On Tuesday, Nepal lost by three wickets to the Netherlands in a Tri-nation T20 cricket match at the Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground in Kirtipur.
The hosts struggled to defend a formidable total of 206 runs in a match played with no spectators due to the increasing danger of CVID-19.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Nepal set a target of 207 runs for the loss of six wickets. Kushal Bhurtel, the opener, continued his excellent form by scoring his third half-century in a row. Kushal made 62 runs off 46 balls, while Dipendra Singh Aire made 60 runs off 30 balls. Similarly, Sompal Kami, captain Gyandendra Malla, and Kushal Malla each scored 21, 20 and 18 runs. Pieter Seelaar and Vivian Kingma each took two wickets for the Dutch team.
In pursuit of the mark, the Netherlands beat Nepal’s total in 19.3 overs, losing 7 wickets. Bas de Leede and Ben Cooper each scored 89 and 55 runs to help their team win and avenge their team’s loss in the first match. In the first match of the season, Nepal defeated the Netherlands by 9 wickets. Leede was also named man-of-the-match.
Sandeep Lamichhane, a Nepali leg spinner, took four wickets for his country, while Karan KC, Abinash Bohara, and Kushal Malla each took one wicket.
Nepal’s first defeat in the series. Nepal had previously won matches against the Netherlands and Malaysia.