Slowest Fifties in IPL History – Who Scored the Slowest Fifty?

Who Scored the Slowest Fifty in the IPL?

JP Duminy is the man who holds the dubious distinction of scoring the slowest fifty in the history of the Indian Premier League. Playing for Mumbai Indians against Kings XI Punjab in the 2009 edition of the tournament, it took him 55 balls to reach his half century.

Duminy received a lot of criticism for his efforts, and this is one IPL record that may never be broken.

JP Duminy
JP Duminy

Slowest Fifties in IPL History

Parthiv Patel – 53 Balls (Chennai Super Kings Vs Kings XI Punjab in 2010)

Behind JP Duminy is Parthiv Patel. The wicket keeper batsman was known for fast scoring but, in this game against KXIP, he looked to rotate the strike with singles and the occasional two.

He would usually score at a higher pace in the later stages of his innings but not this time as he reached his 50 in 53 balls. Parthiv received criticism as CSK went on to lose the game in a Super Over.

Parthiv Patel & Virat Kohli
Parthiv Patel & Virat Kohli

Robin Uthappa – 52 Balls (Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils in 2012)

Another wicket keeper batsman who has been a regular feature of the IPL, Robin Uthappa can play many different types of innings. This effort for RCB against Delhi in 2013 was clearly one of his more patient knocks.

Like the players mentioned above, Uthappa got some criticism for this effort but, in this case, it may have been a little unfair. He came in with his team at 1/2 and had to rebuild the innings. Eventually, Robin Uthappa would make 60 from 58 balls but the Royal Challengers still lost with four overs left in the game.

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa

Brendon McCullum – 52 Balls (Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians in 2010)

One of the most explosive hitters in world cricket and a man who scored the first ever IPL hundred, Brendon McCullum was a different man in this game. Playing for KKR against Mumbai in 2010, it took him 52 deliveries to reach his half century.

In a low scoring encounter, the Knight Riders were set 134 to win in their 20 overs. McCullum paced his innings, eventually making 57 from 56 balls as his team eased home by 9 wickets.

Matthew Hayden – 51 Balls (Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians in 2009)

Here we have another man known for his fast scoring. 2009 was only the second edition of the IPL and the pace wasn’t as fast as it is today but it’s still surprising to see Matthew Hayden scoring a 50 from 51 balls.

Hayden’s Chennai team successfully chased down a target of 148 set by Mumbai but they made hard work of things, with the Aussie left hander eventually making 60 from 57 deliveries.

Jacques Kallis – 51 Balls (Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils in 2009)

It seems that some of the best attacking players of the early 2000s had a little trouble adapting to the pace of the IPL. South Africa’s big hitting Jacques Kallis is another player to deliver a slow half century, with this effort coming from 51 balls.

However, it should be noted that Kallis played a patient innings and that was the best approach in these particular circumstances. His RCB side were chasing just 135 and Kallis’ fellow opener Robin Uthappa was out in the first over. The South African then dropped anchor, making 58 from 56 balls as Bangalore got across the line.

Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis

Gautam Gambhir- 51 Balls (Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings in 2010)

Gautam Gambhir was another batter who could play different types of innings, depending on the state of the game. He could be a fast-scoring opener but this was certainly not one of those occasions.

Playing for Delhi against CSK in 2010, the left hander brought up his half century from 51 balls. It was a fitting knock however as the Daredevils were chasing 113 and had lost three early wickets. Batting at number four, Gambhir made 57 in 56 balls as his team got home.

David Warner – 50 Balls (Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings in 2021)

One of the more recent slow 50s comes from an unusual source. 2021 was a difficult season for David Warner and maybe this half century from 50 balls influenced the decision to drop the Australian left hander from the Sunrisers team.

This innings was a real struggle for Warner who lost his timing and his footwork as he crawled to a final tally of 57 from 55 deliveries.

Murali Vijay- 50 Balls (Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab in 2013)

Murali Vijay had a long career with the Super Kings. Things haven’t gone to plan in more recent years but he’s frequently been a destructive force at the top of the order. In this game against KXIP, he was more patient, bringing up his 50 at a run a ball.

Vijay didn’t have to accelerate as his opening partner, Brendon McCullum, was doing all the power hitting at the other end. McCullum made 86 from 54 balls as the Super Kings chased down a target of 139 with ease.

Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay

Virat Kohli – 45 Balls (Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans, 2022)

The 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League didn’t showcase Virat Kohli at his most fluent. Kohli came close to scoring 1000 runs in the 2016 edition but he was far from his best at IPL 15.

Playing for RCB against Gujarat Titans, the former Indian skipper made this half century from 45 deliveries. This was his first 50 in 14 games and the loss of form may have been the reason for his patient approach. Kohli seemed determined to get to the milestone and he eventually finished with 58 off 53 balls.

Conclusion

Some of these innings may need putting into context. If a batting side loses a number of early wickets, the batters that follow have to be a little more patient. We’ve seen some instances of that as we’ve moved through this guide.

Other knocks will have been made on difficult pitches but others are much more difficult to explain. In the context of the fast scoring Indian Premier League, it’s certainly been interesting to assess the slowest ever fifties.