T20 World Cup 2024: Nepal suffered a major blow in the first match, handing a crushing defeat to the European team.

Dallas (USA). Nepal has not had a good start in the ICC T20 World Cup. Netherlands beat Nepal in a thrilling low-scoring T20 World Cup match. The Netherlands won by 6 wickets thanks to the restrained batting of Max O’Dowd (54 not out) after a brilliant performance by the bowlers led by Tim Pringle and Logan van Beek.

After bowling out Nepal’s innings for 106 in 19.2 overs, Netherlands scored 109 for four in 19.4 overs and secured two points with the victory. O’Dowd held one end with four fours and a six in his 48-ball unbeaten innings. For Nepal, Sompal Kami, Dipendra Singh Ari and Avinash Bohra took one wicket each. Player of the match Pringle took three wickets for 20 runs. Van Beek took three wickets for 18 runs. Paul van Meekeren and Bas Deliday had two hits each.

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Netherlands captain Scott Edwards’ decision to bowl first after winning the toss was vindicated by his bowlers who continued to take wickets at regular intervals. Captain Rohit Paudel scored the highest 35 runs from Nepal. He hit five fours in a 37-ball innings. In the lower order, Karan KC (17) and Gulshan Jha (14) scored runs in double figures to take the team’s score past 100 runs.

Chasing the target, Netherlands suffered a major setback with the dismissal of Michael Levitt (one) in the second over. He became a victim of Sompal. After this, O’Dowd and Vikramjit Singh (22) batted with control and took the team’s score to 36 for one in the powerplay. Dipendra broke the 40-run partnership for the second wicket by dismissing Vikramjit lbw in the ninth over.

O’Dowd was then well supported by Sybrand Engelbrecht (14), who tried to increase the run rate with a four against Gulshan in the 12th over but was run out in the 14th over. Bohra (five) once again put the pressure on the Netherlands by dismissing captain Scott Edwards. O’Dowd hit consecutive fours and sixes in the 19th over against this bowler to complete his half-century in 47 balls. Deliday scored a four in a single over to give the team victory.

Earlier, Tim Pringle dismissed opener Asif Sheikh (four) in the second over of the innings. Van Beek gave Nepal another blow by dismissing Kushal Bhurtel (seven) in the first ball of the fourth over. Captain Paudel and Anil Shah tried to deal with conditions favorable to the fast bowlers but Pringle scored 11 runs off 12 balls before Shah’s innings was caught out by van Beek.

With the dismissals of Kushal Malla (nine) and Dipendra (one), Nepal lost five wickets for 53 runs in the 11th over. Meanwhile, Paudel hit two brilliant fours against Van Beek but Meekeren didn’t give Sompal a chance to open the account. Gulshan hit the first six of Nepal’s innings against Pringle in the 16th over, but Pringle dismissed Paudel in the same over to prevent Nepal from scoring big. Karan hit sixes off Van Beek and Dayliday to take Nepal past 100 but the team lost the remaining three wickets in the next four balls.

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