off the first four balls, followed by a couple and a cracking four to finish the over. In the second over, he took on fast bowler Harshit Rana, hitting him for a four and six to complete the over.
Jaiswal’s record-breaking performance continues
Jaiswal continued his record-breaking performance, hitting Shardul Thakur for three fours in a row in the third over and completing his fifty with a single. He also helped the Royals score the second-most runs in the first over of an IPL match, second only to the Royal Challengers Bangalore who scored 27 runs against Mumbai Indians back in 2011 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, with seven of those being extras.