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Nepal’s Kushal Bhurtel sets world record as debutant with three consecutive T20I half centuries

Kushal Bhurtel became the first batsman to score three consecutive half centuries as a debutant in Twenty20 Internationals on Tuesday.

At the Tribuvan Universtiy Stadium, Kushal scored a 46-ball 62 against Netherlands in the Tri-Nation Twenty20 International Series to achieve the rare feat. He left behind England’s Dawid Malan who had made two half centuries as a debutant.

Kushal, who is in prime form, had also made half centuries against the Dutch and Malaysia in the first two league matches of the tournament.

Courtesy his third consecutive half century and Dipendra Singh Airee’s first in the format, Nepal amassed 205-6 for their best batting performance in the shorter version of the game.

Dipendra smashed a 30-ball 60 reaching his half century off just 28 deliveries.

Kushal is now also closing in on equalling the world record for four consecutive half centuries in Twenty20 Internationals set by West Indiies Twenty20 legend Chris Gayle and former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

The two big hitters of cricket have four half centuries each to their name.

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