Asian Games 2023: Nepal cricket team breaks multiple T20I records in one-sided win against Mongolia

Dipendra Singh Airee - Nepal cricket team
Dipendra Singh Airee

Kathmandu, September 27

Nepal cricket team broke multiple T20I records during their 273-run victory over Mongolia during the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou. This is the highest margin of victory in a T20 International.

Put to bat first, Nepal batted mercilessly as they looked to hit every ball towards the boundary. Despite losing openers Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh, the middle order put Mongolia to the sword with some top-class power hitting.

Kushal Malla scored the fastest T20I century in just 34 balls. He finished with 134 in 50 balls. Captin Rohit Paudel also punished the Mongolian bowlers hitting an impressive 61 of 27 balls.

The star of the show, however, was Dipendra Singh Airee who scored the fastest 50 in any format. Airee faced 10 balls hitting eight sixes and reaching his 50 in just nine deliveries. He hit his first six deliveries out of the ground as Nepal put on a record 314 runs in 20 overs.

In reply, Mongolia were bowled out for 41 runs. The batters had no answer to Nepal’s bowling which dominated from the start. Karan KC, Abinash Bohora and Sandeep Lamichhane took two wickets while Sompal Kami, Kushal Bhurtel and Dipendra Singh Airee took a wicket each.

With this win, Nepal have all but qualified for the quarter-finals where they will face either India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka.

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