Nepal lose their first ever ODI, go down to Netherlands

first_imgCaptain Paras Khadka’s four-wicket haul and Gyanendra Malla’s half-century went in vain as Nepal suffered a 55-run loss against Netherlands in their maiden ODI.Nepal gained the ODI status in March this year after they defeated Papua New Guinea by six wickets to finish eight in the Cricket World Cup Qualifiers.The debutants gave a tough fight to Netherlands in their maiden ODI. As early as the third over of Netherlands innings, Nepal had reason to celebrate, Sompal Kami getting the ball to nip away and take out Daniel ter Braaks off-stump for Nepals first ODI wicket. The big-hitting duo of Ben Cooper and Stephan Myburgh brought the score up to 50 in the eighth over before Nepals talisman and captain Paras Khadka provided the breakthrough, pinning Cooper in front.Leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, 17 years old and already signed by T20 franchises the world over, then claimed surely the first of many international wickets as Myburgh misread a googly and was bowled. When Khadka nicked off Wesley Barresi for 12, the Netherlands were 72/4 and in trouble, but thereafter followed the games biggest and most important partnership as Bas de Leede and Michael Rippon added 68 for the fifth wicket.Game over!A stunning collapse from Nepal, from 85/1 to 134 all out, hands @KNCBcricket victory in the first ODI. Three wickets apiece for Seelaar, Rippon, and Klaassen as Netherlands claim victory by 55 runs.#NEDvNEP SCORE https://t.co/ryjofhUrSc pic.twitter.com/oWwGDh8wEWICC (@ICC) August 1, 2018This was no counterattack the pair scored just four boundaries between them but on a tricky pitch runs were invaluable. It didn’t matter the style in which they came. The importance of the pairs contributions were highlighted by Netherlands startling slide once they fell. Scores of 140/4 and 157/5 became 159/8 and 185/8 became 189 all out as the tail stoutly refused to wag.advertisementKhadka ended with splendid figures of 4/26 from 10 overs, and his spell looked a match-winning one when Nepal marched to 58/0 and 85/1, before they too collapsed. Rippon, who enjoyed an excellent all-round day, struck the key blows, taking two wickets in the 20th over, including that of half-centurion Gyanendra Malla,A proper scrap followed, and to their credit, Nepal didnt needlessly throw their wickets away. But there was a noticeable gulf in class between their top four, who kept the scoreboard ticking, and the rest of the line-up; none of Nos.5-11 reached double figures or even found the boundary.Their struggle was exemplified by Shakti Gauchan, a legend of Nepali cricket who will be retiring after this tour. He made an unbeaten 9 off 44 balls as Netherlands applied the squeeze.The home side deserve credit for the nature of their comeback. There was no superhero game-stealing effort. Instead, a group of bowlers kept it tight and were backed up in the field, and soon enough the rewards came. Rippon, Fred Klaassen, and Pieter Seelaar each took three wickets.(With ICC inputs)last_img

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