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Records tumble in Gyanendra's maiden Twenty20 International century

Dec 05, 2019 | CN Staff |

The 13th South Asian Games turned out to be one of the special tournaments for men's cricket team Skipper Gyanendra Malla after he became Nepal's second Twenty20 International century maker in history.

In their second round-robin league match against Bhutan, Gyanendra struck a scintillating 55-ball 107 runs at the TU ground on Thursday. Gyanendra emulated his former skipper Paras Khadka who had brought the nation's first T20I ton against Singapore in a Tri-nation Series in Singapore.

On a day when records tumbled, Nepal notched-up their best T20I score of 236-3 in 20 overs spurred on by Gyanendra's century. The captain celebrated the ton with a gesture of holding a baby, indicating he dedicated the century to his newly born daughter.

A hapless Bhutan side was then restricted for just 95-6 in 20 overs. Paras took two wickets for Nepal.

Gyanendra and Paras also brought up Nepal's highest opening wicket partnership adding 108 runs. Paras struck a 22-ball half century and ended up making 28-ball 57 with nine boundaries and a six.

Gyanendra also shared 85 runs for the third wicket with Dipendra Singh Airee who chipped in with a 27-ball 45 not out with four boundaries and two sixes. Gyanendra's innings included nine sixes and four boundaries.

Nepal had lost their first match to Sri Lanka U-23 by six wickets and must win their remaining matches against Bangladesh U-23 and Maldives U-23 to fancy a chance for the final. 


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