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Surprisingly, Nepal defeats the Netherlands.

Surprisingly, Nepal defeats the Netherlands.

The Netherlands men’s cricket team was defeated by a significant margin in their opening World Cup qualifier against the host nation in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Netherlands, batting first, could only muster 137 all out in 39 overs. Within 15.2 overs, a surprisingly formidable Nepal team eclipsed that total.

The toss was won by Nepal. Michael Levitt was caught at third man right away, so his debut was not one to remember. There was a miscommunication between Max O’Dowd (run out) and Sybrand Engelbrecht.

Bas de Leede (27) and Engelbrecht (ct slip for 23) shared a partnership of 38 runs for the third wicket while playing cautiously. Although there didn’t appear to be a guy overboard on 97/4, Noah Croes’ bizarre runout signaled the beginning of the end. After Barresi reverse-swept his second ball, Aryan Dutt temporarily provided support to Edwards (33) but ultimately fell victim to an elephant’s trap when the latter hit a long hop into the clutches of a deep square leg. Bhurtel Kushal scored 4–20.

Nepal Innings

It was surprising that Bhurtel, who has a solid reputation, could score the necessary 2.8 runs per over with singles. He attacked offspinner Dutt from the first ball; the score was 26/0/2. But when Bhurtel witnessed a leading edge land up in Bas de Leede’s hands, Viv Kingma had the final say (36/1).

When Noah Croes mishandled a catching opportunity at the 45-degree angle in the fifth over, Kingma had gained a second wicket (with Sheikh on 19).

Nepal batted freely and adhered to their aggressive strategy with success. The Dutch had to endure terrible scores of 76/1/7 and 100/1/10. Van der Merwe’s spinners Shariz Ahmad and Aryan Dutt, who also failed to change the tide of the SA20 final,Nepal completed the task in an only 15.2 overs, thanks to outstanding half centuries from Sheikh and Sah.

The possibility of competing in the 2027 World Cup is provided by WCL 2.

The World Cricket League 2 is the competition in which the Netherlands are now competing in Nepal. The Netherlands will participate in a lot of one-day matches (ODIs) between 2024 and 2027. The top nations will have the opportunity to compete in a global qualifier in 2027, with the goal of going to the ICC Cricket World Cup that year. The Netherlands has participated in five previous editions of this 50-over World Cup, winning its most recent match against Bangladesh and South Africa in November 2023.

Furthermore, in June 2024, there will be a different T20 World Cup. The Netherlands’ strong performance at the most previous T20 World Cup in 2022 earned them a spot at this tournament.

 

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