Top 10 Slowest Fifties In T20 Internationals History

Top 10 Slowet Fifties

We have always heard about the fastest 50's or 100's but never of the slowest. Let's check this segment also

Vishal Singh Jan. 18, 2024

Cricket's most exciting and unpredictable format is T20. In this format, hitters typically have a strike rate of about 140 and 150, and any ball can swing the game. A century in T20 cricket must be scored with a strike rate of 135 to 150 for any batsman. Yet a lot of players have a strike rate of less than 100 runs in a half-century. Here is a list of the top five T20 Internationals' slowest fifty.

Here is the list of top 10 contenders -

1. Ryan Watson (54 Balls) -

Former right-handed Scottish batsman Ryan Watson recorded his slowest half-century in a T20 international is a record that he holds. Against Kenya in an ICC T20 Qualifier, Ryan Watson reached his 57 in 54r balls. Kenya won the toss and elected to bat first in this game, setting a target of 107 runs. With time on their side, Scotland's Ryan Watson scored runs consistently. In 61 balls, he scored 54 runs during his inning. Ryan Watson was named man of the match as Scotland triumphed by a margin of nine wickets.


2. Gautam Gambhir (54 Balls) -

It was the second T20 international between Australia and India in 2012. Australia chose to bat first after winning the toss, with a target of 132 runs. Gautam Gambhir played a responsible innings for India, while other batters also displayed aggressive play. Gautam Gambhir achieved his 57 in this match in 54 balls, which is among the slowest fifties in Twenty20 internationals. Gautam Gambhir scored 56 off 60 balls with a strike rate of 93 during this innings and did not get out.


3. Shoaib Khan (53 Balls) -

Pakistani former left-handed batsman Shoaib Khan. He amassed one of the slowest half-centuries in Twenty20 international history in 2008. Zimbabwe was the opponent for Pakistan in this match. After winning the toss, Zimbabwe decided to bat first. They gave Pakistan a target of 108. Similar to Gautam Gambhir, Shoaib Khan decided to lead his squad as an anchor. In 53 balls, Shoaib Khan achieved Pakistan's slowest half-century in T20 international history. But Pakistan prevailed in the match by a seven-wicket margin.


4. Angelo Mathews (50 Balls) -

One of the most well-known cricket players from Sri Lanka is Angelo Mathews. For many years, he has been an important member of the Sri Lankan team. However, Angelo Mathews recorded one of the slowest fifty-minute runs in T20 international history during a match against South Africa. South Africa chose to bat first in this game and gave Sri Lanka a target of 114 runs. Angelo Mathews had plenty of opportunity to score runs in this game, reaching his fifty in fifty balls. In the end, Angelo Mathews was named man of the match as Sri Lanka defeated them by a margin of three wickets.

Angelo Mathews

5. Dwayne Bravo (50 Balls) -

Cricket in the West Indies has long been recognized for its daring and reckless batting style. However, Dwayne Bravo's slowest half-century for the West Indies was in 2016. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl first in this match between West Indies and Pakistan. The West Indies were losing wickets due to slow wickets. However, Dwayne Bravo finished his fifty in fifty balls and had an outstanding inning. Pakistan ultimately won the match with ease, taking nine wickets.


6. Martin Guptill (50 Balls) -

One of New Zealand's most aggressive and attacking batsmen is Martin Guptill. Given that Martin Guptill is the top run scorer for New Zealand in T20 internationals, he is among the best batsmen in the format. England was visited by New Zealand in 2013. When England chose to bowl first in the third Twenty20 match, Martin Guptill had the slowest T20 inning of his career. In this match, Guptill scored 59 off 55 balls and reached his half-century in 50 balls. England swiftly overcame New Zealand's target of 140 without losing any wickets.


7. JP Duminy (49 Balls) -

During their 2013 tour of Sri Lanka, JP Duminy recorded one of the slowest half-centuries in T20 international history in the first T20 encounter. In this match, South Africa elected to bat first after winning the toss. JP Duminy dominated the innings and reached his half-century in 49 balls after losing three wickets. A target of 116 runs was set by South Africa after JP Duminy scored 51 from 52 balls. JP Duminy was the player of the match as South Africa prevailed by a final score of 12 runs.

JP Duminy

8. Devon Smith (49 Balls) -

Devon Smith recorded one of the slowest T20 World Cup scores during the inaugural match in 2007. Bangladesh and the West Indies faced off in this clash. After winning the toss, Bangladesh chose to bowl first. Devon Smith, a West Indian, opened the batting order. The innings was led by Devon Smith, who scored 51 off 52 balls. In 49 balls, he reached his half-century. Bangladesh won the match by 6 wickets, with West Indies setting a target of 165 thanks to Devon Smith's performance.


9. David Hussey (49 Balls) -

Australian David Hussey used to be a right-handed batsman. He participated in the World Cup final inning in 2010. The final match was between Australia and England. After winning the toss, England decided to field first. David Hussey remained at the wicket, trying to establish a reasonable target, after losing the first four wickets. He reached his half-century in 49 balls after scoring 59 off 54 balls. Australia set a target of 148, which England promptly pursued.


10. Hamilton Masakadza (48 Balls) -

Zimbabwe made a trip to the West Indies in 2013. West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first in the second T20 match. Zimbabwe was given a target of 159 by West Indies. Zimbabwean batsman Hamilton Masakadza attempted to pursue the target after dropping two wickets. In 51 balls, he scored 53 runs, and Hamilton Masakadza took 48 balls to reach his fifty. Eventually, West Indies prevailed by 41 runs.