Hangzhou (HamroKhelkud) – Nepal achieved a resounding victory over Mongolia by a huge margin of 273 runs during the 19th Asian Games. Nepal, after losing the toss and being asked to bat first, unleashed an offensive onslaught, scoring a total of 314 runs while losing only three wickets in the process.
Kushal Malla, the star of the day for Nepal, remained unbeaten at a remarkable 137 runs off just 50 balls- his innings had eight fours and an astounding 12 sixes. Rohit Paudel scored 61 runs from 27 balls in an innings that featured two fours and six sixes. Dipendra, displaying incredible power-hitting, remained unbeaten at 52 runs, smashing eight sixes in just ten deliveries.
Facing a colossal target of 315 runs, Mongolia’s maiden international appearance in cricket was met with a daunting challenge, and they were bowled out for a mere 41 runs in 13.1 overs. Nepal’s big win in this match resulted in the establishment of several world records in the T20 International format.
Nepal’s performance culminated in the creation of an astonishing seven world records in a single match.
7. Highest strike rate in a 10+ run innings
Dipendra Singh Airee’s unbeaten 52 off 10 balls marked a groundbreaking achievement in T20 cricket. It’s the first time in T20 history that a batsman has achieved a strike rate of over 500 in an innings comprising 10 or more balls. The prior record was held by Malcolm Waller, who managed a strike rate of 430 in a ten-ball innings during the 2016 Zimbabwean domestic T20 competition.
6. Biggest third-wicket partnership
Kushal Malla and Rohit forged an extraordinary partnership, amassing a staggering 193 runs for the third wicket. This is now the highest partnership for the third wicket in the history of T20 Internationals. The previous record for the third wicket, made in 2020, saw New Zealand’s Devon Conway and Glen Phillips scoring 184 runs against the West Indies.
This partnership also ranks as the eighth highest in the entire history of T20 cricket. The highest T20I partnership ever recorded was between Afghanistan’s Usman Ghani and Hazratullah Zazai, who combined for a remarkable 236-run opening stand against Ireland in 2019.
5. Fastest century in T20I
Kushal Malla’s century in 34 balls is the fastest in T20I history. Earlier, India’s Rohit Sharma and South Africa’s David Miller scored centuries in 35 deliveries match against Sri Lanka. Similarly, the Czech Republic’s Sudesh Bikramshekhar scored also has a century in 35 balls against Turkey.
4. Dipendra’s record fifty
Dipendra scored a record-breaking half-century in just nine balls, the fastest in cricket history. Previous records were 12 balls in T20Is (Yuvraj Singh), 16 balls in ODIs (AB de Villiers), and 21 balls in Tests (Misbah-ul-Haq).
3. Biggest win margin in T20I
Nepal’s victory over Mongolia by 273 runs is the largest margin of victory in T20I history, surpassing the Czech Republic’s win against Turkey by 257 runs in 2019.
2. Most sixes in an innings in a match
Nepal’s trio of Kushal Malla, Dipendrasingh Airi, and Rohit Paudel smashed a remarkable 26 sixes in their T20I innings, setting a new record for the most sixes in a single innings. This surpassed the previous record of 22 sixes, held by Afghanistan and the West Indies.
1. First team to score 300 runs in T20I
Nepal have made history by becoming the first team to score 300 runs in a T20I match. This surpasses Afghanistan’s previous record of 278 runs against Ireland in 2019. In the same year, the Czech Republic also scored 278 runs against Turkey in a T20I match. In women’s T20Is, Bahrain registered an impressive 318 runs against Saudi Arabia in 2022, while Uganda recorded 314 runs against Mali in 2019.