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ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers : Nepal go down to Netherlands

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KATHMANDU — Nepal finished eighth in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers after losing to Netherlands by 45 runs in the 7th place play off at Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, on Saturday.

The Netherlands won the toss and chose to bat before making a total of 189-9 in their allotted 50 overs. In reply, Nepal managed to make 144 runs only in 44.4 overs losing all the wickets.

Sompal Kami made the highest 36 runs where as Dipendra Singh Airee (25) and Paras Khadka (22) were the other big scorers for Nepal.

Player-of-the-match Roelof van der Merwe was pick of the Dutch bowling as he took 4-20 and he was supported by Fred Klaassen and Pieter Seelaar who bagged two wickets each. Likewise, Timm van der Gugten and Shane Snater added one wicket each.

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Earlier, Bas de Leede top-scored for Dutch side with 39 runs which included four boundaries. Nepal had kept the Netherlands under pressure with Sompal Kami bagging two early wickets inside three overs. Dutch opener Wesley Barressi abd Ben Cooper were dismissed for zero run in Kami’s delivery.

Captain Peter Borren (7) also failed to manage to add significant runs but middle-order batsmen Roelof van der Merwe and Scott Edwards contributing 25 runs each rescued the Netherlands innings. Max O’Dowd was another notable contributors for the Netherlands as he smashed 44-ball 28 where as unbeaten Shane Snater and Pieter Seelaar added 23 runs each.

Sompal Kami took four wickets for Nepal. Likewise, spinners Sandip Lamichhane and Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi had two each and Shakti Gauchan bagged one wicket.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

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Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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