As their first ODI (and first for the Dutch since 2014) this match was the start of a new era for Nepal as an ODI playing nation. But they had a reminder of their past in the form of an all too typical Nepal performance as they took their foot off the gas and allowed the Netherlands to get back into the game, and then collapsed to defeat after being in a winning position.
Netherlands captain Pieter Seelar won the toss and chose to bat first, with 16 players in all making their ODI debut. The hosts lost Daniel ter Braak early on, bowled by Sompal Kami who goes down in history as Nepal's first ODI wicket taker.
Stephan Myburgh and Ben Cooper put on 45 for the second wicket, before Nepal captain Paras Khadka made the breakthrough himself by getting Cooper out lbw. Run scoring slowed down, with just eight runs coming from the next 28 balls before Lamicchane bowled Myburgh.
Wesley Baressi was next out, and with the score on 72-4, Nepal were in the driver's seat. Bas de Leede and Michael Rippon got the Dutch back into the game though with a 68 run fifth wicket partnership, ending when Kami had de Leede caught behind.
Rippon held on for another six overs, reaching 51 before Khadka removed him and Shane Snater in the 40th over, leaving the home side on 159-8. Khadka opted not to bring back Kami and Karan KC until the final five overs though, allowing the Dutch to score another thirty runs before losing their final wicket in the 48th over.
Khadka was the pick of the Nepali bowlers with 4-26, whilst Kami took 3-34.
Nepal started their chase well with Gyanendra Malla and Anil Sah putting on 58 before the latter was out for 21. Paras Khadka and Malla then took the score to 85 before Khadka was out for 21. Malla was out for 51 from the first ball of the next over.
As has all too often been the case for Nepal in the past, with Khadka and Malla out, the collapse followed. Hampered by an injury in the field to Sharad Vesawkar - who had to bat at 11 - Nepal went from 85-1 to 134 all out. Airee provided some resistance with an entertaining 33, but nobody outside of Nepal's top four was able to reach double figures.
Fred Klaassen, Michael Rippon and Pieter Seelaar all took three wickets each as Nepal lost by 55 runs, with Rippon getting the man of the match award for his fine all-round effort. The two sides will meet again on Friday.
Netherlands beat Nepal by 55 runs
VRA Ground, Amstelveen, 1 August
Netherlands 189 (47.4 overs, M Rippon 51, P Khadka 4-26, Sompal Kami 3-34)
Nepal 134 (41.5 overs, G Malla 51, P Seelaar 3-20, M Rippon 3-23, F Klaassen 3-30)