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Nepal teenager becomes youngest half-centurion in ODIs
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Nepal teenager becomes youngest half-centurion in ODIs

15-year-old Kushal Malla became the youngest batsman to score a one-day international fifty in men's cricket when he made a valuable contribution of 50 from 51 deliveries against the USA.

The left-handed batting prodigy had a memorable debut ODI outing, turning out for Nepal in their World Cup League 2 clash near Kathmandu on Saturday.

Malla bested fellow teammate Rohit Kumar Paudel's record, which came against the UAE last year at the age of 16 years and 146 days old.

Malla's counterpunch came amidst a jam-packed stadium cheering on every run from his bat after Nepal had collapsed to a precarious position of 49-5.

He then rode his luck with an array of freewheeling strokes blended with a measured batting approach, guiding his team to safety.

The youngster, who has already played three T20I matches for Nepal, struck a total of three sixes and four boundaries in his impactful stay at the crease.

He departed in the 36th over of his side's innings with the hosts managing to amass 190 runs on the board.

In reply, USA were shot out for 155 as Malla chipped in with a tight spell of bowling to concede just 30 runs in his 10 overs and scalp a wicket.

Although Karan KC grabbed the player of the match prize, Malla's record achievement headlined Nepal's 35-run win as they aim to stave off the controversies surrounding political interference in their national governing body.

Before Paudel, India's cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was the youngest half-centurion in men's cricket when he registered the feat in a Test against Pakistan at 16 years and 214 days.

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