India will face debutants Nepal in or die encounter to be played at Palleke International Stadium, Kandy on 4th September 2023. Men in Blue got one point from the abandoned match against Pakistan. India batted first but looked in trouble with 66 for 4 before Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan stitched 138 runs for the 5th wicket. The Indian team were bundled out for 266 in 48.5 overs.
The Indian team will be without the services of Jasprit Bumrah due to personal reasons. Mohammed Shami has been named as his replacement for this encounter. On the other hand, Nepal would look to give tough to a strong Indian team. They started well in their first match against Pakistan picking up 4 quick wickets before conceding 342 for 6 in 50 overs. In reply, they were bundled out for 104 losing by a massive 238 runs. India will qualify for the Super 4 stage if the match is curtailed by rain or does not happen.
Details – Asia Cup 2023 Match 5, India vs Nepal
Venue – Palleke International Stadium, Kandy
Date and Time – 4th September, 3 PM IST
The pitch used for the India- Pakistan match on 2nd September proved to be a tough wicket to bat on. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf created trouble picking up 4 quick wickets before Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan added 138 runs for the 5th wicket.
Shahbad Khan and Mohammad Nawaz could not create any impact. It was a good batting effort by the Indian team as they posted 266 in 48.5 overs. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf picked all 10 wickets. The 2nd innings did not happen due to persistent rains.
With the weather conditions, the captain that wins the toss would likely bat first posting a decent total before putting pressure on the other team’s batting.
India (Ind) vs Nepal (Nep) – Predicted Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav.
Kushal Bhurtel, Asif Sheikh, Rohit Paudel (C), Aarif Sheikh, Sompal Kami, Gulsan Jha, Dipendra Singh Airee, Kushal Malla, Sandeep Lammichhane, Karan KC, Lalit Rajbanshi.
Fantasy Team Selection- Ind vs Nep
Team 1– Rohit Sharma (C), Kushal Bhurtel, Virat Kohli, Rohit Paudel (VC), Ishan Kishan, Sompal Kami, Ravindra Jadeja, Kushal Malla, Mohammed Shami, Karan KC, Mohammed Siraj.
Team 2 – Shubman Gill, Asif Sheikh, Shreyas Iyer, Aarif Sheikh, Hardik Pandya (C), Dipendra Singh Airee, Ravindra Jadeja, Gulsan Jha, Shardul Thakur, Sandeep Lammichhane (VC), Kuldeep Yadav, Lalit Rajbanshi.