Despite a commendable performance by the Nepalese national team against the Netherlands, Nepal lost by 55 runs. It was their maiden ODI performance, made possible after securing an ODI status after finishing eighth in the 10 team ICC World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe in March.
With four wickets by Captain Paras Khadka and three by bowler Sompal Kami, Nepal was chasing a target of 190 runs. Nepal was steady in its batting performance until the first two wickets, after which it was all downfall for the batting squad. “Nepal were cruising at 85/1, but a collapse of 19/5 – five wickets shared between Rippon and Seelaar – has brought Netherlands back into the game”, ICC had tweeted.
They were 134 all out in 41.5 overs, a loss by 55 runs. Gyanendra Malla was the topscorer for Nepal with 51 runs in 61 balls.
Nevertheless, the game is still historic as Nepali cricket marks another benchmark in its relatively short cricketing history. The team’s rise is considered meteoric by many cricketing experts. ICC has commented ‘a win is surely not very far off for the hardworking Nepalese team’.