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Nepal lose in ODI debut

Aug 01, 2018 | CN Staff |
Nepal threw away a decent opening wicket partnership between Gyanendra Malla and Anil Sah to lose their first ever One Day International (ODI) going down to the Netherlands by 55 runs in the first of the two-match bilateral series in Amstelveen on Wednesday

Netherlands elected to bat first but skipper Paras Khadka produced brilliant bowling display picking up four wickets that helped Nepal dismiss the hosts for what initially looked a mediocre total of 189 all out in 47.4 overs. 

Gyanendra and Anil shared 58 runs for the first wicket but Nepal hardly managed to cash in on the start before the team was bundled out for 134 in 41.5 overs. Sharad Vesakwar's injury dealt a huge blow for Nepal as the middle order batsman injured his figure and came in to bat at No 11 when Nepal were virtually out of the contest. 

Gyanendra looked in a great touch with his classical cover drives and despite losing his opening partner Anil (21) in 13th over, continued to impress and scored a 57-ball half century. Nepal were once cruising at 85-1 but they went on to lose five wickets for just 19 runs beginning with the dismissal of Paras (12).
Gyanendra was next to go after making a 61-ball 51 hitting eight boundaries. Aarif Sheikh, Sompal Kami and Basanta Regmi all went for ducks. Dipendra Singh Airee stuck to the crease but once he lost his wicket to Fred Klaassen, Nepal's last remaining hopes ended. 

Dipendra made 33 off 48 with two fours and a six. Spinners Michael Rippon and Peter Seelar took three wickets derailed Nepal's chase with tight bowling and shared six wickets between them. Klaassen also took three wickets. Shakti Gauchan was unbeaten on nine off 44 balls.

Earlier, Rippon, who returned to the team after a long time, top scored for Netherlands with a 76-ball 51 that included two boundaries. He shared 68 runs for the fifth wicket with Bas de Leede to bail his team out from a precarious 72-4. 

Paras took 4-26 from 10 overs, while Sompal Kami also returned the figures of 3-34 from 8.4 overs. Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane and Basanta Regmi had one scalp apiece. 


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