Sundeep Jora scored 53 not out off 46 balls as he became the youngest cricketer to score a T20I fifty. @Facebook

While his maiden Twenty20 international fifty went in vain, Nepal’s Sundeep Jora managed to etch his name in the record books as he became the youngest cricketer to score a T20I fifty even as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) beat Nepal on Thursday. (ALSO READ: Nepal’s Rohit Paudel breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becomes youngest male to hit international half-century)

Aged 17 years and 103 days, Jora, who was making his debut, scored unbeaten 53 off 46 balls and went on to break the previous record set by Canada’s Hiral Patel, who was 18 years and 177 days. Jora hit 3 fours and a six in his unbeaten innings at the ICC Academy in Dubai.

However, chasing 154, Nepal side lost the match by 21 runs as the UAE bowlers defended the total without much difficulty. While the Paras Khadka-led unit was in the hunt to chase down the UAE total even after being reduced to 56/5 – thanks to a 39-run partnership between Jora and Sompal Kami, it proved to be too little too late.

Earlier, in the last week, another Nepalese cricketer – Rohit Paudel – had a moment to cherish as he broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the youngest male player to score a fifty in international cricket. Rohit, aged 16 years and 146 days, scored 55 off 58 balls as Nepal scored 242/9 and beat UAE by 145 runs.

Brief scores: United Arab Emirates 153/6 from 20 overs (Shaiman Anwar 59, Mohammad Usman 30, Basant Regmi 2/23) beat Nepal (Sudeep Jora 53 not out, Sompal Kami 27, Zahoor Khan 2/17) by 21 runs