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Shahid Afridi's fastest 50s: A statistical look

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19.58K   //    31 Jan 2015, 19:29 IST

The most experienced Pakistan cricketer at the moment, Shahid Afridi, smashed 67 off 29 balls – studded with three sixes and nine fours – against New Zealand at Wellington today in the first ODI of the two-match bilateral series. 

Afridi got to his 50 in 21 balls. This is the ninth time he has scored a half-century in 21 or fewer balls.

Shahid Afridi

That no batsman has scored 50s in less than 21 balls on more than 4 occasions shows how difficult a task it is. In fact, only two batsmen have scored 50s within 21 balls more than once. Brendon McCullum has scored four times, while Mark Boucher has done it twice.

Fastest ODI 50s by Shahid Afridi (21 or less balls)

Balls

Runs

Sixes

Fours

Against

Venue

Date

18

102 (40)

11

6

Sri Lanka

Nairobi

04-10-96

18

55* (18)

6

4

Netherlands

Colombo

21-09-02

18

59 (25)

7

2

Bangladesh

Mirpur

04-03-14

19

65 (25)

5

5

New Zealand

Christchurch

29-01-11

20

102 (46)

9

10

India

Kanpur

15-04-05

20

77* (35)

6

5

South Africa

Durban

07-02-07

21

58 (26)

4

5

Zimbabwe

Multan

30-09-04

21

55 (26)

6

3

New Zealand

Sharjah

14-12-14

21

67 (29)

3

9

New Zealand

Wellington

31-01-15


Numbers of half-centuries in 21 or less balls in ODIs

Number of 50s

Batsman

Team

9

Shahid Afridi

Pakistan

4

Brendon McCullum

New Zealand

2

Mark Boucher

South Africa

Fastest 50s for each test playing team in ODIs

Team

Batsman

Balls

Score

Against

Venue

Date

Australia

Simon O'Donnell

18

74 (29)

Sri Lanka

Sharjah

02-Feb-90

Glenn Maxwell

18

60 (22)

India

Bangalore

02-Nov-13

Bangladesh

Mohammad Ashraful

21

94 (52)

England

Nottingham

21-Jun-05

Abdur Razzaq

21

53* (22)

Zimbabwe

Bulawayo

05-May-13

England

Paul Collingwood

24

54* (30)

New Zealand

Napier

20-Feb-08

India

Ajit Agarkar

21

67* (25)

Zimbabwe

Rajkot

14-Dec-00

New Zealand

Brendon McCullum

19

80* (28)

Bangladesh

Queenstown

31-Dec-07

 

Ross Taylor

19

59* (24)

Ireland

Aberdeen

01-Jul-08

Brendon McCullum

19

51 (22)

Sri Lanka

Christchurch

11-Jan-15

Paksistan

Shahid Afridi

18

102 (40)

Sri Lanka

Nairobi

04-Oct-96

Shahid Afridi

18

55* (18)

Netherlands

Colombo

21-Sep-02

Shahid Afridi

18

59 (25)

Bangladesh

Mirpur

04-Mar-14

South Africa

AB de Villiers

16

149 (44)

West Indies

Johannesburg

18-Jan-15

Sri Lanka

Sanath Jayasuriya

17

76 (28)

Pakistan

Singapore

07-Apr-96

West Indies

Darren Sammy

20

58* (24)

South Africa

Antigua

24-May-10

Zimbabwe

Dougie Marillier

21

56* (24)

India

Faridabad

07-Mar-02


Among associate team players, the fastest half-century has been made by Richie Berrington in 20 balls for Scotland against Ireland at Edinburgh in 2011. Following him is Canada's John Davison, who has a 23-ball 50 against New Zealand at Gros Islet in 2007.

Fastest half-centuries against each team playing team in ODIs

Team

Batsman

Balls

Score

Team

Venue

Date

Australia

Lance Cairns

21

52 (25)

New Zealand

Melbourne

13-Feb-83

Bangladesh

Shahid Afridi

18

59 (25)

Pakistan

Mirpur

04-Mar-14

England

Mohammad Ashraful

21

94 (52)

Bangladesh

Nottingham

21-Jun-05

India

Glenn Maxwell

18

60 (22)

Australia

Bangalore

02-Nov-13

New Zealand

Shahid Afridi

19

65 (25)

Pakistan

Christchurch

29-Jan-11

Paksistan

Sanath Jayasuriya

17

76 (28)

Sri Lanka

Singapore

07-Apr-96

South Africa

Shahid Afridi

20

77* (35)

Pakistan

Durban

07-Feb-07

Darren Sammy

20

58* (24)

West Indies

Antigua

24-May-10

Sri Lanka

Simon O'Donnell

18

74 (29)

Australia

Sharjah

02-Feb-90

Shahid Afridi

18

102 (40)

Pakistan

Nairobi

04-Oct-96

West Indies

AB de Villiers

16

149 (44)

South Africa

Johannesburg

18-Jan-15

Zimbabwe

Justin Kemp

19

53* (21)

South Africa

Durban

27-Feb-05

Afridi has the fastest half-century against four teams: Bangladesh, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Fastest half-century against an associate team is in 18 balls by the same player against Netherlands in 2002, and it is followed by 19-ball 50s from Mark Boucher and Ross Taylor against Kenya at Cape Town in 2001 and Ireland at Aberdeen in 2008 respectively. 

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Bharath Seervi is a Cricket Statistician who is highly passionate about bringing out interesting Statistics, Records, Facts and Trivia as the activities in cricket words goes on. He does in-depth analysis on Cricket and its Numbers. Follow his live statistical tweets @SeerviBharath and @CricScout.
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