Nepal captain Paras Khadka creates T20I world record
IAS, Singapore- Nepal cricket team captain Paras Khadka became the Himalayan nation’s first batsman to score a T20I century as they registered a nine-wicket victory over hosts Singapore in the tri-series here on Saturday.
Khadka also became the first skipper to slam a century in T20I cricket while chasing.
The 31-year-old remained unbeaten on 106 from 52 deliveries, which included seven boundaries and nine sixes as Nepal chased down a target of 152 in 16 overs. They scored 154/1.
Khadka took 49 balls to complete the hundred, also making it the fourth-fastest T20I century by an Asian batsman.
Singapore elected to bat first and put up a total of 151/3 in 20 overs.
Earlier this year, Nepal’s Rohit Paudel broke Shahid Afridi’s record to become the youngest half-centurion in one-day internationals. Paudel, aged 16 years and 146 days, scored 55 in the second ODI of Nepal’s tour of the United Arab Emirates.
Paudel, who batted at No.7, scored 55 off 58 balls and his innings was studded with 7 boundaries. Thanks to the 16-year-old’s exploits, Nepal finished with 242 for 9 off their 50 overs before UAE collapsed to 29 for 4 in their chase.
Overall in international cricket, the record was held by Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 59 in a Test against Pakistan at 16 years and 213 days.