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Netherlands win by 103 runs. This was a complete performance from them, to extend their lead in the four-match series to 2-0. Nepal’s batting would need a boosting of morale from somewhere. Swart and Cooper laid the foundation for Netherlands, and an all-round bowling effort completed this victory for their side.

Live cricket score: 69 | Overs 17.4

Nepal have been bowled out! Offbreak bowler O’Dowd takes his first wicket, as Vesawkar is out for 18, which is the highest score for any Nepal batsman today.

Sharad Vesawkar c Jamil b O’Dowd 18 (31)

Live cricket score: Nepal 58/9 | Overs 16

Max O’Dowd almost bowls a maiden over. Avinash Karn is the ninth wicket to fall.

A Karn lbw b Rippon 4 (7)

Live cricket score: Nepal 55/8 | Overs 14

Two singles taken. This match is headed towards only one direction.

Live cricket score: Nepal 53/8 | Overs 13

Karan KC takes three runs, and Sharad Vesawkar takes a single.

Live cricket score: Nepal 49/8 | Overs 12

Sompal Kami is out for 14, caught by Netherlands captain Peter Borren.

Sompal Kami c Borren b Jamil 14 (16)

Live cricket score: Nepal 43/7 | Overs 11

A three scored, probably the first of the match, and three singles taken.

Live cricket score: Nepal 37/7 | Overs 10

Sompal Kami defending Paul van Meekeren, besides scoring a brace and a single.

Live cricket score: Nepal 34/7 | Overs 9

Medium fast bowler Paul van Meekeren has dismissed two more Nepal batsmen (in the eighth over) — Basant Regmi and Pradeep Airee. Nepal have avoided the ignominy of registering the lowest score at which a team has been bowled out in T20s. That record, held by Tripura, who were bowled out for 30 against Jharkhand in an Indian domestic game, is still intact.

Pradeep Airee c Barresi b van Meekeren 0 (1)

B Regmi b van Meekeren 2 (13)

Live cricket score Nepal 29/5 | Overs 7

Nepal’s batsmen have been strangled as the runs haven’t been coming off the initial overs. Wickets are being lost quickly and consistently. Opener Gyanendra Malla got out off the first over, No.3 Binod Bhandari was out in the second, their captain Paras Khadka was caught out in the third, Subash Khakurel and Rajesh Pulami were both dismissed by Michael Rippon in the seventh over to all but seal the contest.

Subash Khakurel c Swart b Rippon 6 (12)

Rajesh Pulami c Barresi b Rippon 0 (1)

Live cricket score: Nepal 29/3 | Overs 6

Paras Khadka c Mudassar Bukhari b van Schelven 2 (6)

Binod Bhandari c Borren b Mudassar Bukhari 2 (4)

Gyanendra Malla c Mudassar Bukhari b van Schelven 12 (6)


 

Live cricket score: Netherlands 172/4 | Overs 20

Barresi is out! He is bowled by Sompal Kami. Mudassar Bukhari gets out off the last ball of the innings, as Netherlands gather only three runs off the final over. The score, nevertheless, is big.

Mudassar Bukhari b Sompal Kami 1 (2)

Wesley Barresi b Sompal Kami 12 (3)

Live cricket score: Netherlands 169/2 | Overs 19

OUT! Ben Cooper departs for 66, ending a stand of 131 runs. Wesley Barresi, the next man in, hits two sixes off the last two balls of the over, his first two balls. The score is already intimidating.

Ben Cooper c Vesawkar b Karan KC 66 (46)

Live cricket score: Netherlands 152/1 | Overs 18

Another big over, ten runs coming from it. After six runs are run off five balls, the last ball is hit for four by Swart.

Live cricket score: Netherlands 142/1 | Overs 17

Ben Cooper has broken all shackles! He has hit Khadka for two sixes and a four, thereby also completing his half-century. The two batsmen are unbeaten on 63. The partnership is worth 116 runs.

Live cricket score: Netherlands 123/1 | Overs 16

SIX! Left-arm bowler Avinash Karn is lofted to mid-on for a big six by Cooper, who also hits a four on the last ball. Netherlands rushing along at 7.68 runs per over.

Live cricket score: Netherlands 109/1 | Overs 15

Cooper has hit a boundary, and four byes are collected off the next ball, as the over goes for 12 runs!

Live cricket score: Netherlands 97/1 | Overs 14

Six singles off this over.

Live cricket score: Netherlands 91/1 | Overs 13

Paras Khadka gives away 10 runs off his third over. Swart hits him for four on his last ball.

 

 

Live cricket score: Netherlands 81/1 | Overs 12

Ben Cooper and Swart milk Regmi around to collect seven runs off the over. Swart completes his half-century — 50 off 40 balls.

Live cricket score: Netherlands 74/1 | Overs 11

Swart has made his way to 47. He is steering his team towards a commanding total. Three singles and a double from this over.

Live cricket score: Netherlands 69/1 | Overs 10

Swart hits a six! This is the first six of the match; he hits a slog sweep.

 

 

Live cricket score: Netherlands 61/1 | Overs 9

A couple off the first ball by Cooper, and four singles off this over by the medium fast bowling of captain Paras Khadka

 

 

Live cricket score: Netherlands 55/1 | Overs 8

Swart has raced to 34 off 29 deliveries, as Netherlands have got a solid base to put up a big first-innings score. This over by Basant Regmi, though, is a quieter one, with five singles.

Live cricket score: Netherlands 50/1 | Overs 7

Eight runs off the over, including four byes.

Live cricket score: Netherlands 42/1 | Overs 6

Three fours off this over (two by Swart) gets Netherlands to a run-rate of seven.

Live cricket score: Netherlands 27/1 | Overs 5

Debutant Visee is out! He is caught at mid-off off Karan KC’s bowling for 4.

Tobias Visee c Malla b Karn 4 (10)

Live cricket score: Netherlands 21/0 | Overs 4

Michael Swart hits the third four of the innings, a pull shot. He is dropped at cover off the fifth ball of the over.

Live cricket score: Netherlands 16/0 | Overs 3

Medium-fast bowler Sompal Kami gives just three singles off this third over. Nepal have fielded three debutants for this match: Tobias Visee, Max O’Dowd and Thijs van Schelven.

Live cricket score: Netherlands 13/0 | Overs 2

Five runs off the over with a braces and three singles.

Live cricket score: Netherlands 8/0 | Overs 1

Michael Swart has hit a couple of boundaries — a cut towards the point region and a flick to midwicket — to get Netherlands to a positive start.

TOSS: Paras Khadka has won the toss and has elected to field first.

Welcome to CricketCountry‘s coverage of the second Twenty20 International between Netherlands and Nepal in Amstelveen. The first T20 had Nepal falling short of Netherland’s total of 134 by 18 runs. Captain Paras Khadka held the ship for Nepal, but the rising run-rate proved a tough ask. Both teams lost early wickets; while Nepal failed to accelerate during the middle period, Stephan Myburgh got Netherlands to a slightly better position. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Netherlands vs Nepal, 2nd T20I, Amstelveen

The teams are playing this series as preparation for the crucial World Twenty20 Qualifiers in Ireland and Scotland. Khadka had already indicated in his interview with CricketCountry that his team may take a bit of time to get suited to the conditions in Europe, and after the close game on Tuesday, they will look to sharpen their performance to stage a comeback.

Netherlands, led by Peter Borren, have tested quality in their experienced line-up.

Teams:

Netherlands: Peter Borren (c), Wesley Barresi (wk), Ben Cooper, Tobias Visee, Michael Swart, Max O’Dowd, Roelof van der Merwe, Michael Rippon, Mudassar Bukhari, Thijs van Schelven, Ahsan Malik

Nepal: Paras Khadka (c), Subash Khakurel (wk), Gyanendra Malla, Binod Bhandari, Rajesh Pulami, Sharad Vesawkar, Pradeep Singh Airee, KC Karan, Basant Regmi, Sompal Kami, Avinash Karn