India vs Nepal Asia Cup 2023: India Dominates Nepal with 10-Wicket Win in Rain-Interrupted Asia Cup Clash

India vs Nepal Asia Cup 2023: A Thrilling 10-Wicket Victory for India

India vs Nepal Asia Cup 2023: Blazing Knocks by Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill Power India to Super Fours.

India vs Nepal Asia Cup 2023: Nepal's Valiant Effort Falls Short as India Qualifies for the Next Stage.

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India vs Nepal Asia Cup 2023:  Summary of Match:

     In a thrilling match between India and Nepal on September 4, 2023, at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, India emerged victorious with a 10-wicket win according to the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-interrupted contest.

     Nepal won the toss and opted to bat first, managing to post a competitive total of 230 before being bowled out in 48.2 overs. Aasif Sheikh was the standout performer for Nepal, scoring 58 off 97 balls, becoming the first from his country to slam a half-century against India. Sompal Kami also contributed with a gutsy 48 off 56 balls. Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Siraj were the key bowlers for India, picking up three wickets each to restrict Nepal.

     Rain interrupted the game for nearly two hours, causing a delay in India’s chase. The target was revised to 145 in 23 overs as per the Duckworth/Lewis method when play resumed at 10:15 pm. India’s opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill then put on a magnificent display of batting, with both remaining unbeaten. Sharma scored 74 runs off 59 balls, while Gill added 67 off 62 balls.

     The partnership between Sharma and Gill was unbroken, and they completed the chase with 17 balls to spare, ensuring India’s qualification for the Super Fours stage of the Asia Cup. Sharma’s innings included six fours and five sixes, while Gill’s included eight fours and a six.

     Despite the convincing win, India’s performance was marred by sloppy fielding, with numerous catches being dropped and misfields occurring. Nepal’s batting, especially Sheikh and Kami’s contributions, had put up a strong fight, but ultimately, India’s batting prowess prevailed, securing them a comfortable victory.

     In summary, India’s strong batting performance, led by Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, secured a 10-wicket win against Nepal in a rain-interrupted match, propelling them to the Super Fours stage of the Asia Cup.

India vs Nepal Asia Cup 2023: Weather Update:

     The weather forecast for Monday’s Asia Cup fixture between India and Nepal appears to be gloomy, with a 65 percent chance of rain predicted for the afternoon. According to AccuWeather, the likelihood of rain persists until 5 PM, raising the possibility of a start-stop day similar to the previous match between India and Pakistan. This suggests that weather conditions could have a significant impact on the match proceedings, potentially leading to interruptions and delays.

      Jasprit Bumrah:

     one of India’s key fast bowlers, will be unavailable for the match against Nepal today. He had left the Indian camp in Sri Lanka on Sunday to be with his wife in Mumbai. Bumrah shared the joyful news of the birth of his son on social media, stating, “Our little family has grown & our hearts are fuller than we could ever imagine! This morning we welcomed our little boy, Angad Jasprit Bumrah into the world. We are over the moon and can’t wait for everything this new chapter of our lives brings with it – Jasprit and Sanjana.” This marks an important personal moment for Bumrah, and he will miss the game as he celebrates this new addition to his family.

     Nepal Skipper Rohit Paudel: 

     Nepal captain Rohit Paudel said that playing against accomplished teams like India will help them massively in their cricketing journey. “We all are very excited, especially playing against India. We didn’t get such opportunities often. So, it’s a big opportunity for all of us to represent our country on the biggest stage,” said Paudel on eve of the match. “We never imagined that we would get a chance to play two back-to-back matches against Pakistan and India. We want to make such opportunities count so that the cricketing world can take notice of us,” said Paudel.

     Nepal’s captain Rohit Paudel acknowledges the challenge of facing cricket superstars Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the upcoming game against India. While he holds immense respect for these players and considers them inspirations for the team, Paudel is aware that when the game begins, their focus must shift to executing their game plan.

     Paudel expressed the team’s determination to tackle Kohli and Sharma, who have been stalwarts for India over the past decade. He mentioned that the team has been diligently preparing and strategizing on how to handle these formidable opponents. Despite their admiration for the Indian stars, Nepal is committed to putting up a competitive performance against them.

     It’s clear that while Nepal looks forward to the opportunity to face cricketing legends, they are also eager to showcase their skills and give their best on the field.

     India vs Nepal Asia Cup 2023: Pitch Report:

     The pitch for the India vs. Nepal match is expected to be similar to the one used in the previous India vs. Pakistan game. According to commentators Sanjay Manjrekar and Matthew Hayden, the pitch appears to be flat, but there are some characteristics that could make it interesting for bowlers.

     The pitch is described as having a good length, with some variable bounce, which could pose challenges for fast bowlers. Additionally, spinners are expected to play a significant role on this pitch. The dry conditions suggest that bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav, who tend to flight the ball and get it to turn, may find it conducive for their style of bowling. Therefore, spinners are likely to find some assistance from the pitch in terms of bounce and turn.

     Overall, it seems like a pitch that could provide an interesting contest between bat and ball, with the potential for both pacers and spinners to make an impact.

     India vs Nepal Asia Cup 2023: 

Toss Update:

     India has won the toss and elected to field first. Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, mentioned that there was no specific reason for choosing to bowl first.

     Additionally, it was reported that a steady drizzle began just as the toss took place. While it was not heavy at the moment, it appeared to be more of a passing shower. This weather condition may have influenced India’s decision to bowl first.

     India made one change in their playing XI, with Mohammed Shami coming in to replace Jasprit Bumrah.

     A milestone for Javagal Srinath

     Javagal Srinath is officiating in his 250th ODI as match referee. Former India pacer finished with 236 wickets in 67 Test matches and 315 wickets in 229 ODIs. Srinath became an ICC match referee three years after his retirement. Srinath became the fourth to reach the milestone of 250 ODIs as match referee after Ranjan Madugalle, Chris Broad and Jeff Crowe.

India vs Nepal Asia Cup 2023
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India vs Nepal Asia Cup 2023: 

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India vs Nepal Asia Cup 2023
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     India vs Nepal Asia Cup 2023:  Rohit Sharma, the Indian skipper says that they will bowl first. Adds that there’s no particular reason for it just that they batted first last time around and given the weather, there might not be a full game so wanted to test their bowling. Mentions that the way Hardik and Kishan batted in the last game after losing early wickets was good to see and it’s a positive sign for them and will look to come out on top here. Informs that they just have one change as Jasprit Bumrah has returned home for the birth of his child and Mohammad Shami comes into the team.

     Nepal’s skipper Rohit Paudel says that looking at the overhead conditions, they would have bowled first as well. Mentions that today is the biggest day in Nepal cricket. Adds that they want to showcase their skills to the world and that they are looking forward to this game. Informs that they have made one change to the side – Bhim Sharki comes in for Aarif Sheikh.

India vs Nepal Asia Cup 2023: 

Time for National Anthems:

     As the players and officials line up for the national anthems, the ceremonial moment begins with the national anthem of Nepal followed by the Indian national anthem. This tradition symbolizes the respect and pride each team holds for their respective nations and adds a sense of solemnity and patriotism to the cricket match.

     With the pre-match proceedings concluded, the stage is set for the game to commence. The umpires are present in the middle, and the Indian players are gathered in a huddle, preparing for the challenge ahead.

     Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh will be the opening pair for Nepal, and it’s Mohammad Shami who has the new ball in hand for India, eager to make an impact. The excitement is building, and it’s time for the first ball to be bowled. Let the game begin!

  • Nepal is 4/0 after 1 over.
  • Mohammad Shami managed some swing but lacked bounce.
  • Both Nepalese openers, Bhurtel and Aasif, got off the mark with singles.
  • Shami induced an edge off Bhurtel, but Shreyas Iyer dropped the catch at second slip.

    India vs Nepal Asian Cup 2023:

      After 2 overs, Nepal has reached 8 runs for no loss, and there have been some significant moments:

  1. A dropped catch occurred when Mohammed Siraj induced a mishit from Aasif Sheikh. Virat Kohli had a regulation catch opportunity at short cover, but he couldn’t hold on to it.

  2. To compound India’s early woes, Nepal managed to get four leg byes as Siraj drifted down the pads.

     This start has not been ideal for India, with missed chances and extras contributing to Nepal’s score.

     NEP 12/0 in 3 overs

  • Bhurtel scores 3 runs with an aggressive shot.
  • Nepal’s openers remain untroubled by Indian bowlers.

     NEP 18/0 in 4 overs

  • A boundary for Aasif Sheikh as he flicks a full delivery on the pads from Siraj.
  • Kushal Bhurtel survives as he awkwardly fends off a short delivery that lands safely.
  • Siraj concludes the over with three dot balls.

     NEP 23/0 in 5 overs

  • Mohammad Shami continues bowling for India.
  • A third dropped catch in the innings. Bhurtel edges one down the leg side, and Ishan Kishan lets it go through his hands for four runs.

     NEP 23/0 in 5 overs

  • Mohammad Shami continues bowling for India.
  • A third dropped catch in the innings. Bhurtel edges one down the leg side, and Ishan Kishan lets it go through his hands for four runs.

     NEP 33/0 in 6 overs

  • Kushal Bhurtel plays a classy drive to hit a boundary off Siraj.
  • Bhurtel follows it up with a powerful pull shot, registering the first six of the day.
  • Nepal has made a strong start, reaching 33 runs without losing a wicket in 6 overs.

     NEP 34/0 in 7 overs

  • Mohammad Shami delivers five dot balls to Aasif Sheikh, who has been relatively quiet compared to his partner.
  • In the final ball of the over, Nepal manages to take a single, avoiding a maiden over from Shami.

      NEP 42/0 in 8 overs

  • Mohammed Siraj faces off against Aasif Sheikh. He begins with two dot balls before delivering a short ball, which Sheikh pulls away for a boundary.
  • The next delivery, on the pads, is clipped away for another four by Nepal.
  • India’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss might not be going as expected, as Nepal continues to make solid progress.

     NEP 53/0 in 9 overs

  • Hardik Pandya replaces Shami. His first ball is on target, hitting Bhurtel on the pad. The umpire gives it out, but Nepal decides to review, and the decision is overturned as the ball was missing the leg stump.
  • Bhurtel celebrates his fortunate escape with a flicked boundary on the leg side.
  • Aasif Sheikh joins in on the action, smashing Hardik Pandya over covers with a lofted shot for another four.
  • Nepal is building a strong foundation, reaching 53 runs without losing a wicket in 9 overs.
     Shardul breaks opening partnership

Shardul comes in and Bhurtel tries to go after him straight away. Lofted shot, not in control. But it lands in the vacant outfield. Nepal openers sneak in a double.

     Short from Shardul and Bhurtel pulls it, easily, over the fine leg fence for a six. But that is the last of Bhurtel as he edges the next one to Kishan.

     Kushal Bhurtel c Ishan Kishan b Thakur 38 (25b 3×4 2×6)

     Shardul breaks a partnership again.

     NEP 65/1 in 11 overs

  • Bhim Sharki is the new batsman for Nepal.
  • Hardik Pandya bowls a better over, managing to keep Aasif Sheikh quiet for a maiden over.
  • Nepal’s score stands at 65 for the loss of one wicket after 11 overs.

      NEP 67/1 in 12 overs

  • Shardul Thakur delivers his second over and maintains a tight line. He starts with three dot balls.
  • Bhim Sharki manages to get off the mark with a single in the fourth ball.
  • Nepal’s total reaches 67 for the loss of one wicket after 12 overs.

     NEP 69/1 in 14 overs

  • Hardik Pandya delivers another maiden over against Aasif Sheikh, displaying sharp and accurate bowling.
  • Ravindra Jadeja is introduced as the spinner. Bhim Sharki takes a single off Jadeja’s first ball, and the left-hander continues to rotate the strike effectively.
  • Nepal’s score stands at 69 for the loss of one wicket after 14 overs.
     NEP 73/1 in 15 overs

Shardul Thakur with his third over. Shakri and Aasif scamper home for a quick double. Siraj was slow in the outfield and the duo took full advantage of it. Four runs from the over.

     Ravindra Jadeja strikes for India, claiming the second wicket:

  • Jadeja delivers a flat delivery outside the off-stump.
  • Bhim Sharki attempts a swipe but only manages to get an inside edge onto the stumps.
  • Bhim Sharki departs after scoring 7 runs from 17 balls, with no boundaries.
  • Nepal is now 69/2 after this wicket.

     NEP 85/2 in 17 overs

  • Nepal’s captain, Rohit Paudel, comes in as the new batsman.
  • Shardul Thakur bowls a bouncer to Aasif Sheikh, who gets a top edge that runs away for a boundary.
  • Sheikh showcases control as he pulls another short ball from Shardul for another four.
  • Nepal is making steady progress, reaching 85 runs for the loss of two wickets after 17 overs.

     NEP 89/2 in 18 overs

  • Nepal’s skipper, Rohit Paudel, plays a slightly short delivery from Ravindra Jadeja and manages to cut it behind point for a double, opening his account.
  • The over yields just four runs for Nepal, and they are currently at 89 for the loss of two wickets after 18 overs.

     NEP 89/2 in 19 overs

  • Kuldeep Yadav is brought into the attack, and the Nepal batters approach him cautiously.
  • Aasif Sheikh defends the first five balls of the over.
  • However, in an attempt to play an aggressive sweep shot, Sheikh is initially given out leg before wicket (LBW) by the umpire. Nepal decides to review the decision, and once again, the decision is overturned as the ball was not hitting the stumps.
  • Nepal retains its two wickets, and the score remains at 89/2 after 19 overs.
     Sharp catch from Rohit Sharma

Jadeja from the other end for India. Pin point stuff from Jadeja around the wicket. He is offering no breathing space for the Nepal batters and he is rewarded with another wicket. Paudel slashes at one and Rohit Sharma takes a reflex catch at first slip.

Rohit Paudel c Sharma b Jadeja 5 (8b 0x4 0x6)

     NEP 99/3 in 21 overs

  • Kuldeep Yadav offers some width, and Aasif Sheikh capitalizes by crunching the ball through covers for a boundary.
  • Aasif Sheikh has shown stability at the crease and appears determined to continue his innings.
  • Nepal’s score advances to 99/3 after 21 over

     Ravindra Jadeja strikes again for India, claiming his third wicket:

  • Jadeja drifts the ball in, and the new batsman, Kushal Malla, attempts to loft it over the infield.
  • Unfortunately for Malla, he can’t clear Mohammed Siraj at mid-off, and the catch is taken.
  • Kushal Malla departs after scoring 2 runs from 5 balls with no boundaries.
  • Nepal loses its fourth wicket, with the score at 99/4.
 

 

     NEP 102/4 in 23 overs

  • Kuldeep Yadav maintains the pressure with his left-arm spin from the other end.
  • The new batsman, Gulshan, faces a challenging over from Kuldeep but manages to survive without scoring.
  • It’s a maiden over for Kuldeep, keeping the pressure on Nepal, who are at 102/4 after 23 overs.

     NEP 108/4 in 24 overs

  • Ravindra Jadeja delivers his sixth over. Gulshan manages to drive one through the covers, earning three runs from the shot.
  • A couple of additional singles are collected by Nepal’s batsmen during the over.
  • Jadeja concludes the over, and Nepal’s total stands at 108/4 after 24 overs

     NEP 109/4 in 25 overs

  • Kuldeep Yadav continues his spell, bowling over the wicket.
  • The Nepal batsmen find it challenging to score off Kuldeep, and the over yields just a single run.
  • Kuldeep’s accuracy is helping India control the run flow, and Nepal’s score is 109/4 after 25 overs.

 

 

     NEP 111/4 in 26 overs

  • Ravindra Jadeja maintains his rhythm with accurate bowling.
  • Gulshan flicks one through mid-wicket for a single during the over.
  • Aasif Sheikh attempts a cut shot behind point, but a superb diving effort by Shardul Thakur denies a boundary.
  • Jadeja delivers a flat delivery that beats Gulshan’s bat outside the off-stump. There is a stumping appeal, but the umpire rules it not out after a referral.
  • Nepal’s score reaches 111/4 after 26 overs.

     NEP 112/4 in 27 overs

  • Kuldeep Yadav bowls a delivery in the blockhole, and Aasif Sheikh manages to dig it out towards long-on for a single, taking him to 49.
  • Kuldeep follows up with a delivery that drifts in sharply and beats the inside-half of Gulshan’s bat. There is a stifled appeal from the wicketkeeper and Rohit Sharma at first slip.
  • The over results in just a single run for Nepal.
  • Aasif Sheikh is closing in on his half-century as Nepal’s score reaches 112/4 after 27 overs.

     NEP 123/4 in 28 overs

  • Mohammed Siraj returns to the attack. Aasif Sheikh reaches his fifty by flicking Siraj through square-leg for a single. It’s a composed innings with a few missed opportunities.
  • Gulshan gets an outside edge down to third man, adding a single to the total.
  • Siraj strays down the leg side, and Aasif clips the ball off his pads behind square for a FOUR.
  • Aasif rotates the strike with another run.
  • Gulshan plays a fine shot, countering Siraj’s quick bumper with a superb ramp shot over the keeper for FOUR more.
  • Nepal’s score advances to 123/4 after 28 overs.

     NEP 127/4 in 29 overs

  • Kuldeep Yadav bowls a shorter length, and the Nepal batters rotate the strike effectively, finding gaps for ones and twos.
  • The over results in four runs for Nepal, as they continue to build their innings.

     NEP 134/5 in 30 overs

  • Mohammed Siraj induces an outside edge off Gulshan, but the ball falls just short of Shubman Gill at first slip and rolls to the boundary for FOUR.
  • A single follows the boundary.
  • Siraj dismisses Aasif Sheikh, who departs after a patient innings of 58 runs from 97 balls, featuring 8 boundaries. Kohli takes a one-handed catch as the ball lobs up after hitting the leading edge.
  • Dipendra Airee comes in as the new batsman for Nepal.
  • Nepal’s score is 134/5 after 30 overs.
  • Aasif Sheikh c Kohli b Mohammed Siraj 58 runs conceded 97 balls with 8 fours.

     NEP 140/5 in 31 overs

  • Kuldeep Yadav changes his angle, coming around the wicket. He delivers a looping delivery, and Dipendra Airee leans forward to drive through the cover region for FOUR.
  • Airee collects a single in the next delivery as Kuldeep switches sides.
  • There’s a brief interruption due to a light drizzle, causing the groundstaff to cover the pitch momentarily. However, the drizzle subsides quickly, and the covers are removed.
  • Nepal’s total reaches 140/5 after 31 overs.

     NEP 145/6 in 32 overs

  • Mohammed Siraj varies his lengths, and he delivers a short-of-good-length ball, offering room to Gulshan, who slashes it past point for FOUR.
  • However, Siraj strikes back, pitching the next delivery up and inducing an outside edge from Gulshan. The ball goes behind the stumps, and Ishan Kishan makes no mistake this time, taking a regulation catch.
  • Gulsan Jha departs after contributing 23 runs from 35 balls, with 3 boundaries.
  • Nepal is now 145/6 after 32 overs.

     NEP 148/6 in 33 overs

  • Kuldeep Yadav, in his eighth over, has a slip and leg-slip in place.
  • He delivers a looping delivery, and Sompal gets a leading edge towards point.
  • Kuldeep follows it up with a fuller delivery outside the off-stump, and Sompal prods forward for a neat block.
  • Kuldeep bowls four consecutive dot balls.
  • He changes his angle, coming around the wicket and sliding the ball in. Sompal sweeps it down to backward square-leg for a single.
  • Airee manages to find two runs off the last ball with a flick to mid-wicket.
  • Nepal’s total stands at 148/6 after 33 overs.

     NEP 151/6 in 34 overs

  • Mohammed Shami makes his return to the bowling attack.
  • Shami maintains a steady line around the middle-stump, and Sompal does well to fend off the deliveries.
  • Shami then delivers a full and wide ball, allowing Sompal to lean into a breezy drive through cover. The batsmen take two runs, bringing up Nepal’s 150.
  • Shami follows up with a steep bouncer, which is deemed a wide by the umpire.
  • The over concludes with a dot ball.
  • Nepal’s score is now 151/6 after 34 overs.

     NEP 158/6 in 35 overs

  • Ravindra Jadeja changes ends and resumes his spell.
  • Jadeja delivers a full delivery, and Dipendra Airee drives beautifully with the turn through extra cover, earning FOUR runs for Nepal.
  • Jadeja follows it up with a delivery angled into the pads, and Airee drills the ball down to long-on for a single.
  • There is a brief rain delay as the groundstaff rush in with the covers, but play continues shortly after as the rain subsides.
  • Nepal’s total advances to 158/6 after 35 overs.

     NEP 168/6 in 36 overs

  • Mohammed Shami delivers a ball that Dipendra Airee gently flicks to the on-side, collecting two runs. The batsmen showcase excellent running between the wickets.
  • Shami pitches the next delivery up, and once again Airee flicks it to deep mid-wicket, earning two more runs.
  • Airee is beaten by a change of pace outside the off-stump as the ball whizzes past the edge.
  • Shami offers width outside the off-stump, and Airee cuts the ball beautifully through point for FOUR.
  • Nepal’s score moves to 168/6 after 36 overs.

     NEP 171/6 in 37 overs

  • Ravindra Jadeja varies his lengths and pace, but the Nepal batters effectively play him around the field, collecting a couple of singles.
  • There is no sense of risk in their approach, and every run becomes valuable for Nepal.
  • The score stands at 171/6 after 37 overs.

     38th over – RAIN STOPS PLAY

  • Hardik Pandya comes into the attack. He delivers a short ball outside the off-stump, and Sompal ramps the ball over the keeper down towards long-stop. Shardul Thakur, fielding at third man, struggles to make the save and inadvertently sends the ball to the boundary for FOUR.
  • Hardik Pandya bowls another short delivery, and Dipendra Airee swats the ball in front of square, collecting two more runs.
  • However, the groundstaff rushes in with the covers once again as rain interrupts play. The pitch is properly covered this time, and there will be a delay.
  • The score is 177/6 in 37.5 overs when play is halted due to rain.
  • Play is set to resume at 6:45 PM IST after a rain delay. There will be an inspection at 6:30 PM IST to ensure the conditions are suitable for play to continue. As of now, there is no reduction in the number of overs for the match.
  • NEP 178/6 in 38 overs

    • Play resumes after the rain delay, and Dipendra Airee faces the last ball of Hardik Pandya’s over.
    • Hardik delivers a fuller ball outside the off-stump, and it beats the outside edge on its way to the wicketkeeper.
    • Nepal’s total remains at 178/6 after 38 overs.

     NEP 183/6 in 39 overs

  • Ravindra Jadeja is set to bowl out his spell.
  • He delivers a fuller ball sliding in, and Sompal sweeps it behind square for two runs.
  • A couple of singles are taken in the following deliveries.
  • Sompal retains strike with another single.
  • Nepal’s score moves to 183/6 after 39 overs.

     NEP 184/6 in 40 overs

  • Hardik Pandya continues with his sharp line outside the off-stump, making it difficult for Sompal to find the gaps.
  • He bowls four consecutive dot balls.
  • Hardik delivers one that tails in, and Sompal manages to clip it to deep square-leg for a single.
  • Nepal’s total reaches 184/6 after 40 overs.

 

 

     NEP 194/6 in 41 overs

  • Kuldeep Yadav returns to the bowling attack.
  • He begins with a length delivery aimed at the middle-stump, and Sompal plays it defensively.
  • Kuldeep then delivers a short and wide delivery, allowing Sompal to rock back and cut the ball behind point for two runs.
  • An overpitched delivery from Kuldeep results in Sompal getting a thick outside-edge while attempting a slog-sweep. A sloppy effort from Mohammed Shami running towards third man concedes three runs.
  • Sompal takes another single, driving a delivery to deep cover for two runs.
  • Sompal and Dipendra Airee bring up a 50-run partnership with another single.
  • Nepal’s score is now 194/6 after 41 overs.

     NEP 194/7 in 42 overs

  • Hardik Pandya delivers a leg-cutter to Dipendra Airee, who plays around it, and the ball thuds into the front pad. It’s a strong appeal, and the umpire raises the finger.
  • Nepal reviews the decision, but the replay confirms that it’s hitting the stumps, and Airee has to depart.
  • Sandeep Lamichhane is the new batsman at the crease.
  • Hardik maintains a full and straight line, and Lamichhane struggles to find a gap. He taps one to cover and attempts a single, but his partner sends him back, resulting in a bit of frustration from Lamichhane.
  • Nepal’s score is now 194/7 after 42 overs.

     NEP 197/7 in 43 overs

  • Kuldeep Yadav delivers a loopy delivery, and Sompal sweeps it to deep square-leg for a single.
  • Sandeep Lamichhane gets off the mark with a single to long-off.
  • Kuldeep drifts one in and hits Sompal’s pads as he misses out on the sweep. There’s a stifled appeal, but India decides not to review.
  • A change of pace from Kuldeep beats Sompal in flight. Ishan Kishan quickly flicks the bails, but the batsman is well within the crease.
  • A single to end the over, and Kuldeep finishes his spell with figures of none for 34.
  • Nepal’s score is now 197/7 after 43 overs.

     NEP 202/7 in 44 overs

  • Hardik Pandya overpitches, and Sandeep Lamichhane clears his leg to slap the ball right past the bowler for two runs.
  • Nepal reaches the 200-run mark with that shot.
  • Hardik follows up with a quick bouncer, and Lamichhane manages to get some wood on the ball, sending it past the keeper for a single.
  • Nepal’s score is now 202/7 after 44 overs.

     NEP 205/7 in 45 overs

  • Mohammed Siraj returns to the bowling attack.
  • Sandeep Lamichhane slaps the ball towards mid-off for a single but is sent back by his partner.
  • A direct-hit from the fielder at the striker’s end results in a single, and an overthrow adds another run to the total.
  • Rohit Sharma expresses his displeasure with the fielding effort.
  • Nepal’s score is now 205/7 after 45 overs.

     NEP 216/7 in 46 overs

  • Hardik Pandya offers some width, and Sompal Kami slaps the ball over backward point, collecting two runs.
  • Sandeep Lamichhane steps out and swats a short ball behind short fine-leg for a single.
  • Hardik delivers a length ball, and Sompal Kami muscles it over deep mid-wicket for a massive SIX!
  • Nepal’s score is now 216/7 after 46 overs.

     NEP 227/7 in 47 overs

  • Mohammed Siraj delivers a steep bouncer, and Sompal Kami gets a top-edge over Ishan Kishan, collecting another two runs.
  • Siraj goes short again, and Sompal Kami wallops it over square-leg for another impressive SIX!
  • Nepal’s score is now 227/7 after 47 overs.

     NEP 229/9 in 48 overs

  • Mohammed Shami to Sompal Kami, OUT! A fantastic catch from Ishan Kishan. A thick outside-edge flies off Sompal’s blade, and Kishan leaps to his right to complete the catch. Sompal misses out on a well-deserved fifty.
  • Sandeep Lamichhane is run out after a mix-up between the batters. He taps the ball to cover but is sent back, and a fine throw from substitute fielder Axar Patel helps Ishan Kishan flick the bails in quick time.
  • Lalit Rajbanshi is the last batsman for Nepal.

     Nepal’s score is now 229/9 after 48 overs.

     NEP 230 all out in 48.2 overs

  • Karan KC dabs Siraj down to third man for a single.
  • Mohammed Siraj cleans up Lalit Rajbanshi, and Nepal is bowled out for 230.

     Nepal’s innings has come to an end, with a commendable effort with the bat, while India’s fielding performance was underwhelming.

     Nepal’s innings came to an end at 230, and they fell short of batting their full quota of 50 overs. Despite the late wickets, it was an admirable effort from the minnows. After winning the toss and choosing to bowl, India had a frustrating day in the field, dropping three catches in the early overs and struggling to maintain consistent bowling lines and lengths.

     Shardul Thakur played a pivotal role in breaking Nepal’s opening stand, and Ravindra Jadeja’s tight bowling in the middle overs dismantled the Nepali middle order. While India seemed poised to run through the Nepal lower order after they lost six wickets, the partnership between Sompal Kami and Dipendra Singh Airee stalled their progress. Nevertheless, India managed to prevent Nepal’s tail from making significant contributions.

     India vs Nepal Asian Cup 2023:

     Nepal’s performance in their first international game against India was commendable, and they didn’t appear overawed by the occasion. From the outset, the two Nepal openers displayed confidence and aggression, capitalizing on India’s dropped catches. Kushal Bhurtel was particularly aggressive in the opening partnership.

     However, Nepal faced a slump in the middle overs, losing their way. Aasif Sheikh, though, remained steady and reached his fifty. At 144-6, Sompal Kami and Dipendra Singh Airee combined to rebuild the innings with a crucial 50-run partnership. During their partnership, it seemed Nepal might reach a score of over 250, but Kami’s dismissal meant they had to settle for a total of 230. Despite the late wickets, Nepal’s performance showcased their resilience and potential.

     Aasif Sheikh reflects on his innings and mentions that he wanted to bat deep after getting a start in the early overs but couldn’t do so. He acknowledges that they were aiming for a score of around 250 but are content with reaching 230. He highlights the challenging conditions where the ball is doing a bit from a length and mentions the team’s strategy to hit that length. Aasif also appreciates the enthusiastic Nepali crowd that turned up in large numbers to support the team.

     India vs Nepal Asian Cup 2023:

     IND 1/0 in 1 over.

     In India’s innings, Karan KC bowled the first over for Nepal. The over began with a wide delivery, and on the second ball, Karan hit Rohit Sharma on the pads, prompting a strong LBW appeal. Nepal reviewed the decision, but it was not overturned. Karan managed to hit Rohit on the pads again later in the over, but this time, Nepal chose not to review the decision.

     IND 13/0 in 2 overs:

     Karan KC starts with a wide against Rohit Sharma. He then hits Rohit on the pads, resulting in a strong LBW appeal and an unsuccessful review. Shubman Gill responds with two well-placed fours, but also survives a close call as the ball narrowly misses his outside edge. Sompal Kami bowls the second over and Gill continues his aggressive approach, hitting two more fours. The over ends with a quick, rising delivery that surprises Gill and rushes onto the keeper.

     IND 17/0 in 2.3 overs: Rain Interrupts Play-

     In the 3rd over, Rohit Sharma decided to take charge as he confidently charged down the pitch, smashing the ball down the ground for a boundary, taking India’s score to 17/0. However, just as momentum was building, rain disrupted play once again, forcing the groundstaff to bring out the covers.

    India vs Nepal Asian Cup 2023:  Continued Rain Disrupts Play

     weather update.

     It’s good to hear that the rain has stopped, and the covers are off. However, the chance of finishing the game still depends on how quickly the ground can be dried out and whether there will be any more rain interruptions. Let’s hope for the best and that we can have some more cricket action soon.

     Play will resume at 10:15 PM

    With India needing 145 runs to win in 23 overs. Let’s hope for an exciting and uninterrupted continuation of the match.

    India vs Nepal Asian Cup 2023:  Welcome back to the action! Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma are back in the middle to continue India’s chase. Let’s see how they approach this revised target of 145 runs in 23 overs.

     IND 19/0 in 3 overs

     India makes a steady start in their chase of 145, with both Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill picking up singles. Karan KC manages to keep things tight toward the end of the over with a few dot balls.

     IND 22/0 in 4 overs

      Nepal introduces spin into the attack with Lalit Rajbanshi. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill pick up three runs in the over, but Rajbanshi manages to maintain accuracy in his bowling.

     IND 31/0 in 5 overs

     Shubman Gill finds the boundary with a confident shot through the covers off Karan KC. Rohit Sharma joins the party with a paddle scoop for another boundary.

     IND 33/0 in 6 overs

     Lalit Rajbanshi continues to bowl a tight line, and the Indian openers are content with taking just two singles in the over.

     IND 45/0 in 7 overs –

     Sandeep Lamichhane comes into the attack for Nepal. Rohit Sharma welcomes him with a reverse sweep and follows it up with a conventional sweep for a boundary. He continues his attack with another sweep shot, this time clearing the boundary for the first six of the innings.

     IND 52/0 in 8 overs –

     Lalit Rajbanshi continues to bowl for Nepal. The Indian openers choose to play cautiously, taking just two singles in the over. Rohit Sharma manages to slash one to the off-side for a double, bringing up India’s fifty.

    India vs Nepal Asian Cup 2023:

      IND 61/0 in 9 overs

     Sandeep Lamichhane continues to bowl for Nepal. Shubman Gill decides to take him on this time, stepping down the track to loft the spinner for a six straight down the ground.

     IND 64/0 in 10 overs –

     Dipendra Airee comes into the attack for Nepal. The Indian openers take some time to adjust to his fastish off-breaks, managing just three singles from the over.

     IND 76/0 in 11 overs –

     Sandeep Lamichhane bowls his third over for Nepal. Although he manages to deceive Shubman Gill with a delivery that turns significantly, Rohit Sharma responds by hitting a boundary with a pull shot off a short ball and then follows it up with a massive six via a slog sweep. India’s openers are in control.

     IND 85/0 in 12 overs –

     Dipendra Airee bowls a series of singles, with Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma accumulating runs without much trouble. Then, Rohit Sharma showcases his class by nonchalantly swatting a length delivery outside the off-stump for a massive six over deep mid-wicket. India’s openers continue to dominate the Nepali bowlers.

     IND 96/0 in 13 overs –

     Shubman Gill starts the over with a boundary, tucking a delivery fine behind square-leg for four runs. The batsmen rotate the strike with a couple of singles. Gill then drives a delivery to long-on for another single. Rohit Sharma showcases his dominance by smashing a short ball through cow corner for a boundary, completing his fifty off just 39 balls. India’s openers are in complete control of the chase.

    India vs Nepal Asian Cup 2023:

     IND 101/0 in 14 overs –

     Kushal Malla enters the bowling attack for Nepal. He starts with a couple of dot balls before Shubman Gill advances down the pitch and powers the ball to long-off for a boundary. India’s opening pair continues to build a strong foundation in the chase.

    India vs Nepal Asian Cup 2023:  

     IND 113/0 in 15 overs –

     Lalit Rajbanshi persists with his spin bowling. He begins with a wide delivery, allowing the batsmen to sneak in a bye. Rohit Sharma then dispatches a short ball deep into the stands for a massive six, showcasing his prowess. Rohit changes his bat and collects a single with a gentle tap through cover. The remaining deliveries yield four more singles for India.

     IND 120/0 in 16 overs –

     Sandeep Lamichhane delivers a short ball, and Shubman Gill capitalizes on it by sweeping the ball behind square-leg for a boundary, reaching his fifty off 47 balls. He adds a single to his tally. Rohit Sharma then tries a paddle shot, and although there’s no bat involved, Nepal reviews for a potential leg-before wicket. The decision ultimately goes in favor of India as it’s deemed a leg-bye with the ball sliding down leg.

    India vs Nepal Asian Cup 2023:

     IND 130/0 in 17 overs –

     Karan KC keeps a tight line, and Rohit Sharma can’t find a gap in the off-side field. However, the Indian openers manage to take a couple of singles. In a juicy slot, Rohit gets a ball in his hitting zone and smashes it over long-off for another six.

     IND 133/0 in 18 overs –

     Shubman Gill drives the first ball down to long-on for a single, and Rohit Sharma attempts a cut but gets an inside-edge for a single.

     IND 140/0 in 19 overs –

     Gulshan Jha strays to the pads, and Shubman Gill flicks the ball past mid-wicket for two runs. A short delivery, and Gill punches the ball through cover for a single. Gulshan hits the deck and gets the ball to shoot up from a length, beating Rohit Sharma’s outside-edge. Then, he offers width outside off-stump, and Rohit stands deep to cream the ball through point for a boundary.

      IND 143/0 in 20 overs –

     Shubman Gill drives the ball to cover, and a misfield allows him to take a single. Rohit Sharma also takes a single. A full toss, but Gill can only find the cover fielder once again. Gill then works one to long-on for another single.

     IND 147/0 in 20.1 overs –

     Gulshan strays to the pads, and the ball races off Gill’s pads down the ground for FOUR. India beats Nepal by 10 wickets and qualifies for the Super 4s.

    India vs Nepal Asian Cup 2023:

      India has successfully qualified for the Super Fours with an impressive 10-wicket victory over Nepal. Despite some early hiccups, including dropped catches, India’s bowlers managed to restrict Nepal to a modest total. Ravindra Jadeja played a crucial role by taking three wickets, and Mohammed Siraj also contributed with three wickets. In the chase, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill displayed aggressive batting, easily reaching the revised target set due to rain interruptions. Their partnership ensured India’s comfortable victory and progression to the Super Fours.

     Nepal may be out of the Asia Cup, but they can certainly take away several positives from their performance in this game. Despite a tentative start with the bat, Nepal’s opening pair of Aasif Sheikh and Kushal Bhurtel displayed aggressive intent, with Bhurtel finding the boundaries regularly. Although Bhurtel’s dismissal triggered a mini-collapse, Sheikh remained steadfast and, along with Gulsan Jha, built a steady partnership while Sheikh also notched up a half-century. Another crucial partnership between Dipendra Singh Airee and Sompal Kami helped Nepal cross the 200-run mark. On the bowling front, Karan KC made an excellent start, troubling the Indian skipper in the first over. However, once play resumed after the rain break, Nepal’s bowlers struggled to contain the Indian batsmen, and they were unable to defend their total effectively.

     Shubman Gill expresses his enjoyment of the innings and his desire to finish the game after his earlier dismissal against Pakistan. He highlights the successful partnership with Rohit Sharma, where Rohit takes on the bowlers aerially, while he opts for boundaries, making their approach complementary. Gill acknowledges Nepal’s strong performance with the new ball and notes that they anticipated easier batting conditions once the ball became wet in the outfield.

     Shubman Gill expressed his disappointment with his dismissal in the previous match and emphasized the importance of finishing the game alongside Rohit Sharma. He highlighted their partnership, mentioning that Rohit prefers to take on the bowlers with aerial shots, while he focuses on hitting boundaries rather than sixes, creating a complementary approach to batting together.

     Nepal’s captain, Rohit Paudel, commends the performance of their openers in the match. He believes that the middle order could have performed better and that the team fell short by 30–40 runs. Paudel expresses confidence in their lower order’s recent contributions and believes that with a stronger middle-order performance, they could have reached a total of 260–270. He acknowledges the challenging bowling conditions but is pleased with the effort put in by the bowlers.

     India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, receives the PLAYER OF THE MATCH award for his impressive performance with the bat. Rohit acknowledges that he had some nerves to start with but is pleased with how he found his form during the match. He discusses India’s team selection for the upcoming World Cup, noting that the Asia Cup matches provided only a partial view of the team’s performance. Rohit emphasizes the need to continue improving in all aspects, including fielding and catching, while highlighting their batting recovery in the previous game and the decent performance of their bowlers in this match.

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