Sunil Narine, Caribbean cricket star from Comilla Victorians, set a half-century off 13 balls in Bangladesh Premier League cricket on Wednesday (February 16). His innings is the record for the fastest half-century in the BPL.
In the second qualifier against Chattogram Challengers, Narine was caught and bowled by Mrityunjay after scoring 57 off 16 balls. His devastating innings was sorted into six sixes and five fours. Comilla won the match by 6 wickets. In the final of the tournament, Chattogram was eliminated.
Prior to Narine’s record, the record for the fastest half-century in the BPL was held by Mohammad Shehzad of Afghanistan. In 2012, he hit a half-century off 16 balls for Barisal. English cricketer Will Jacks of Chattogram Challengers is joint third in the list of fastest half-centuries. This time he made fifty off 18 balls.
Collectively, the record for the third fastest half-century is held by Rahmanullah Gurbaj. He set the record with 18 balls for Khulna in 2019. Sri Lankan all-rounder Sekuge Prasanna is also on the list. He also scored a half-century off 18 balls for Dhaka in the 2016 BPL edition.