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Myburgh, Malik see off Nepal challenge

Netherlands 134 for 5 (Myburgh 67*) beat Nepal 116 for 7 (Khadka 45*, Malik 3-23) by 18 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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.

Nepal 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st12G MallaSP Khakurel
2nd13G MallaB Bhandari
3rd9P KhadkaG Malla
4th31P KhadkaRP Magar
5th19P KhadkaS Vesawkar
6th23P KhadkaPS Airee
7th5P KhadkaKaran KC
8th4B RegmiP Khadka