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Nepal’s Rohit is youngest in the world with ODI half century

Jan 26, 2019 | CN Staff |

Nepal’s Rohit Kumar Paudel has become world’s youngest cricketer to score an ODI half century after the 16-year old achieved the milestone during Nepal’s three-match ODI Series against the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.

At the ICC Academy Oval grounds, Rohit struck a 58-ball 55 to become the youngest player with ODI half century leaving behind Shahid Afridi. The Pakistani legend was 16 years and 217 days young when he smashed a century against Sri Lanka in series where he had made his debut.

Afridi had converted his half century into a 37-ball 102 which remained as the fasted ODI century for a long time. Rohit is currently 16 years and 146 days old.

Courtesy Rohit’s half century Nepal managed to reach a challenging 242-9 in 50 overs. Nepal were reeling at 113-5 at one stage but Rohit forged an 82-run sixth wicket stand with Aarif Sheikh to bail out Nepal from the trouble.

The 82-run partnership is also Nepal’s biggest so far in their One Day International history. It left behind 61-run opening wicket partnership between Gyanendra Malla and Binod Bhandari which also came in the same match.

Rohit’s innings was laced with seven boundaries. He was out in the 47th over while trying to play a big shot against Amir Hayat. Rohit was involved in a big partnership for the second time after notching up 87 during the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 match against Kenya in Namibia last year.


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