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Nepal suffer 55-run defeat to Netherlands in maiden ODI

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KATHMANDU — Nepal suffered a 55-run defeat at the hands of the Netherlands in Amstelveen during their debut ODI outing at Amstelveen ground in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

After winning the toss, the hosts elected to bat first and scored a total of 189 runs in 47.4 overs losing all the wickets.

Nepali batsmen came out all guns blazing, shared an opening stand of 58 runs for the first wicket before Ani Sah was caught behind for 21 runs trying to heave fast bowler Fred Klassen over the point-region.

Though, Nepal made a brilliant start with openers Gyanendra Malla and Anil Kumar Sah scoring a half-century in partnership, other batsmen could not perform well.

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Malla top scored with 51 runs of just 61 balls studded with eight fours while Sah made 21 runs off 32 balls hitting three boundaries. Likewise, skipper Paras Khadka scored 12 runs off 21 balls while other batsmen failed to register double digit score.

Sompal Kami, Aarif Sheikh, Basanta Regmi and Karan KC were all out for a nought.

Batsman Dipendra Singh Airee played a lone hand to reprive the fragile innings with 33 runs in 48 balls with two fours and a six but perished to Fred Klassen caught behind while trying to nudge it down to third man region.

Michael Rippon, Fred Klaassen and Pieter Seelaar took three wickets each to trample Nepal’s innings in just 41.5 overs.

The next match of the serieswill be held on Friday.

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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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