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Nepal loses T20I Tri-Nation Series Final Against Netherlands

March 5, 2024
Nepal loses T20I Tri-Nation Series Final

Nepal faced disappointment on home soil as they failed to clinch the T20I tri-nation series title, losing to the Netherlands by 4 wickets in a closely contested final at TU Cricket Ground.

The Netherlands successfully chased down the target of 185 runs for victory with just 3 balls remaining in the match.

Michael Levitt led the charge for the Netherlands, completing his half-century with an impressive 54 runs off 29 balls, including 6 fours and 3 sixes. Sybrand Engelbrecht narrowly missed his half-century by 2 runs, contributing 48 runs in 29 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes. Max O’Dowd added 23 runs individually.

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Despite a commendable effort by Kushal Malla, who took 4 wickets for Nepal, the team fell short of securing a win.

Opting to bat after winning the toss, Nepal posted a total of 184 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. While the top-order batsmen showed promise, the lower-order struggled against the Netherlands bowlers, preventing Nepal from posting a substantial score.

Opener Kushal Bhurtel departed early at 23 runs in 3.3 overs. Captain Rohit Poudel contributed 25 runs in 19 balls, forming a crucial 59-run partnership with opener Aasif Sheikh for the third wicket. Aasif missed his half-century by 3 runs, scoring 1 four and 3 sixes in 37 balls. Gulsan Jha added 26 runs in 11 balls with 3 sixes, but the lower-order batsmen could not provide the necessary support.

Dipendra Singh Airee managed only 1 run, while Karan KC scored 9 runs, and Aarif Sheikh failed to open his account, resulting in Nepal losing the opportunity to post a formidable score.

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Yukesh Chaudhary

Yukesh Chaudhary is the CEO and Founder of Niriv, The parent company of The Ditible. He writes on sports news and trends, He has been writing sports news from 2021 and has been writing here.

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