The Proteas captain, Quinton de Kock, etched his name in record books after he smashed the fastest half-century in T20Is for South Africa. His outstanding knock came against England in the second T20I at Kingsmead in Durban on Friday.
De Kock leapfrogged former South African skipper AB de Villiers who had scored a 21-ball fifty against the same opposition in Johannesburg in 2016.
Overall, it’s the joint sixth-fastest fifty in the list, which is headed by Yuvraj Singh, who had scored a 12-ball 50 against England in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup. Mirza Ahsan of Austria, who had scored a fifty in just 13 balls against Luxembourg in 2019, sits second on the list, followed by Colin Munro of New Zealand (14), Faisal Khan of Saudi Arabia (15) and Shai Hope of West Indies (16).
Fastest fifties for South Africa in T20Is:
- 17 – Quinton de Kock (SA) – vs England – Feb 2020
- 21 – AB de Villiers (SA) – vs England – Feb 2016
- 22 – Quinton de Kock (SA) – vs England – Mar 2016
- 23 – AB de Villiers (SA) – vs England – Mar 2014
The Proteas wicket-keeper went on to score 22-ball 65. However, his blistering knock wasn’t enough as the hosts lost the nail-biting encounter by two runs.
The third and final contest will take place on Sunday (Feb 16) at SuperSport Park in Centurion.