Netherlands v Nepal, 1st T20, Amstelveen June 30, 2015

Myburgh, Malik see off Nepal challenge

ESPNcricinfo staff

Netherlands 134 for 5 (Myburgh 67*) beat Nepal 116 for 7 (Khadka 45*, Malik 3-23) by 18 runs
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File photo: Stephan Myburgh struck six fours and a six in his unbeaten 60-ball 67 © Getty Images

Stephan Myburgh's unbeaten 60-ball 67 laid the platform for Netherlands to pull off an 18-run win over Nepal in the first T20I in Amstelveen. Myburgh batted through Netherlands' innings, and struck six fours and a six while guiding them to a total of 134.

Nepal kept losing wickets regularly during their reply, with their only partnership of note a 31-run, fourth-wicket stand between Paras Khadka and Rajesh Pulami. Khadka stayed at the crease till the end to finish unbeaten on 45, but he was never able to keep up with the asking rate. Ahsan Malik was Netherlands' most successful bowler, picking up three wickets while only giving away 23 runs in his four overs.

Netherlands had to weather some early trouble after choosing to bat, losing two wickets to run-outs while slipping to 32 for 3 before Myburgh stabilised their innings in the company of Peter Borren - with whom he added 33 for the fourth wicket - and Michael Rippon - with whom he put on an unbroken 63 for the sixth.

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  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2015, 2:20 GMT

    I hope our next match should be improve on batting my nepali team..... best of luck my team you can do it.....

  • Android on July 1, 2015, 13:29 GMT

    Nepal played 2matches on Monday and traveled for 14hr to play with Netherlands.. yet wasn't so poor in field. They never had such rush to play games so of course they will struggle to get into it and perform good. If can is able to give half the number of game that NCT will play in next one month then surely NCT will be one of top side. Hope Nepal play good cricket and win today...

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2015, 10:35 GMT

    Today Nepal will win....100% chance

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2015, 7:09 GMT

    Nepal has been always poor in their Batting side. Even they know this, but don't know how are they unable to overcome these failure. After all bowling is the encouraging factor for Nepali Cricket all the time.

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2015, 5:30 GMT

    Good to see the Netherlands do well. Hoping that they can win 4-0

    ICC did a big mistake by taking away ODI status from Netherlands due to just 1 bad match in 2014 WCQ. Hope ICC corrects that mistake & gives Netherlands ODI status again

  • riwaj on July 1, 2015, 3:54 GMT

    Pathetic batting. We only have two quality batsman in khadka and veswakar. The rest are less than club level. They don't seem to realise that cricket is played as much with mind as the body. No temperament whatsoever.

  • abhiyan on July 1, 2015, 1:11 GMT

    Bowling of Nepal always has been excellent so do in this match.The strike rates of most batsmen were unlikely of t-20 game so, Nepali management should focus in it.If this problem persists, how can we provide menace to top contenders like Ireland.Best wishes to Nepali team.

  • Ishant Sitaula on July 1, 2015, 0:54 GMT

    Nepal should improve their batting

  • Subas Adhikari on July 1, 2015, 0:11 GMT

    its a starting.. Nepal will improve surely in their next games

  • Pierre on June 30, 2015, 19:52 GMT

    Well done Dutch lads. Good innings by Myburgh. Really becoming an important part of the team.

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