Sydney Sixers vs. Adelaide Strikers: Dan Christian smashes the second fastest fifty in BBL history. Clock


Dan Christian beat the second fastest half century in the history of the Big Bash League (BBL) and reached the landmark on Sunday at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart with just 15 balls against Adelaide Strikers. The record of the fastest fifty in the league belongs to Chris Gayle, who scored fifty of just 12 balls at Melbourne Renegades in 2008. Incidentally, it was Adelaide Strikers who were at the end of Gayle’s violent knocking back then.

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Christian’s knock helped Sydney Sixers recover from a slow start and place a total of 177/5 on the board.

He finished his fifty on a cap but got out on the next ball and tried to make the most of the power surge. During his brief stint at the fold, he hit nine borders, including five hits over the fence.

As other Sydney Sixers batsmen battled to take on the top-tier bowling cast from Strikers, including Rashid Khan, Christian’s batting wondered if he was striking a different place from the others.

When he got to the fold, his side was busy with 61/3 on the scoreboard by the end of 13 overs. From then on, however, things changed when Christian began his attack by targeting debutant Liam Scott and crushing him for three sixs and a four to amass 22 runs from his second over.

Scott made his BBL debut as an “X Factor” substitute, but Christian’s explosive eyelash made it a nightmare.

Christian didn’t even spare the opposition’s leading weirdo, Rashid Khan, who is number one in the T20I rankings. Christian cleared the fence twice in the over when Sixers added 16 more runs to the total.

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He continued his attack the next year, breaking three more borders in front of Wes Agar to complete his fifty.

Christian’s rapid fire pounded the momentum in his side and a few cameos in order helped them post 177/5 of their 20 overs.

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