In a match against the Netherlands in the ongoing tri-series that also includes Namibia, Nepal’s Kushal Bhurtel produced an incredible athletic display and fast thinking to transform what looked like a likely six into a critical run-out. This memorable incident happened in the series’ fifth game and demonstrated Bhurtel’s superb fielding abilities and composure under duress.

With Nepal’s Deependra Singh Airee given the ball in the last over of the innings, the scene was set. With seasoned player Roelof van der Merwe trying to take advantage of the situation by hitting a hard shot long-on, it looked like it might go over the boundary rope for a maximum. But Bhurtel had other ideas. He leaped into action, intercepting the ball just before it crossed the boundary.

Bhurtel made a snap decision to stop the border, but his work was far from over. Even though he went over the boundary line in the process, he quickly collected himself and hit wicketkeeper Asif Sheikh with an accurate throw. In the meantime, Dutch batsman Vivian Kingma had left the crease to chase some extra runs.

Asif Sheikh seized the moment and stumped the opposition perfectly, removing the bails before Kingma could get back to safety. With just four runs added to the score, Kingma left the field in the aftermath of a key run-out. Bhurtel’s outstanding performance in the field not only saved runs, but at a crucial point in the game, he also helped Nepal make a breakthrough.

After posting a target of 121 runs for the Netherlands, Nepal won the actual match. The Netherlands struggled to chase the total, and they were bowled out for 120 runs in 19.3 overs. The Netherlands’ top batsman, Max Oudoud, scored 31 runs, but their batting order failed to form meaningful alliances. The most impressive player for Nepal was Prasidh Krishna, who took three vital wickets to seriously damage the Netherlands batting order.

Nepal showed tenacity and perseverance in their quest for victory, reaching the mark with 15.2 overs remaining and six wickets in hand. Captain Rohit Poudel led from the front with a commanding innings of 46 runs, supported by Gulshan Jha, who contributed 38 runs to the cause.With this win, Nepal.

However, with two victories from three games, the Netherlands continue to lead the points table after losing this match. The tri-series is still full of exciting cricket action, with every game offering its own share of memorable moments and talent demonstrations from players such as Kushal Bhurtel, whose superb fielding effort personified the spirit of the game.

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