Paras Khadka has scored Nepal's first ODI century in Dubai today as Nepal secured a series win against the United Arab Emirates.
Khadka started the day by winning the toss and putting the home side into bat. Both UAE openers were dismissed for ducks before a 45 run third wicket partnership between Ghulam Shabber and Muhammad Usman prevented a disastrous start. Both fell in quick succession before Chundangapoyil Rizwan and and Shaiman Anwar put on 100 for the fifth wicket.
The partnership ended when Rizwan was out for 45, whilst Anwar went on to score 87 before becoming the second of two wickets for the Nepal captain. A quick knock of 59 from 31 balls by Mohammad Boota helped the hosts post 254-6 from their 50 overs, a potentially tricky proposition for a Nepal batting line-up that often struggles to post scores of this magnitude themselves.
In Nepal's reply, makeshift opener Binod Bhandari again made a low score, before Gyanendra Malla and Paras Khadka put on 62 for the second wicket. The partnership ended when Malla was out for 31, but Khadka batted on, bringing up his - and Nepal's - maiden ODI century from 96 balls.
He was eventually the sixth man out for 115, with Nepal needing 40 more to secure a win. They did so in much calmer fashion than is often the case for a Nepal run chase, with Aarif Sheikh and Sompal Kami putting on all 40 without further loss, the latter hitting a six to secure the four wicket win.
The sides now meet in a three match T20I series starting on Thursday.
United Arab Emirates lost to Nepal by 4 wickets
ICC Academy, Dubai, 28 January
United Arab Emirates 254-6 (50 overs, Shaiman Anwar 87, Mohammad Boota 59*, C Rizwan 45)
Nepal 255-6 (44.4 overs, P Khadka 115)