Netherlands VS Nepal, T20 World Cup 2024 Match 7 – FULL SCORECARD, COMMENTARY, SQUAD

Netherlands beat Nepal by 6 wickets
02
nd Innings Netherlands
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Scott Edwards, the captain of Netherlands says that they got a bit of a read of the wicket and their bowlers used the conditions well to get a couple of wickets in the Powerplay. Credits his entire bowling unit and says that they were excellent throughout the innings. Mentions that ideally they would have wanted to chase it down quicker but the wicket was a bit tricky and Max played a crucial knock to take them home. Ends by saying that it is just about keeping consistency for them and they can challenge any team in the tournament.
Rohit Paudel, the skipper of Nepal says the conditions were challenging, they could have played a bit better with tbe bat, they lacked partership and it helped Netherlands to get back in the game. Adds he was trying to use the crease and disturb the Dutch bowler's length and it was working for him. Shares they bowled well but accepts that it could have been different had he would have taken the catch in the fag end of the innings. Ends by thanking the crowd who showed up and says, he feels like they were playing in Nepal.
Tim Pringle wins the Player of the Match award. He says that he tried to bowl at the stump and let the surface do it's job. Adds that giving flight is important for a spinner but you also have to vary your pace. Ends by saying that he is happy that they got the win.
…Presentation…
For Nepal, they were boosted with some amazing support right from the start but on the field, things didn't went as per planned. Nepal didn't got the partnership they were looking for with the bat. They struggled throughout and ended with a below-par total in the end. The bowlers didn't had much chance with such a low score to defend but they tried their best and scalped a couple of wickets however, were not helped by some disappoint fielding performance as they dropped a couple of chances and at times when if had they taken the catch, the game could have tilted in their favour.
Netherlands are up and running in the Group D! The victory though was well set up by their bowlers. It was a crucial toss to win for Scott Edwards who made a great decision to bowl first in overcast conditions. His bowlers were right upto the mark, just basic execution was needed as the pitch was assisting seamers and spinners equally. Tim Pringle took the opening wicket and ended with three eventully while Logan van Beek took two wickets in the final over to end with three wickets as well. With bat, Netherlands kept losing wickets reguarly but they needed someone to play the anchoring role and it was Max O'Dowd who put up his hand and scored a fine fifty to get his team over the line. Netherlands could have gone the hard way but they chose to be cautios right till the end to get the two points which is understanable knowing the pitch was helping the bowlers.
18.4
4
Abinash Bohara to Bas de Leede, FOUR! Bas de Leede finishes things off in fine fashion! Abinash Bohara serves this very full and around off, Bas de Leede strides out a bit and drills it past extra covers for a boundary. NETHERLANDS WIN BY 6 WICKETS!
18.3
1
Abinash Bohara to Max O'Dowd, Back of a length and on off, Max O'Dowd punches it through covers for one.
18.2
6
Abinash Bohara to Max O'Dowd, SIX! BANG! FIFTY FOR Max O'Dowd! A fantastic knock under huge amount of pressure and he will want to stay there till the end now. This one is fuller and on middle, Max O'Dowd goes down across and swipes it away, the ball flies to the fine leg fence and lands on the boundary cushions on the full for a maximum. The replay confirms the same and Netherlands are just one hit away from the win now.
18.1
4
Abinash Bohara to Max O'Dowd, FOUR! Pressure-releasing shot! Abinash Bohara hits the hard length, angling into leg, Max O'Dowd stays in his crease and whips it away towards the deep backward square leg fence for a boundary.
17.6
1
Sompal Kami to Max O'Dowd, Is this another chance? No, just short! Overpitched and on off, Max O'Dowd goes for the big shot again but slices it in the air, the ball lands just in front of the long off fielder. Six singles in the over then!
17.5
1
Sompal Kami to Bas de Leede, Overpitched and on off, Bas de Leede drills it to long off for one.
17.4
1
Sompal Kami to Max O'Dowd, Short of a length and around off, Max O'Dowd pulls it through mid-wicket for another run.
17.3
1
Sompal Kami to Bas de Leede, Pitched up and on off, Bas de Leede drives it towards long off for a run.
17.2
1
Sompal Kami to Max O'Dowd, DROPPED! Big moment in the game!  Fuller one and on off, Max O'Dowd tries to loft it away but mistimes it in the air towards long off, Rohit Paudel moves to his left, tries to reverse-cup it but fails to hold on to it. That was the chance to get the set batter out and get back in the game. That could be the game for Netherlands!
17.1
1
Sompal Kami to Bas de Leede, A dipping low full toss, on middle, Bas de Leede goes through his slog early and toe-ends it towards long on for a single.
16.6
1
Sagar Dhakal to Bas de Leede, Another short delivery, on off, Bas de Leede forces it to sweeper covers for one more.
16.5
Sagar Dhakal to Bas de Leede, Brilliant effort! Fires this one full, on middle, Bas de Leede drives it wide of the bowler, Sagar Dhakal dives to his left to get a hand to it as the ball rolls to extra covers. Another dot!
16.4
1
Sagar Dhakal to Max O'Dowd, Dragged down, outside off, turns away a bit, Max O'Dowd cuts it away to deep point for one.
16.3
1
Sagar Dhakal to Bas de Leede, Goes short again, on middle, Bas de Leede moves back and punches it through covers for a run.
16.2
Sagar Dhakal to Bas de Leede, Tossed up, full and on off, Bas de Leede drills it straight to point.
16.1
1
Sagar Dhakal to Max O'Dowd, Floated, short and outside off, Max O'Dowd backs away and stabs it out to covers for a single.
15.6
1
Abinash Bohara to Max O'Dowd, Pitched up, on middle, Max O'Dowd drills it to long on for one more. Netherlands needs 23 runs in 24 balls now!
15.5
1
Abinash Bohara to Bas de Leede, Abinash Bohara bangs this short and on middle, Bas de Leede goes for the pull but gets a top edge, Aasif Sheikh is standing up at the stumps, gets his gloves on it but it goes away towards fine leg. They cross. We cannot really say that was a chance there.
15.4
1
Abinash Bohara to Max O'Dowd, Back of a length and on off, Max O'Dowd punches it through covers for another run.
15.3
1
Abinash Bohara to Bas de Leede, On a length and on off, Bas de Leede guides it through point for a run.
Bas de Leede walks in.
15.2
W
Abinash Bohara to Scott Edwards, OUT! DRAGGED ON! Abinash Bohara strikes! Just what Nepal wanted at this point of time. This one is back of a length and on off, Scott Edwards makes room and tries to cut it away but is a bit late into his shot, the ball goes off the under-edge and rattles the stumps. It is game on here in Dallas!
15.1
1
Abinash Bohara to Max O'Dowd, Full and on middle, Max O'Dowd eases it to long on for a single.
14.6
1
Sagar Dhakal to Max O'Dowd, A single to end the over as Max O'Dowd works it to long off.
14.5
1
Sagar Dhakal to Scott Edwards, Overthrow! Full and on off, Edwards reverse sweep it to point. The fielder has a shy at the batter's end as Edwards was looking for a run but misses. Edwards do take one as the back up fielder was outside the ring.
14.4
Sagar Dhakal to Scott Edwards, Goes full now, outside off. Edwards steps across to sweep but misses it.
14.3
1
Sagar Dhakal to Max O'Dowd, Bowls it well outside off, Max O'Dowd cuts it to third man for one more now.
14.2
1
Sagar Dhakal to Scott Edwards, Touch short and outside off, Edwards cuts it through point for a single.
14.1
2
Sagar Dhakal to Scott Edwards, Fuller delivery, outside off, Edwards strokes it through covers for a couple of runs.
13.6
Sompal Kami to Max O'Dowd, Two runs and a wicket off the over. Outside off, Max O'Dowd slaps it to covers.
13.5
1
Sompal Kami to Scott Edwards, A length ball, outside off, Edwards hits it to mid off for a single.
13.4
Sompal Kami to Scott Edwards, This game is turning! Sompal Kami has stepped up. Scott Edwards though has taken it upstairs. Ohh, such a big deflection off the blade. Definitely, the decision will be overturned. A length ball on off, Edwards looks to punch but gets a thick inside edge onto the pads.
13.3
Sompal Kami to Scott Edwards, A yorker, shaping on the middle pole. Edwards does well to block it out.
13.2
1
Sompal Kami to Max O'Dowd, A length ball, outside off, Max O'Dowd taps it to third man for a single.
Scott Edwards is the next man in.
13.1
W
Sompal Kami to Max O'Dowd, OUT! RUN OUT! A wicket out of nowhere for Nepal! Can Nepal build on this or is it too late? A length ball on middle, Max O'Dowd punches it right back, Kami was falling over but he still somehow gets something on it, the ball brushes his palms and hits the stumps on the other side. Engelbrecht was backing a long way and was always difficult to turn and get back inside the crease. Easy decision.
Is that a run-out at the non-striker's end? It looked really close and we are going upstairs here. It is clear that Sompal Kami touched it on his follow-through and the replay shows that Sybrand Engelbrecht is short of his crease. Nepal gets another big breakthrough.
12.6
1
Sagar Dhakal to Max O'Dowd, Tidy from Dhakal! We could see him bowl out now. On middle, Max O'Dowd nudges it to deep mid-wicket for one.
12.5
Sagar Dhakal to Max O'Dowd, This is full and outside off, Max O'Dowd pushes it to cover.
12.4
1
Sagar Dhakal to Sybrand Engelbrecht, Bowls it full and on middle, Engelbrecht works it to long on for a single.
12.3
Sagar Dhakal to Sybrand Engelbrecht, Three dots in a row. Flat and outside off, extra bounce. Engelbrecht looks to cut but misses.
12.2
Sagar Dhakal to Sybrand Engelbrecht, Tossed up on middle, Engelbrecht prods and blocks.
12.1
Sagar Dhakal to Sybrand Engelbrecht, Tosses it up full and on off, Engelbrecht knocks it to cover.
11.6
1
Gulshan Jha to Sybrand Engelbrecht, 16 runs off the last two overs. Outside off, Engelbrecht cuts it through point for one.
11.5
Gulshan Jha to Sybrand Engelbrecht, A good-length ball, outside off, Engelbrecht punches well but straight to cover.
11.4
1
Gulshan Jha to Max O'Dowd, Fuller ball, outside off, Max O'Dowd plays it through covers for a single.
11.3
1
Gulshan Jha to Sybrand Engelbrecht, Too full and wide of off, Engelbrecht drives it to deep point for a single.
11.2
4
Gulshan Jha to Sybrand Engelbrecht, FOUR! Threads it through! Watch out for Sybrand Engelbrecht in this tournament. Fantastic player. Length and outside off. Engelbrecht punches it through covers for a boundary.
11.1
1
Gulshan Jha to Max O'Dowd, Tails in a full ball on middle, Max O'Dowd flicks it to long on for a single.
10.6
2
Sagar Dhakal to Sybrand Engelbrecht, 8 runs off the over. Fuller and on middle, Engelbrecht flicks it to deep mid-wicket and calls for two. Max O'Dowd runs to the danger end and makes the ground with a full-length dive.
10.5
1
Sagar Dhakal to Max O'Dowd, Tossed up on middle, Max O'Dowd eases it to long on for a single.
10.4
1
Sagar Dhakal to Sybrand Engelbrecht, A single now as Sybrand Engelbrecht works it to long on.
10.3
1
Sagar Dhakal to Max O'Dowd, A bit short and on middle, Max O'Dowd punches it to long on for a single.
10.2
4
Sagar Dhakal to Max O'Dowd, FOUR! Misfield and it costs four runs. Flatter and outside off. Max O'Dowd cuts it to the right of short third man who dives but lets it roll past his hands for a boundary.
10.1
Sagar Dhakal to Max O'Dowd, Tossed up on middle, Max O'Dowd tucks it to mid-wicket.
Drinks! Nepal are making Netherlands work hard! They have bowled well so far but they need wickets to put more pressure on the Dutch. Netherlands need another 55 runs which is gettable but Nepal know they are a couple of wickets away to pull things in their favour. Also, Sagar Dhakal will bowl after the break.
9.6
1
Abinash Bohara to Max O'Dowd, Another full delivery around off, Max O'Dowd drives it through covers for one more.
9.5
1
Abinash Bohara to Sybrand Engelbrecht, Overpitched and on middle, Sybrand Engelbrecht drills it down to long on for another run.
9.4
Abinash Bohara to Sybrand Engelbrecht, Pitched up and on off, Sybrand Engelbrecht pushes it straight to short covers.
9.3
1
Abinash Bohara to Max O'Dowd, On a length and on middle, Max O'Dowd works it to short fine leg for a quick one. 50 up for Netherlands!
9.2
2
Abinash Bohara to Max O'Dowd, Back of a length and around off, Max O'Dowd punches it nicely wide of sweeper covers for a brace.
9.1
1
Abinash Bohara to Sybrand Engelbrecht, Full and on off, Sybrand Engelbrecht drives it wide of extra covers, the fielder dives to his left and makes a half-stop. They cross.
8.6
1
Dipendra Singh Airee to Sybrand Engelbrecht, A bit short and around leg, Sybrand Engelbrecht moves back and nudges it through square leg for one.
8.5
Dipendra Singh Airee to Sybrand Engelbrecht, Quicker, full and on middle, Sybrand Engelbrecht tucks it to mid-wicket.
8.4
1
Dipendra Singh Airee to Max O'Dowd, Flatter, full and on middle, Max O'Dowd clips it through square leg for a run.
8.3
1
Dipendra Singh Airee to Sybrand Engelbrecht, Flighted, full and on middle, Sybrand Engelbrecht steps across and eases it to long on for a single.
Sybrand Engelbrecht walks to the middle.
8.2
W
Dipendra Singh Airee to Vikramjit Singh, OUT! PLUMB IN FRONT! Dipendra Singh Airee gets a huge breakthrough here! He floates this up, full and on middle, Vikramjit Singh goes down for the sweep but misses it completely and gets hit on the pads. There is a huge shout for LBW, and up goes the finger. No review from Vikramjit Singh and Netherlands lose their second wicket now.
8.1
2
Dipendra Singh Airee to Vikramjit Singh, Good effort in the deep! Tossed up, full and on off, Vikramjit Singh drives it hard and wide of deep point, the fielder covers a lot of ground to his left and makes a fine diving stop. Two runs taken!
7.6
Abinash Bohara to Max O'Dowd, On a length and on middle, Max O'Dowd blocks it out.
7.5
Abinash Bohara to Max O'Dowd, Short of a length and outside off, Max O'Dowd tries to cut it but misses.
7.4
1
Abinash Bohara to Vikramjit Singh, DROPPED! Nothing is going Nepal's way here! Fuller and on middle, Vikramjit Singh goes for the slog but mistimes, the ball goes miles in the air towards deep square leg, Sompal Kami runs to his right, tries to settle under it but spills it out in the end. The batters crosses for a run. Nepal needs to take every oppurtunity that arises here to stay in the game.
7.3
1
Abinash Bohara to Max O'Dowd, Run out chance…missed! On a length and on off, Max O'Dowd guides it towards point, Max O'Dowd calls for the run but his partner is a bit late to react, the fielder throws it at the bowler's end where Abinash Bohara collects and blindly throws it at the stumps but misses it. Huge chance goes begging!
7.2
1
Abinash Bohara to Vikramjit Singh, Back of a length and around leg, Vikramjit Singh tries to hook it away but misses, the ball lobs up off his pads towards square leg. A leg bye is taken.
7.1
1
Abinash Bohara to Max O'Dowd, Abinash Bohara begins with a full delivery, on middle, Max O'Dowd clips it through mid-wicket for a single.
6.6
Dipendra Singh Airee to Vikramjit Singh, Just short! The pressure nearly tells here! Dipendra Singh Airee lands this short again and around off, Vikramjit Singh tries the cut once more but slices it in the air towards short third man whre it just falls in front of the fielder.
6.5
Dipendra Singh Airee to Vikramjit Singh, Fires this one full, on middle, angling in, Vikramjit Singh pushes it back to the left of the bowler.
6.4
Dipendra Singh Airee to Vikramjit Singh, Quicker this time, short again and outside off, Vikramjit Singh tries to cut again but fails to connect.
6.3
Dipendra Singh Airee to Vikramjit Singh, Flatter, full and outside off, Vikramjit Singh makes room to cut it away but only manages to bunt it out towards point.
6.2
1
Dipendra Singh Airee to Max O'Dowd, Short again, on off, Max O'Dowd stays back and nudges it towards mid-wicket for a single.
6.1
Dipendra Singh Airee to Max O'Dowd, Dipendra Singh Airee starts with a floated delivery, short and on middle, turns in sharply, Max O'Dowd tucks to the leg side.
5.6
1
Karan KC to Max O'Dowd, Back of a length and on off, Max O'Dowd dabs it to cover-point for a run. Netherlands are 36/1 at the end of the Powerplay!
5.5
Karan KC to Max O'Dowd, Another full delivery, on off, Max O'Dowd knocks it to mid off.
5.4
4
Karan KC to Max O'Dowd, FOUR! Max O'Dowd takes a chance and it pays off here! Pitched up, on middle, Max O'Dowd looks to loft it over mid on, but gets an inside edge as the ball flies over mid-wicket for a boundary.
5.3
1
Karan KC to Vikramjit Singh, Karan KC comes around the wickets and serves this in the blockhole, on off, Vikramjit Singh tries to dig it out but gets a bottom edge to the leg side for a single.
5.2
Karan KC to Vikramjit Singh, Good fielding! A slower one, full and on off, Vikramjit Singh drives it firmly wide of extra covers, Dipendra Singh Airee dives to his right to make an excellent stop.
5.1
Karan KC to Vikramjit Singh, A low full toss around off, Vikramjit Singh drills it away straight to point. He misses out there as it was there to be put away.
4.6
1
Gulshan Jha to Vikramjit Singh, Fuller and on the pads. Singh tucks it to square leg for one more.
4.5
1
Gulshan Jha to Max O'Dowd, Just the one! Outside off, Max O'Dowd swings hard but mistimes it to mid off for a single.
4.5
1
Gulshan Jha to Max O'Dowd, How close was that to the off pole? A length ball, around off, steep bounce on this one. Max O'Dowd makes room to cut but misses. Won't had made the difference as Gulshan Jha has overstepped here. Free-hit next.
4.4
1
Gulshan Jha to Vikramjit Singh, Bowls it on the pads. Singh nudges it to square leg for a single.
Halt! It looks like Vikramjit Singh has damaged his bat a bit and asks for a replacement. He gets it and we are good to go again.
4.3
Gulshan Jha to Vikramjit Singh, A good-length ball,  outside off. Singh miscues his cut shot towards mid off. Asks for a new bat straightaway.
4.2
4
Gulshan Jha to Vikramjit Singh, FOUR! The left-handed batters loves to play this shot. On a length and outside off. Singh hangs on the back foot and punches it through covers for four runs.
4.1
1
Gulshan Jha to Max O'Dowd, Gulshan Jha bowls a length ball around off. Max O'Dowd gets on top of the bounce and plays it to short third man for one.
3.6
Sompal Kami to Vikramjit Singh, Stays low a bit! This is outside off and touch fuller, Singh looks to drive but misses it.
3.5
Sompal Kami to Vikramjit Singh, On a length and on off, Singh plays it back to the bowler.
3.4
4
Sompal Kami to Vikramjit Singh, FOUR! Intent from Singh now! Very full and on middle, Singh steps across and hits it through the line, not right off the middle but enough to get rid of the man at mid on. A boundary.
3.3
Sompal Kami to Vikramjit Singh, Short in length and outside off. Singh flashes his blade and misses.
3.2
1
Sompal Kami to Max O'Dowd, On a length and outside off, Max O'Dowd cuts it late to third man for a single.
3.1
4
Sompal Kami to Max O'Dowd, FOUR! Third boundary in last four balls. Touch fuller and on middle, Max O'Dowd flicks on the up and over mid-wicket for a boundary. This is a good passage of play for Netherlands.
2.6
Karan KC to Vikramjit Singh, Singh walks across, this is on a length and just outside off. Singh looks to heave but misses.
2.5
4
Karan KC to Vikramjit Singh, FOUR! Off the edge! Vikramjit Singh won't mind as the crowd once again goes in the silence mode. Shorter and outside off, Singh looks to cut but edges it over to third man for a boundary.
2.4
4
Karan KC to Vikramjit Singh, FOUR! Crunched! First one off the chase. Fuller delivery, outside off, Singh leans and drives it through mid off and it races away to the fence.
2.3
Karan KC to Vikramjit Singh, A length ball, outside off, Singh knocks it to point.
2.2
Karan KC to Vikramjit Singh, SWING AND A MISS! Short in length and outside off, angled across with some extra bounce on off. Vikramjit Singh looks to punch it but misses.
2.1
1
Karan KC to Max O'Dowd, A hard-length delivery on middle, Max O'Dowd punches, he mistimes it but the ball rolls to mid on for a single.
1.6
Sompal Kami to Vikramjit Singh, This is outstanding effort from Nepal! They'll make it hard for Netherlands who have to earn their worth against not just Nepal but a massive fan following behind them as well. On the middle, Singh looks to punch but bottom edges it to the keeper.
1.5
Sompal Kami to Vikramjit Singh, Kami bowls from around the wicket, on a length and on off. Singh drops it to point. Three dots now.
1.4
Sompal Kami to Vikramjit Singh, A length ball, just outside off. Singh punches it but finds mid off now.
1.3
Sompal Kami to Vikramjit Singh, A length ball on middle and off. Singh taps it to point. He wants a single but is sent back.
Vikramjit Singh walks out to bat at number 3.
1.2
W
Sompal Kami to Michael Levitt, OUT! GONE! The crowd goes absolutely nuts! Nepal fans have assembled and are pushing their team here. Short in length and wide of off, Michael Levitt throws the bat at it but fails to time well, top edges it to cover where Dipendra Singh Airee takes a dolly.
1.1
1
Sompal Kami to Max O'Dowd, Kami starts with a length ball, outside off. Max O'Dowd looks to push it away but slices it past first slip and to third man for one.
Sompal Kami to share the attack.
0.6
1
Karan KC to Max O'Dowd, Max O'Dowd is off the mark as well. A length ball on middle, Max O'Dowd nudges it to mid-wicket for a single.
0.5
Karan KC to Max O'Dowd, Targets the middle pole now, a yorker from Karan and Max O'Dowd does well to jam it out back to the bowler.
0.4
Karan KC to Max O'Dowd, Edged but falls short! Goes a touch fuller and around off, tails away this time. Max O'Dowd looks to punch but edges it to first slip who just grabs it on a bounce.
0.3
Karan KC to Max O'Dowd, BEATEN! A good-length delivery, outside off and shapes away. Max O'Dowd has a poke at it but misses.
0.2
1
Karan KC to Michael Levitt, Netherlands are off the mark! On a length and around off. Michael Levitt drops it to point for a quick single.
0.1
Karan KC to Michael Levitt, An appeal for LBW but maybe just going down. A length ball on middle, it lands and nips back in. Levitt is beaten as he looks to defend and gets hit on the pads.
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We are back for the chase! Nepal players are in a huddle discussing a few things and now they spread out to take their respective field positions. Max O'Dowd and Michael Levitt are the two openers for Netherlands. Karan KC to start proceedings with the ball. Here we go…
… THE RUN CHASE …
Nepal, on the other hand will be very disappointed with their batting effort. They just couldn't really get going and failed to build any sort of partnerships in the middle. They lost both the openers inside the Powerplay which put them on the back foot. Their skipper came in and fought a lone battle out there scoring a gritty 35. However, he kept losing partners at the other end and was dismissed trying to up the ant towards the end. Gulshan Jha and Karan KC added some crucial runs towards the end but, they had seven single-digit socre which tells the whole story. However, they have the crowd support and if they can make early inroads here, they can put pressure on Netherlands but it will need a lot from their bowlers. Join us in a bit for the second essay.
Logan van Beek, one of the top bowlers for Netherlands is up for a quick chat. He starts by saying they weren't sure if they were in Dallas or Nepal as he appreciates the support Nepal are getting. Adds they need to stick to the game plan now. Shares it was a great effort in the fielding department. Reckons he doesn't mind putting the pads on but he is positive that they'll chase it down.
A clinical bowling performance from Netherlands! The conditions suited their bowlers, and they took full advantage of that. Surprisingly, it was the spinner Pringle who got them the first breakthrough, and they never looked back since. The pacers were right on the money, never gave anything away, and also kept picking up wickets at regular intervals to keep the pressure on the batters. Their catching was exceptional and they took every chance that fell in front of them. Tim Pringle and Logan van Beek shared six wickets equally while Paul van Meekeren and Bas de Leede got a couple each as they restricted Nepal to a well below-par total here.
19.2
over
19.2 | Runs | HH: 106/10
19.2
W
Logan van Beek to Abinash Bohara, OUT! GONE! Logan van Beek ends with three wickets. Shorter and around off, Abinash Bohara with a wild swing across the line, it takes the slice of the bat and flies up. Logan van Beek does the rest as he doesn't move much. NEPAL END WITH 106 RUNS.
Abinash Bohara is the last man in.
19.1
W
Logan van Beek to Gulshan Jha, OUT! BOWLED! That's a peach of a delivery from Logan van Beek! He gets his second wicket. A scrambled seam delivery, full and on middle. Jha swings across the line but misses it completely and it crashes the stumps.
Logan van Beek to bowl the last over.
19
over
19 | 10 Runs | HH: 106/8
18.6
Bas de Leede to Sagar Dhakal, Bowls the off-cutter, fuller and on middle, Sagar Dhakal defends it out.
Sagar Dhakal comes out to the middle now.
18.5
W
Bas de Leede to Karan KC, OUT! TAKEN! Yet another sharp catch, this time from Kingma. Outside off on a length. Karan KC slashes but top edges it to third man. Vivian Kingma runs forward and to his left, slides and holds onto it. Really good catch.
18.4
6
Bas de Leede to Karan KC, SIX! Powered! Karan KC playing a fine cameo here. A length ball, outside off. Karan KC hammers it over long on and it goes for a six.
18.3
1
Bas de Leede to Gulshan Jha, Shorter and on the  hips. Jha pulls it behind square leg for a single. 100 up for Nepal.
18.2
1
Bas de Leede to Karan KC, Full and outside off, Karan KC works it through covers for a single.
18.1
2
Bas de Leede to Karan KC, A length ball, outside off, Karan KC swings and hits it over covers. Not off the middle and it falls safely across the man running from deep point. Two.
18
over
18 | 5 Runs | HH: 96/7
17.6
Paul van Meekeren to Gulshan Jha, Goes for the fuller-length delivery on middle, Jha looks to heave but inside edges it onto the pads.
17.6
1
Paul van Meekeren to Gulshan Jha, Wide! Bangs it short and on leg, Gulshan Jha looks to pull but misses. Wided.
17.5
1
Paul van Meekeren to Karan KC, QUICK SINGLE! A length ball on off and it seams in very late. Karan KC hangs back and drops it on the deck. Jha callls for a single and makes his end easily.
17.4
Paul van Meekeren to Karan KC, A length ball, outside off, Karan KC swings and misses.
17.3
1
Paul van Meekeren to Gulshan Jha, Jha was in! Fuller ball, outside off, Jha pushes it straight to point and calls for a single but is sent back. The fielder hits the target but the replay shows Gulshan Jha dragged his bat in. They do get an overthrow though.
17.2
1
Paul van Meekeren to Karan KC, One more run! Outside off, Karan KC steers it to third man for a single.
17.1
1
Paul van Meekeren to Gulshan Jha, A hard-length delivery, outside off, Jha knocks it to cover for a single.
Paul van Meekeren (3-0-14-2) to bowl out now.
17
over
17 | 7 Runs | HH: 91/7
16.6
Logan van Beek to Karan KC, Despite a maximum, just 7 runs off it. Full and outside off, Karan KC drives it to the man at point.
16.5
Logan van Beek to Karan KC, Logan van Beek bowls it full and outside off, Karan KC pushes it to point.
16.4
Logan van Beek to Karan KC, On a length and outside off, Karan KC half-heartedly looks to push at it but misses.
16.3
6
Logan van Beek to Karan KC, SIX! That was a hit-me ball! Short in length but tailing on the hips. Karan KC goes back and pulls it over fine leg and it goes all the way.
16.2
Logan van Beek to Karan KC, A good-length ball, around off. Karan KC hops and blocks.
16.1
1
Logan van Beek to Gulshan Jha, TAP AND RUN! A length ball on off. Jha drops it to point for a quick single.
Karan KC walks out to bat now.
16
over
16 | 9 Runs | HH: 84/7
15.6
W
Tim Pringle to Rohit Paudel, OUT! TAKEN! A crucial wicket at a crucial time. Rohit Paudel goes! Tossed up, around off and spins away. Rohit Paudel tries to loft it but doesn not power it much. Max O'Dowd at long off rushes forward, dives and takes a wonderful catch. Netherlands have been so good on the field.
15.5
Tim Pringle to Rohit Paudel, Floats it full and wide of off. Rohit Paudel looks to sweep it but misses.
15.4
1
Tim Pringle to Gulshan Jha, Flatter and outside off, Jha slaps it to deep cover for a single.
15.3
6
Tim Pringle to Gulshan Jha, SIX! The crowd gets their voice back! A biggie for the occassion! Tossed up, around off, Khan slog-sweeps it hard and over long on for a maximum.
15.2
1
Tim Pringle to Rohit Paudel, Just one! This is full and outside off, Rohit Paudel slogs it down to long on and gets to the other end.
15.1
1
Tim Pringle to Gulshan Jha, Tossed up on middle, Jha drills it to long on for a single.
15
over
15 | 7 Runs | HH: 75/6
14.6
1
Bas de Leede to Gulshan Jha, A low full toss, on leg, Gulshan Jha tucks it away to deep mid-wicket for one.
14.5
Bas de Leede to Gulshan Jha, Run out chance…missed! Pitches it up, on leg, angling in, Gulshan Jha tries to slog it away but misses, the ball goes off his pads towards point, he sets off for the run without seen the ball, Sybrand Engelbrecht picks up and has a shy at the batter's end but misses, Jha is still roaming outside the crease, the back-up fielder also misses the stumps. Lack of awareness from Jha but he is safe for now!
14.5
1
Bas de Leede to Gulshan Jha, Goes for the bouncer but this one is down the leg side, Gulshan Jha looks to hook it away but misses. It is called a wide.
14.4
Bas de Leede to Gulshan Jha, Slower one, on a length and on off, Gulshan Jha dabs it to point.
14.3
1
Bas de Leede to Rohit Paudel, Short of a length, on middle, Rohit Paudel pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
14.2
Bas de Leede to Rohit Paudel, Back of a length and on off, keeps low again, Rohit Paudel tries to steer it away but misses.
14.1
4
Bas de Leede to Rohit Paudel, FOUR! Excellent shot! Bas de Leede goes fullr and outside of, Rohit Paudel uses his feet to make some room, frees his arms and squeezes it towards the deep point fence for a boundary.
14
over
14 | 3 Runs | HH: 68/6
13.6
1
Paul van Meekeren to Rohit Paudel, Uppish but safe! Fuller and on off, Rohit Paudel looks to work it away but gets a leading edge, the ball goes safely through point for one.
13.5
1
Paul van Meekeren to Gulshan Jha, Back of a length and around leg, Gulshan Jha gets cramped up and nudges it with one hand wide of the keeper. They cross.
13.4
Paul van Meekeren to Gulshan Jha, Goes fuller, on leg, Gulshan Jha tries to flick it away but misses and gets hit on the pads.
13.3
Paul van Meekeren to Gulshan Jha, Another beauty! Fuller one and just around off, shaping away, Gulshan Jha tries to play at it but gets beaten on the outside edge.
Gulshan Jha walks to the middle.
13.2
W
Paul van Meekeren to Sompal Kami, OUT! BOWLED'EM! A ripper from Paul van Meekeren! He lands this on a good length and around off, nips back in sharply off the surface, Sompal Kami gets stuck in his crease and without any footwork tries to guide it away leaving a huge gap between bat and pad, the ball goes through that and rattles the stumps. Kami goes without troubling the scorers and Nepal are six down now!
13.1
1
Paul van Meekeren to Rohit Paudel, Fuller one and on the pads, Rohit Paudel tucks it away through square leg for a single.
13
over
13 | 9 Runs | HH: 65/5
12.6
Logan van Beek to Sompal Kami, On a length and on off, Sompal Kami steers it to point.
12.5
1
Logan van Beek to Rohit Paudel, Short of a length and on middle, Rohit Paudel pulls it away to deep square leg for a single.
12.4
4
Logan van Beek to Rohit Paudel, FOUR! Nicely played! This one is full and around off, Rohit Paudel uses his feet, throws his bat at it and slashes it over point for another boundary.
12.3
Logan van Beek to Rohit Paudel, Signs of uneven bounce here! Logan van Beek hits the length hard this time, on off, takes off viciously and nips away too, Rohit Paudel gets surprsied by it as the ball goes past him to the keeper.
12.2
Logan van Beek to Rohit Paudel, Back of a length and around off, keeps low, Rohit Paudel tries to cut it away bu misses.
12.1
4
Logan van Beek to Rohit Paudel, FOUR! A welcome boundary for Nepal! Logan van Beek lands this on a hard length but down the leg side, begging to be put away, Rohit Paudel glances it as the ball goes just wide of the diving Scott Edwards behind the stumps to the fine leg fence for four runs.
12
over
12 | 3 Runs | HH: 56/5
11.6
Tim Pringle to Sompal Kami, Flatter, full and on middle, Sompal Kami stays back and keeps it out to the off side. Just three runs off the over then!
11.5
1
Tim Pringle to Rohit Paudel, Quicker, shortish and on off, turns away, Rohit Paudel goes down and swipes it through square leg for one.
11.4
Tim Pringle to Rohit Paudel, Flighted, full and on middle, Rohit Paudel mistimes his drive off the bottom edge back towards the bowler.
11.3
Tim Pringle to Rohit Paudel, Tossed up, full and on middle, Rohit Paudel makes room and pushes it to short covers.
11.2
2
Tim Pringle to Rohit Paudel, Floated, full and on middle, Rohit Paudel goes down and paddles it past short fine leg for a brace.
11.1
Tim Pringle to Rohit Paudel, Slower through the air, full and on off, turns away, Rohit Paudel tries to cut it away but slices it on the boune towards short third man who makes a good dving stop.
11
over
11 | Runs | HH: 53/5
10.6
Bas de Leede to Sompal Kami, Would you believe it? A maiden-wicket over this deep in the innings. Bas de Leede goes fuller this time, on off, swings away, Sompal Kami tries to drive but misses but fails to connect.
10.5
Bas de Leede to Sompal Kami, Short of a length and outside off, Sompal Kami tries to cut it away but misses.
Sompal Kami comes in next.
10.4
W
Bas de Leede to Dipendra Singh Airee, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Bas de Leede strikes now! The pressure was buidling and Dipendra Singh Airee has to walk back now. de Leede hits the good length this time, on middle, angles in and then nips away a bit, Dipendra Singh Airee gets squared up trying to block, gets a thick outside edge straight to first slip where Logan van Beek makes no mistake. Nepal loses half their side now!
10.3
Bas de Leede to Dipendra Singh Airee, Back of a length and on middle and off, nips away again, Dipendra Singh Airee has a poke at it but misses it completely.
10.2
Bas de Leede to Dipendra Singh Airee, Fuller one and on middle, Dipendra Singh Airee tucks it straight to short mid-wicket, Paudel wants the run but is sent back, the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end. A direct hit and it would have been really close!
10.1
Bas de Leede to Dipendra Singh Airee, BEATEN! This is on a hard length and just around off, Dipendra Singh Airee tries to play at it without much footwork and gets beaten on the outside edge.
Drinks! Nepal are in a tough spot at the moment and a lot of will depend on this partnership between Rohit Paudel and Dipendra Singh Airee as they have to make sure not to lose wickets and also keep scoring at a good rate. Netherlands will feel that they have good control and a couple of wickets here and they can restrict their opponets to a very low score here.
10
over
10 | 7 Runs | HH: 53/4
9.6
1
Paul van Meekeren to Dipendra Singh Airee, Bangs it short and on middle, Dipendra Singh Airee pulls it to deep square leg for one.
9.5
Paul van Meekeren to Dipendra Singh Airee, Paul van Meekeren bowls a nip-backer, length and on off, Dipendra Singh Airee blocks it out.
Dipendra Singh Airee is the next man in.
9.4
W
Paul van Meekeren to Kushal Malla, OUT! TAKEN! Massive, massive wicket! Tell you what, Malla could have been very dangerous but goes cheaply this time! Smart from Paul van Meekeren as he rolls his fingers on it, this is full and on middle, Malla tries the lofted shot again but toe ends it and Max O'Dowd at mid off takes a simple catch.
9.3
1
Paul van Meekeren to Rohit Paudel, Rohit Paudel hangs in there as he keeps rotating the strike. Outside off, this is guided to third man for a single.
9.2
1
Paul van Meekeren to Kushal Malla, Short in length and on middle, Malla pulls it behind square on the leg side for a single.
9.1
4
Paul van Meekeren to Kushal Malla, FOUR! Superb shot! Welcome boundary! Pitched up, outside off. Malla leans into his lofted shot and hits it over mid off for a boundary. 50 up for Nepal.
9
over
9 | 5 Runs | HH: 46/3
8.6
1
Bas de Leede to Kushal Malla, A length ball, outside off, Malla plays it to deep point for a single. 5 runs off the over.
8.5
Bas de Leede to Kushal Malla, That was some delivery! A bumper on middle, well-directed and Malla ducks under it. Scott Edwards collects but a bit awkwardly. There is plenty in the pitch for the bowlers.
8.4
1
Bas de Leede to Rohit Paudel, Very full and outside off, Rohit Paudel works it to third man for a single.
8.3
1
Bas de Leede to Kushal Malla, Spliced away! Angles a length ball across Malla, outside off. Malla looks to punch it away but edges it past slip and to third man for one.
8.2
1
Bas de Leede to Rohit Paudel, A length ball, outside off, Rohit Paudel hits it to deep point for a single.
8.1
1
Bas de Leede to Kushal Malla, Bowls it full and on middle, Malla works it to mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
Bas de Leede replaces Vivian Kingma.
8
over
8 | 3 Runs | HH: 41/3
7.6
1
Tim Pringle to Kushal Malla, Quick single and Malla is underway. Full and on middle, Malla tucks it to square leg for a single. A successful over for Netherlands.
7.5
Tim Pringle to Kushal Malla, This is full and around off, Malla prods and blocks it out.
Kushal Malla comes out to the middle now.
7.4
W
Tim Pringle to Anil Sah, OUT! GONE! Tim Pringle roars as he gets his second wicket. Nepal in trouble now. Pringle flights it full and around off. Anil Sah goes for the slog-sweep but some extra bounce takes the top edge and flies to deep square leg where Logan van Beek runs in and takes it safely.
7.3
1
Tim Pringle to Rohit Paudel, On middle, fuller, Rohit Paudel makes room and strokes it to long off for a single.
7.2
Tim Pringle to Rohit Paudel, JUST SHORT! Tim Pringle gives a bit of flight, full and outside off and spins away. Rohit Paudel looks to drive but edges it to point where the fielder dives forward and picks on a bounce.
7.1
1
Tim Pringle to Anil Sah, Fuller delivery, outside off, spins away. Sah cuts it through covers for a single.
7
over
7 | 9 Runs | HH: 38/2
6.6
Vivian Kingma to Rohit Paudel, Vivian Kingma ends his spell with a dot ball. A length ball, angling on middle, Rohit Paudel looks to flick but gets a soft leading edge back to the bowler.
6.6
1
Vivian Kingma to Rohit Paudel, Wide! For the first time we see a short ball but this is well above Rohit Paudel's head. Wided.
6.5
1
Vivian Kingma to Anil Sah, Length ball, outside off. Sah dabs it to third man for a single..
6.4
Vivian Kingma to Anil Sah, Keeps it full and outside off, Sah knocks it straight to cover.
6.3
1
Vivian Kingma to Rohit Paudel, Too full and on middle, Rohit Paudel eases it to long on for a single.
6.2
4
Vivian Kingma to Rohit Paudel, FOUR! It's very important for Nepal to buy boundaries regularly. A length ball, outside off. Rohit Paudel comes down and makes a bit of room, slashes it over covers for a boundary.
6.1
1
Vivian Kingma to Anil Sah, Sliced over for one. A length ball, outside off, Sah punches on the up but splices it to sweeper cover for a single.
6.1
1
Vivian Kingma to Anil Sah, Wide! Too much movement this time. Full and outside off, swings away. Sah looks to drive but misses it.
6
over
6 | 4 Runs | HH: 29/2
5.6
Paul van Meekeren to Rohit Paudel, Brilliant stuff from Paul van Meekeren to end the over. This is full and outside off, shapes in now. Rohit Paudel looks to drive but misses again. Nepal are 29/2 at the end of the Powerplay.
5.5
Paul van Meekeren to Rohit Paudel, Three dots in a row. Short in length and outside off. Rohit Paudel slashes his blade and misses.
5.4
Paul van Meekeren to Rohit Paudel, Very full and outside off, seams away. Rohit Paudel pushes it to cover.
5.3
Paul van Meekeren to Rohit Paudel, That is an absolute beauty but might have just brushed the pads there! Short of a length and on middle, seams in. Rohit Paudel hops to tuck it away but gets hit on the thigh guard region. It rolls to the keeper and an appeal follows but Scott Edwards knew it.
5.2
4
Paul van Meekeren to Rohit Paudel, FOUR! Good shot! Goes full again but this is slanted just on the leg side. Rohit Paudel says thank you as he flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
5.1
Paul van Meekeren to Rohit Paudel, Goes for the yorker-length delivery and bowls it on off. Rohit Paudel does well to dig it out on time.
5
over
5 | 4 Runs | HH: 25/2
4.6
Vivian Kingma to Anil Sah, Close again! Vivian Kingma goes full again, on off, gets it to nip back in sharply, Anil Sah has a wild swing across the line but misses, the ball just goes past the off-pole. Anil Sah is living dangerously here!
4.5
4
Vivian Kingma to Anil Sah, EDGED AND FOUR! Pitched up and around off, Anil Sah tries to slog it across the line but gets an outside edge that just flies over first slip for a boundary.
4.4
Vivian Kingma to Anil Sah, On a length and on off, Anil Sah pushes it to covers.
4.3
Vivian Kingma to Anil Sah, Oh..so close! Back of a length and on middle, nips away a shy bit, Anil Sah stays back and tries to guide it away but misses as the ball goes inches past the outside edge. Vivian Kingma is using the conditions well here!
4.2
Vivian Kingma to Anil Sah, Fuller one and on off, Anil Sah uses his feet, reaches for it and squeezes it to short third man.
4.1
Vivian Kingma to Anil Sah, Good-length delivery around off, shaping away a long way, Anil Sah has a poke at it but gets beaten on the outside edge.
4
over
4 | 6 Runs | HH: 21/2
3.6
4
Logan van Beek to Rohit Paudel, FOUR LEG BYES! On a length and angling down the leg side, Rohit Paudel misses his flick, the ball goes off his pads and rolls past the keeper to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
3.5
Logan van Beek to Rohit Paudel, Another massive appeal for LBW, and up goes the finger again! However, Rohit Paudel takes the review instantly. Logan van Beek continues with his fuller length, on middle, swings back in this time, Rohit Paudel steps across to flick it away but looks like he misses and gets hit on the pads. However, UltraEdge confirms that the ball hit the splice of the bat and the on-field call is changed. Good review from Nepal!
3.4
Logan van Beek to Rohit Paudel, Absolute beauty! He goes full again and on the fifth stump line, gets it to move away from the right-hander, Rohit Paudel looks to drive but gets beaten on the outside edge.
3.3
Logan van Beek to Rohit Paudel, Pitched up, on middle, Rohit Paudel knocks it towards mid on.
3.2
2
Logan van Beek to Rohit Paudel, Full and shaping into the pads, Rohit Paudel flicks it away nicely wide of deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
Rohit Paudel is the new man in.
3.1
W
Logan van Beek to Kushal Bhurtel, OUT! LBW! Dream start for Logan van Beek! He gets a wicket with his very first delivery of the match. This one is on a good length and just around off, nips back in sharply off the surface, Kushal Bhurtel stays back in his crease and tries to heave it across the line, but gets beaten by the huge inward movement and the ball thumps him on the pads right in front of the stumps. There is a huge shout for LBW and the finger goes up straightaway. Bhurtel has a chat but decides to walk off and that is the correct decision as this was plumb. Nepal loses both their openers now!
Logan van Beek is into the attack now.
3
over
3 | 5 Runs | HH: 15/1
2.6
4
Vivian Kingma to Anil Sah, FOUR! Lovely shot! Vivian Kingma goes a bit too full this time, on the fifth stump line, Anil Sah leans on to his drive nicely and carasses it through covers for a boundary to get off the mark.
2.5
1
Vivian Kingma to Kushal Bhurtel, Pitches it up, on middle, nips back in this time, Kushal Bhurtel looks to flick it away but gets an inside edge towards square leg for a single. That saves him there or else it was plumb!
2.4
Vivian Kingma to Kushal Bhurtel, Excellent bowling! This is on a hard length, on middle, Kushal Bhurtel tries to work it away but gets a leading edge along the ground to point. Four dots now!
2.3
Vivian Kingma to Kushal Bhurtel, Swing and a miss! Fullish and outside off, shapes away a lot, Kushal Bhurtel uses his feet to loft it away but gets nowhere near the ball and misses it by a mile.
2.2
Vivian Kingma to Kushal Bhurtel, BEAUTY! Vivian Kingma serves this a bit fuller and in that channel outside off, swings away sharply, Kushal Bhurtel goes for the drive but misses as the ball zips past the outside edge.
2.1
Vivian Kingma to Kushal Bhurtel, Back of a length and around off, shaping away, Kushal Bhurtel leaves it alone.
Anil Sah walks to the middle.
2
over
2 | 5 Runs | HH: 10/1
1.6
W
Tim Pringle to Aasif Sheikh, OUT! TAKEN! Tim Pringle draws first blood and the crowd here goes absolutely silent! This one is pushed through a bit quicker, short and on middle, turns away a shy bit, Aasif Sheikh makes room and tries to cut it away, but the ball gets big on him and takes the outside edge, it loops straight towards short third man where Vivian Kingma takes a dolly. Early blow for Nepal!
1.5
Tim Pringle to Aasif Sheikh, Slows it up a bit now, full and on middle, Aasif Sheikh pushes it to short covers. Three dots in a row now!
1.4
Tim Pringle to Aasif Sheikh, Quicker one this time, full and outside off, goes with the arm, Aasif Sheikh backs away to drive it away but misses again.
1.3
Tim Pringle to Aasif Sheikh, Flighted, full and around off, turns away, Aasif Sheikh slahses at it but misses.
1.2
1
Tim Pringle to Kushal Bhurtel, Floated, full and on off, Kushal Bhurtel goes down and sweeps it to deep square leg for a single.
1.1
4
Tim Pringle to Kushal Bhurtel, FOUR! Kushal Bhurtel greets Tim Pringle with a boundary! Tossed up, full and around off, Kushal Bhurtel takes a big stride forward and creams it through covers for four runs.
Tim Pringle to bowl from the other end.
1
over
1 | 5 Runs | HH: 5/0
0.6
4
Vivian Kingma to Aasif Sheikh, FOUR! Aasif Sheikh gets off the mark in fine fashion! Overpitched and on off, Aasif Sheikh presents the full face of the bat, times his straight drive to perfection past the bowler towards the long off fence for the first boundary of the game. 5 runs off the first over then!
0.5
Vivian Kingma to Aasif Sheikh, Pulls his length back a bit, outside off, shapes away but keeps a bit low this time, Aasif Sheikh looks to cut it away but the ball goes under his bat and to the keeper.
0.4
Vivian Kingma to Aasif Sheikh, Vivian Kingma is getting a lot of movement here! He continues with the fuller length, outside off, swinging further away, Aasif Sheikh throws his bat at it but fails to connect.
0.3
Vivian Kingma to Aasif Sheikh, Pitched up and on off, shaping away again, Aasif Sheikh drives it firmly but straight to short covers.
0.2
1
Vivian Kingma to Kushal Bhurtel, A massive cheer as Nepal gets underway! This is on a good length and on off, angling in, Kushal Bhurtel steps across and tucks it to the leg side for a single.
0.1
Vivian Kingma to Kushal Bhurtel, BEATEN! Vivian Kingma starts with a full delivery, gets it to shape away a long way, Kushal Bhurtel goes for the big drive but gets beaten on the outside edge.
It's dark, it's gloomy but that's above the ground. The Grand Prairie Stadium is packed and mostly dominated to support the team from Asia. For the first time we will get a close-eye view of much-talked Nepal Team. The players out in the middle. Aasif Sheikh and Kushal Bhurtel to open for Nepal. Vivian Kingma to bowl first…
We are all set for action. Opening match for both these teams that means we will have the national anthems first. It will be the national anthem of Nepal's first followed by of Netherlands'.
Pitch Report – Natalie Germanos says the game is going to be played on pitch number 6, one of the square boundaries is on the shorter side while 73 straight hit. Ramiz Raja joins him and says there is a green grass covering on it, Test match lines could help the bowlers, however, a lot of runs could be scored on this ground. Ends by saying there is green tinge and the pitch looks abrasive,
Rohit Paudel, the captain of Nepal says that it is a big occasion for all of them as they are playing in the T20 World Cup after 10 years and it s a dream come true for them. Adds that he is happy to be leading the side and they will take one game at a time. Ends by saying that toss will not be a big factor if you can play good cricket.
Scott Edwards, the skipper of Netherlands. He says they will bowl first keeping in mind the conditions around. Adds their first goal is to reach the next ground. Shares they have played many games against each other and it is all about preparation.
Nepal (Playing XI) – Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh (WK), Anil Sah, Rohit Paudel (C), Kushal Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Gulshan Jha, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Abinash Bohara, Sagar Dhakal.
Netherlands (Playing XI) – Michael Levitt, Max O'Dowd, Vikramjit Singh, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards (C/WK), Teja Nidamanuru, Logan van Beek, Tim Pringle, Paul van Meekeren, Vivian Kingma.
TOSS – Netherlands have won the toss and elected to BOWL first.
UPDATE – 8.41 pm IST (3.11 GMT) – The official word is that if there is no more rain we will have the toss at 9 pm IST (3.30 pm GMT) and the match will begin at 9.30 pm IST (4 pm GMT). Grab a cup of coffee and come back to catch all the action.
UPDATE – 8.37 pm IST (3.07 pm GMT) – The news from the middle is that the toss has been delayed. There has been a lot of rain around earlier and the ground staff have done great work to get the round ready for the game. The good news is there is no rain at the moment and we should get good cricket action in a short while.
Nepal might be a bit under the weather, but they're still a team to watch out for. Their batting can be explosive, and young guns like Rohit Paudel and Kushal Malla, the team's rock, will be crucial. Don't forget Dipendra Singh Airee, who can light up the scoreboard in a flash as he holds the record of the fastest T20I fifty. Their bowling attack is a solid one, especially Karan KC and the death-overs ace Abinash Bohara. Who will open their account in this crucial encounter in the World Cup? We will find out soon. Toss and team news in a bit.  
The Netherlands have shown some inconsistency in recent times, but their victory over Sri Lanka in the warm-up match demonstrates that they can pose a threat to any team in this tournament. Sybrand Engelbrecht was a standout performer for the Netherlands in the recent tri-nation series involving Nepal, scoring over 150 runs and taking multiple wickets. Max O'Dowd and Michael Levitt will be key batters to watch, both of whom are in excellent form. The bowling attack will be spearheaded by the duo of Logan van Beek and Paul van Meekeren, supported by a variety of other options that could prove effective in these conditions.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of Match 7 in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Netherlands will be taking on Nepal at the stunning Grand Prairie Stadium. This match marks the tournament opener for both sides, and with each team eager to kick off their campaign on a high note, we can anticipate a thrilling contest.
… MATCH DAY …
The ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 is up and rocking across the US and the Caribbean, and it's time for Match number 7 of the league stage! The Dutch lads are all pumped up and ready to kick off their World Cup journey as they gear up to take on Nepal at the Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium in Dallas. The Netherlands are definitely pumped up after securing a win and are brimming with confidence following their victory over Sri Lanka in the warm-up match. Labeling it an upset would be underestimating the Dutch squad, as they've proven their ability to surprise big opponents against the odds on multiple occasions. The Dutch brigade will be marshaled by their dynamic skipper Scott Edwards, who leads from the front as a wicket-keeper batter. But he's got some serious firepower backing him up with the bat. The hard-hitting Michael Levitt and the experienced campaigner Max O'Dowd will be holding fort at the top of the order along with Vikramjit Singh. These two openers were in terrific nick during the warm-ups and will be aiming to carry that rich vein of form into the main event as well. The Dutch have a solid all-round core as well. Guys like Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Saqib Zulfiqar, Sybrand Engelbrecht, and Logan van Beek can seriously hurt any opposition with both bat and ball. Their bowling lineup is solid, featuring pacers like Paul van Meekeren, who can also deliver some powerful hits. The spin department is covered by Aryan Dutt and Tim Pringle, with Zulfiqar adding depth. Plus, they have several other pace options, giving them a lot of flexibility and luxury. Speaking of their opponents, Nepal, they faced a humbling defeat against Canada in their warm-up match. Their top order did a decent job but the middle order strangled badly and would aim to correct those errors with an aim to win their opener. Despite the loss, Nepal's top order looks strong with in-form players like Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh, along with Anil Sah and Kushal Malla. Skipper Rohit Paudel as an batting all-rounder will spearhead the middle order with Karan KC who have a decent experience. Sagar Dhakal and Lalit Rajbanshi make their spin department while Gulshan Jha, Kamal Singh, and Abinash Bohara will be their frontline pacers. With both teams posing a good number of all-rounder options at helm, this contest promises to be a nail-biting one. The Netherlands will definitely fancy their chances of piling on the misery of Nepal as they have a slight edge over their opponents in head-to-heads, whereas the subcontinental boys will aim to quickly put that blip behind them and start fresh in the main competition with on a positive note. Who do you think will win this clash?