Nepal has secured 2-1 victory against UAE to win its first ever T20 series held at ICC Academy in Dubai. Nepal had lost its first T20 by 21 runs and won its second by four wickets and final by 14 runs.
Similarly, Nepal had also defeated the same team to register its first One-Day International Series victory after winning its second and third matches prior to T20 matches.
In the final match held on Sunday, February 3, 2019, Nepal posted the target of 105 runs with the loss of eight wickets after losing the toss in a reduced 10 overs match due to rainfall. Skipper Paras Khadka scored 29 runs off 14 balls, Sandeep Jora 28 runs off 11 balls and Karan KC 10 runs.
While chasing the target, Nepal restricted UAE just to 90 runs as Lalit Rajbanshi and KC grabbed two wickets each. Similarly, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sompal Kami and Abinash Bohora took a wicket each for winner.
Skipper Khadka also registered his name in the history of cricket as the first Nepali to score a century in ODI. Khadka had scored 115 runs off 109 balls – 15 boundaries and a six - against the target of 255 runs set by UAE in the final ODI series.
In the final ODI, Nepal had chased the target of 255 runs in 44.4 overs with the loss of six wickets while by 145 runs and lost the first match by three wickets.
Nepal had also played 1-1 draw in its first ODI against the Netherlands in August 2018 after getting ODI status in March.
In the same series, Rohit Paudel also created a history by becoming the youngest male player to hit a half-century in ODI as Paudel scored 55 off 58 balls in its second ODI against UAE. Poudel aged at 16 years and 146 days broke the 29-year-old record of Sachin Tendulkar who had made 59 runs at the age of 16 years and 213 days in a Test against Pakistan in Faisalabad.