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T20I’s youngest 50 from Jora not enough to rescue Nepal

Jan 31, 2019 | CN Staff |

Sandeep Jora became world's youngest batsman to score a Twenty20 International half century but it was not yet enough to rescue Nepal from facing a 21-run defeat in their first Twenty20 International on Thursday.

Put in to bat first, an enterprising half century from veteran Shaiman Anwar lifted UAE to 153-6 in 20 overs. The early dismissal left incoming batsmen with only option to keep vigil, Jora was among them, as Nepal finished at 132-7 in 20 overs.

Jora, who made a 46-ball 53 not out became the youngest player to hit a half-century in Twenty20 Internationals at 17 years and 103 days. He hit three fours and a six and shared 39 and 33 runs with Sompal Kami and Karan KC respectively to save Nepal from blushes.

Sompal scored a 19-ball 27 but when he was dismissed in the 20th over, the game had already slipped out of Nepal’s grasp. Sompal hit a four and a six. Skipper Paras Khadka (run-a-ball 25 with four boundaries) was the only remaining Nepali batsman to reach double digits.

Zahoor Khan, Mohammad Naveed and Sultan Ahmed picked up two wickets each for the winning side. Khan swung the pendulum in hosts’ favour with the wicket of Paras in the eighth over. He also took care of Rohit Kumar Paudel (four) on his way to return the figures of 2-17 in his four overs. Mohammad Naveed also bowled economically taking 2-19 in four overs and Ahmed produced 2-26.

Earlier, Shaiman Anwar led the charge for the hosts with 59 runs from 38 balls that included five fours and two sixes. He added 43-ball 61 for third wicket with CP Rizwan, who scored 22 runs from 19 balls.

Muhammad Usman and Mohammad Boota had some fireworks with 30 and 20 runs respectively. Usman hit two sixes and a four in his 24-ball cameo. Boota smashed a six and a four in 15 balls.

Veteran spinner Basant Regmi was the stand out performer with the ball for Nepal taking 2-23 from four overs. Leg spin sensation Sandeep Lamichhane also bowled effectively taking 2-25 from four. Sompal (1-16) and debutant Abhinash Bohora (1-36) also took a wicket each.

Both the sides will face each other on Friday followed by the third Twenty20 International on Sunday.


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