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Nepal clinch maiden ODI victory to level series

Aug 03, 2018 | CN Staff |
Skipper Paras Khadka kept his cool in the last over to hand Nepal a maiden One Day International victory to square the two-match ODI Series on Friday.
Batting first at the VRA Grounds in Amstelveen, half centuries from Paras and Sompal Kami lifted Nepal to 217 all out in 48.5 overs. Nepal gained upper hand in the game after they reduced Netherlands to 185-9 in 43.3 overs. 
But the last wicket pair of Fred Klaassen and Paul van Meekeren prolonged the wait for a historic victory stretching the game to the last ball when they were shut down for just 215 runs.
Netherlands needed six runs from the last over and Paras began by conceding a single in the first ball. Van Meekeren played a dot in the second ball and handed back the strike to Klaassen in the third. 
Klaassen ran for a couple in the fourth ball and played a dot in the fifth leaving two to get from the last delivery. Klaassen hit the last ball straight which hit the stumps and Paras collected the ball to lift the stump for a thrilling one-run victory. 
Netherlands were reduced to 30-2 in the eighth over but Wesley Barresi and Daniel ter Braak brought the team back into the match with an 84-run third wicket stand. Sandeep Lamichhane then provided the much-needed breakthrough trapping Ter Braak leg before wicket and sending back Bas de Leeded for duck. 
Ter Braak made 39 off 83 balls with two fours. Basanta Regmi soon removed Wednesday's man-of-the-match Michael Rippon (three) and the big wicket came in the 36th over when Dipendra Singh Airee caught Barresi plumb in front. 
Barresi made 71 from 89 balls with eight hits to the fence. With Paras, Lalit and Sandeep taking one more wicket each, Nepal managed to gain control of the match before Klaassen and Van Meekeren forged a 30-run partership to provide an anti-climax. 
Sandeep took 3-41 from 10 overs. 
Earlier, Nepal were reduced to 88-5 before Paras consolidated the innings with a 47-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Aarif Sheikh (16). Paras notched up his first ODI half century in 65 deliveries with a six off Pieter Seelar but the Netherlands captain had his revenge dismissing his opposite number in the same over. 
Paras made 51 off 69 with six boundaries and two sixes. The score was not yet safe as Nepal were reeling at 163-8 but Sompal clawed the way back with a 41-run ninth wicket stand with Sandeep (eight). 
Sompal brought fastest ODI half century reaching the landmark in just 38 balls hitting a six off Klaassen. Sompal made 61 off 46 with five fours and three sixes. 
Klaassen returned the figures of 3-38 from 10 overs, while Rippon and Seelar also took two wickets each.


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