Dan Christian has claimed a little slice of Big Bash history after an incredible batting display that has left fans in a frenzy.
The veteran Sydney Sixers batsman smashed the second-fastest 50 in BBL history to guide his side to an impressive 38-run win over the Adelaide Strikers at Blundstone Arena on Sunday night.
Christian needed just 15 deliveries to bring up his half century after an extraordinary exhibition of big-hitting for the Sixers.
Remarkably, he was still several balls short of Chris Gayle's record for the fastest half century in the BBL - with the West Indies great taking just 12 balls to accomplish the feat in BBL05.
Christian's brutal 50, which included five sixes, helped the Sixers post 5-177 in their innings.
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The all-rounder returned to pick up Phil Salt with his third ball and nip a promising Strikers' start in the bud.
Christian came to the crease with the Sixers 3-58 at the start of the 12th over after they struggled early on a nippy pitch.
He hit 22 off one over by debutant Liam Scott, who was subbed in as an X-factor player at the 10-over mark.
Christian fell to a top edge off Wes Agar one ball after notching his milestone.
Viewers were blown away by Christian's devastating display of big-hitting.
No surprises that last night's Player of the Match was the explosive Dan Christian!
Christian was instrumental firstly with the bat, and lastly with the ball, in the Sixers' impressive win over the Strikers #BBL10 pic.twitter.com/BtlVjkTQpV
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 20, 2020
He has been an underrated T20 Legend. Always great to see him do well !!!! #BBL10
— Kartik O 🏏⚽🔗 (@KOCricket528) December 20, 2020
So incredible 👀
— Jasmine (@JasmineJSports) December 20, 2020
— myNAMEisDVG (@myNAMEisDVG) December 20, 2020
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 20, 2020
Amazing bating Mr Dan
— Reddy2505 (@KanakaReddy2505) December 20, 2020
Take a Bow DC! 50 off just 15 balls
Vintage Dan Christian is so good to watch! #bbl10
— Isaac (@wanga27) December 20, 2020
That was a bloody impressive knock by Dan Christian.
— Stacey (@_Stacey_Lee_) December 20, 2020
Dan Christian beast
— Raja Venkatesh (@mrajavenkatesh) December 20, 2020
"Knowing we still had a few guys in the sheds, I went out and played some shots," the 37-year-old Christian said.
"It was a bit of a gamble but it paid off.
"I feel like I'm in a good place. As long as your eyes don't go, and mine haven't yet, I feel like having that extra year experience again ... you can tend to see what's coming."
Christian puts brakes on Strikers chase
Adelaide's chase got off to a quick start courtesy of Salt and Jake Weatherald, who paired up for 52 inside five overs.
But Christian broke the stand and finished with 1-25 as the Strikers limped to 7-139.
Seamer Dan Worrall had the ball talking early for the Strikers after they elected to field, taking 2-12 off four straight overs that included 18 dot balls.
For the second time in as many matches, Adelaide opted to substitute out English spinner Danny Briggs.
Under new rules this summer, teams can replace a member of their starting XI at the 10-over mark provided they have not batted or bowled more than one over.
Briggs had sent down one over for a respectable five runs and could have dismissed James Vince had wicketkeeper Alex Carey nailed a simple stumping.
His replacement, Scott, went for 28 off his two overs as Christian took the long handle to the attack.
Coach Jason Gillespie said the decision to replace Briggs was made to bolster the side's batting on a deck not offering much for spin.
"We'll look back on it to see if we could have done anything different but we're comfortable with the decision," he said.
"We knew what (Christian) was coming in to do, to tee-off, and it went his way.
"That changed the momentum of the game, it was a fantastic knock."
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