Catches and butter-fingers
Nepal innings was at its closing stage and batsmen were throwing bat at everything. It almost looked as there was a catching practice going on out there – Nepali batsmen hitting ball up in the air and the Dutch fielders enjoying the drills. The first three balls of the final over read – Drop, Catch, Drop. Long before that, Nepali captain Paras Khadka was given a couple of lives – one a difficult one and another an absolute sitter. Shakti Gauchan later took a blinder of a catch in a crucial junction of the game. It would perhaps not be an exaggeration to call that catching proved the difference between the two teams yesterday.
Captain shows the way
Going by the dictionary, the word captaincy has a special meaning which states ‘Leading from the front”. This meaning became crystal clear on 15th of August at Amstelveen. Paras Khadka came into bat when the score was 41-2. Despite a poor batting performance in the first match, Khadka came back strongly in the must win match for Nepal. Khadka showed his intention from the very first ball he faced that today he is here to complete a national duty he is responsible for. Khadka made a brilliant all round performance leading form the front as he scored 84 of 94 balls with seven fours and one six at a strike rate of 89.36. He also picked up 2 wickets for 19 runs with the economy 3.16 in his six overs . His brilliant partnership with Sagar Pun in the middle overs was definitely the path that he carved for the whole team towards win.
On 15th of August 2016, the word partnership found a new synonym “PARPUNSHIP” which means partnership between Paras and Pun. Wickets were falling in short intervals with Paras Khadka at the non strikers end, Nepal were struggling and Khadka definitely needed someone to support him at the other end. Sagar came into bat when Nepal were struggling at 65 for 3 at the 19th over and filled the niche that was lying within the Nepalese batting. Khadka and Pun made a brilliant partnership of 118 which definitely was a base for the score that Nepal posted on board.
Master of Crisis:
Whenever the Nepalese cricket team is in crisis of wickets the captain turns towards the crisis man and present him with the ball. “Crisis Man” Basant Regmi is sort of bowler who forces batsmen to wake up and smell the tea whether they like it or not. The game was going closer and closer at the last five overs, Nepal definitely needed a breakthrough and Regmi produced a sensation in the 47th over picking up two crucial wickets. Regmi first dismissed set batsman Gruijters when he was on 44 and picked up PA van Meekeren in the same over.