Nepal historic ODI series win: Captain and talisman Paras Khadka was at the heart of a historic moment in Nepal cricket scoring a thrilling 109-ball 115 in his team’s successful chase of UAE’s 254/6 at the ICC Academy in Dubai.
Khadka’s innings ensured Nepal clinched their maiden bilateral ODI series, winning the three-match affair 2-1.
In successfully chasing down their first-ever target in ODI cricket, Nepal also registered their highest ODI score – 255/6 and closed out the chase with 32 balls to spare. The iconic moment of the day came from the bat of Sompal Kami, who lofted CP Rizwan for six to herald the momentous occasion.
Nepal were granted One-Day International status for the first time by the ICC on March 15, 2018 after beating Papua New Guinea in a playoff game during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. Nepal played a two-match series against Netherlands in late 2018, with each team winning one game apiece.
They began the series against UAE on a forgettable note having been bowled out for 113 in the first ODI. They returned the favour in the second game, bowling their hosts out for 97 after 16-year-old Rohit Paudel become the youngest player to score an ODI fifty and was followed to the records slate by Sompal Kami, who claimed Nepal’s first five-wicket haul.
The decider on Monday (January 28) was Khadka’s stage to shine. For long, Nepal’s most celebrated performer, the captain was quick to seize the moment, forging significant stands with Gyanendra Malla, Rohit Paudel and Aarif Sheikh. However, he could not bat on to apply the finishing touches, a job that fell to the able hands of Kami.
Brief scores: UAE 254/6 in 50 overs (Shaiman Anwar 87, Mohammad Boota 59; Paras Khadka 2-44) lost to Nepal 255/6 in 44.4 overs (Paras Khadka 115; Imran Haider 2-50) by four wickets