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Nepal skipper Paras Khadka creates stunning world record

Paras Khadka also became the first Nepalese batsman to score an ODI century.



Nepal skipper Paras Khadka creates stunning world record
Paras Khadka knocks 106 runs off 52 balls. Photo: The Kathmandu Post

Nepal skipper Paras Khadka scripted history as he became the first captain to score a century in a T20 match while chasing when his team beat Singapore comfortably in the Singapore T20 tri-series on Saturday at the Indian Affiliation Floor.

The rare feat took Khadka to surpass the likes of Virat Kohli and Steve Smith who are yet to reach into the milestone.

The previous best score by any captain while chasing in Twenty20 match belonged to Netherlands’ Pieter Seelaar who scored an unbeaten 96 against Scotland.

In their chase of the victory target of 152 runs, Nepal lost one wicket on their way to touch the win after Khadka led from the front with a magnificent 106 runs. Thus he also became the first T20 centurion for Nepal.

Khadka’s fiery knock of 106 runs came off 52 balls consisting of seven fours and nine sixes. He took 49 balls to complete the hundred, also making it the fourth-fastest T20I century by an Asian batsman.

Noting another record on the card, Nepal’s chase has become the lowest T20I score in which a batsman reached into a ton.

Khadka’s 145-run stand with Aarif Sheikh is now the fifth-highest partnership for the second wicket. Sheikh scored 39 runs from 38 balls.

In the list of five different captains who scored a T20I century batting first, Paras Khadka became the one to beat the three figure mark while chasing.

Australia’s Aaron Finch and Shane Watson, former South Africa T20I captain Faf du Plessis, Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka and Rohit Sharma had all scored hundreds in the first innings whereas captaining their respective teams.

Paras Khadka is also the first cricketer from Nepal to score an ODI ton.

Earlier in the match, Singapore elected to bat first and put up a total of 151/3 in 20 overs.

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