Recent Match Report – Nepal vs India, 5th Match, Group A 2023

India 147 for 0 (Rohit 74*, Gill 67*) beaten Nepal 230 (Aasif 58, Kami 48, Jadeja 3-40, Siraj 3-61) by ten wickets via DLS method

Two days after the failure of the Pakistan-India match in Pallekele SATURDAY, a similar threat of rain loomed over India’s first encounter against Nepal in international cricket at the same venue. But the rain was not as persistent on Monday and gave way at 9:30 pm to reduce India’s target to 145 in 23 overs. Rohit Sharma And Shubman Gil then shone with an unbroken opening partnership of 147 runs to crush Nepal’s party and put India into the Super Fours round. Pakistan has already qualified for the next stage of this group.
The Nepalese supporters, however, had reason to rejoice in the afternoon, especially when Aasif Sheikh made a solid half-century. Aasif’s innings was capped off by Kushal Bhurtel’s smooth strokeplay in the powerplay and Sompal Kami’s muscular hitting in the slog overs. When Aasif reached his half-century off 88 balls in the 28th over, he had the Nepali fans in the stands grooving. The Nepali bats played on the field added to the merriment, with Rohit Paudel’s side eventually posting a fairly competitive total of 230 on a two-paced pitch.

It was, however, short-lived for Nepal, THE Rohit fired an opening salvo after a long rain break. He scooped, swept and reverse-swept his way to a 39-ball half-century. Gill, who had belted Kami for three fours before the rain break, rode largely in Rohit’s wake at the restart. By the time Gill reached his fifty, India were just 29 away from victory. Rohit and Gill finished with 17 balls and all ten wickets to spare.

India were not as dominant in the early exchanges. Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan took three catches in the first five overs, allowing the Nepali batters to take over.

The Nepalese batters were more comfortable facing pace, driving languorously into the ‘V’ and also advancing boldly into the ‘V’ behind the wicket. Bhurtel, who was pardoned twice, punished India with his offensive intent and enterprise. He arguably played the shot of the day by hooking Mohammed Siraj over square leg and off the ground. Siraj kept driving the ball into the deck and kept running away.

All-rounder Shardul Thakur provided India with the first breakthrough in the final over of the powerplay, but he was also lackluster in his short spell of four overs.

Aasif showed perseverance, which was something the Nepali batting team lacked in their Asia Cup debut against Pakistan. in Multan. Siraj then returned to the attack with the old ball to dismiss Aasif for 58 off 97 balls.

Left-arm spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav worked in tandem to help India take control. Jadeja proved difficult to get away with with his turn – and lack thereof – claiming figures of 3 for 40 in his ten overs. It was only in Jadeja’s eighth over that Nepal scored a boundary off him. Kuldeep wasn’t among the wickets on Monday, but he was almost as economical as Jadeja with his stock-ball and error on a useful surface.

Dipendra Singh Airee and Kami then showed that they can also compete with Indian superstars. Kami, in particular, fielded the short balls of Siraj and Hardik Pandya during his 48 off 56 balls while Airee contributed 29 off 25 balls.

Playing his first ODI since Marchand I only play because of Bumrah unavailability On Monday, Mohammed Shami joined hands with Siraj to bowl out Nepal for 230 in 48.2 overs.

Gill’s calm and Rohit’s storm then detonated Nepal’s attack in a truncated chase.

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