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Asif Khan of the UAE scores the fastest ODI century by an associate player.

Asif Khan of the UAE scores the fastest ODI century by an associate player.

United Arab Emirates batsman created history by scoring the quickest associate nation player century in ODI cricket while batting at number seven. UAE got a strong start in the game against Nepal in Kirtipur, as captain Muhammad Waseem struck 63 off 49 deliveries. While stumper-batter Vriitya Aravind was outstanding, scoring 94 runs off 138 deliveries, it was Asif who utterly stole the show.

The 33-year-old batsman made an impressive start to his innings, but in the second part of it, the Lahore-born player created havoc, scoring significantly in the final five overs. Ultimately, the cricketer scored 101* runs off 42 deliveries, setting a singular record in ODI cricket.

When the Nepalese appeared to be lost in the middle, Asif made sure none of the bowlers had the upper hand while he was at the crease. By the time Captain Rohit Paudel had exhausted all of his choices, Asif had already started wreaking havoc. Incidentally, veteran spinner Sandeep Lamichhane became one of the most costly spinners for Nepal and went on to concede 80 runs in his ten overs.
Meanwhile, UAE posted 310 runs after 50 overs thanks to some outstanding batting. Although though Nepal has won all five of their recent games, they are now in fantastic form, therefore it will be very difficult for them to reach the target. Even if Rohit Paudel and company possess the necessary firepower, UAE bowlers are competent enough to keep their batting lineup competitive.

Particularly, a victory might assist UAE advance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2. With 33 points from 35 games, they are now in sixth place while the team led by Rohit Paudel is in fourth place with 38 points from 35 games. Oman and Namibia are currently second and third on the standings, respectively, while Scotland is currently in first place with 50 points from 36 games.

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