In a thrilling encounter at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, India secured a commanding victory over Nepal in their fifth match of the Asia Cup 2023. India’s impressive performance with both the bat and ball ensured a one-sided contest as they chased down Nepal’s target with ease. The match, which was interrupted by rain and decided by the DLS method, saw India win by 10 wickets.
Disciplined bowling restrict Nepal to a low score
Nepal struggled to establish a significant partnership, as their batting line-up faltered against India’s bowling attack. Kushal Bhurtel was the top scorer for Nepal, contributing a brisk 38 runs off 25 balls, including three fours and two sixes. Aasif Sheikh played a patient innings, scoring 58 runs off 97 balls, but the rest of the batting order couldn’t provide substantial support.
For India, Mohammed Siraj was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three crucial wickets for 61 runs in 9.2 overs. Ravindra Jadeja also played a pivotal role, taking three wickets while conceding 40 runs in his 10-over spell. Nepal managed to post a total of 230 runs before getting bowled out in the 48th over.
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Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill propel India over the finish line
Chasing a target of 231 runs, India’s openers, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, provided a masterclass in batting. Rohit, the Indian skipper, was in sublime form, smashing 74 runs off 59 balls, featuring six fours and five sixes. Gill complemented him brilliantly, scoring 67 runs off 62 balls, which included eight fours and one six. The Indian duo’s unbroken partnership of 147 runs ensured a comprehensive victory for their team.
Nepal’s bowlers struggled to make an impact, failing to take any wickets. Karan KC, Sompal Kami, and Lalit Rajbanshi bowled economically but couldn’t provide breakthroughs. Sandeep Lamichhane, Nepal’s premier spinner, was particularly expensive, conceding 39 runs in his four-over spell.
As the match progressed, rain interruptions resulted in a revised target for India. The DLS method came into play, and India was required to score 146 runs from 20.1 overs. With Rohit and Gill’s dominant partnership, India comfortably achieved the revised target, winning the match by 10 wickets.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Not a single wicket Nepal could take of team India…Well done team india 👏 #IndvsNep
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 4, 2023
Most times winning men’s Asia Cup match by 8 or more wickets:
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) September 4, 2023
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) September 4, 2023
What a knock by the captain!
74* in just 59 balls with 6 fours and 5 sixes. The Hitman played some excellent shots, a quality innings by Rohit! pic.twitter.com/9XqQ3HEqZp
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 4, 2023
INDIA QUALIFY INTO SUPER 4…!!!
India beat Nepal by 10 wickets with terrific fifties by Rohit & Gill. pic.twitter.com/fNLjioN9Ho
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 4, 2023
Victory 🤜🤛 Qualification
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 4, 2023
A clinical performance with the bat from #TeamIndia! 👌 👌
Captain Rohit Sharma & Shubman Gill scored cracking unbeaten fifties to seal India’s 1⃣0⃣-wicket win (via DLS) over Nepal 🙌 🙌
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 4, 2023
— ICC (@ICC) September 4, 2023
— ᴘʀᴀᴛʜᴍᴇsʜ⁴⁵ (@45Fan_Prathmesh) September 4, 2023
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) September 4, 2023
— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) September 4, 2023