Sohaib Maqsood Scores The Fastest 50 in National T20 History

Southern Punjab chased down a target of 162 set by Balochistan in a dramatic fashion to book their place in the semi-finals of the National T20 Cup. Southern Punjab needed to chase the target within 12.3 overs to qualify on a better net run rate, and they chased it down in style, reaching the target in 10.4 overs.


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Sohaib Maqsood was named the man of the match for his match-winning knock of 81 off 29 balls. He reached his half-century on just 18 balls, becoming the fastest to 50 in this year’s National T20 Cup. He also scored the third-fastest half-century in the history of the tournament.

Previously, Faheem Ashraf and Khushdil Shah were the joint holders of the honor, scoring their half-centuries on 19 balls.

Sr. No. Batsman Balls Match
1 Imran Nazir 14 Sialkot vs Lahore Eagles (2005)
2 Imran Nazir 17 Sialkot Stallions vs Lahore Lions (2009)
3 Sohaib Maqsood 18 Southern Punjab vs Balochistan (2020)
3 Faheem Ashraf 19 Central Punjab vs Southern Punjab (2020)
4 Khushdil Shah 19 Southern Punjab vs Sindh (2020)

 

Overall this is the 4th fastest T20 half-century by a Pakistani batsman.

Sr. No. Batsman Balls Match
1 Imran Nazir 14 Sialkot vs Lahore Eagles (2005)
2 Ahmed Shehzad 16 Barisal Burners v Duronto Rajshahi (2012)
3 Imran Nazir 17 Sialkot Stallions vs Lahore Lions (2009)
4 Kamran Akmal 17 Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings (2018)
5 Sohail Tanvir 17 St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents (2014)
6 Sohaib Maqsood 18 Southern Punjab vs Balochistan (2020)

 

Sohaib hit 4 sixes in the innings and became the leading six-hitter in the history of the tournament. He has now hit 91 sixes since the inception of the National T20 Cup.


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With 20 sixes in the tournament, Sohaib has also hit the 2nd highest maximums in the tournament, only trailing his teammate Khushdil Shah, who has hit 22 sixes.

The 33-year old has had a frustrating international career hampered with injuries, but he has had a tremendous tournament so far. He is currently the leading scorer in the tournament, with 377 runs at an average of 37.70 and an impressive strike rate of 175.34

Sr. No. Name Matches Runs Average Strike Rate
1 Sohaib Maqsood 10 377 37.70 175.34
2 Imam-ul-Haq 9 375 53.57 144.78
3 Abdullah Shafique 10 358 44.75 133.08
4 Khurram Manzoor 10 334 33.40 136.88
5 Khushdil Shah 10 327 36.33 183.70



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