Ranji Trophy: Pankaj Jaswal blasts second-fastest fifty in Indian first-class cricket

first_imgHimachal Pradesh bowler Pankaj Jaswal blasted the Goan attack all over the park in his quick-fire innings on day three of the Group D match at the Dharamsala ground. He scored the second-fastest 50, off just 16 balls, in Indian first-class cricket.The 22-year-old finished with 63 off 20 balls, at a strike rate of 315, with four fours and seven maximum.The fastest fifty though belongs to Bandeep Singh of Jammu and Kashmir. He had scored his fifty of just 15 balls in a game against Tripura in 2015.Jaswal, not known for his batting, came out to bat at number nine with Himachal’s score reading 541/7.Himachal’s Pankaj Jaiswal today scored a fifty off just 16 balls vs Goa – the second fastest 50 in Indian first-class cricket.#RanjiTrophy- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 16, 2017The fastest fifty in Indian first-class cricket has been scored by J&K’s Bandeep Singh (off 15 balls) vs Tripura in 2015.#RanjiTrophy https://t.co/Pc3UN3NZg9- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 16, 2017Openers Priyanshu Khanduri and Ankush Bains both scored centuries, along with Nikhil Gangta as Jaswal bludgeoned the Goan bowlers to finish unbeaten on the score 63 off 20 balls. Himachal declared their innings on 625, a massive lead on Goa’s first innings score of 255.The fastest ever fifty in the history of cricket belongs to Yuvraj Singh. Back in the year 2007, at the first ever T20 World Cup in South Africa, the left-hander has annihilated the English bowlers. He had brought up his fifty in just 12 balls, including the six-sixes off  Stuart Broad.In ODI cricket the record is held by South African AB de Villiers, who scored fifty in 16 balls and in Tests the record is owned by Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq, who got to his fifty in just 21 balls.advertisementlast_img read more