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|Daniel ter Braak||39||83||2||0||46.99|
|Paul Van Meekeren||12||20||0||0||60.00|
|Bas de Leede||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Dipendra Singh Airee||5.0||1||19||1||3.80|
|Dipendra Singh Airee||19||17||3||0||111.76|
|Rohit Kumar Paudel||6||15||1||0||40.00|
|Paul Van Meekeren||8.0||2||21||1||2.62|
|Bas de Leede||2.0||0||12||0||6.00|
The first ever ODI that Nepal played was a fascinating one. On multiple occasions, while bowling and batting, it looked Nepal had a wonderful chance of winning. They had the Netherlands on the mat but were unable to land the killer blow. The Netherlands would have been very happy to escape with a win but quite disappointed at the display they put up. If they are to seriously consider joining the bigger cricketing nations then they need to dispose of opponents like Nepal much more easily.
There was no way the hosts would have thought they were going to come so close to defeat against Nepal at home. A spate of wickets in the middle order undid the start that Ben Cooper and Myburgh provided to them. Had the final pair not added the valuable thirty runs then Nepal would have had a much easier task chasing it down.
The Netherlands must improve in this game. They gave away easy wickets to Paras Khadka which allowed Sandeep Lamichhane to come in and put pressure on the batsmen. The top order batsmen like Myburgh, Cooper, and Barresi have been around for a long time and need to take more responsibility.
The Nepal fast bowling attack is not very special and can be negotiated with relative ease.
The form of Rippon in the middle order is a big plus for the Netherlands. He maneuvered the ball around and managed to run his way to a good score in an excellent display of risk-free cricket. Facing good quality spin is not an easy task for the best of teams but particularly difficult for associate nations that don’t have much exposure to it.
The Netherlands will also want to better with the ball. There were too many run-scoring opportunities with the new and it took a special spell from Seelar and Rippon to spark a Nepali collapse.
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.
Nepal cam very close to being the seventh nation to win its inaugural ODI but fell short in the end. The batting was always going to be its weakness but even they would not have imagined such a steep collapse. From cruising at 85 for 1 to being 134 all out is a difficult pill to swallow.
It also shows that the top order batsmen who get in can never take it easy in teams like Nepal.
An excellent batting performance by Malla raises hopes that Nepal can do better this time around. Shah, Khadka, and Airee all got starts but failed to kick on. They can rectify that in the next game and give themselves a chance to even the series.
The injury to Veswakar hurt them in the chase as well and it looks like it could serious enough to make him miss the second ODI.
Paras Khadka cannot be expected to everything in this team but at the moment it is difficult to imagine a Nepali victory without him scoring runs as well.
The bowling performance by Nepal was very uplifting. Sompal Kami bowled well with the new ball and came back later in the inning to pick up more wickets while Paras Khadka and Sandeep Lamichhane were the pick of the spinners.
Nepal knows that the Netherlands is uncomfortable against spin and they can spark a collapse if they get a few early wickets. Improving on the last bowling performance will be tough but something that they will need to do considering the state of their own batting.
Gyanendra Malla, Anil Sah, Paras Khadka, Lalit Bhandari, Dipendra Singh Airee, Aarif Sheikh, Sompal Kami, Subash Khakurel, Rohit Kumar, Basant Regmi, Sandeep Lamichhane.
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Further good weather has been forecast in Amstelveen for this match. The pitch was decent for batting if a little slow. There was no extravagant spin to be had and the fast bowlers too did not get much-exaggerated movement. Perhaps the faster men will have more help if the conditions become a bit overcast.
A score of 250 should be considered par for the surface.
Nepal showed plenty of fight in the first match but it still has a long way to go. We are sticking with the hosts again.
Back the Netherlands to win.