Krunal Pandya brings up fastest fifty by an ODI debutant

Somya Kapoor

Somya Kapoor

Author| Mar 23, 12:23 PM

Photo Credits: Twitter/BCCI
Photo Credits: Twitter/BCCI

All-rounder Krunal Pandya stamped authority with the bat on his debut after he notched up a half-century during the first ODI against England in Pune. Krunal hit the fastest half-century scored by a batsman on his debut after he reached the 50-run mark in 26 balls. 

The left-handed batsman came out to bat when India were in a spot of bother and were struggling at 205/5 with the likes of Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma back in the hut. 

Krunal along with KL Rahul put an unbeaten stand of 112 runs for the sixth wicket to help the hosts post 317/5 in 50 overs. The left-hander remained not out at 58 off 31 that included seven boundaries and a couple of maximums while Rahul scored 62* off 43. Rahul smashed four boundaries and as many sixes during the course of his innings.  

Earlier, opener Dhawan scored 98 while captain Kohli too chipped in with a half-century. 

Krunal was roped into the side after some fine performances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He scored two half-centuries and two hundreds in five matches for Baroda in the 50-over domestic tournament. 

India have registered wins in the Test and T20Is series. The hosts won the Test series 3-1 to march into the WTC final and followed it with a 3-2 series win in the T20Is. 

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