Netherlands v Nepal, ICC WCL 2016, Amstelveen August 15, 2016

Khadka, spinners give Nepal 19-run win

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Nepal 217 for 9 (Khadka 84, Pun 45, Malla 39, Rippon 4-35) beat Netherlands 198 (Van der Merwe 56, Gruijters 44, Khadka 2-19) by 19 runs
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File photo - Paras Khadka hit seven fours and a six in his 84 © Peter Lim/ACC

Paras Khadka, the Nepal captain, contributed with bat and ball to help his team defend 217 against Netherlands in an ICC World Cricket League fixture in Amstelveen.

Khadka top-scored with a 94-ball 84, and then nipped out two wickets - that of Stephan Myburgh and Wesley Barresi - with his medium-pace in six overs. Netherlands, who recovered from the early blows to be comfortably placed at 103 for 3, were bowled out for 198 in 48.3 overs.

Netherlands, who opted to bowl, had Nepal reeling at 65 for 3 in the 20th over. Khadka then forged a 118-run fourth-wicket stand with Sagar Pun to rescue Nepal and set them up for a competitive total. While Khadka hit seven fours and a six, Pun faced 78 deliveries for his 45 and struck two fours.

The dismissal of both batsmen in the space of 16 deliveries allowed Netherlands to claw back. Michael Rippon, the left-arm wrist spinner, ran through the lower middle order to finish with 4 for 35 off six overs, while Ahsan Malik, who sent back Khadka, had two wickets.

Netherlands' top three contributed just 21. It needed a rescue act from Max O'Dowd and Roelof van der Merwe to bring the chase back on track; the pair added 82 to rescue them from 21 for 3 in the eighth over.

But van der Merwe's dismissal for 56 to Sandeep Lamichhane, the legspinner, brought Nepal back into the game. The wickets of O'Dowd and Pieter Seelaar in successive overs left Netherlands tottering at 140 for 6. Timm van der Gugten and Tim Gruijters kept the chase alive courtesy a 53-run stand, before Nepal returned to pick up four wickets in eight deliveries to close out the contest.

Despite the loss, Netherlands are still three points ahead of second-placed Hong Kong in the eight-team table. Nepal, for whom this was the third win in eight matches, are placed sixth and equal on points with Kenya, who have two games in hand.

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  • Cricinfouser on August 16, 2016, 16:30 GMT

    nice to see the courage of nepal players and people. best of luck from srilanka. they should hire a good coach & a batting consultant.

  • amadhika on August 16, 2016, 15:48 GMT

    ICC should encourage cricket in Nepal as its native people play and encourage it for sustainablity.For example Hongkong and UAE can be termed as second string Pak team,the day immigrants are not allowed into the country,the cricket will diminsh away.

  •   Prabin Shrestha on August 16, 2016, 11:22 GMT

    Paras is a rare fantastic player with lots of talents who should be watched from cricketing world bodies. From all corners of world franchise, selectors, promoters should look forward to choose him to play prestigious matches like IPL, CPL, BPL, County etc. It is the right time to promote die hard supporting cricketing world to see fantastic Allrounder whether its batting, bowling, fielding, captaincy, never give up attitude till the last bowl, a very decent human being........Cricket world needs players like him seriously... so if not now then when! when !!! ? Time never repeat quite often.........Love you PARAS

  • DILSHADleo on August 16, 2016, 9:59 GMT

    Very good to see that . I support Afghanistan and Nepal .Though Afghanistan are playing really good . Nepal needs to make their domestic structure good or they can play in Ranji Trophy in india for experience .Best of Luck .

  • Bmji on August 16, 2016, 9:36 GMT

    Being a Nepali, I love my cricket team, I'm proud of the players they have showed the positive intent and became always affirmative even though they have not getting any facilities as needed. Hopefully, they will keep on frustrating even the giants of cricketing nations in the coming period.

  • nepalcricketlover on August 16, 2016, 8:40 GMT

    well great performance

  • RohitOli on August 16, 2016, 6:34 GMT

    This is a fantastic comeback from our boys after that disappointing performance in an earlier match. The Dutch team is the very strong team who are currently on top of the league as well. And, they have faced first defeat, that too at home in WCLC from the hand of Nepal. So, proud feeling for Nepal at the end. The remaining matches are even more important for us. Best of Luck.

  •   Cricinfouser on August 16, 2016, 5:45 GMT

    Nepal!!!!nepal!!!bt still batting needs to be strong.

  • Mridul_Nepal on August 16, 2016, 3:46 GMT

    Two things to take heart from: 1. A win away from home in conditions where we have not had it comfortable in the past: 2. A win against undefeated team in the tournament so far.

    This will go a long way in building confidence of the guys for future matches. Way to go. My Nepal My Pride !!

  • Mansingh on August 16, 2016, 2:32 GMT

    This performance of Nepal shows that there is no psychological problems in the team ..for team was able to come back. Nepali cricketers now on have beautiful chance to qualify for next round by winning remaining matches. I think rest of the matches will be for Nepal because rest of the pitches will be slow. Only way to lead the associates is by improving domestic structure...those small tournaments held in the country should get systematic and organized form. And also the infrastructure must be paid special attention. Other side,Netherlands missed the service of Captain but this first loss in the tournament should not bring their end. It was a thrilling contest. But during the match there should have been live streaming. Hope #ICC will pay attention to it.

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