Paras Khadka breaks world record with first-ever T20I century for Nepal

Indianexpress

Indianexpress

Author 2019-09-28 23:09:42

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Paras Khadka became Nepal’s first batsman to score a T20I century on Saturday. Khadka scored an unbeaten 106 from 52 deliveries including seven fours and nine sixes against Singapore in the Tri-nation series at Indian Association Ground, Singapore. The Nepal skipper reached his century in style with a six off Tim David’s bowling.

The 31-year-old etched his name in the history books by becoming the first skipper to hit a century in T20I cricket while chasing. He reached his century from 49 deliveries, the fourth-fastest T20I century by an Asian batsman.

He shared a 145-run partnership with Aarif Sheikh which is the fifth-highest partnership for the second wicket. Sheikh scored 39 runs from 38 balls including five fours whereas Khadka did the heavy lifting.

Nepal chased down the modest target of 152 with 24 balls to spare and won their first match of the tournament by nine wickets.

Earlier, Singapore won the toss and elected to bat first. Skipper David was the top-scorer with unbeaten 64. Nepal leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane remained wicketless but gave just 18 runs from his four overs. KC Karan got two wickets for 34 runs whereas Sushan Bhari bagged one wicket.

Another record was achieved during the chase. This is the lowest T20I total including a century. The previous lowest was Australia’s 161 for 5 against England in 2018 including Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten 103. The veteran Nepal batsman is also the first Nepal cricketer to score a century in ODI cricket.

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