- Nepal set a new record by smashing 314-3 in their 20 overs on Tuesday
- Kushal Malla hit the fastest T20 international century off just 34 balls
- Part-timers Mongolia were dismissed for 41 in reply at the Asian Games
Nepal became the first team to score more than 300 runs in a T20 international as they rewrote the record books against part-timers Mongolia at the Asian Games.
After winning the toss and opting to bat, Nepal smashed 314-3 in their 20 overs in Hangzhou on Tuesday, beating the previous best of 278-3 by Afghanistan against Ireland in 2019.
Kushal Malla also hit the fastest T20 international century off just 34 balls.
He was followed by Dipendra Singh Airee, who finished off by hitting eight sixes in an unbeaten 52 off just 10 balls.
Airee reached his 50 off nine balls, beating the previous best by India’s Yuvraj Singh’s against England in 2007, which took 12 balls.
Nepal batsman Dipendra Singh Airee (L) hit eight sixes in an unbeaten 52 off just 10 balls
Mongolia, whose women’s team were bowled out for just 15 last week in the Asian Games, were dismissed for just 41.
When Malla came in to bat, Nepal were 42 for one in 4.5 overs. His 50-ball 137, along with Airee and Paudel’s fifties, saw them score 272 runs in 15 overs by the end of Nepal’s innings.
Malla smashed 12 sixes and eight fours at a strike rate of 274.
The previous record of the quickest T20 century was held by South Africa’s David Miller, who scored it in 35 balls against Bangladesh in 2017.