Malla smashed the fastest T20I half-century as Nepal defeated Malaysia

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Gyanendra Malla of Napal hugs Subash Khakurel after they beat MCC during the T20 Triangular Tournament match between MCC and Nepal at Lords on July 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Nepal registered a magnificent victory over Malaysia in the second match of   ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Final. After losing the first match against Qatar, Nepal were left with no option other than winning all the remaining matches.  Nepal’s hope was once again denied as the match was near to abandonment due to rain.

However, the match was reduced to 9 overs per side and was started. Nepal started without their skipper Paras Khadka as he is suffering from back pain. Gyanendra Malla leads the team and he proved his worth. In the victory, Malla made 51 runs off just 21 balls. This is the fastest T20I half-century for Nepal.

In the delayed toss, Nepal won and Malla elected to bowl first. Sompal Kami came with the first ball of the inning and grab wicket in the very first ball. He also grabbed the second wicket in the last ball of first over. Malaysia posted a target of massive 84 runs for Nepal with Syed Aziz making 30 off 15 balls.  Sompal Kami grabbed 3 wickets whereas, Basanta Regmi got 2 with Karan KC and Sandeep Lamichhane getting 1-1 each.

In reply, Nepal made a solid start. Gyanendra Malla and Pradeep Airee together made 66 runs with Malla looking very furious at one end and Airee rotating the strike. Airee made 12 runs. Malla’s 51 runs cameo included 5 fours and 3 maximum.

With 4 runs required from 7 balls, Binod Bhandari sent the ball over the roof to complete the chase with an over left.

Now, Nepal will take on Kuwait on 27th of July in their third match of the tournament.

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