Netherlands vs Nepal 1st ODI: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
- Nepal batsmen have shown some hesitation on the fast and bouncy pitches so far and this may bring their downfall.
- Netherlands have a better seam bowling attack and they are likely to make the best out of these conditions.
- The Netherlands team has experienced batsmen who have played against quality attacks in the past
Our Prediction: Netherlands will win the 1st ODI vs Nepal
The Marylebone Cricket Club Tri-Nation T20 Series 2018 is over where both the teams were involved along with the MCC team. Results wise both Nepal and Netherlands were Evens Stevens winning their respective games against MCC while their own game ended with no result. Both team earned their ICC ODI status together earlier in the year, Netherlands for the second time. It would be clash between two equally matched sides wanting to prove themselves on the big stage and wanting to emulate Afghanistan and Ireland who have put up brilliant performances over the last few years and taken cricket’s popularity to newer territories. The two-match ODI series is being keenly awaited in both countries.
It is a big moment for Nepal Cricket and being a sub-continental nation there is no dearth of enthusiasm for the game among the people of Nepal. The ODI status would offer more exposure to the team to play in alien conditions and play against better sides. The story of Paras Khadka led site has been one of progression where they have been taking giant strides and making best of every opportunity that comes their way. Whether it is the ICC Trophy or bilateral games against other Associate teams the team has shown its intent. They would like to put behind the memories of 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier where they won just one game out of four earlier this year.
The team would take heart from their recent win against the MCC side that was captained by Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene in a T20 game. Nepal has a well-knit team of young cricketers including the likes of Anil Sah, Subash Khakurel, Aarif Sheikh, Lalit Rajbanshi, and Shakti Gauchan. But the side would heavily depend on skipper Khadka and its rising star the 18 year Sandeep Lamichhane who has been making waves since becoming the first Nepalese cricketer to feature in the IPL. The seaming and swinging conditions in Amstelveen may pose some challenge for the batsmen and at the same time their spinners may not find the conditions conducive.
They made their World Cup debut in 1996 and played in 2003, 2007 and 2011 events when they were seen as an emerging side. But after the 2011 World Cup there was a slump in their form and the team lost the ICC ODI status in 2014. After a string of impressive performances in ICC Trophy and their appearance at the World Cup Qualifiers the Dutch side regained its ODI status much to the joy of their fans. While Cricket isn’t the most popular sport back home they have a rich history of the game and this ODI series is a chance to rekindle the faith that the fans have in the side.
The team has some talented players starting with their captain Pieter Seelaar a veteran of the game having played in 2011 World Cup. The team has a strong middle order where RN ten Doeschate, MJG Rippon, Wesley Barresi and the young wicket keeper Scott Edwards look strong. What would be the Dutch side’s strongest arsenal is their bowling attack with three medium pacers HC Overdijk, PA van Meekeren and FJ Klaassen expected to exploit the conditions to the fullest. The pace and the bounce they generate can pose a huge challenge for the young Nepalese side.
While there isn’t a lot that separates the two sides in terms of recent form we, at BettingTop10 India feel Netherlands are favourites to win the 1st encounter being familiar with the conditions and having a better bowling line-up.