Nepal registered a remarkable win against Oman in their 50th One Day International (ODI) match on Friday. In the second match of the ACC Men’s Premier Cup, Nepal were victorious by 84 runs at the TU cricket ground.
Several records were broken, and new milestones were achieved in Nepal’s 50th ODI match:
1. Sandeep Lamichhane sets a world record
Sandeep Lamichhane became the fastest bowler to grab 100 ODI wickets. He broke the record of Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan. Lamichhane achieved the milestone in the 42nd match, surpassing the previous record of 44 matches by Rashid Khan. Lamichhane also became the first Nepalese player to reach 100 ODI wickets when he dismissed Adeel Shafique in the third ball of the 13th over.
Just incase you've missed it: Sandeep Lamichhane broke the record of fastest bowler to grab 100 wickets in ODI cricket. He has joined the list of great ODI bowlers in cricket. #SandeepLamichhane #ODI #NEPvOMA #ACCPremierCup pic.twitter.com/aSeSg9Yqkr
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2. Nepal’s highest total in ODI
Despite a pitiful start of 0/2 with four consecutive maiden overs, Nepal came back strongly to set a record total. Kushal Malla’s quick ton and Sompal Kami’s brisk half-century helped Nepal cross the 300-run mark for the first time in ODI. Karan KC also played an electrifying cameo at the end as Nepal finished on 310, the highest-ever total on ODI. The previous record was 297 against PNG in March.
3. Fastest century for Nepal in ODI
Nepal were in deep trouble early on against Oman. But Kushal Malla countered the Omani bowler and rescued the home side, scoring a magnificent century. Young Malla joined the list of Paras Khadka, Rohit Paudel, Dipendra Sing Airee, Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh to have scored an ODI century for Nepal. However, Malla became the quickest among all, completing the ton in just 59 balls. Earlier, the record was held by Rohit Paudel (91 balls). Malla also set a record for the highest number of sixes by a Nepali batter in an inning (10).
4. Youngest Centurion for Nepal in ODI
Kushal Malla not only became the quickest but also the youngest player to reach the three-figure mark in ODI for Nepal. Completing the ton in 19 years and 47 days, he broke the record of Rohit Paudel. Rohit scored a ton against PNG in 2022 at the age of 19 years, 204 days.
5. First win against Oman on the home ground
Nepal finally managed to get better off Oman on the home soil. Earlier, they were beaten in both matches at TU Cricket Ground during the Tri-Series, including USA under CWC League 2 in February 2020. Overall, the record was two wins and four losses from six matches (before this match).
Nepal’s record in ODI after 50th matches:
UAE – 13 Matches (7 wins and 6 defeats)
PNG – 10 Matches (8 wins and 2 defeats)
USA – 6 Matches (3 wins, 2 defeats and 1 Tie)
Scotland – 6 Matches (3 wins and 3 defeats)
Namibia – 6 Matches (2 wins, 3 defeats and 1 NR)
Oman – 7 Matches (3 wins and 4 defeats)
Netherlands – 2 Matches (1 win and 1 defeat)