Paras Khadka becomes first Nepal batsman to score T20 international century

Opener hits unbeaten 106 against Singapore in tri-series, first captain to reach three figures while chasing in T20Is

File photo of Nepal captain Paras Khadka at the ICC Global Academy in Dubai. The National
File photo of Nepal captain Paras Khadka at the ICC Global Academy in Dubai. The National

Nepal captain Paras Khadka created history on Saturday by becoming the first player from his country to score a T20 international century.

Khadka created a few records as his unbeaten 106 off just 52 balls with seven fours and nine sixes helped Nepal chase down 152 against Singapore in the Singapore Twenty20 Tri-Series.

His knock helped Nepal chase down the target in 16 overs and with nine wickets in hand.

Khadka, 31, also became the first captain to hit a century while chasing in T20 Internationals. And to top it, it was the lowest total in a T20I to include a century.

Aarif Sheikh (39 not out) gave Khadka perfect company as the two added 145 runs for the second wicket. Khadka is also the first ODI centurion for Nepal.

Before captain Khadka stole the show, star leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane had done his job in the first innings. Batting first, Singapore could only manage 151-3 despite an unbeaten fifty from captain Tim David (64 not out).

Lamichhane gave away just 18 runs from his four overs, even though he didn’t pick up a wicket, to put the brakes on Singapore’s innings.

Lamichhane, 19, had picked up 3-15 against Zimbabwe in his first game of the tri-series.

Published: September 29, 2019 09:39 AM

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