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Netherlands and Nepal Set to Clash in T20 World Cup 2024 Opener at Dallas

The 7th match of the T20 World Cup 2024 will see the Netherlands squaring off against Nepal at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas on Tuesday, June 7. Both teams are embarking on their respective campaigns in this mega event, and each squad is ardent about securing the two points up for grabs in this encounter.

Leading the Dutch squad, Scott Edwards’ team enters the tournament with a feather in their cap. They managed a 20-run victory against Sri Lanka in their warm-up match, an achievement that undoubtedly uplifts their confidence heading into the official matches. The previous edition of the T20 World Cup saw the Netherlands triumphing over South Africa, a feat they would like to replicate. However, before they encounter the Proteas once again, their immediate focus will be on overcoming Nepal, a team making its World Cup appearance after a decade-long hiatus.

Nepal, meanwhile, will be taking the field without their key spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who was denied a visa to the USA despite being acquitted in a rape case. The team will be led by Rohit Paudel and enters the tournament with a solid 63-run win over Canada in their warm-up game. Playing at the Grand Prairie Stadium offers them a potential advantage; however, they must bring their A-game to surpass the more seasoned Dutch side. The absence of Lamichhane will be a significant factor, but it also presents an opportunity for other players to step up and fill the void.

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### Grand Prairie Stadium, Dallas Pitch Report

The Grand Prairie Stadium has already hosted the opening game of the T20 World Cup 2024, which saw the USA achieve a commanding seven-wicket victory over Canada, chasing down a target of 195 runs with more than overs to spare. From this performance, it’s evident that the pitch at Grand Prairie Stadium is conducive to batting. However, considering the game between the Netherlands and Nepal is set to be a day match, the spinners might receive some assistance from the sun beating down on the pitch. Fast bowlers can also expect some movement early on, as the new ball tends to swing a bit.

Given these conditions, a par score for the match is expected to be around 170 runs, considering the additional influence the day-time play will have on the surface. Teams winning the toss might lean towards bowling first to gauge the pitch conditions better and exploit any early assistance for bowlers.

### NED vs NEP Grand Prairie Stadium – T20I Numbers Game

– Matches Played: 1
– Matches won batting first: 0
– Matches won bowling first: 1
– Average first innings score: 194
– Highest score chased: 194 by USA vs Canada

### Squads for the Match

– Max O’Dowd
– Vikramjit Singh
– Teja Nidamanuru
– Scott Edwards (captain and wicketkeeper)
– Wesley Barresi
– Bas de Leede
– Sybrand Engelbrecht
– Michael Levitt
– Tim Pringle
– Saqib Zulfiqar
– Logan van Beek
– Aryan Dutt
– Paul van Meekeren
– Vivian Kingma
– Kyle Klein

– Aasif Sheikh (wicketkeeper)
– Sundeep Jora
– Kushal Bhurtel
– Rohit Paudel (captain)
– Dipendra Singh Airee
– Kushal Malla
– Karan KC
– Sompal Kami
– Pratis GC
– Anil Sah
– Kamal Singh Airee
– Lalit Rajbanshi
– Gulsan Jha
– Sagar Dhakal
– Abinash Bohara

The much-anticipated clash at the Grand Prairie Stadium promises to be an enthralling contest. The Netherlands, with their recent form and historical confidence, seem to have the upper hand; however, Nepal’s determined squad and favorable local conditions could tip the balance. Cricket fans worldwide are eagerly waiting to see how these two teams will fare as they kick off their T20 World Cup campaigns. Stay tuned for live updates and detailed post-match analysis!