Not long ago Nepal cricket stood out as truly newsworthy when leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane was picked by the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils for the 2018 edition. Presently Nepal are indeed in news for some great reasons as the side enlisted their first ever ODI win on Friday in the wake of beating the Netherlands by 1 run at Amstelveen to level the 2-match series.
Nepal seal their first ODI win by the slimmest of margins! A one-run victory!
Captain Paras Khadka defends five off the last after the 10th wicket had added 30. An unbelieveable game, and what a moment for Nepal!#NEDvNEP SCORE 👇 https://t.co/hiBJZ67jpN pic.twitter.com/Fv2938NyhH
— ICC (@ICC) August 3, 2018
Batting first, Captain Paras Khadka’s Nepal were all out for 216 in 48.5 overs. The visiting group lost wickets at normal interims and no other batsman aside from captain Khadka and Sompal Kami showed resistance. Khadka struck 51 off 69 while Kami’s lively 61 off 46 tied down his side to 216. For the Netherlands, it was Fred Klaassen who was the pick of the bowlers as he came back with figures of 3/38 in 10 overs. Nepal had already lost the 1st of the series and required something exceptional to make it 1-1.
Nepal bowlers didn’t frustrate their fans as Kami who was the star with the bat demonstrated his abilities with the ball as well. He scalped the 1st wicket on the second delivery of the innings after tidying up Stephan Myburgh. Afterward, Lalit Bhandari who was one of the players to make his debut in this match evacuated Ben Cooper when the group score read 30. However, Wesley Barresi and Daniel ter Braak at that point held hands and sewed a remain of 84 run for the third wicket.
Lamichhane broke this vital stand after catching Braak before the stumps. The hosts began to lose wickets at standard interims and were lessened to 185/9 when Klaassen and Meekeren indicated character and scored 30 run for the last wicket. Netherlands required two of the last ball when Khadka got engaged with Klaassen’s run out, accordingly giving Nepal their maidain ever win in ODI cricket.