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Gone are the days when cricket used to be a slow sport, in which players used to pay a lot of attention to the grammar of playing. Now is the time for 20-over matches, with boundaries and sixers raining down. It’s the One Day International matches that still catch the fancy of all cricket lovers, offering the best of both worlds. Those day-long matches still have the technicalities of the game intact, but there are amazing centuries and half centuries in those matches. Let’s take a look at the top 10 fastest fifty in One Day International Cricket.

Top 10 Fastest Fifty in One Day International

Fastest Fifty in One Day Internationals

Top 10 Fastest Half Centuries in ODI Cricket

The previous World Record holder of Fastest Fifty In ODIs, was Sanath Jayasuriya, who was responsible to introduce power hitting within 15th overs. Jayasuriya has scored his Fastest Fifty playing just 17 balls, it came against Pakistan in Singapore. Now, AB de Villiers smashed the Fastest Fifty (16 balls) and also the Fastest 100 (31 balls).

This list is updated according to the stats as of May 2018 and we also updated the table attached below with the same reference. In case if you have different stats to let us know, feel free to contact us in the comment section at the end of this article. But now, let’s start the countdown of the fastest ODI half centuries.

10. Brendon McCullum

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Brendon McCullum scored one of the Fastest Fifties in One Day Internationals

New Zealand’s former star player, Brendon McCullum, acquires the 10th place on the list of players with the fastest fifty in ODI, having scored his half-century in 18 balls again. He scored it in a match against England, played on 20th February 2015, played at Wellington. In this match, the right-handed batting wicket-keeper managed to accumulate 77 runs in total, including some amazing shots, like the 7 sixes and 8 boundaries. The brutal but brilliant Baz has a total strike rate of 96.37 in One Day International.

9. Shahid Afridi

Fastest ODI Fifty of All Time

Shahid Afridi scored one of the Fastest Fifties in ODI History

The player to hit a half-century in 18 balls, just before McCullum, was Shahid Afridi, the right-handed batting all-rounder of Pakistan, who did so in a match on 4th March 2014, played at Mirpur between Pakistan and Bangladesh. He scored a total of 59 in that match, hitting 7 sixes and 2 fours in total. Afridi’s strike rate in One Day international, 117.00, is a reflection of his crazy batting style which has always been a vision. As a surprising fact, he is one of the batsmen with most sixes in ODI cricket.

8. Glenn Maxwell

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Glenn Maxwell made one of the Fastest ODI Fifties of All Time

Australia’s Glenn Maxwell takes away the eighth spot on the list of players with the fastest fifty in ODI, having scored the number upon facing 18 balls. It was in a match against India, played in Bangalore on 2nd November 2013. During this match, Maxwell managed to gather a total of only 60 runs, though it was a spectacle. He hit 7 sixes and 3 fours that made him reach a fast half-century. During his career in One Day International cricket, Maxwell has managed to acquire a remarkable strike rate of 123.93.

7. Shahid Afridi

Fastest ODI Half Centuries in Cricket History

Boom Boom Afridi scored one of the Fastest ODI 50 in Cricket History

Another half-century scored in 18 balls is once again by Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistani all-rounder. This time, it was scored against the Netherlands, in a match played on 21st September 2017, at Colombo. The total score by Afridi in this match was just 55, which included 6 sixes and 4 boundaries, leading to his super-fast half-century. It isn’t a surprise that “Boom Boom” Afridi appears more than once on the list.

6. Shahid Afridi

Players with fastest ODI Fifties in Cricket

Shahid Afridi made several Fastest Half Centuries in ODI History

Yet again on the list of fastest 50 in One Day International is one of the greatest all-rounders Shahid Afridi, with another half-century scored in 18 balls once again. The former Pakistani player scored his first half-century in 18 balls in an ODI match on 4th October 1996, between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, played at Nairobi. In that game, Afridi scored a total of 102, and his runs included 11 sixes, as well as 6 fours. Once again, it was quite a spectacle!

5. Simon O’Donnell

Fastest ODI fifties in Cricket History

Simon O’Donnell scored one of the Fastest ODI Half Centuries of All Time

In the 5th place on the list of players with the fastest fifty in One Day International cricket is Simon O’Donnell, the former Australian who represented his team as a right-handed batsman. The player scored the fastest fifty of his career in 18 balls, in a match against Sri Lanka. The game was Sharjah, played on 2nd May 1990, and O’Donnell scored a total of 74 runs in the match. His score included some fantastic hits, like the 6 sixers and 4 boundaries. In One Day International cricket, O’Donnell has a strike rate of 80.96.

4. Martin Guptill

Quickest ODI Fifties in Cricket History

Martin Guptill secured his place in the Fastest 50 in ODI List

The next player to score 50 in 17 balls is Martin Guptill of New Zealand on 28th December 2015. This right-handed opening batsman made the fastest fifty of his career in a match against Sri Lanka at Christchurch, which eventually turned out to be one of the fastest half-centuries in ODI. He went on to miss the century closely, scoring 93 runs in the match. It included 8 sixes and 9 fours. He has an ODI strike rate of 87.58. Among the notable landmarks in his career is the double-century in World Cup 2015.

3. Kusal Perera

Quickest Batsmen to score ODI fifty

Kusal Perera made one of the Fastest 50 in Cricket ODI

At 5 ft 6 in, Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera is truly a big thing is a small package, with the record of one of the fastest half-centuries in ODI cricket. He faced only 17 balls to make his 50 in a match against Pakistan on 15th July 2015, held at Pallekele. He went on to score 63 in the match, and became the second player to score 50 in 17 balls, after Jayasuriya, who is an inspiration for Perera. His total included 2 sixes and 13 fours. With all his performances in One Day international cricket, he has a massive strike rate of 133.55.

2. Sanath Jayasuriya

Quickest ODI Half Century of All Time

Sanath Jayasuriya recorded one of the Fastest Half Century in ODI Cricket

Next on this list is former Sri Lankan cricketer left-handed batting all-rounder, Sanath Jayasuriya, who set the record for the second fastest half-century in One Day International cricket, having scored it in just 17 balls, during a match against Pakistan on 7th April 1996. The match was held at Singapore, and he scored 76 runs in total. His score included 5 sixes and 8 boundaries. In One Day International cricket, Jayasuriya has an average strike rate of 91.20. His two-decade career is one of the most prominent in cricket and put his name among the batsmen with the most number of ODI centuries.

1. AB de Villiers

Fastest 50 runs in ODI Cricket

AB de Villiers scored the Fastest Fifty in ODI Cricket

Leading the list of players with the fastest fifty in ODI cricket is AB de Villiers from South Africa. The wicketkeeper and right-handed batsman set the record for the fastest ODI fifty by scoring it in just 16 balls. The record feat came in a match against West Indies on 18th January 2015. It was played at Johannesburg, and Villiers scored a total of 149 runs in that match. His dazzling performance includes 16 sixes and 9 fours. His average strike rate in One Day International cricket is 101.07. He is considered as one of the greatest batsmen of recent times.

These amazing players have created some of the fastest and most spectacular fifties in the history of One Day International Cricket. They have not only taken their teams closer to their goal faster but have also left the audience with memories of matches that they will never forget.

Fastest Fifty in One Day International [Updated Table]

Rank Player Match Date Total Runs Balls taken to score 50 6s 4s
1 AB de Villiers South Africa v West Indies 18/01/2015 149 16 16 9
2 Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka v Pakistan 07/04/1996 76 17 5 8
3 Kusal Perera Sri Lanka v Pakistan 15/07/2015 68 17 2 13
4 Martin Guptill New Zealand v Sri Lanka 28/12/2015 93 17 8 9
5 Simon O’Donnell Australia v Sri Lanka 02/05/1990 74 18 6 4
6 Shahid Afridi Pakistan v Sri Lanka 04/10/1996 102 18 11 6
7 Shahid Afridi Pakistan v Netherlands 21/09/2002 55* 18 6 4
8 Glenn Maxwell Australia v India 02/11/2013 60 18 7 3
9 Shahid Afridi Pakistan v Bangladesh 04/03/2014 59 18 7 2
10 Brendon McCullum New Zealand v England 20/02/2015 77 18 7 8

Fastest ODI Fifties Facts

  • The Proteas star, AB de Villiers sits top on the list with just utilizing 16 balls to score a half-ton. He achieved this feat against West Indies, back in 2015.
  • The second on the list is none other than Sri Lankan legend Jayasuriya. He scored fifty off just 16 deliveries against Pakistan, back in 1996.
  • Rising Sri Lankan opener, Perera sits third on the list, with smashing a half-century off just 17 balls.
  • We have another 17-balls fifty scorers on the list. He is none other than Kiwi star batsman Martin Guptill, who did it against Sri Lanka.
  • Shahid Afridi aka Boom Boom is still in the top 6 of the list with knocking the historic 18-balls fifty against Sri Lanka, back in 1996.
  • Shahid Afridi appeared in the list 10 times, more than any other in the list of fastest ODI 50s. He has scored Fifty in 18 Balls 3 times, scored fifty in 19 balls 1 time. Besides, he scored 2 times in 20 balls, 3 times in 21 balls, and another one on 22 balls.

We are continuously updating this list. Whenever someone scores 50 in less than 23 balls, we will update this for sure.

Latest Inclusion: Martin Guptill. The New Zealander smashed 17 balls 50, which is 4th all-time fastest in One Day International Cricket and All Time Fastest from any New Zealand Batsmen.

So what you think who out of the young guns will make his way into the list of Fastest Fifties in ODI Cricket by smashing the previously set records.

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