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|Daniel ter Braak||1||11||0||0||9.09|
|Paul Van Meekeren||3||3||0||0||100.00|
|Bas de Leede||30||60||1||1||50.00|
|Dipendra Singh Airee||33||48||2||1||68.75|
|Paul Van Meekeren||7.0||0||31||0||4.43|
|Bas de Leede||1.5||0||3||1||1.64|
It is a momentous occasion for Nepal and indeed the cricket playing world that the Himalayan nation is about to play its first ODI international. Nepal will be playing against the Netherlands, a team against whom it played in England and will know plenty about. Nepal’s quick rise in cricketing ranks and its passionate fans have raised comparisons with Afghanistan, however, to expect the same kind of brilliance would be unfair.
The Netherlands, the other team in this contest, and the hosts have seen their side regress somewhat in ODI cricket. They failed to make it to the World Cup 2019 and now need to find their way once again.
The home team in this contest will be quietly confident of winning the contests in this series but they will be far from complacent. They know that Nepal will attack them with spin and even though the conditions might not favor them, Netherlands itself does not have the depth in batting to take chances.
Ryan Ten DOeschate will be missing from this series and the onus of leading the batting will fall on O’Dowd, Cooper, Barresi, and Seelaar himself. The quality of opposition that the Netherlands is used to in county cricket will probably surpass what they will face in this series, however, that does not account for the pressure of playing an international game.
Make no mistake, the eye of the world will be on this match. Everyone thinks that Nepal has the potential of being a real contender in the years to come and expand the horizons of the game in a meaningful manner.
The one area where the Netherlands will hope to dominate is the fast bowling. The conditions should favor their bowlers and they will fancy knocking over Nepal for not too many. Van Meekeren, Klaassen, and Snater will lead a handy bowling attack in home conditions.
Stephan Myburgh, Daniel ter Braak, Ben Cooper, Wesley Barresi, Bas de Leede, MJ Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Scott Edwards, Shane Snater, Fred Klaassen, Paul Van Meekeren.
A win or even a fright to the Netherlands would be mission accomplished for Nepal in this series but we have a feeling they are going to want more. The Nepa team is going to be led by Paras Khadka, their inspirational leader, and will leave everything on the field for sure.
The team has a few decent bowlers, almost all of them spinners, Sandeep Lamichhane will attract the most attention out of this group since he is touted as Nepal’s Rashid Khan. If he can half as effective then Nepal has a real chance of pulling off an upset.
The bowling is not going to be too much of a concern for Nepal. They have a decent bowling lineup that can realistically expect to hold the Netherlands to a respectable total. Lamichhane, Regmi, SOmpal Kami, and the rest will not be afraid of the Netherlands batsmen.
The batting, though, is the real concern for Nepal. Its batsmen just do not have the experience of playing in foreign conditions and may have trouble adapting. Paras Khadka, Vesawkar, and Khakurel will be expected t score the bulk of the runs for Nepal.
If they can manage to get Nepal to a decent total then the match will be well and truly on.
Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla, S Vesawkar, Basant Regmi, Shakti Gauchan, Anil Sah, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Aarif Sheikh, Sandeep Lamichhane.
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The match will be played in Amstelveen and a decent day has been forecast for match day. There is very little chance of rain and we should have an uninterrupted game. The pitch will almost certainly have some grass on it and offer movement to the fast bowlers. Netherlands is good host but will not offer anything to the Nepali spinners.
A score of around 250 can be considered par.
We think that Nepal will give a good account of itself in this match but winning their first match may take some time.
Back the Netherlands to win.
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