Nepal falls to Netherlands in ICC T20 World Cup 2024 opener

DALLAS, TEXAS - JUNE 04: Sompal Kami of Nepal drops a catch during the ICC Men's T20 Cricket World Cup West Indies & USA 2024 match between Netherlands and Nepal at Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium on June 04, 2024 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Matt Roberts-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Kathmandu: In their first group match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, Nepal suffered a defeat to the Netherlands by 6 wickets.

The Netherlands successfully chased Nepal’s target of 107 runs, finishing at 108/4 in 18.4 overs. Opener Max O’Dowd led the scoring for the Netherlands with an unbeaten 54 runs off 48 balls, including 4 fours and 1 six. Contributions also came from Vikramjit Singh with 22 runs, Sybrand Engelbrecht with 14, and Bas de Leede, who remained not out with 11 runs.

Nepal’s bowlers Sompal Kami, Dipendra Singh Airee, and Abhinash Bohara each took a wicket.

Earlier in the match, Nepal, having lost the toss and been put in to bat first at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, managed to score 106 runs before being bowled out in 19.2 overs.

Playing in their second T20 World Cup after a decade, Nepal aimed for a strong start but struggled against the Netherlands’ robust bowling attack. Captain Rohit Paudel top-scored for Nepal with 35 runs off 37 balls, hitting 5 fours. Only four Nepalese players reached double figures. Rohit attempted to anchor the innings but lacked support from the other end.

In the lower order, Karan KC scored a quick 17 runs off 12 balls, including 2 sixes. Gulsan Jha hit a six in his 14-ball innings, scoring 11 runs, and Anil Shah added 11 runs off 12 balls with 2 fours.

Sompal Kami, a veteran of Nepal’s second T20 World Cup, was dismissed for a duck, while Abhinash Bohara, the last wicket to fall, also failed to score.

For the Netherlands, Tim Pringle and Logan Van Beek claimed 3 wickets each, while Paul Van Meekeren and Bas de Leede took 2 wickets apiece to dismantle the Nepalese batting lineup.

This match marked the first outing for both teams in Group D of the competition, which also includes Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and South Africa.