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Netherlands off to winning start at T20 World Cup after seeing off Nepal in Dallas

Max O'Dowd hit an unbeaten half-century to guide the Netherlands to a six-wicket victory over Nepal in their T20 World Cup opener in Dallas.

O'Dowd survived being dropped in the 18th over to see the Dutch over the line with eight balls to spare in a low-scoring Group D contest at the Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium.

Left-arm spinner Tim Pringle impressed with the new ball, taking three for 20 as Nepal were bowled out for 106.

Nepal captain Rohit Paudel top-scored with 35 but his side struggled to build momentum and their innings ended hurriedly in the final over as Logan Van Beek (three for 18) took two wickets in successive balls.

Nepal's disciplined bowlers prevented the Netherlands from racing towards their target but any hopes of setting up a nervy finish ended when Paudel dropped O‘Dowd in the deep off Sompal Kami.

The Dutch finished the job in the penultimate over with O'Dowd ending unbeaten on 54 from 48 deliveries with four fours and a six.

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