Nepal makes his­tory in ODI cricket

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Nepali cricket team that made a his­tory by play­ing the first ODI with a win against the Nether­land re­turned home from Lon­don on Mon­day. It was the first time that the Nepali team not only played the ODI but also pro­duced a win and re­turned home draw­ing the se­ries with the Nether­land. Both the teams had won one game each. Now the team will par­tic­i­pate in the ACC Asia Cup that will be­gin in Malaysia from Au­gust 27. Nepal de­feated the Nether­lands by one run off the last ball on Fri­day to record their first ever one­day in­ter­na­tional vic­tory. Chas­ing 217 to win, the Dutch were com­fort­ably placed at 114-2 at one stage, be­fore los­ing their next seven wick­ets for 71. Fi­nal pair Paul van Meek­eren (12) and Fred Klaassen (13) stead­ied the ship to leave the home side need­ing six off the last over. How­ever, need­ing one run to tie and two to win off the last ball, Klaassen was run out by Nepal skip­per Paras Khadka off his own bowling to give the sport's new­est one-day in­ter­na­tional side a thrilling win. The se­ries fin­ished 1-1 after the Nether­lands won the first match at the same venue by 55 runs on Wed­nes­day. Som­pal Kami, bat­ting at eight, top-scored for Nepal with 61 off 46 balls with five bound­aries and three sixes. Khadka added 51 with six fours and two sixes as Nepal re­cov­ered from 88-5 to reach 216 all out in the 49th over.

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