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Nepal beat Netherlands by thrilling 1 run to register first ever ODI victory

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KATHMANDU — Nepal have created a history by registering first ever ODI win over Netherlands restricting to 215 runs against narrow 217-run-target in their second ODI match at VRA ground in Amstelveen on Friday.

Sompal Kami’s crucial 61 off 46 balls and Sandeep Lamichhane’s game-changing spell helped Nepal settle the score with Netherlands.

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Nepal posted a competitive 217-run target as they were bundled out in 48.5 overs.

Skipper Paras Khadka and lower order batsman Sompal hit flamboyant half-centuries to post a challenging 216-run all out with seven balls to spare against the Dutch.

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Paras smashed 51 runs while Sompal scored a quick-fire 61 runs off just 46 balls with three maximum clean hits and five swashbuckling fours to register a decent total on board against the formidable opponent.

Spinner Sandeep Lamichhane gave Nepal a breakthrough after taking three wickets for Nepal while Lalit Singh Bhandari claimed two.

Likewise, Binod Bhandari took two wickets while Sompal Kami, Dipendra Singh Aairee, Basanta Regmi, Paras Khadka claimed one wicket each.

Batsman Wesley Barresi Wesley Barresi top-scored for the Dutch side, hitting 71 off 89 balls including eight boundaries before he was out for an lbw while Daniel ter Braak contributed 39 off 83 balls.

Similarly, skipper Pieter Seelaar made 21 runs off 32 balls and Ben Cooper made quick-fire 19 off 18 balls hitting four boundaries before he was caught by Rohit Kumar Paudel at slip off Binod Bhandari.

Likewise, Fred Klaassen managed 13 runs as the required runs were gradually ticked off. Shane Snater and Paul van Meekeren scored 12 runs each.

Nepal had suffered a 55-run target to Netherlands in their first match on Wednesday.

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SAFF U-15 women’s championship begins today; India face Sri Lanka in inaugural match

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THIMPU — Six under 15 teams from Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Nepal are participating the second edition of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) U-15 Women’s championship, Thimphu that is kicking off from Thursday.

India and Sri Lanka are facing each other in an inaugural game at the Changlingmithang stadium. The match is taking place at Thimphu-based Changlimithang Stadium at 4:00 pm local time.

Similarly, Bangladesh and Pakistan under Group B are facing each other in the second game scheduled at 7:00 pm local time today itself.

At the pre press conference held in Thimphu on Wednesday, the coaches and team captains from six countries said that SAFF U-15 Women’s championship 2018 would be the toughest championship.

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Of the six countries, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are taking part in the championship for the first time. Bhutan is hosting the 10-day championship for the first time.

Bangladesh had won the title by defeating India 1-0 in the first edition of the Championship held in Bangladesh.

Nepal’s 32-member women’s football team had left Tuesday for Bhutan to play in the Second U-15 SAFF Championship Women Football.

The team comprises 23 players, three coaches, five officials and one sports journalist. Nepal is placed in Group B of the Championship. Nepal will play against Pakistan on August 11 in the first game and against Bangladesh on August 13.

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