Netherlands v Nepal, 4th T20I July 3, 2015

Pun, Khadka seal Nepal's consolation win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nepal 141 for 7 (Khadka 54, Malik 3-25) beat Netherlands 139 for 7 (Van der Merwe 40*, Pun 3-26) by three wickets
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File photo: Paras Khadka hit six fours for his maiden T20I fifty © Peter Lim/ACC

For the fourth time in four games, Netherlands batted first and set Nepal a challenging target, but unlike the previous three matches, the visitors held their nerve to register a consolatory three-wicket win in Rotterdam. Netherlands took the series 3-1.

Set 140 for the win, Nepal looked to be heading for a 0-4 whitewash when they fell to 76 for 4 by the 13th over. However, their captain, Paras Khadka, steered the team back on track with a crucial half-century, his first in T20Is. Khadka scored 54 off 40 balls, with six fours, and anchored a match-changing 44-run stand for the fifth wicket with Sharad Vesawkar. Khadka took Nepal to within 10 runs of victory, but his dismissal off Mudassar Bukhari in the penultimate over offered Netherlands a glimmer.

Sompal Kami, the No.8 batsman, then stroked the first delivery he faced for four, reducing the equation to six needed off the last over. Ahsan Malik bowled Pradeep Airee first ball, but Kami and Basant Regmi held on to take Nepal home with two balls remaining, Kami sealing the win with a cover drive for four.

Earlier, a poor start from Netherlands saw them restricted to 139 for 7. With Sagar Pun (3 for 26) and Regmi (2 for 31) striking at regular intervals, the hosts soon found themselves struggling at 83 for 7. Roelof van der Merwe, who switched permanently to Netherlands on Tuesday, counterattacked by blasting a 27-ball 40, but it would not prove to be enough.