Sunil Narine, after facing a bit of downtime as the ‘experimental’ opener, made a breathtaking return to form, smashing the joint fastest fifty in the history of the IPL against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The attacking left-hander treated the RCB bowling attack as some amateur line-up and reached his fifty off just 15 deliveries.
With this antics, Narine equalled the record of Yusuf Pathan, his KKR teammate, who also took the same amount of deliveries to hit the famous fifty against Sunrisers Hyderabad. This epic knock also enabled him to overtake the likes of Suresh Raina, Chris Gayle, Adam Gilchrist among others.
Coming out to chase a target of 159, Narine opened the innings with Chris Lynn, the batsman whom he replaced as the opener, and added 105 for the first wicket.
After having already shown his pinch hitting prowess with some quick starts, he looked at the peak of his powers on Sunday making Lynn appear as ordinary. Narine decided to go ballistic. He found the rhythm in no time and beat Lynn to complete his fifty.
Sixes rained off his bat. His innings included a total of six sixes – three each off fellow Trinidadian Samuel Badree and left arm fast bowler, S. Aravind.
His time in the middle also saw him smash four boundaries, three of which came consecutively from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th deliveries against Aravind in the 5th over. A ball later in the same over, he completed his fifty with a six in the long-on region.
Unfortunately, his show ended in the first over after the end of the powerplay.