Nepal eyes victory chase as Netherlands sets 138-run target

KATHMANDU: The intensity soared at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground as the Netherlands, in a gripping showdown against Nepal, set a challenging target of 138 runs for the hosts to chase down in the ongoing ICC CWC League 2 tri-nation ODI Series.

Opting to bowl first after winning the crucial toss, Nepal's strategic maneuvers paid off as they held the Dutch lineup in check, limiting them to a modest 137 runs, with all wickets falling in 39 overs.

The hero of Nepal's bowling attack, Kushal Bhurtel, emerged as a force to be reckoned with, clinching an impressive four-wicket haul. Lalit Rajbanshi and Sompal Kami added to the spectacle with two wickets apiece, while Rohit Poudel chipped in with a crucial scalp.

Meanwhile, amidst the spirited contest, Dutch skipper Scott Edwards showcased resilience with a gritty knock of 33 runs, ably supported by Bas De Leede's contribution of 27 runs and Sybrand Abraham Engelbrecht's vital 23 runs, fortifying the Netherlands' innings.

With Nepal aiming for redemption following their previous defeat against Namibia, the stage is set for a thrilling pursuit as they endeavor to conquer the formidable target set by the Netherlands and reignite their campaign in the league.

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