Netherlands (109/4) secure a 6-wicket victory against Nepal (106 all out) in a low scoring game of the ICC World Cup 2024

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Netherlands will take on Nepal in the 7th match of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas today, Tuesday, June 4.

The Dutch team, led by Scott Edwards, had a disappointing campaign in the recent home tri-series against Ireland and Scotland. They managed to secure only one victory and suffered three losses out of their four matches, finishing in third place.

Meanwhile, Nepal ended up in the fourth position in the ACC Men’s T20I Premier Cup held in April. They had a tough start with a significant defeat against Canada in their initial warm-up match. Their subsequent game against the co-hosts, USA, was unfortunately called off without a single ball being played.

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Squads:

Netherlands
Squad: Max ODowd, Vikramjit Singh, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards(w/c), Wesley Barresi, Bas de Leede, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Michael Levitt, Tim Pringle, Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren, Vivian Kingma, Kyle Klein

Nepal Squad: Aasif Sheikh(w), Sundeep Jora, Kushal Bhurtel, Rohit Paudel(c), Dipendra Singh Airee, Kushal Malla, Karan KC, Sompal Kami, Pratis GC, Anil Sah, Kamal Singh Airee, Lalit Rajbanshi, Gulsan Jha, Sagar Dhakal, Abinash Bohara

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Netharlands should win this encounter. They are good enough to bet any other minnow side in this world cup and they might upset one big side as well later on.
 
UPDATE - The official word is that if there is no more rain we will have the toss at 9 pm IST (3.30 pm GMT) and the match will begin at 9.30 pm IST (4 pm GMT). Grab a cup of coffee and come back to catch all the action.
 
Playing XIs for both sides

Nepal (Playing XI) - Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh (WK), Anil Sah, Rohit Paudel (C), Kushal Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Gulshan Jha, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Abinash Bohara, Sagar Dhakal.

Netherlands (Playing XI) - Michael Levitt, Max O'Dowd, Vikramjit Singh, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards (C/WK), Teja Nidamanuru, Logan van Beek, Tim Pringle, Paul van Meekeren, Vivian Kingma.
 
How on earth did Nepal manage to qualify?

2 teams too many for the WT20 imo, can’t even watch a good game of cricket between 2 minnows.
 
Really impressive turnout in Dallas. I don't know if most of these Nepalese fans are based in the US or if they flew out, but its great to see such a passionate crowd eventhough their team is not playing well.
 
Netherlands are like New Zealand lite. Super efficient team that knows how to get the most out of their limited resources. There's nothing flashy about them. No crazy talented batter or super fast paceman. But they play the percentages well and always punch above their weight. Of all the associates they are my favorite team to watch.

They should back themselves to beat Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
 
Nepal all out for 106 runs, another below par score in this World Cup.

Must be an easy chase for Netherlands now.
 
Ian Bishop destroys even the likes of Nasser when it comes to prep. Knows even associate players and their strengths
One of the very best commentators going around, if not the best. His delivery and use of adjectives is also immaculate.

And he's sitting next to Rambo. One of the worst commentators going around, if not the worst.
 
One of the very best commentators going around, if not the best. His delivery and use of adjectives is also immaculate.

And he's sitting next to Rambo. One of the worst commentators going around, if not the worst.
there was some idiot here that said bishop is boring lol
 
Pretty unnecessary stuff from Netherlands. There was no need to take the game this deep. They got lucky with the O'Dowd drop.
 
lol waqar with his soft hand,hard hands :p
Lol Waqar often struggles with his grammar too but atleast he has some insight on fast-bowling. Ramiz is the absolute worst. Keeps talking in the same cliches and never has anything insightful to say.
 
Max O’Dowd stars in low-scoring thriller as Netherlands beat Nepal

A packed Dallas crowd were treated to a Max O’Dowd masterclass as Netherlands ran out six-wicket winners over Nepal at the Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium in Group D of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

O’Dowd anchored the Netherlands chase with a calm and composed half-century, carrying his bat as the Dutch survived a couple of nervy periods to reach 109/4 and win with seven balls to spare.

Earlier, the Netherlands bowling attack put in an impressive display to restrict Nepal to 106 all out in the first innings.

Runs were hard to come by for the Nepal top order on the nation's return to World Cup action for the first time since 2014, with captain Rohit Paudel (35 from 37) the only batter to look comfortable against an attack that picked up wickets at helpful regularity.

Nepal had hope when Sompal Kami had Michael Levitt caught in just the second over.

But O’Dowd and Vikramjit Singh (22) settled any Dutch nerves with a steady 40-run partnership, before Sybrand Engelbrecht added a helpful 14 from 16 to bring the target within reach.

Kami (1/18 from 4), Abinash Bohara (1/29 from 3.4) and Dipendra Singh Airee (1/6 from 2) were the wicket-takers for Nepal, but while O’Dowd was in the middle it was always the men in orange who were in control.

And the experienced opener finished unbeaten on 54* from 48 balls, with Bas de Leede hitting the winning runs to end on 11*(10).

Earlier, a rain shower ensured that the toss was officially delayed by half an hour, prompting fears of a reduced-overs contest in front of a big crowd in Dallas.

But the weather cleared and it was the Netherlands who won the toss, with captain Scott Edwards opting to bowl first.

Some excellent bowling in the powerplay kept things tight for the Dutch, who removed both openers cheaply, with Tim Pringle removing Aasif Sheikh (4 from 8) and Logan van Beek trapping Kushal Bhurtel lbw for 7 (10).

And two further wickets fell as Nepal reached 53/4 at the midway point of their innings, with Anil Sah (11 from 12) and Kushal Malla (9 from 9) departing.

Nepal ensured that their bowlers had a chance, with lower-order runs from Gulsan Jha (14 from 15) and Karan KC (17 from 12) meaning Nepal reached triple figures.

But Logan van Beek wrapped it up with four balls to spare as he bagged back-to-back wickets at the end of the final over to end the Nepalese innings on 106 all out.

Pringle finished with 3/20 from his four overs, with Paul van Meekeren taking 2/19, Bas de Leede picking up 2/22 and Van Beek wrapping the innings up to finish with 3/18 from 3.2.

The fans were out in force for the first match for Netherlands and Nepal at this T20 World Cup, with both teams knowing that victory in this game was likely to be crucial if they are to stand a chance of making it out of a group packed with quality.

South Africa and Netherlands set in the Group D qualifying spots after just the two fixtures so far, with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh making up the rest of challenging five-team pool.

Nepal will hope to bounce back when they line up next against Sri Lanka in Lauderhill on Wednesday 12 June.


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