At the TU Cricket Ground on Tuesday, the Netherlands defeated Nepal by three wickets with three balls to spare in the Tri-nation T20I Series.
Nepal batted first and amassed a respectable 206 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs. Kushal Bhurtel, who had scored two half-centuries in a row, top-scored with 62, becoming the first player in T20I history to score three half-centuries in three games. Gyanendra Malla, the captain, scored 20 and vice-captain Dipendra Singh Airee, the vice-captain, scored a quickfire 60.
The Netherlands, in turn, were violent from the outset. Despite losing openers Max O’Dowd and Tobais Visee early in the innings, middle-order batsmen Ben Cooper and Bas de Leede took command of the game with half-centuries.
The game seemed to be heading in Nepal’s direction when Cooper gave up his wicket to Sandeep Lamichhane for 55 runs, but Leede took the game away from them by smashing all of Nepal’s bowlers, including Lamichhane, for an unbeaten 81 off 42 balls.
Lamichhane was Nepal’s best bowler, taking four wickets and allowing just 48 runs.
Nepal and the Netherlands both have the same number of points, but Nepal is ahead in the table due to their higher run rate.
On Thursday, Nepal will face Malaysia, who have yet to win.