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RCB vs KKR: Sunil Narine equals fastest fifty record in IPL

India Today logo India Today 07-05-2017

Sunil Narine slammed the fastest fifty in the history of the Indian Premier League off just 15 balls as the Kolkata Knight Riders chase 159 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru.

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He equalled Yusuf Pathan's 15-ball effort versus the Sunrisers Hyderabad back in 2014 in Kolkata.

This is also the fastest fifty in this year's IPL. Narine overtook his strike-partner Chris Lynn, who scored a 19-ball fifty during his unbeaten knock of 93 in KKR's first game of the season against the Gujarat Lions.

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Gautam Gambhir dropped down the order allowing Narine to open the innings along with the returning Lynn and hit the ground running right from the word go. Lynn started hitting the bowlers all around the park and Narine soon followed suit. Once he started there was no stopping him as he dominated strike and the bowlers, especially Samuel Badree, whom he smashed for three back-to-back sixes, taking 25 runs off the over.

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He continued the assault in the next over, hitting three back-to-back boundaries off Sreenath Aravind, before finally getting to his fifty with a huge six over long-on.

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However, his assault finally came to an end when he was out for 54 off just 17 balls after top edging a Aniket Choudhary bouncer to Kedar Jadhav.

Narine hit six fours and four sixes in his career-best T20 knock of 54.

His power-hitting also ensured that KKR (105/0) scored the highest runs in the power-play in the history of the IPL, overtaking Chennai Super Kings, who scored 100/2 against the Mumbai Indians back in 2014.

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