It's almost becoming a cliche to use a phrase like "sensational finish" when it comes to a Nepal match, but once again those are the most appropriate words to describe what happened at the end of today's thrilling ODI in Amstelveen.
The game initially progressed without any hint of the exciting climax to come. Nepal were batting first after Paras Khadka won the toss, and - as is so often the case - it was Nepal's captain who provided the backbone for Nepal in the early going.
Playing patiently, he kept an end up as three wickets fell during his knock, scoring 51 from 69 balls before he was the sixth man out from the last ball of the 31st over. With Nepal on 135 at that point, it was looking unlikely that Nepal would set a competitive target.
But on Khadka's dismissal, Sompal Kami strolled to the crease with other ideas on his mind. The man who holds the record for the highest T20I score by a number ten batsman was batting higher today, giving him time to smash 61 from 46 balls including five fours and three sixes.
He eventually fell in in the 46th over, bowled by Michael Rippon, and Nepal were bowled out a little later for 216. Not a huge total, but one that proved to be enough.
Fresh from the lunch break, Kami bowled the first over of the Dutch reply and promptly bowled Stephan Myburgh with the second delivery. The second wicket fell in the eighth over with the score on 30 when Ben Cooper hit the ball in the air over the covers only to be caught by 15 year old Rohit Kumar running backwards and diving to make the catch one handed. Incidentally, Kumar became the fourth youngest player in men's ODIs by making his debut today.
Daniel ter Braak and Wesley Barresi then began a partnership that looked like it was going to provide a solid base for the Dutch to chase down their target. The reintroduction of Sandeep Lamichhane - who turned 18 yesterday - saw the 84 run partnership end when ter Braak was out lbw. Bas de Leede was stumped two balls later, and the match began to turn.
Barresi was eventually the sixth man out having scored 71, but there was no big hitting number eight for the Dutch. When Sandeep Lamichhane bowled Shane Snater in the 44th over, it looked like the writing was on the wall for the home side.
But as is so often the case, Nepal found themselves unable to strike the killer blow. The last wicket pairing of Fred Klaassen and Paul van Meekeren began chipping away at the required runs, getting themselves into the position of needing six from the last over.
Captain Paras Khadka brought himself on to bowl the crucial over, which started well when Klaassen scored a single from the first ball. A dot from the second ball, and a single from the third was followed by Klaassen cutting through point for two, leaving two needed from two balls.
Khadka then sent the ball down leg-side but it wasn't a wide, the umpire indicating that the ball had struck the pad on the way through. Last ball, Khadka to Klaassen - Klaassen hit the ball dead straight, only to see it hit the stumps at the bowler's end. Khadka turned round as the ball passed him, no doubt amazed by his luck as the ball ricocheted straight back to him. He picked up the ball, ran towards the stumps ahead of Klaassen, ripping the stump out of the ground to complete the run out and secure the thrilling one run win.
Another exciting win for Nepal, but that's what we've come to expect from them. Their next matches will come in the Asia Cup Qualifier which starts in Malaysia on 29 August. In addition to Nepal and the hosts the tournament will also feature Hong Kong, Oman, Singapore and the UAE. The Netherlands have no confirmed fixtures until the World T20 Qualifier in late 2019.
Netherlands lost to Nepal by 1 runs
VRA Ground, Amstelveen, 3 August
Nepal 216 (48.5 overs, Sompal Kami 61, P Khadka 51, F Klaassen 3-38)
Netherlands 215 (50 overs, W Barresi 71, D ter Braak 39, S Lamichhane 3-41)