Nepal outclassed by Netherlands in maiden ODI
The ODI debutants – Nepal – capitulated against spin as they failed to chase 190 runs target given by the Netherlands in their maiden One Day International cricket played at the Amstelveen Ground in Amsterdam. Earlier, on March 18, the International Cricket Council (ICC) awarded Nepal an ODI status.
Having been sent to field first, Nepal restricted the Netherlands for 189 runs in 47.4 overs. Michael Rippon was the top scorer for the hosts as he smashed the only half-century of the innings. Apart from him, opener Stephan Myburgh and middle-order batsman Bas de Leede contributed with 29 runs and 30 runs respectively.
Meanwhile, Nepali pacer Sompal Kami became the first bowler for his country to take an ODI wicket when he picked up the wicket of Daniel teer Braak in his opening spell. However, skipper Paras Khadka was the most successful bowler for his side as he grabbed four important wickets conceding only 26 runs from his 10-over bowling.
In reply, Nepal had a great start with opener Gyanendra Malla smashing his maiden ODI half-century. But the visitors were unable to chase the chasable target of 190 as they were restricted to 134 for all-out in 41,5 overs of allotted 50 overs game. None of the last 7 Nepali batsmen reached the two-digit figure while batting.