Farhaan Behardien’s record-breaking 14-ball half-century is our Play of the Day.
Behardien’s excellent T20 Challenge campaign continued in scintillating fashion on Sunday, as he needed just 14 balls to bring up his third half-century of the campaign. In a match reduced to five overs apiece due to rain, Behardien was introduced in the second over, and by the time the second over was complete, the Titans were on 11-2. The last three overs went for an incredible 69 runs, and it was enough to hand them a six-run win against the Warriors and a place in the final against either the same opponents or the Lions.
The Proteas batsman has strengthened his claims for an extended run in the national set up with his recent efforts, and the 14 balls it took him smashed the previous South African T20 record of 19 balls, set by Martin van Jaarsveld, Albie Morkel, Colin Ingram and Andre Russell. It was also the joint-fourth fastest of all time and second-quickest on South African soil, only bettered by Yuvraj Singh’s 12-ball epic for India against England back in 2007.
He may only stand third in the run charts, but he’s been the outstanding player of this tournament, with the majority of his runs coming at the back-end of the innings.
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