Historic day for Nepal cricket: Rhinos beat Dutch in close encounter

Kathmandu, August 3

Nepal’s national cricket team registered its first-ever ODI victory against the Dutch in Amstelveen in the second of the two-match series between the two sides.

Nepal, having won the toss, decided to bat first on a sunny day in Amstelveen. Nepal’s batsmen looked to dominate the Dutch bowling attack from the beginning, but the hosts continued to take wickets at regular intervals. But it was pacer Sompal Kami who rescued the innings to push Nepal’s score past 200 with his well calculated 61. Nepal could only muster 216.

The Dutch, meanwhile, seemed to be in cruise control in the beginning of their innings. But Nepali bowlers took wickets when it mattered and swung the match in favour of the tourists.

It was skipper Paras who claimed the last Dutch wicket to wrap up the Dutch innings and complete Nepal’s first victory in ODI cricket in the final ball of the match. The Dutch needed two runs of the final ball but a quick Paras Khadka ran the last Netherlands pair out to register a one run victory for Nepal.

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