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Asian Games: Dipendra Singh breaks Yuvraj Singh’s record, smashes fifty in just 9 balls

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Kushal Malla shattered the previous record for the fastest men’s T20I century, which had been jointly held by three players, including Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian cricket team.

On Wednesday, Dipendra Singh Airee of Nepal achieved a remarkable feat by scoring the fastest fifty in T20 cricket, taking just nine balls to break a record held by Yuvraj Singh for 16 years, which was set during the 2007 T20 World Cup against England. Dipendra remained unbeaten on 52 runs off just 10 balls, a dazzling innings that included eight sixes.

This incredible performance occurred in a group match of the ongoing Asian Games, where Nepal posted an imposing total of 314/3 against Mongolia. In response, Mongolia was bowled out for a mere 41 runs, resulting in Nepal securing a resounding victory by a margin of 273 runs.

Kushal Malla, another Nepali cricketer, etched his name in the history books by becoming the first player from Nepal to score a century in T20 cricket. Malla’s century came in just 34 balls, breaking the previous record for the fastest men’s T20I century held by a trio of players, including India’s captain Rohit Sharma. Malla achieved this milestone in Hangzhou, surpassing the 35-ball efforts of Rohit Sharma, David Miller in 2017, and Sudesh Wickramasekara in 2019.

In the match, Nepal had a relatively slow start after being put into bat by Mongolia. However, Malla’s explosive innings (137 not out off 50 balls, including 8 fours and 12 sixes) and skipper Rohit Paudel’s contribution (61 off 27 balls, including 2 fours and 6 sixes) propelled Nepal to a total of 314/3. The duo shared a partnership of 193 runs for the third wicket in just 65 balls.

Rohit Paudel was dismissed on the first ball of the 19th over, leaving Dipendra Singh Airee to join the crease. Dipendra played ten of the remaining eleven balls and created history with his blistering performance.

In their remarkable innings, Nepal smashed a total of 26 sixes, with Malla hitting 12 maximums, and Dipendra Singh Airee contributing eight more.

For Mongolia, Luvsanzundui Erdenebulgan (1/47), Davaasuren Jamyansuren (1/60), and Mungun Altankhuyag (1/55) took a wicket each.

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