Consolation win for Nepal as Netherlands clinch T20I series 3-1
KATHMANDU: Nepal won the last and final match of the Twenty20 International series against the Netherlands by three wickets on Friday as the hosts clinched the four-match series 3-1.
Batting first, the hosts scored 139-7 in 20 overs before Nepal reached 141-7 with two balls to spare in the match played at Rotterdam.
The win helped Nepal avoid white wash in the four-match series after the Netherlands won the first three matches.
Sompal Kami struck a boundary off the fourth ball of the final over to complete the victory after skipper Paras Khadka had laid the foundation with a solid half century.
Khadka fought a lonely battle with a 40-ball 54 that included six boundaries. Khadka’s deputy, Gyanendra Malla, was the second best contributor with 18 off 22 balls including three fours.
Binod Bhandari (13) and Sharad Vesawkar (12) scored in double figures. Ahsan Malik was the pick of the Netherlands bowlers taking 3-25, while Roelof van der Merwe claimed 2-27 for the hosts.
Netherlands post 140-run target for Nepal
KATHMANDU: The Netherlands recovered well after a shaky start to post 139-7 in 20 overs in the fourth and final match of the Twenty20 International series against Nepal at Rotterdam on Friday.
The hosts were reduced to 25-3 before opener Rahil Ahmed and skipper Peter Borren steadied the ship with a 42-run partnership for the fourth wicket. The Dutchmen then lost four wickets for 16 runs to be 83-7 but Roelof van der Merwe and Michael Rippon added 56 runs for the unbroken eighth wicket as the hosts put on a respectable total on the board.
Sompal Kami made the first breakthrough in the third over when he bowled Toblas Visee (five) before Sagar Pun dismissed Ben Cooper (eight) and WesleyBarresi was run out as the hosts reeled at 25-3. Ahmed, who scored 25 off 34 hitting two fours and Borren, who scored 25-ball 27, were dismissed in the space of 10 runs. Pun then struck twice in the 15th over to dismiss Pieter Seelar and Mudassar Bukhari to reduce the hosts to 83-7.
At a time when the hosts were staring at a low total, van der Merwe and Rippon scored 56 runs off the last five overs in their unbeaten stand. Van der Merwe struck three boundaries and a six in his unbeaten 40 off just 27 balls, while Rippon scored not out 22 off 14 balls that included two boundaries.
Pun was the most successful Nepali bowler taking 3-26 off four overs, while Basant Regmi claimed 2-31 and Kami bagged 1-31. Nepal have already lost the four-match series 3-0.