Sunil Narine rewrote the record books in IPL as he hit the fastest ever half-century to guide his team, KolKata Knight Riders to 6 wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Narine attacked from the word go as he hit a 15-ball half-century while decimating the hapless RCB attack all over the park along with his partner Chris Lynn.
Lynn was equally devastating and hit a 21-ball half century to destroy the RCB attack. The RCB bowlers didn’t have a clue while both the KKR openers dealt in fours and sixes.
Narine was adjudged the Man-of-the-match for his herculean innings and he overshadowed his hard-hitting partner apart from RCB’s Travis Head and Mandeep Singh.
Chasing a target of 159, Lynn first made his intentions clear by hitting two fours and a six in the first over itself. However, Narine exploded in the fourth over of the chase and took Samuel Badree to the cleaners by hitting boundaries at will.
Three huge sixes and a four in the first four balls of Badree set the tone for Narine's rest of the innings. In the next over, Narine again slammed four boundaries and one huge six off the bowling of Sreenath Aravind to notch up his half-century off just 15 deliveries.
Narine has joined Yusuf Pathan at the top of the pile as far as the fastest fifty in the cricketing extravaganza is concerned. Yusuf too had slammed a half-century off 15 deliveries against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2014.
Lynn and Narine bludgeoned the RCB bowlers as KKR set the recored for the most number of runs scored by a team in the powerplay overs (first six overs) in IPL.
Narine's record-breaking innings included 6 fours and 4 huge sixes, which he slammed at an astonishing strike rate of 317.6. He scored 54 off 17 deliveries to set up a brilliant victory for his team.
Earlier, Travis Head smashed a brilliant unbeaten 75after Mandeep Singh's 52 as RCB recovered from a top-order collapse to post 158 for six after being put into bat. All their top stars like Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers failed once again and the team continues to languish at the end of the points table.