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Nepal slip against Netherlands in UAE

Nepal lost to Netherlands by 44 runs in a practice match of their seven-day preparation tour of the United Arab Emirates on Thursday.


Nepal are preparing for the ICC World Twenty20, beginning from March 16, under a preparation tour provided by the International Cricket Council for all six non-Test playing nations that qualified for Bangladesh event.


Ben Cooper and Peter Borren hammered half centuries as the Netherlands piled a mammoth 195-6 in 20 overs.


Nepal reached 151-7 in their reply. Opener Subash Khakurel played his first game after missing all six matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers and was dismissed for two runs today.


Gyanendra Malla and Binod Bhandari top scored with 39 runs each for Nepal and skipper Paras Khadka made 31 runs.


Opener Sagar Pun made a 14-ball 15 with one four and a six sharing 16 runs for the opening wicket with Subash and 27 with Paras.


After Sagar departed, Paras and Gyanendra combined for 37 runs before both basmen departed in a space of 17 runs.


Gyanendra hit 39 off 30 with five fours and a six, while Paras hit three boundaries and a six. Binod hit four boundaries and a maximum in his 29-ball 39.


Mudassar Bukhari picked up two wickets for the Netherlands.


Earlier, Som Pal Kami dismissed opener Wesley Barresi (six) cheaply but Nepal bowlers received a brutal treatment from Copper and Borren.


Cooper smashed five boundaries and three sixes making 65 off 46 and Borren tore apart Nepali bowlers smashing six sixes and two fours in a quickfire 62 off 29.


Bukhari also collected quick runs making 18 from eight with a six and a four. Som Pal and Jitendra Mukhiya picked up two wickets, while Basanta Regmi and Som Pal Kami had one scalp apiece.

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