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Nepal condemned to worst ever defeat

Nepal were condemned to their worst ever defeat in Twenty20 International history as the Netherlands hammered the visitors by 103 runs in their second game of four-match Twenty20 International bilateral series on Wednesday.

After winning the first match by 18 runs, Netherlands now lead the series 2-0, a point position from where they will not lose the contest between two of the best associate teams in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20.

Nepal, who along with the Netherlands are preparing for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, suffered their third consecutive loss in Twenty20 Internationals and fourth overall. They have won just two of their Twenty20 Internationals so far.

Netherlands rested their first match top scorer Stephan Myburgh and it was another opener Michael Swart and No.3 batsman Ben Cooper who did the damage with a 131-run stand guiding the Dutch to 172-4 in 20 overs.

Gyanendra Malla cleared his intent smashing three boundaries in the first over from Thijs van Schelven but after the opener lost his wicket in the last ball, Nepal never recovered before getting bundled out for just 69 runs.

It was Nepal’s lowest ever score in the Twenty20 Internationals and sixth overall in its history. The 103-run defeat is also the seventh worst defeat in Twenty20 history.

Nepal lost Binod Bhandari (two), skipper Paras Khadka (two), Subash Khakurel (six), Rajesh Pulami (duck), Basanta Regmi (two) and Pradeep Airee (duck) to get reduced to 29-7. Sompal Kami and Sharad Vesawkar added 20 runs to beat Netherlands’ lowest total of 39 but that was they could do.

Sharad, the last man out, top scored for Nepal with 18 off 31 with a six, while Sompal was next best with 14 runs. Gyanendra made 12 from six balls with three fours. Michael Rippon took 3-11 from four overs, while Schleven and Paul van Meekeren took two wickets each for the Netherlands.

Earlier, Swart was playing with sheer fluency but Avinash Karn gave Nepal the breakthrough removing Tobias Visee (four) with the scores reading 26-1. However, the joy short-live for Nepal as Swart and Ben Cooper flayed the bowling attack making runs at will. The two brought Netherlands’ first ever century stand in Twenty20 Internationals to underline their credentials for the upcoming Qualifiers in Ireland and Scotland.

Swart surpassed Myburgh’s 67 not out of Tuesday to become Netherlands’ highest scorer in Twenty20 Internationals with 76 not out from 59 balls with eight fours and a six. Cooper, the most aggressive in the stand, smashed four boundaries and three sixes on his way to making 46-ball 66 before falling to Karan KC.

Nepal could have conceded more runs had not Sompal picked up the wickets of Wesley Barresi (12) and Mudassar Bukhari (one) in the last over. Sompal finished with the figures of 2-24 from four overs. The third Twenty20 International is scheduled for Thursday in Rotterdam.


Nepal VS Netherlands 1st T20 I


Nepal VS Netherlands 2nd T20 I

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