Sohaib Maqsood Scores The Fastest 50 in National T20 History

Southern Punjab chased down a target of 162 set by Balochistan in a dramatic fashion to book their place in the semi-finals of the National T20 Cup. Southern Punjab needed to chase the target within 12.3 overs to qualify on a better net run rate, and they chased it down in style, reaching the target in 10.4 overs.


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Sohaib Maqsood was named the man of the match for his match-winning knock of 81 off 29 balls. He reached his half-century on just 18 balls, becoming the fastest to 50 in this year’s National T20 Cup. He also scored the third-fastest half-century in the history of the tournament.

Previously, Faheem Ashraf and Khushdil Shah were the joint holders of the honor, scoring their half-centuries on 19 balls.

Sr. No.BatsmanBallsMatch
1Imran Nazir14Sialkot vs Lahore Eagles (2005)
2Imran Nazir17Sialkot Stallions vs Lahore Lions (2009)
3Sohaib Maqsood18Southern Punjab vs Balochistan (2020)
3Faheem Ashraf19Central Punjab vs Southern Punjab (2020)
4Khushdil Shah19Southern Punjab vs Sindh (2020)


Overall this is the 4th fastest T20 half-century by a Pakistani batsman.

Sr. No.BatsmanBallsMatch
1Imran Nazir14Sialkot vs Lahore Eagles (2005)
2Ahmed Shehzad16Barisal Burners v Duronto Rajshahi (2012)
3Imran Nazir17Sialkot Stallions vs Lahore Lions (2009)
4Kamran Akmal17Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings (2018)
5Sohail Tanvir17St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents (2014)
6Sohaib Maqsood18Southern Punjab vs Balochistan (2020)


Sohaib hit 4 sixes in the innings and became the leading six-hitter in the history of the tournament. He has now hit 91 sixes since the inception of the National T20 Cup.


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With 20 sixes in the tournament, Sohaib has also hit the 2nd highest maximums in the tournament, only trailing his teammate Khushdil Shah, who has hit 22 sixes.

The 33-year old has had a frustrating international career hampered with injuries, but he has had a tremendous tournament so far. He is currently the leading scorer in the tournament, with 377 runs at an average of 37.70 and an impressive strike rate of 175.34

Sr. No.NameMatchesRunsAverageStrike Rate
1Sohaib Maqsood1037737.70175.34
3Abdullah Shafique1035844.75133.08
4Khurram Manzoor1033433.40136.88
5Khushdil Shah1032736.33183.70

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