This Day That Year: Nepal’s first ever ODI triumph

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Nepal played their first ever One Day International (ODI) match on the first of August 2018. However, On this day (August 3) Sompal Kami and Paras Khadka’s heroic led Nepal towards their maiden ODI win.

The then skipper, Paras Khadka’s thrilling last over saw Nepal stun the Netherlands by a mere one run, registering the historic victory.

With 9 required from the final two overs for the Dutch side and just one wicket required for Nepal, the match was all set for the nail-biting finish as all three results were possible from there on.

Dipendra Singh Airee conceded just three runs in the penultimate over handed Paras Khadka a mission to defend six runs from the deciding over.

Requiring a couple of runs in the final ball, Fred Klassen smashed it straight to the stumps, but Paras was quick enough to take the bowl and dislodge the stump. Eventually, Nepal registered a narrow one-run win.

Paras Khadka celebrates after Nepal’s first ODI win. Photo – Peter Della Penna

Opting to bat first at VRA cricket ground, Amstelveen, Nepal managed  215 on board before being bowled out in 48.5. Sompal Kami scored a quickfire 61 while Paras Khadka notched up 51 runs. Meanwhile, Sandeep Lamichhane was the pick of the bowler in the second inning with three wickets.

Sompal Kami was adjudged as player of the match for his Vital 61 runs and one wicket.

Since claiming the ODI status, Nepal’s run has been ordinary claiming just 13 wins from 30 matches.

Nepal currently is in the second position from the bottom in CWC League Two table, just ahead of Papua New Guinea. Having played 20 matches, Nepal has collected 17 points, winning 8 matches.

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