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Harbhajan Singh breaks a few IPL batting records

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Harbhajan Singh hitting a boundary during his knock of 64

No batsman was able to stay out there for long, none of them were hitting boundaries and the runs were coming at the pace of a Test match. In the end, it was a Punjabi who blasted the Kings XI Punjab bowlers for the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

The Mumbai Indians were chasing the target of 178 set by Kings XI Punjab and lost their skipper Rohit Sharma on the second ball and the team was on the back-foot straightaway. The wickets kept falling and the team could get to only 17/3 at the end of powerplay and 32/4 at the end of 10 overs.

The home team needed 118 runs in the last six overs to win the match with four wickets in hand. There was no hope of any miracle to happen either. But the vastly experienced Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh decided to deal with the situation on his own. He just played in his natural style – smashing whatever he could. He began by hitting three consecutive fours in the four balls he faced.

Harbhajan ended up with 64 in 24 balls with five fours and six sixes. He got to his 50 in just 19 balls batting at No.8 and broke some important batting records in his innings. The team fell short by 18 runs.

Here are some of his feats:

Fastest half-centuries for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League

Balls

Batsman

Final score

Against

Venue

Date

Result

19

Harbhajan Singh

64 (24)

Kings XI Punjab

Wankhede

12-Apr-15

Lost

20

Kieron Pollard

66* (27)

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Wankhede

13-May-13

Won

21

Dwayne Smith

68 (28)

Chennai Super Kings

Delhi

21-May-13

Lost

23

Sachin Tendulkar

63 (32)

Delhi Daredevils

Delhi

17-Mar-10

Won

25

Sanath Jayasuriya

114* (48)

Chennai Super Kings

Wankhede

14-May-08

Won

25

Corey Anderson

95* (44)

Rajasthan Royals

Wankhede

25-May-14

Won

Harbhajan Singh now holds the record of scoring the fastest 50 in IPL despite the team having had players like Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith and Rohit Sharma in it.

Fastest half-centuries in the Indian Premier League

Balls

Batsman

Final score

For

Against

Venue

Date

Result

15

Yusuf Pathan

72 (22)

Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kolkata

24-May-14

Won

16

Suresh Raina

87 (25)

Chennai Super Kings

Kings XI Punjab

Mumbai (WS)

30-May-14

Lost

17

Adam Gilchrist

85 (35)

Deccan Chargers

Delhi Daredevils

Centurion

22-May-09

Won

17

Chris Gayle

175* (66)

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Pune Warriors India

Bangalore

23-Apr-13

Won

19

Robin Uthappa

51 (21)

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kings XI Punjab

Bangalore

16-Mar-10

Won

19

Harbhajan Singh

64 (24)

Mumbai Indians

Kings XI Punjab

Mumbai (WS)

12-Apr-15

Lost

Harbhajan Singh is the only lower order player to score 50 in less than 20 balls in the IPL.

Highest individual scores batting at No.8 in T20 cricket

Runs

Batsman

Fours

Sixes

S/R

Team

Opposition

Venue

Date

Result

79* (44)

Abongile Sodumo

7

4

179.54

Border

E. Province

East London

13-Nov-11

Lost

65 (26)

Ruchira Palliyaguruge

2

8

250.00

Saracens

Chilaw

Colombo (Bloomfield)

03-Mar-07

Won

64 (24)

Harbhajan Singh

5

6

266.66

Mum Indians

Kings XI

Mumbai

12-Apr-15

Lost

63* (27)

Robbie Frylinck

4

6

233.33

Dolphins

Lahore Lions

Bangalore

27-Sep-14

Lost

63 (44)

Tyron Henderson

4

3

143.18

Kent

Hampshire

Beckenham

02-Jul-06

Won

No batsman had scored 50+ while batting at No.8 or lower in the IPL. Harbhajan became the first to do so and his 64 (24) is the third highest individual score at No.8 in overall T20 cricket.

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