Pakistan Beat Nepal: Dominant Pakistan Beat Debutant Nepal by 238 runs in the Inaugural Match of Asia Cup 2023.

Pakistan Beat Nepal: Pakistan vs Nepal (Pak vs Nep) Asia Cup 2023: A Spectacle of Dominance and Debut

Pakistan Beat Nepal: Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed Lead Pakistan's Batting Assault

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Pakistan Beat Nepal: Shadab Khan's Bowling Brilliance Seals Nepal's Fate

    Pakistan Beat Nepal:

     Key Highlights:  [ 1 ] A close look of Asia Cup Trophy.

      [ 2 ] Multan hosts an Asia Cup Match for the 1st time.

     [ 3 ] Toss: Pakistan won the toss, elected to bat.

     [ 4 ] 2 wickets fall early.

     [ 5 ] Rizwan played good but lazy run-out.

     [ 6 ] Babar scored his 19th century, scored 151 in 131 balls.

     [ 7 ] Iftikhar scored his maiden Hundred, 109 *.

     [ 8 ] Pakistan set a target of 343 for Debutant Nepal.

     [ 9 ] Nepal could not cope up against Pakistan Bowlers.

     [ 10 ] Nepal all out on 104 in just 23.4.

     [ 11 ] Shadab got 4.

     [ 12 ] Babar got Man Of the Match

     [ 13 ] Beautiful opening ceramony.

      Pakistan Beat Nepal:  “Nepal’s captain, Rohit Paudel, confidently states that his team possesses the ability to put up a strong challenge against both Pakistan and India in the upcoming 2023 Asia Cup matches.”

     Providing some facts before the match.

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     Pakistan Beat Nepal:

     Match Details:

     The inaugural clash of the Asia Cup 2023 saw the host nation Pakistan locking horns with Nepal, a debutant team eager to make their mark. The game was a spectacle of contrasts, pitting Pakistan’s seasoned expertise against Nepal’s youthful zeal.

     Pakistan’s Dynamic Batting Display: Despite the early loss of openers in the powerplay, Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan embarked on stabilizing the innings. Rizwan’s departure after a valiant 44 runs left the crease, courtesy of a direct hit by Nepal’s Airee.

     Babar Azam’s partnership with Iftikhar Ahmed then took center stage. The duo’s explosive display post the 30-over mark transformed the momentum. Both batsmen unleashed an aggressive onslaught on Nepal’s bowling attack, propelling the scoreboard. Babar Azam’s monumental century, coupled with his 150-run milestone, marked a defining moment in the match. Not to be outdone, Iftikhar Ahmed scripted his maiden ODI century, finishing the innings unbeaten.

     As the innings concluded, Pakistan amassed a formidable 342-run total after losing only 4 wickets. The stage was set for their bowlers to capitalize on the commanding advantage.

     Clinical Bowling Mastery: Pakistan’s bowlers took the field with a blend of skill and intent. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shadab Khan, and Mohammad Nawaz showcased a disciplined and relentless bowling attack. Nepal’s batsmen found it arduous to withstand the onslaught, with wickets tumbling in quick succession.

      Shadab Khan emerged as the star of the bowling contingent, capturing 4 crucial wickets while conceding a mere 27 runs. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf each contributed 2 wickets, while Naseem Shah and Mohammad Nawaz chipped in with a wicket apiece.

      Victory and Takeaways: By the 23.4-over mark, Nepal had faltered, managing only 104 runs before being bowled out. Pakistan’s triumph by a whopping 238-run margin demonstrated their prowess across all facets of the game. The match stood as a learning experience for Nepal, who faced the daunting challenge posed by a well-rounded Pakistani team.

     As the tournament continues, all eyes are now fixed on the forthcoming encounter between arch-rivals Pakistan and India, scheduled for September 2nd. This match promises to be yet another chapter in the storied rivalry, carrying the weight of cricketing history and the excitement of competition.

Toss Update:

     Pakistan won the toss and opt to bat first.

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      “Captain Babar Azam describes the pitch as dry and glossy, opting to bat first with the intention of setting a challenging target. Will we witness a flurry of runs?”

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     Pakistan Beat Nepal:  

      1. Uniting Anthems: Teams Stand Tall for National Honors:  “As the teams take the field, the moment arrives for the national anthems. Nepal’s anthem takes the lead, followed by Pakistan’s anthems.

      2. Opening Ceremony Spectacle: Songs and Balloons Fill the Air:  The opening ceremony commences with Nepalese singer Trishula Gurung’s captivating performance, accompanied by balloons filling the stadium. Pakistani singer Aima Baig then takes the stage, adding her enchanting performance to the festivities.” 

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      Pakistan Beat Nepal:    Transitioning to the cricket action, the stage is set for the game to commence following two performances. The Pakistani openers step onto the field, while the debutant Nepal team takes their positions in the field.”

     Pak – 9/0 in 1 over:  In the initial over, Sompal Kami, the right-arm fast bowler, takes the ball for Nepal. Fakhar Zaman assumes the striker’s position. The first ball finds its way to the fine leg boundary, setting the tone with an early four. Zaman’s confident bat strikes again on the third ball, this time towards midwicket for another boundary. Imam-ul-Haq faces the last ball, marking a dot ball. The over concludes with Pakistan amassing nine runs, setting a promising pace for the innings.

     “Pakistan reaches 11/0 in 2 overs as Karan KC, the right-arm fast bowler for Nepal, delivers a tight over, conceding just 2 runs.”

     “Pakistan remains at 11/0 after 3 overs. Sompal Kami maintains pressure with three consecutive dot balls, showcasing some swing. A maiden over is executed as the bowlers persistently target the wickets.”

     “Pakistan advances to 16/0 by the 4th over. Karan remains in action. Imam-ul-Haq breaks his run drought with a single towards fine leg. Fakhar Zaman adds a boundary, scoring 5 runs in the over.

     “As the game progresses, Pakistan reaches 21/0 after 5 overs. Sompal Kami bowls his third over in the hot and humid conditions at Multan. Imam-ul-Haq secures his first four of the match by placing the ball towards covers. However, luck favors him as he survives a dropped catch by Arif Sheikh at gully, a costly miss for Nepal. The over yields five runs.”

     “Pakistan reaches 25/1 after 6 overs. Karan bowls his third over. Fakhar Zaman’s attempt to play a forceful shot results in an edge, well caught by keeper Aasif Sheikh. Zaman departs after scoring 14 off 20 balls.

     Captain Babar Azam steps in and promptly opens his account with a boundary on the first ball, placing the ball towards square leg. The fielder’s efforts fall short, allowing the ball to reach the boundary. The over encompasses both a boundary and a wicket.”

     “Pakistan’s score reaches 29/2 after 7 overs. Sompal Kami continues to bowl. Imam-ul-Haq attempts a quick run but mid-off fielder Rohit Paudel’s swift throw results in a direct hit, catching Imam short of the crease. Imam departs after scoring five, marking Nepal’s second wicket.

     Mohammad Rizwan steps onto the field. Sompal’s over proves exceptional, consistently denying Babar Azam room to maneuver. The over concludes, adding to Nepal’s steady bowling performance.””Pakistan achieves a total of 31/2 in 8 overs. Karan continues, delivering his fourth over. Mohammad Rizwan opens with a defensive shot, gradually finding his rhythm and securing a single towards fine leg. The over yields a mere two runs.”

     “Pakistan advances to 38/2 by the end of the 9th over. A bowling change brings in right-arm pacer Gulshan Kumar Jha. Nerves are apparent as he begins with a wide, followed by a no-ball. The resulting free hit also leads to a wide. Babar Azam’s attempt to capitalize on the delivery ends up with a mistimed shot towards fine leg for a single. Kumar Jha progressively improves his line and length. The over accumulates seven runs.”

     “Pakistan’s score reaches 44/2 after 10 overs. A fresh bowling change sees left-arm spinner Lalit Rajbanshi take the ball. The first delivery is a no-ball. Mohammad Rizwan capitalizes on the ensuing free hit, sweeping the ball towards fine leg for a boundary. The final over of the PowerPlay yields six runs.”

      “Pakistan reaches 49/2 in 11 overs. Gulshan Kumar Jha continues to bowl, keeping the boundary balls in check. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam opt for singles, accumulating five runs in the over.”

     “Pakistan’s score advances to 56/2 after 12 overs. Lalit Rajbanshi’s left-arm spin persists. Mohammad Rizwan’s well-placed drive towards covers earns a single and brings Pakistan’s fifty. Rizwan delicately guides a ball down the leg side for a boundary towards fine leg. The over contributes seven runs to Pakistan’s total.”

     “Pakistan’s tally reaches 64/2 after 13 overs. Sandeep Lamichhane, the leg-spinner, enters the bowling attack. Mohammad Rizwan greets him with a elegant cover drive, resulting in a boundary. Lamichhane’s overly full and wide delivery is exploited for a double by Rizwan. The over concludes with eight runs added to the scoreboard.”

     “Pakistan maintains a score of 65/2 after 14 overs. Lalit Rajbanshi’s left-arm spin remains disciplined, allowing just a single run in the over. The players then take a drinks break.

     Nepal has enjoyed an impressive first hour of play. They dismissed both openers during the powerplay and have successfully restricted the run flow.

     Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have seized control, approaching a fifty-run partnership.”

     “Pakistan’s total reaches 72/2 after 15 overs. Sandeep Lamichhane’s leg-spin continues. Despite the heat at Multan, both Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan opt for caps instead of helmets. A boundary gift arrives for Pakistan due to a misfield at the boundary. Babar’s powerful shot towards midwicket manages to pass through a fielder’s legs, resulting in another boundary. The over adds seven runs to the score.”

     “Pakistan’s tally reaches 75/2 in 16 overs. Off-spinner Dipendre Airee takes over the bowling duties. The partnership between Babar Azam and Rizwan crosses the fifty-run mark, showcasing an excellent collaboration. The over contributes three runs to the total.”

     “Pakistan’s score reaches 78/2 after 17 overs. Sandeep Lamichhane’s leg-spin endures. Both Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan exhibit composed play, focusing on singles rather than boundary hunting. The over yields three runs.”

     “Pakistan advances to 83/2 in the 18th over. Dipendre Airee remains in action. Babar Azam’s well-executed late cut results in a boundary. The over accumulates five runs.”

     “Pakistan reaches 84/2 after 19 overs. Sandeep Lamichhane’s leg-spin persists. Nepal’s disciplined bowling performance continues, denying any easy scoring opportunities. The over results in a solitary single.”

     “Pakistan’s score reaches 91/2 after 20 overs. Dipendre Airee’s off-spin is on display. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan opt for singles, maintaining a steady pace. Rizwan punctuates the over with a well-placed sweep shot, earning a boundary towards backward square leg.”

     “Pakistan’s total progresses to 96/2 after 21 overs. Lalit Rajbanshi resumes bowling duties. The bowlers adhere to a straightforward strategy of targeting the stumps. Mohammad Rizwan employs the sweep shot once more, securing a boundary towards square leg to conclude the over.”

     “Pakistan advances to 102/2 after 22 overs. Dipendre Airee remains the bowler. Babar Azam’s calculated shot towards square results in a boundary, marking Pakistan’s achievement of 100 runs. The over contributes six runs to the total.”

     “Pakistan maintains a total of 105/2 after 23 overs. Lalit Rajbanshi’s left-arm spin endures. Despite Babar Azam’s well-timed shots, finding gaps has been a challenge, particularly in the cover region. The over concludes with three runs added to the score.”

 
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     Pakistan Beat Nepal:   “Pakistan’s tally advances to 112/3 by the 24th over. Sandeep Lamichhane returns to the bowling attack following a brief pause. Both batters, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, are in the 40s. Rizwan capitalizes on a full toss outside off stump, sending it towards midwicket for a boundary. However, a casual run costs Rizwan his wicket as a direct hit finds him short of the crease. He departs for 44, attempting to avoid the ball without grounding his bat.

     Salman Agha takes his position on the field. The over proves productive for Nepal, resulting in a wicket.”

     Pakistan Beat Nepal:  “Pakistan reaches 116/3 after 25 overs. Lalit Rajbanshi’s left-arm spin persists. The over accumulates four runs.”

     “Pakistan’s total reaches 120/3 after 26 overs. Sandeep Lamichhane’s leg-spin endures. Babar Azam encounters a half-tracker but fails to connect cleanly, resulting in the ball being airborne but safe. The over contributes four runs to the score.”

     “Pakistan maintains a total of 123/3 after 27 overs. Lalit Rajbanshi bowls his seventh over. The Pakistani batters display a patient approach, focusing on defense and accumulating dot balls. The over adds two runs to the score.”

     “Pakistan’s score reaches 125/4 in the 28th over. Sandeep Lamichhane’s seventh over is underway. Salman Agha’s struggle at the crease continues as he attempts a reverse sweep but finds the fielder at point. The dismissal ends Agha’s 14-ball innings, departing for five. This marks Pakistan’s fourth wicket.

     Iftikhar Ahmed enters the field to join Babar Azam. The over accounts for two runs and a wicket.”

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     Pakistan Beat Nepal:  “In the 29th over, Karan KC returns to the attack. Babar Azam is on strike. He elegantly places a ball on the pads towards midwicket, securing a double and reaching his fifty in 72 balls. The following delivery is full and straight, and Babar executes a stunning shot between mid-on and midwicket, fetching a boundary.

     However, luck favors Babar as he survives a dropped catch on the next ball, a full and straight delivery that he smacks straight back to the bowler who fails to hold onto it. The over concludes, resulting in eight runs.”

     Pakistan Beat Nepal:  “Pakistan’s total advances to 139/4 after 30 overs. Lalit Rajbanshi changes ends and continues bowling. Babar Azam employs a slog sweep on a full and straight delivery, sending it towards midwicket for a boundary. The over contributes six runs.”

     “Pakistan reaches 143/4 after 31 overs. Karan KC, the right-arm pacer, maintains his bowling spell. Iftikhar Ahmed experiences a subdued start to his innings. Karan adeptly varies his lengths and pace, often targeting the stumps. Iftikhar manages to secure a boundary by cutting a width-offering length ball towards backward point. The over contributes four runs to the score.”

     “Pakistan’s score reaches 152/4 after 32 overs. Lalit Rajbanshi’s left-arm spin endures. Babar Azam executes a sweep shot on a full and straight delivery, directing it towards fine leg for a boundary. This boundary also marks Pakistan’s achievement of 150 runs. The over results in nine runs added to the total.”

     “Pakistan’s tally reaches 157/4 after 33 overs. Sompal Kami resumes bowling duties. Iftikhar Ahmed’s shot towards covers results in a misfield, allowing the batters to grab two runs. The over contributes five runs before the players take a drinks break.

     Babar Azam’s composed performance is evident, yet Nepal’s bowlers have impressively contained Pakistan’s scoring on what appears to be a flat wicket. With six wickets remaining, the question arises: how much can Pakistan manage to score from this point?”

     “Pakistan reaches 167/4 in their innings after 34 overs. The players and fielders are feeling the heat in the hot and humid conditions of Multan, taking a moment to rest. The physio provides a massage to Babar Azam, who is batting on 71 off 86 balls.

     A change in bowling introduces Kushal Bhurtel. A poorly delivered short and wide ball from Bhurtel is met by Iftikhar Ahmed’s confident strike towards covers, earning a boundary and capitalizing on the opportunity.”

     “Pakistan’s total advances to 180/4 after 35 overs. Sompal Kami continues to bowl. Iftikhar Ahmed seizes the chance to hit a short ball towards midwicket, achieving a much-needed six, the first of the innings. A subsequent short and wide delivery from Sompal gives Babar Azam the opportunity to execute a punch towards covers, adding a boundary. The over contributes 13 runs to the score.”

     “Pakistan’s score reaches 190/4 after 36 overs. Sandeep Lamichhane returns to bowling. Babar Azam’s quick single results in a direct hit mishap by the fielder, leading to two extra runs for Pakistan. Babar capitalizes on a wide delivery, guiding the ball towards deep third for a boundary. The over accumulates 10 runs.”

     “Pakistan advances to 196/4 in 37 overs. Sompal Kami’s bowling continues with a variation in lengths to avoid predictability. The over is steady, resulting in six runs added to the score.”

     “Pakistan’s total reaches 204/4 after 38 overs. Sandeep Lamichhane bowls his ninth over. Iftikhar Ahmed capitalizes on a short ball, lofting it towards midwicket for a boundary that also marks Pakistan’s achievement of 200 runs. The over accumulates eight runs.”

     “Pakistan’s score advances to 208/4 in 39 overs. Karan KC is brought into the attack. Iftikhar Ahmed attempts a pull shot on a back-of-length delivery, lacking ideal timing. Nevertheless, a gap in the field ensures his safety. The over yields four runs.”

     “Pakistan reaches 213/4 after 40 overs. Lalit Rajbanshi bowls his final over. A misfield leads to a boundary for Iftikhar Ahmed, who plays a short delivery towards covers. The fielder’s inability to gather the ball cleanly allows it to find the boundary. The over contributes five runs, and Babar Azam stands at 97.”

     “Pakistan’s total advances to 222/4 in 41 overs. Gulshan Kumar Jha returns to bowling. Babar Azam remains cautious in his 90s, opting to avoid unnecessary risks for boundary shots. Nepal’s fielding, which appeared strong during the initial PowerPlay, has deteriorated and become sloppy. The over accumulates nine runs, primarily through singles and doubles.”

     “Pakistan reaches 228/4 in 42 overs. Babar Azam stands at 98, while Iftikhar Ahmed is at 49.

     Dipendre Airee resumes bowling duties. A single enables Iftikhar Ahmed to achieve his fifty. Babar Azam expertly maneuvers a short and wide delivery, securing a double that marks his 19th ODI century in 109 balls. The partnership between the two batters surpasses 100 runs. The over adds six runs to the total.”

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     Pakistan Beat Nepal:  “Pakistan’s score reaches 242/4 in 43 overs. Gulshan Kumar Jha continues his bowling spell. Babar Azam seizes a short delivery and powerfully sends it towards square leg for a remarkable six, executing the shot with just one hand on the bat. Iftikhar Ahmed contributes with a slash towards square leg, achieving a boundary. The over concludes on a positive note with ten runs added to the total.”

      “Pakistan advances to 255/4 in 44 overs. Dipendre Airee maintains his bowling spell. Babar Azam, batting without a helmet, skillfully strikes a full and on-the-pads delivery towards midwicket for a boundary. He clears his front leg to execute the shot. A full toss on the pads is capitalized by Iftikhar Ahmed, who flicks it towards square leg for a powerful six. The over contributes 13 runs to the score.”

     Pakistan Beat Nepal:  “Pakistan’s score reaches 275/4 after 45 overs, leaving five overs remaining. Sompal Kami resumes bowling duties. Iftikhar Ahmed skillfully slogs a full and on-the-pads delivery towards midwicket, securing a boundary. Babar Azam capitalizes on a short ball, elegantly pulling it towards midwicket for another four. A full toss from Sompal prompts Babar to slap it over the bowler’s head, resulting in another boundary. Babar maintains his momentum, striking a length ball straight over long off for a remarkable six. The over garners a total of 20 runs.

      The partnership between Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed grows to 151 runs from 103 balls.”

     Pakistan Beat Nepal: “Pakistan’s total rises to 294/4 in 46 overs. Sandeep Lamichhane bowls his final over. Iftikhar Ahmed maneuvers a short and wide delivery towards point, and after a fielder’s diving attempt, the ball is referred to the umpires. Upon review, it is determined that the ball touched the rope, resulting in a boundary.

     Babar Azam, on the other hand, faces a full delivery and launches it towards covers for a powerful six. He continues his momentum by hitting consecutive sixes, this time towards square leg. Lamichhane’s over contributes 13 runs to the total.”

     “Pakistan’s score advances to 301/4 in 47 overs. Karan KC resumes bowling. Iftikhar Ahmed miscues a shot, but the ball lands without consequence. A short ball from Karan causes Babar Azam to get a top edge, resulting in the ball sailing over the wicketkeeper for a four. This boundary marks Pakistan’s achievement of 300 runs.”

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     Pakistan Beat Nepal:  “Pakistan’s total reaches 313/4 in 48 overs. Sompal Kami bowls to Iftikhar Ahmed, who expertly strikes a full delivery for a six over long on. Another full delivery prompts Iftikhar to slog, resulting in a thick outside edge that goes for a boundary towards deep third. Meanwhile, Babar Azam attains his 150 runs, having faced 129 balls.”

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     Pakistan Beat Nepal:  “Pakistan’s score advances to 331/4 in 49 overs. Karan KC delivers the second-to-last over of the innings. Iftikhar Ahmed takes charge by striking a wide length ball towards covers for a boundary, propelling him into the 90s. A full delivery follows, allowing Iftikhar to launch the ball over long off for a significant six. Subsequently, he capitalizes on another wide delivery, executing a cut shot for four, which secures his maiden ODI century—a remarkable achievement.”

     Pakistan Beat Nepal“Pakistan concludes their innings at 342/6 in 50 overs. In the final over, Iftikhar Ahmed initiates with a boundary towards backward square leg. However, Babar Azam’s impressive innings is halted as he is caught at long off while attempting a lofted shot. He departs with a remarkable score of 151 runs off 131 balls.

     Shadab Khan takes his place at the crease for the last two deliveries. He swiftly strikes his first ball, sending it towards fine leg for a boundary with a lap shot. On the final ball, he attempts a similar shot but misses, resulting in his dismissal as the wicket is hit. This wicket concludes Pakistan’s innings at 342/6.

     Pakistan ends their batting performance on a high note. Iftikhar Ahmed remains unbeaten with a century, scoring 109 runs, while Babar Azam’s contribution of 151 runs stands out. Sompal Kami takes two wickets in the final over, accumulating a total of 3/85 in his 10 overs.

      Nepal now faces the challenge of chasing down the target of 343 runs to secure victory.”

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     Pakistan Beat Nepal“Pakistan’s dynamic duo, Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed, made history by establishing the highest fifth-wicket partnership for their country during the Asia Cup opener against Nepal at the Multan Cricket Stadium. Their remarkable collaboration yielded an impressive 214 runs, with both batsmen achieving centuries. Babar Azam exhibited exceptional prowess by scoring 151 runs from 131 balls, while Iftikhar Ahmed accomplished his century in just 67 deliveries. This record-breaking feat surpassed the previous record held by Younis Khan and Umar Akmal, set 14 years ago at the R Premadasa Stadium in Sri Lanka. During that match, Akmal scored a century, remaining unbeaten at 102, while Younis contributed 89 runs off 111 balls.

     Here are the top fifth-wicket partnerships for Pakistan:

  1. Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed – 214 vs Nepal – August 30, 2023
  2. Younis Khan, Umar Akmal – 176 vs Sri Lanka – August 7, 2009
  3. Inzamam-ul-Haq, Yousuf Youhana – 162 vs Australia – September 4, 2004
  4. Yousuf Youhana, Younis Khan – 155 vs Sri Lanka – April 17, 2002
  5. Inzamam-ul-Haq, Ijaz Ahmed – 152 vs Zimbabwe – February 25, 1995

     This partnership between Babar and Iftikhar also ranks as the sixth highest fifth-wicket partnership in cricket history. The record for the highest fifth-wicket partnership is held by David Miller and JP Duminy from South Africa, who amassed an astounding 256 runs against Zimbabwe in 2015. Here are the top-six highest partnerships for the fifth wicket:

  1. David Miller, JP Duminy (South Africa) – 256* vs Zimbabwe – February 15, 2015
  2. Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara (England) – 226* vs Ireland – September 3, 2013
  3. Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah (Bangladesh) – 224 vs New Zealand – June 9, 2017
  4. M Azharuddin, A Jadeja (India) – 223 vs Sri Lanka – August 17, 1997
  5. A Symonds, MJ Clarke (Australia) – 220 vs New Zealand – December 7, 2005
  6. Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed – 214 vs Nepal – August 30, 2023″

     Note: * indicates an unbeaten partnership.

     Pakistan Beat NepalGet ready for an exciting game! The Pakistan team is gathered together, and the players from Nepal are about to start their turn to bat. They need to score 343 runs to win in this match, which is the first game of the Asia Cup in Multan. And guess what? These two teams have played against each other in the past, so it’s not their first meeting!

     Nepal’s cricket team is off to a rocky start. They’ve lost two important wickets in the very first over. Kushal Bhurtel managed to hit two fours in a row, but then he got out in an unfortunate way, catching a lucky break for Pakistan. Captain Rohit Paudel came in but was out on the very first ball he faced after a review showed the ball would have hit the stumps. It’s a tough beginning for Nepal, and Pakistan is looking strong.

     Nepal’s cricket team is in a tough spot, with only 14 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in just 2 overs. Aasif Sheikh managed to score a boundary, but then he got out by edging the ball to a fielder. Now, Sompal Kami is at the crease for Nepal. It’s been a challenging start for Nepal, and Pakistan has taken three wickets early in the match.

     After 3 overs, Nepal’s score is 18 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Shaheen Afridi, the Pakistani bowler, tried for a hat-trick but couldn’t get it. Aarif Sheikh managed to hit a four, but there was a close LBW appeal that was turned down by the umpire. The over ended with just four runs scored by Nepal.

     Nepal has scored 22 runs for the loss of 3 wickets after 4 overs. During Naseem Shah’s over, Sompal Kami managed to get off the mark with a four by hitting a well-placed shot towards mid-off. The over added four runs to Nepal’s total.

     Nepal’s score has reached 26 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 5 overs. In the last over, Shaheen Afridi bowled a full delivery that hit Sompal Kami’s pads. The umpire initially gave him out, but Sompal reviewed the decision, and it was overturned as there was an inside edge before the ball hit the pads. Shaheen Afridi is using a mix of deliveries, and this over resulted in four runs for Nepal.

     After 6 overs, Nepal has a total of 28 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. During Naseem Shah’s over, he continued to apply pressure with a challenging field setup, but Nepal’s batsmen were able to score only two runs in that over.

     After 7 overs, Nepal has accumulated 36 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. During Shaheen Afridi’s over, Nepal’s Sompal Kami played an impressive shot, driving the ball for four runs. This over added eight runs to Nepal’s total.

     In this 8th over, Aarif Sheikh faced Naseem Shah’s bowling. A short ball from Naseem Shah hit Aarif on the shoulder, causing some concern, but he was okay. Aarif then played a lovely on-drive for four runs off a full and straight delivery. This over added six runs to Nepal’s score.

     After 9 overs, Nepal has scored 46 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. In this over by Shaheen Afridi, he switched to using shorter deliveries. Aarif Sheikh managed to loft a full ball over the covers for four runs, finishing the over on a positive note for Nepal.

     After 10 overs, Nepal has reached a total of 47 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. During Naseem Shah’s over, Sompal Kami played a risky shot that just narrowly avoided a fielder at midwicket. This over also marked the end of the PowerPlay, and Nepal scored only one run in it.

     Nepal has scored 56 runs for the loss of 3 wickets after 11th over. There was a change in bowling as Shaheen Shah Afridi left the field, and Haris Rauf came in to bowl for Pakistan. During Haris Rauf’s over, Sompal Kami scored a boundary with a misfield at the deep third boundary. This boundary took Nepal past the fifty-run mark. Aarif Sheikh also managed to hit a four in that over, contributing to a total of nine runs scored by Nepal in that 11th over.

     After 12 overs, Nepal has a total of 64 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Shadab Khan, the Pakistani bowler, bowled a short ball, and Aarif Sheikh hit it for a four towards backward square leg, contributing eight runs in that over.

     After 13 overs, Nepal’s score stands at 66 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Haris Rauf is bowling impressively, hitting the deck hard and causing some trouble for the batsmen with his pace and movement. There was an appeal for an LBW, but the umpire didn’t agree, and no review was requested.

     After 14 overs, Nepal has accumulated a total of 73 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. In Shadab Khan’s over, Sompal Kami played a well-executed drive for four runs. There was also another LBW appeal, but the umpire once again turned it down. Aarif and Sompal are building a strong partnership, which is crucial for Nepal’s chances in this run chase, considering they lost three wickets in the first two overs.

     After 15 overs, Nepal has scored 76 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. During Haris Rauf’s over, he continued to bowl excellently, causing problems for the batsmen. Aarif Sheikh had to change his bat because of the pace, and eventually, he got bowled out for 26 runs. Now, the young Gulshan Jha is at the crease. This over yielded just three runs for Nepal.

     Nepal has scored 82 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. In Shadab Khan’s over, Gulshan attempted a slog sweep and managed to clear the fielder at midwicket, scoring a six. Additionally, there was a tough chance for the wicket-keeper, but the edged delivery was dropped. 16th over added six runs to Nepal’s total.

     Nepal has scored 82 runs for the loss of 5 wickets after 17 overs. In a great over by Haris Rauf, he finally got the result he was looking for as Sompal Kami edged the ball to the wicket-keeper, Rizwan, who made a remarkable diving catch. This wicket marked Haris’s first in the match.

     After 18 overs, Nepal’s total is 83 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. During Shadab Khan’s over, it was a tight one as he only conceded one run. Dipendra Airee is the new batsman for Nepal.

     After 19 overs, Nepal has a total of 86 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. During Haris Rauf’s over, there was a brief concern as he knelt down, possibly due to the heat, and the physio came to check on him. However, he recovered and returned to the bowling crease, delivering a blistering 148 kmph delivery. This over added three runs to Nepal’s total.

     After 20 overs, Nepal has accumulated a total of 88 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Haris Rauf left the field after completing his over. In Shadab Khan’s fifth over, it was a tight one as he conceded just two runs.

     Nepal has scored 90 runs for the loss of 6 wickets after 21 overs. Mohammad Nawaz, the Pakistani bowler, took a crucial wicket as his delivery came in with an angle and went through Dipendra Airee’s defenses to hit the stumps. This wicket marked Nepal’s sixth loss. Kushal Malla is the new batsman at the crease, and the over added only two runs to Nepal’s total.

     Nepal continues to struggle with a score of 92 runs for the loss of 8 wickets after 22 overs. Shadab Khan had a remarkable over, his sixth consecutive one, where he took two crucial wickets. First, Fakhar Zaman made a brilliant diving catch to dismiss Gulshan, and then Sandeep Lamichhane was bowled out by Shadab with a wild slog. This over only added two runs to Nepal’s total, and Karan KC is now at the crease for Nepal.

     Nepal has now scored 103 runs for the loss of 8 wickets after 23 overs. In Mohammad Nawaz’s over, Karan KC played a late cut for four runs, and Kushal Malla hit a powerful slog sweep for a six towards midwicket. These shots took Nepal past the 100-run mark, and this over contributed 11 runs to their total.

     Nepal’s innings came to a close with a total of 104 runs for the loss of all their wickets in 23.4 overs. In the final over, Shadab Khan took two wickets, dismissing Kushal Malla and Lalit Rajbanshi. Pakistan secured a commanding victory by 238 runs, thanks to a dominant performance. Babar Azam scored 151 runs, and Iftikhar Ahmed remained unbeaten on 109, setting up the game for Pakistan. Pakistan’s bowlers also played a crucial role, with Shadab Khan taking four wickets, while Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf claimed two each, and Mohammad Nawaz and Naseem Shah each took one wicket. The match ended swiftly in less than 24 overs.

     In the Asia Cup opener, Pakistan’s Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed both scored centuries, propelling their team to a formidable total of 342 for six. Pakistan’s bowlers then swiftly dismissed Nepal for only 104 runs, securing a commanding 238-run victory. It was a dominant performance by Pakistan in both batting and bowling, setting the tone for the tournament.

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     Nepal captain Rohit Paudel after disappointing performance.

     ‘We started well with the ball, but both set batters took the game away from us. We have batted better before and we missed out today. Wicket taking balls were not there in middle overs, but credit to Babar for the way he batted, credit to Pakistan. Learning from the game would be we need to improve bowling in death overs, as a group we need to step up with the bat.’

     Pakistan Captain Babar Azam After Winning Player of the Match Award.

     ‘When I went in, the ball wasn’t coming on properly, so I was trying to build an innings with Rizwan. Then we had a different phase, sometimes Rizwan gave me confidence, sometimes I gave him belief. Iftikhar also played a great innings when he came on. When he came in, I told him to play his natural game and he was comfortable after 2-3 boundaries. A couple of overs we weren’t up to the mark, but the way our pacers started and then the spinners were brilliant. This win will give us the confidence, India Pakistan will always bring high intensity, we will try our best.’

     Pakistan Captain Babar Azam After Winning Player of the Match Award.

     ‘When I went in, the ball wasn’t coming on properly, so I was trying to build an innings with Rizwan. Then we had a different phase, sometimes Rizwan gave me confidence, sometimes I gave him belief. Iftikhar also played a great innings when he came on. When he came in, I told him to play his natural game and he was comfortable after 2-3 boundaries. A couple of overs we weren’t up to the mark, but the way our pacers started and then the spinners were brilliant. This win will give us the confidence, India Pakistan will always bring high intensity, we will try our best.’

     Shadab Khan After Taking 4-Wicket Haul.

     It was hot out there, but Sri Lanka was hot as well but Sri Lanka was more humid. I can’t talk about Babar because we all know he is a world class player, Iftikhar has done so much for much whenever he gets the opportunity. He showcased his power hitting really well today. The platform was setup for me by the pacers, Shaheen and Naseem and then Haris Rauf was amazing. The conditions will be different, I have never played there (Pallekele) but let us see. We have confidence in each other and this is the beauty of the Pakistan cricket team.

     Pakistan Beat Nepal:  Pakistan’s victory in this game serves as a significant confidence boost for the team. They started the match strong with early wickets from Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah. While Nepal had a promising partnership, Haris Rauf’s fast bowling proved too challenging for them. Nepal then lost wickets quickly, and Shadab Khan bowled exceptionally well, securing four wickets while giving away only 27 runs.

     However, the standout performance of the game was Pakistan’s batting. Babar Azam’s impressive 151 runs and Iftikhar Ahmed’s maiden ODI century were the highlights. On the other hand, Nepal struggled both in their batting and bowling departments, with their fielding being a particularly disappointing aspect of their performance. Captain Rohit Paudel likely feels disappointed with the fielding lapses that occurred during the match.

Pakistan beat Nepal

     Pakistan Beat Nepal:  The Multan Cricket Stadium witnessed a batting masterclass as Pakistan’s Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed led their team to a commanding 238-run victory over Nepal in the Asia Cup opener. Babar Azam, the captain, displayed his class with a stunning 151 off 131 balls, anchoring the innings after some early wickets. Babar and Iftikhar Ahmed then shared a record-breaking 214-run partnership for the fifth wicket, which was not only the highlight of Pakistan’s innings but also the highest-ever fifth-wicket partnership for Pakistan in ODIs.

     Pakistan set Nepal a daunting target of 343 runs to win, which Nepal struggled to chase. Pakistan’s bowlers, including Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, and leg-spinner Shadab Khan, dominated, eventually dismissing Nepal for just 104 runs in 23.4 overs.

     Babar Azam’s century was not only match-winning but also a record-breaking achievement, making him the fastest batsman to reach 19 centuries in ODIs. Despite some early setbacks, including the fall of openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, Babar’s resilience held Pakistan’s innings together. Iftikhar Ahmed’s explosive innings further solidified Pakistan’s dominance, propelling them past 300 runs.

     This emphatic victory showcased Pakistan’s batting depth and bowling prowess, setting a strong start for the tournament. As Pakistan continues in the competition, they will aim to maintain this winning momentum.

Pakistan Beat Nepal

     Pakistan Beat Nepal:  A Thrilling Cricket Match at Multan Cricket Stadium

     In a big cricket match at Multan Cricket Stadium, Pakistan faced Nepal in the Asia Cup. The game witnessed some fantastic batting performances by Pakistan’s Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed, leading their team to a huge 238-run victory.

     Babar Azam’s Remarkable Century

     Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, delivered an outstanding performance by scoring a remarkable 151 runs in the match. Despite losing early wickets, Babar and Iftikhar formed an incredible partnership of 214 runs, setting a new record for Pakistan.

     Iftikhar Ahmed’s Explosive Innings

     Iftikhar Ahmed played brilliantly, scoring an unbeaten 109 runs in just 71 balls. His aggressive batting shifted the momentum in Pakistan’s favor and contributed significantly to the team’s success.

     Setting a Formidable Target

Pakistan concluded their innings with a commanding total of 342-6, which meant that Nepal faced the daunting task of chasing 343 runs to win.

     Nepal’s Struggles Against Pakistan’s Bowlers

Nepal, making their Asia Cup debut, struggled to cope with Pakistan’s strong bowling attack. They were eventually bowled out for a mere 104 runs in 23.4 overs, succumbing under the pressure imposed by Pakistan’s bowlers.

     Babar Azam’s Record-Breaking Century

Babar Azam’s century not only secured the victory but also made history. He became the fastest batsman to reach 19 centuries in ODIs, achieving this milestone in just 102 innings. His exceptional innings consisted of 14 fours and four sixes, showcasing his impeccable timing and elegant strokeplay.

     Pakistan’s Early Challenges

Despite their eventual triumph, Pakistan faced some early challenges when openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq got out within the first ten overs. However, Babar Azam’s resilience played a crucial role in holding Pakistan’s innings together.

     Iftikhar’s Game-Changing Innings

     Iftikhar Ahmed’s explosive batting changed the course of the game. His century came in only 67 balls, marking his first international hundred. He hit 11 fours and four sixes during his innings, propelling Pakistan past the 300-run mark.

     Pakistan’s Dominant Start to the Tournament

     Pakistan’s emphatic victory over Nepal in the Asia Cup opener highlighted their batting depth and bowling prowess. Captain Babar Azam’s record-breaking century and Iftikhar Ahmed’s explosive innings set the stage for a dominating performance. As Pakistan enters the tournament, they aim to build on this strong start and maintain their winning momentum.

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