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The day a dream of Nepali cricket came true

Two years ago today, Nepali cricket had crossed a new milestone.
Nepali cricketer Paras Khadka

KATHMANDU: Nepal played its first ODI (ODI) cricket series against the Netherlands on August 1, 2018. Nepal, which lost the first match, won the second match on August 3, two years ago.

That victory was the first victory for Nepal in ODIs. An even more exciting and memorable moment was the 1-run victory. Nepal had defeated the Netherlands by a narrow margin of one run at home.

Some victories are achieved in such a way that excitement, drama, emotion are all connected to it. Overcoming all those moments, Nepal won the game. Competitive excitement, some dramatic turns, and Nepal’s victory.

The name that should be remembered in this game is the then captain Paras Khadka. Paras hit a half-century in that game. In bowling too, he bowled the last over himself and defended a total of 6 runs to give Nepal a historic victory.

In the first match of the series, Nepal had lost by 55 runs due to lack of batting. Nepal had to win the second game to save the series and avoid being undefeated. Nepal won the toss and elected to bat first at the VRA Ground in Amtalvin, Netherlands.
Captain Paras Khadka and Sompal Kami, batting at number eight, struck half-centuries as Nepal were bowled out for 216 in 48.5 overs.

In reply, Nepal bowled out the Netherlands for 215 in 50 overs and won the toss and elected to bat.
Captain Paras Khadka and Sompal Kami, batting at number eight, struck half-centuries as Nepal were bowled out for 216 in 48.5 overs.

Despite losing the first game, Nepal won the second game and drew the first series 1-1. This was also the beginning of another step in Nepali cricket. After Nepal’s first victory in ODIs, Nepal had a happy start in the next 4 years of the ODI journey.

Nepal, which started playing international cricket in 1996, got ODI recognition after 22 years and four and a half months later, Nepal played its first ODI series.
After that series, Nepal has played 8 more games in two years and four months. In which Nepal has won 4 games and lost 4 games. After the first series, Nepal’s match against UAE in the Asia Cup qualifier got ODI recognition. Similarly, Nepal went to the UAE and played a three-match ODI series. Apart from this, Nepal had played a tri-series with the United States and Oman at home under the ICC World Cup League-2. In a period of about 28 months, Nepal has played only 3 series and 10 games so far.

Published Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2020 | 10:25 AM

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