Dhoni beat Kieron Pollard's record by scoring fifty in 16 balls, hitting Hyderabad's Thisara Perera for 34 runs in an over. (BCCI Images)
Ranchi: Chennai Super Kings' captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni added another feather to his hat on Thursday as he raced to the fastest fifty in the history of Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) in just 16 balls. The Indian skipper achieved the milestone against Sunrisers Hyderabad, largely at the expense of Thisara Perera, before his home crowd in Ranchi to give his side enough runs to script a 12-run win.
Dhoni's belligerent fifty beat the previous CLT20 record of 18-ball fifty scored by Mumbai Indians' Kieron Pollard. The West Indian set the record in the 2009 edition while playing for Trinidad and Tobago against the New South Wales.
Ranchi witnessed a typical Dhoni, who also slammed 34 runs off Perera's over, the highest number of runs scored in an over in the tournament.
Dhoni beat Kieron Pollard's record by scoring fifty in 16 balls, hitting Hyderabad's Thisara Perera for 34 runs in an over.
Dhoni finished on 63 off 19 balls, punctuated with one four and eight big sixes, which helped Chennai post 202 against the Hyderabad. Hyderabad made a match of it but could only reach 190 in the end to concede a narrow defeat. CSK middle-order batsman Suresh Raina also starred with the bat, scoring 84 off 57 balls.
Here are a couple of other records Dhoni created with his whirlwind knock on Thursday:
- Dhoni's strike rate of 331.57 is the highest in the history of the CLT20, taking into account innings of minimum 25 runs.
- Dhoni is the first batsman from Chennai Super Kings to hit eight sixes in an innings in the CLT20.