Netherlands vs Nepal 2nd ODI: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Betting Tips by BettingTop10 India
- Nepal’s batting is edgy and they seem to be struggling with the ball moving off the seam
- Netherland’s bowlers impressed in the first ODI and they are likely to get under the skin of the opposition again
- Spinners aren’t getting much assistance and hence the Nepalese bowling attack looks weak
Our Prediction: Netherlands will win this encounter and seal the series 2-0
If the results of the 1st ODI played at the same ground on 1st of August is anything to go by there is a wide gap that separates the two teams. While the Dutch side had a forgetful day with the bat bundling out for 189 in the 48th over their bowlers exposed the weaknesses in Nepal’s batting line-up dismissing the side for 134. What came as heartbreak for the Nepalese fans would be the kind of batting collapse that was witnessed in the first game. While the home side wasn’t in the best of form they would surely be pleased with the performance of their bowling attack.
Playing the first one day international is a big moment in every team’s history. There is a mix of excitement and raw nerves. But it was the latter which dominated the visitors as they lost a match which at one stage they looked like they would win at one stage. Very few teams have ever won their first ODIs and it would have been a historic day for Nepal cricket but it wasn’t meant to be. From 85 for 1 at one stage in the 19th over they lost their track and lost the last nine wickets for mere 49 runs in what seemed like school boyish hara-kiri. Nobody in the middle order seemed to have the patience to get their eye in with No. 4, 5 and 6 falling for nought.
Skipper Paras Khadka had inspired confidence picking up 4 for 26 and was well supported by Sompal Kami who grabbed 3 for 34. Their bowling star Sandeep Lamichhane didn’t live up to the reputation on the seam friendly wicket. Batting wise Gyanendra Malla looked impressive scoring his 51 and that too in quick time while Dipendra Singh Airee and wicketkeeper Anil Sah occupied the crease for some time. Rest of the batting line-up could contribute mere 26 runs raising questions about the team’s temperament to play at this level. If Nepal is to put up a fight in the 2nd ODI the team will have to play out of their skins and the middle and lower order shall have to play the ball according to its merit.
The Dutch side started as favourites in the last game owing to the kind of experience and exposure they have had in the past along with the advantage of playing in home conditions. But it wasn’t the clinical performance one would expect from a team that has many World Cup players in its line-up. An average Nepalese attack raised many questions with the top order failing to provide the kind of start that was expected from them. They were reeling at 74 for 4 at one stage before all-rounder Michael Rippon stabilized the innings with a patient 51 and along with teenager Bas de Leede who scored 30 helped the team go past 150. The lower order didn’t put up much of a fight and wasn’t able to play the full quota overs.
Netherlands’ bowling was what separated between the two teams in the first game. Captain Pieter Seelaar would have been very happy with the performance of his bowlers who successfully defended the low score. Apart from the initial 15 overs where Nepal’s top order seemed well set for the chase with a healthy run rate the home side’s bowlers were in control of the game. Once they got an opening with Paras Khadka’s wicket they destroyed the rest of the batting order. Fred Klaassen and Michael Rippon were the pick of the bowlers picking up 3 for 30 and 3 for 23 respectively. Seelaar himself pitched in with three wickets.
To sum up games between minnows often throw out many surprises. Given the kind of performance we have seen from Nepal in the first ODI Netherlands, here at BettingTop10 India, are favourites to win this contest unless we see some kind of a remarkable performance from one of Nepal’s boys. Team to team Netherlands are way ahead at the moment.