The eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League got over very recently, on May 27, with Chennai Super Kings clinching their third IPL title after beating the indomitable Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final of a thrilling 2018 season. However, the hangover of what was the grandest edition of the cash-rich Indian T20 League so far, is still not over yet, and the memories of the teams’ scintillating performances and the packed stadiums with their electric atmospheres, keep coming back. There were a ton of runs scored in IPL 2018 by batsmen of varying backgrounds and classes, and in this article, we will look at 5 players who fared high on the list of IPL 2018 most half centuries.
Here are 5 players who hit the most half centuries in IPL 2018;
1. Kane Williamson (8 half centuries)
The Sunrisers Hyderabad captain scored tons of runs in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League, and is one of the main reasons why the team charged it’s way to the finals against the indomitable Chennai Super Kings. The New Zealand dasher was bought by SRH for double his base price, i.e. INR 3 crore, a move which paid dividends for the team.
Kane Williamson scored 735 runs in 17 matches for SRH with a strike rate of 142.44, registering a high score of 84. Awarded the Orange Cap for hitting the most runs in the season, Williamson tallied 8 half centuries, ranking at the top of the list for IPL 2018 most half centuries.
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2. KL Rahul (6 half centuries)
Bought by the Kings XI Punjab at the IPL 2018 auctions for INR 11 crore, the opening batsman was the second most expensive buy of the season for the team. KL Rahul started off his IPL 2018 campaign by hitting the fastest 50 in T20 cricket in KXIP’s first game which was against Delhi Daredevils. He scored 50 off 14 balls, hitting 6 boundaries and 4 sixes, tallying the score with a monstrous strike rate of 318.75.
KL Rahul touched the boundaries with such ease, that while he had lesser runs than the first person on the IPL 2018 most half centuries list, Kane Williamson, he left the New Zealand cricketer behind in regard to boundaries and sixes. Playing in the 14 matches for KXIP, KL Rahul tallied six half centuries, and ranked 2nd in the IPL 2018 most 50s list, with a total of 659 total runs to his name and a strike rate of 158.41.
3. AB de Villiers (6 half centuries)
One of the three players to be retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the IPL 2018 auctions, AB de Villiers was added to the RCB squad for INR 11 crore. And while Team India captain Virat Kohli was the most prized asset to the club, AB de Villiers turned out to be equally crucial. Although the South African couldn’t outscore the RCB captain Kohli in the season, he tallied a higher strike rate and more half-centuries.
ABD scored 480 runs, playing in 11 innings for the team, and registered a strike rate of 174.54. Although he could not record a century, with a high score of 90 not-out, the former South Africa cricketer registered 6 half centuries, finishing in the top 5 of the IPL 2018 most 50s list or IPL 2018 most half centuries list.
4. Rishabh Pant (5 half centuries)
One of the biggest and best revelations of Indian Premier League 11, Delhi Daredevils batsman Rishabh Pant has not only emerged as one of the great cricketers from Delhi, but has also given immense hopes to the BCCI in terms of a possible Team India middle order batsman. Rishabh Pant batted like a monster in IPL 2018, scoring the second highest runs in the season, i.e. 684 runs in 14 matches with a strike rate of 52.61, and a high scored of 128 not-out.
Pant also turned out to be the batsman with most boundaries to his name in IPL 2018, pipping the world-class batsmen coming into the league from all over the world. In the process, the 20-year-old tallied 5 half centuries, coming in 4th on the IPL 2018 most 50s list or IPL 2018 most half centuries list.
5. Jos Buttler (5 half centuries)
Having been bought by Rajasthan Royals for INR 4.4 crore, the England batsman had a lot of hopes stored in him ahead of the season. And while the other English cricketer Ben Stokes couldn’t prove his worth, it was his England team-mate Jos Buttler who acted the part of a vital cog in Rajasthan Royals’ middle batting order. Scoring 548 runs in 13 matches for RR with a strike rate of 155.24, Buttler was crucial in getting the team close to winning the IPL 2018 title, which didn’t happen, however, as the Royals finished up fourth.
With a high scored of 95 not-out and no century scored, Jos Buttler registered 5 half centuries in IPL 2018, and recorded an impressive average of 54.80. He ranks 5th in the list of IPL 2018 most half-centuries or IPL 2018 most 50s.