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.

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  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2015, 6:49 GMT

    India 1-2 Bangladesh, Ireland 0-2 Scotland, Nepal 1-3 Netherlands, I don't think more than this is needed to understand. Don't underestimate the power of common players.

  • Sooraz on July 5, 2015, 5:02 GMT

    A sigh of relief, we must say at this much needed win. Well, of course, batting has been a BIG! BIG! problem specially opening duo. Anyway confidence grows when we win a comparatively stronger side. I appreciate the intent shown by the team and of course the head coach. I love the perseverance our guys have to fight till the end. All the best for tom's match against Oman in WCQ. We know we will win and prove ourselves the second time again.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2015, 11:47 GMT

    (y) for nepali cricket..wish u all the best

  • Keshabraj on July 4, 2015, 6:49 GMT

    Well, a consolation but a good one to begin with. i would say, i mandatory changes in team requires before playing T20Q, Bhandari, Pun and Khukrel should have to take into consideration.

  • MRIDUL on July 4, 2015, 5:46 GMT

    Evenly fought series, though the scoreline does not reflect this. It is always good to have a win against one of the major challengers of the tournament. This will give momentum and confidence going into the tournament proper. I have always felt that the boys play best when under pressure. Just cant wait for the Qualifiers to start. Good luck to our team. My Nepal My Pride !

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2015, 5:20 GMT

    I believe there are two things Nepal should implement immediately: 1)Play Sompal Kami as a bowling allrounder and promote him in the batting order and play Jitendra Mukhiya as a regular bowler. He did impress a lot during the death overs in the last T20 world cup.. 2)Select a proper opening batting pair, maybe bring Subash Khakurel down the order and select someone to open the batting with Gyanendra Malla.

  • riwaj on July 4, 2015, 3:44 GMT

    When will nepal learn that sugar pun bats like a number eleven. It's pathetic to see him opening when he can't even score 10 runs. What's is average? like two?

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2015, 2:50 GMT

    A captain's inning to bring the team back to the track..All the best team Nepal for ICC WT20 Qualifier..

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2015, 1:04 GMT

    congratulations Paran n his team. hope to see batting woes will dissappear in the upcoming qualifier

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2015, 0:36 GMT

    Winning and loosing is a part of game whateva the result always a gr8 fan of Nepalese Cricket

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