Photo courtesy Arunabha Sengupta
Basant Regmi bowling to Ben Cooper. Photo courtesy Arunabha Sengupta

Attacking half-centuries from Ben Cooper and opener Michael Swart has helped Netherlands set Nepal a commanding target of 173. Netherlands lost opener Tobias Visee, one of the three players to make their debut Wednesday, but a 131-run partnership for the second wicket, at a run-rate of 9.46, took the initiative away from Nepal, who had lost the previous game by 18 runs. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Netherlands vs Nepal, 2nd T20I, Amstelveen

Swart hit eight fours and a six in his unbeaten knock of 76 (off 59 balls) and Cooper hit 66 before getting out caught in the deep in the penultimate over of the match, and off the 46th ball he faced. By then Netherlands had already collected a huge score. Medium fast bowler Karan KC was punished most severely, as he gave away 41 runs off his four overs. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Netherlands vs Nepal, 2nd T20I, Amstelveen

Among the prolific overs were the seventh over bowled by Karam KC, off which 15 runs were scored, helped by two fours from Swart and one from Cooper, the 16th and the 17th overs, off which 14 and 19 were collected respectively, together featuring three sixes and two fours from Cooper. After he got out, Wesley Barresi, the next man in, hit the first two balls for six, before getting out.

Brief Scores:

Netherlands 172 for 4 (Michael Swart 76* (59), Ben Cooper 66 (46), Sompal Kami 2 for 24) vs Nepal