Nepal's Rohit Paudel breaks Sachin Tendulkar's record: Details here
Nepal are climbing up the ladder as far their presence in cricket is concerned. The Himalayan nation, who secured ODI status earlier, beat rivals United Arab Emirates by 145 runs in the second ODI in Dubai. The best moment of the match came when teenager Rohit Paudel went on to smash a record held by legend Sachin Tendulkar. Here are the details.
Paudel, who scored 55 against the UAE, went on to become the youngest male cricketer to score an international fifty at the age of 16 years and 146 days. With this achievement, he ended up breaking legend Sachin Tendulkar's mark held in the game. Sachin had notched 59 against Pakistan at the age of 16 years and 213 days.
Paudel also got past former Pakistan hero Shahid Afridi, to become the youngest half-centurion in one-day internationals. Afridi was just 16 years and 217 days when he hit 102 against Sri Lanka in Nairobi back in 1996.
Paudel, who came into bat at number seven, scored 55 off 58 balls that included seven fours. Nepal managed to get to 242/9 in 50 overs. In reply, UAE managed only 97. The series is tied at 1-1 at the moment. Nepal's ace spinner Sandeep Lamichhane took 4/24. Pacer Sompal Kami picked up figures of 5/33 to hurt the hosts.
Nepal have been an Associate Member of the ICC since 1996. They were awarded the T20I status in 2014 until the ICC WT20 Qualifiers in 2015. Last year they made history after being awarded ODI status. They also regained the T20I status.