Batsmen Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi in Toronto during an international cricket series in 2008. (File Pictures by Mahesh Abeyewardene)
Once again Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi missed out on equaling Sanath Jayasuriya’s fastest fifty record by one ball during a match-winning innings against Bangladesh in Dhaka at the Asia Cup today.
Afridi equaled the second fastest fifty record off 18 balls inside the 44th over of Pakistan’s pursuit of 327 for a win against Bangladesh, who posted their highest total in ODIs.
His innings today marked the third time he reached fifty off 18 balls.
Sanath Jayasuriya’s innings against Pakistan Singapore in 1996 remains the fastest by a batsman in ODIs off 17 balls. He scored 76 off 28 balls, with 8 fours and 5 sixes in the Singer Cup final played at the Padang Cricket Ground, which Pakistan won.
Second place 50 off 18 balls features Shahid Afridi three times, with two Australians, Glen Maxwell (2013 v India, Bangalore) and Simon O’Donnell (1990 v Sri Lanka, Sharjah)