Back 2 decades ago on 7th April 1996, Sri Lankan legendary cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya smashed the fastest half-century ever recorded in the history of Cricket at that time.
Jayasuriya scored this fifty against Pakistan in Singer Cup final match at Singapore Cricket Club, Padang. Sanath Jayasuriya scored his fifty while coming has an opener for Sri Lanka to chase the target of 215 set by Pakistan in given 50 overs.
Jayasuriya started smashing the ball from the beginning of the innings itself, and scored fastest Fifty in ODI history after facing 17 balls.
Interestingly, the other opener and Sri Lankas Wicket Keeper, Romesh Kaluwitharana hasn’t scored a single run until Jayasuriya reached his fifty and later gone for a duck after facing 11 balls.
Sanath Jayasuriya ended up scoring 76 off 28 balls. He was caught by Saeed Anwar in Waqar Younis bowling.
Sanath Jayasuriya’s fastest Fifty included 8 fours and 5 sixes with a strike rate of 271.42. It is definitely one of the greatest Knocks in the history of Cricket. Although, Sri Lanka lost the match by 43 runs this match will be remembered for Suriya’s innings.
This record was broken almost after 18 years by AB De Villiers when he scored 50 off 16 balls against West Indies in January 2015.