Nepal’s Paras Khadka scripts history, becomes first captain with maiden T20I ton

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Mumbai: The new batting sensation and captain of Nepal, Paras Khadka scripted history with a feat that even India’s Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma couldn’t achieve while leading a side in T20 International cricket.

He not only became Nepal’s first centurion in T20Is but also became the first captain ever to score a ton while chasing in a T20I.

Khadka reached his hundred off 49 balls becoming the fourth-fastest T20I centurion by an Asian captain. He ended up with an unbeaten 106 off 52 balls as Nepal chased down the 152-run target with 9 wickets in hand and 4 overs to spare against Singapore.

Khadka’s ton was not the only record in Nepal vs Singapore T20I. Nepal’s chase also became the lowest T20I score in which a batsman has scored a century. The previous lowest was Australia’s 161 for 5 against England in 2018 including Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten 103.

He created this record against Singapore. Khadka reached his century in just 49 balls. This also made him fourth fastest T20I centurion by an Asian captain. Nepal had to chase down the 152-run target set by Singapore.

Khadka’s unbeaten score of 106 off 52 balls helped Nepal to achieve the target with four overs remaining and nine wickets remaining. The previous best by a captain while chasing was by Netherland’s Pieter Seelaar who scored an unbeaten 96 against Scotland.

In this list, Australian run-machine, Steve Smith’s 90 vs England comes in at fourth, while West Indian power-hitter, Chris Gayle, comes in number 5 for his score of 88 vs Australia. Indian captain, Virat Kohli, is not far behind, as his 82-run innings against Sri Lanka puts him in at number 8.

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