Nepal batters smashed three world records on way to becoming the first team to amass a 300-plus total in T20Is, in the Asian Games here on Wednesday.
Kushal Malla, a 19-year-old left-handed batter, struck the fastest-ever T20I hundred off 34 balls, eclipsing David Miller, Rohit Sharma and Czech Republic’s Sudesh Wickramasekara’s joint previous record off 35 balls.
Batting at No. 3, Malla smashed 12 sixes and eight fours to remain unbeaten on 137 and power Nepal to the highest-ever T20I total of 314/3 against Mongolia, who opted to field.
Their No. 5 batter Dipendra Singh Airee also rewrote the record books, blasting a nine-ball fifty which bettered Yuvraj Singh’s 12-ball record against England in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007.
Brief scores: Nepal 314/3 in 20 (Kushal Mall 137 not out, Dipendra Singh Airee 52 not out). Mongolia 41 all out in 13.1. Nepal won by 273 runs.