BPL: Sunil Narine made 2nd fastest in T20 record

Sunil Narine of the West Indies set a new mark for the second-fastest fifty in Twenty20 cricket on Wednesday. In the second qualifier of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2022, Narine reached the milestone while starting the batting for Comilla Victorians against Chattogram Challengers. The game was held at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur.

Narine's 13-ball fifty, which propelled the Victorians to the final of the present BPL, was also the fastest in the history of the sport.

The 33-year-old smashed five boundaries and six sixes to help the Victorians chase down a 149-run target in 12.5 overs. Narine reached his fifty in the 13th ball, falling one delivery short of the world record for the fastest fifty in T20 cricket.

Narine, who batted first, began the innings in sixth gear. The all-rounder kept delivering in highest potential since then.

After Narine was dismissed for 16 runs off 16 balls in the sixth over, captain Imrul Kayes (22), Faf du Plessis (30 not out), and Moeen Ali (#0 not out) helped the Victorians over the finish line.

Narine remarked on his record-breaking performance. He said when he was told he would open, he was very happy, particularly as there are only two fielders outside the ring. Narine added that it was a decent pitch to bat on because there was little spin and the new ball came on beautifully.

The batsman is getting used to the Indian Premier League, despite not being a member of the West Indies team that is now playing a T20I series in India. Despite a strong showing in the IPL 2021, the West Indies all-rounder was not selected for the T20 World Cup.

The Kolkata Knight Riders have chosen to keep Narine ahead of the IPL 2022 blockbuster auction. Along with his teammate Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, and Venkatesh Iyer, Narine was retained.