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Netherlands open campaign with six-wicket win over Nepal

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Texas, June 5: Netherlands beat Nepal by six wickets with eight balls remaining in a tight contest that was delayed by rain at the Grand Prairie here.
The Dutch opted to bowl first and dismissed Nepal for 106 in 19.2 overs, led by captain Rohit Paudel’s 37-ball 35.
Tim Pringle (3-20 in four overs) and Logan van Beek (3-18 in 3.2 overs) did the damage as Nepal lost wickets at regular intervals on a surface suited for fast bowlers.
Dutch opener Max O’Dowd led the successful chase, hitting 54 not out in 48 balls as his team finished on 109-4 in 18.4 overs.
Sompal Kami, Dipendra Singh Airee and Abinash Bohara took a wicket apiece. Nepal’s hopes were briefly raised when Netherlands dropped to 80-4 in the 16th over after Bohara bowled Netherlands captain Scott Edwards (5).
But O’Dowd and Bas de Leede (11 not out) shared an undefeated 29-run partnership for victory.India and Ireland meet in New York in the first of Wednesday’s three games. Australia takes on Oman at Bridgetown, Barbados and Papua New Guinea is against Uganda in Providence, Guyana. The Netherlands secured a hard-fought victory over Nepal in a rain-affected match, showcasing their resilience and skill. Despite a commendable effort from Nepal’s bowlers, particularly Sompal Kami, Dipendra Singh Airee, and Abinash Bohara, the Dutch batting lineup, led by the steady Max O’Dowd, remained composed under pressure.
The successful chase highlighted the importance of strategic partnerships and maintaining focus during crucial moments. As the tournament progresses, cricket fans eagerly await the upcoming fixtures, with India facing Ireland, Australia taking on Oman, and Papua New Guinea clashing with Uganda, promising another thrilling day of cricketing action. (AP)

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