Pant breaks Kapil Dev’s 40-year-old record

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The Indian cricketers have been setting records and breaking records one after the other in the pink ball Test against Sri Lanka at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The second day’s play of the day-night Test ended in Bengaluru on Sunday (March 13).

Sri Lanka’s score at the end of the first day was 86 for 6. Karunaratne then lost four quick wickets in the first session of the second day. Rohit’s India started their second innings with a lead of 143 runs. Young wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant broke Kapil Dev’s 40-year-old record in India’s second innings.

Pant holds the record for the fastest half-century in Test cricket for India. Pant completed his half-century off 28 balls. In 1982, Kapil Dev set the record for the fastest half-century in the least balls against India’s arch-rivals Pakistan. Kapil Dev set an example of a Test half-century off 30 balls. That record was broken by Pant.
List of Indian cricketers who scored the fastest half-century in Test cricket-

1) 28 balls – Rishabh Pant, vs Sri Lanka (Bangalore 2022)
2) 30 balls – Kapil Dev vs Pakistan (Karachi 1982)
3) 31 balls – Shardul Thakur vs England (Oval 2021)
4) 32 balls – Virender Sehwag v England (Chennai 2008)

However, Pant could not return to play a big innings on the day kapil dev was overtaken. Pant came out to bat after Virat Kohli was dismissed in the second innings. Pant was playing in an aggressive mood from the first ball. However, Pant could not stay at the crease for long after scoring a half-century. In the end, Pant was dismissed for 50 off 31 balls. His 50-run innings had 7 fours and 2 sixes.

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