The new records were flooded in Nepal’s humungous win against Mongolia in the opening match of the Asian Games on Wednesday.
The Nepalese team posted 314/3 in 20 overs after being invited to bat first. They wrapped up Mongolia for 41 runs and registered a mammoth 273-run win in Mongolia’s debut International match.
Numerous records were broken during the contest. Here is a quick look at some of the major records broken by them. Here’s a brief look at major new records:
The first team to score 300+ runs in T20I
Nepal posted the highest-ever total in T20I history. They surpassed the joint record of Afghanistan and the Czech Republic for the biggest total (278 runs). They posted 314 runs on the board and became the first-ever team to reach the 300-run mark in T20I history.
Biggest ever win in T20I (in terms of runs)
Nepal not only posted the highest-ever total but also bagged the biggest-ever win in T20I’s history. They posted 314 runs and bowled out Mongolia for 41 runs to register a 273-run win, surpassing Czech Republic’s record of 257-run win against Turkey.
Fastest ever T20I hundred
Kushal Malla recorded the fastest-ever T20I hundred. He completed a ton in just 34 balls surpassing the joint record previously held by India’s Rohit Sharma, South Africa’s David Miller and Czech Republic’s S Wickramasekara (35 balls).
Malla completed fifty in 19 balls and took just 15 balls to reach the triple-digit figure. He smacked eight fours and 12 sixes in 50-ball 137* runs.
Fastest ever T20I half-century
Dipendra Singh Airee achieved something truly remarkable, etching his name into the history books as the quickest-ever T20I half-centurion. Airee blazed to fifty runs in a mere nine balls, breaking the famous record held by Yuvraj Singh (12 balls).
Airee coming into the bat after Rohit Paudel’s dismissal in 18.1 overs, remained unbeaten for 52 runs from ten balls, hammering eight sixes.
Nepal’s batters smashed a staggering 26 sixes in this match, setting a new record for the most sixes hit by a team in a T20 international. The previous highest was 22 sixes, achieved by Afghanistan against Ireland and by West Indies against South Africa.
Kushal Malla hammered 12 sixes for Nepal whilst Dipendra Singh Airee and Rohit Paudel smacked eight and six sixes respectively.
Highest strike rate
Dipendra Singh Airee remained unbeaten for 52 runs from just ten balls. This is the first instance in T20 cricket where a batsman has recorded a strike rate exceeding 500 in an innings comprising 10 or more deliveries.
Highest third-wicket partnership
After the departure of Nepalese openers, The duo of Kushal Malla and Rohit Paudel added 193 runs for the third wicket. This is the highest third-wicket partnership and eighth height overall in T20I.
This is also the highest-ever partnership by Nepali batters in T20I cricket for any wicket.
Most sixes in an inning by a Nepalese batter
Kushal Malla smacked 12 sixes in his inning which is the highest ever by Nepalese batters in an inning. Before this Paras Khadka and Gyanendra Malla notched up nine sixes against Singapore and Bhutan respectively.
Overall, 12 sixes is the joint seventh highest in T20I.
Biggest individual score for Nepal
Kushal Malla not only scored the quicker T20I century but also achieved the feat of highest T20I score by a Nepali batter. He scored an unbeaten 137 runs and broke the record of Dipendra Singh Airee’s 110*
Second youngest T20I centurion
Kushal Malla notched up a ton in 19 years and 206 days, which marks him as the second youngest batter to score a century in T20I. Gustav Mckeon of France holds this record, achieving this feat before his 19th birthday.
Second century in Asian Games Cricket
Malla’s 137* is only the second ton in Asian Games Cricket. Only Pakistan’s Khalid Latif had reached to triple figure before. However, his 103 runs against China in 2010 did not have a T20I or T20 status.
Most fifties for Nepal in T20I
Dipendra Singh Airee has now the most T20I fifties for Nepal. He scored his seventh T20I half-century and surpassed Kushal Bhurtel’s record (6).
Fourth batter to score a ton in both ODI and T20I
Kushal Malla now has scored a ton for Nepal in both ODI and T20I. He is the fourth batter to achieve the feat, joining Paras Khadka, DS Airee, and Kushal Bhurtel on the list.