Nepal suffer 55-run defeat to NetherlandsNepal suffered a 55-run defeat at the hands of the Netherlands in Amstelveen on Wednesday.
Nepal suffered a 55-run defeat at the hands of the Netherlands in Amstelveen on Wednesday.
After winning the toss, the hosts elected to bat first and scored a total of 189 runs in 47.4 overs losing all the wickets.
Though, Nepal made a bright start with openers Gyanendra Malla and Anil Kumar Sah scoring a half-century in partnership, other batsmen could not perform well.
Albeit, Dipendra Singh Airee, who came to bat at the fourth number, tried to rescue the team from the predicament by smashing 33 runs off 48 balls hitting two boundaries and one six, other batsmen failing to add significant runs compelled Nepal to face a defeat against the Netherlands.
Malla top-scored 51 off 61 balls including eight boundaries while Sah made 21 runs off 32 balls hitting three boundaries.
Likewise, skipper Paras Khadka scored 12 runs off 21 balls while other batsmen failed to register double digit score
Pieter Seelaar, Fred Klaassen and Michael Rippon were pick of the Dutch bowling as all of them claimed three wickets each. Similarly, Bas de Leede bagged one wicket.
The next match of the serieswill be held on Friday.
Khadka shines as Nepal confine Netherlands to 189 runs
Nepali skipper Paras Khadka shone as Nepal bundled out the Netherlands for 189 runs in 47.4 overs in their first match against the hosts in Amstelveen on Wednesday.
The Netherlands won the toss and sent Nepal to field first in which Khadka claimed four wickets while Sompal Kami registered three wickets in his name.
Nepal's leg spin prodigy Sandeep Lamichhane, Anil Kumar Shah and Basanta Regmi claimed one wicket each.
Netherlands’ Michael Rippon top-scored 51 off 76 balls including two boundaries, Bas de Leede and Stephan Myburgh were other notable contributors with 30 and 29 runs respectively.
Likewise, Ben Cooper scored 20 off 17 balls hitting four fours and Scott Edwards scored 18 off 23 balls.
Similarly, Wesley Barresi and Fred Klaassen scored 12 and 10 runs respectively while other Dutch batsmen failed to register double digit score.
Nepal had earned the coveted One-Day International statues early this year and are playing against hosts Netherlands in the first of the two-match limited over series in Amstelveen today.
Nepal had finished eighth in the 10-team ICC World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe in March to secure one of the two berths for the ODI status for four years while the Netherlands grabbed the other berth as the ODI nations expanded to 16 teams.
Nepal had made its foray into the international cricket in 1996, the same year the ICC granted them the Associate member status with a game against Bangladesh during the ACC Trophy in Malaysia.