Netherlands are currently lead the four-match series 2-0 © Getty Images
Netherlands are currently lead the four-match series 2-0 © Getty Images

Netherlands thrashed Nepal by a huge margin of 103 runs in the second T20 International (T20I) at Amstelveen and took 2-0 lead in the four-match series. Chasing a stiff target of 173 to win, Nepal were all out for just 69 in 17.4 overs. These back to back loses will hamper Nepal’s confidence ahead of the all important ICC World T20 Qualifiers. Live Updates: Netherlands vs Nepal, 2nd T20I, Amstelveen

From the start of the Nepal’s run chase, Netherlands bowlers had the upper hand and took wickets in regular intervals. This didn’t allow Nepal to form any kind of partnership. Only three batsmen could managed to get double digit scores. At one point of time they were 29 for 7. No. 7 batsman Sharad Vesawkar was Nepal’s highest scorer in this game with 18. Nepal also lost the first T20I by 17 runs on Tuesday. Live Scorecard: Netherlands vs Nepal, 2nd T20I, Amstelveen

Earlier 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.

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.

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) beat Nepal 69 in 17.4 Overs (Sharad Vesawkar 18, Sompal Kami 14; Michael Rippon 3 for 11, Paul van Meekeren 2 for 8) by 103 runs.

Full Scorecard