Pakistan vs Nepal The Asia Cup 2023 got off to a thrilling start on Wednesday as Pakistan defeated Nepal by 7 wickets in the opening match. Batting first, Nepal scored 236-9 in their 50 overs, with opener Aarif Sheikh top-scoring with 74 runs. Pakistan chased down the target in just 39.1 overs, with opener Imam-ul-Haq scoring 83 runs.
The match was a close affair for the first half, with Nepal keeping Pakistan in check with some tight bowling. However, Pakistan broke through in the 28th over, dismissing Nepal’s captain Sandeep Lamichhane for 24. From there, the Pakistani batsmen took control, with Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam putting on a 121-run partnership for the second wicket.
Imam-ul-Haq was eventually dismissed for 83, but Azam remained unbeaten on 57 as Pakistan sealed the win with 11 overs to spare.
The victory was a good start for Pakistan, who are one of the favorites to win the Asia Cup this year. They will next face Bangladesh on Saturday.
Nepal, on the other hand, will need to improve their performance if they want to challenge for the title. They have a young team with a lot of potential, but they need to find a way to score more runs and take more wickets if they want to be successful.
The Asia Cup is a major tournament in the cricket calendar, and it is always a closely contested affair. This year’s tournament is no different, and it promises to be a thrilling competition.
Here are some of the key takeaways from the match:
- Pakistan’s batting is in good form, with Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam both in excellent touch.
- Nepal’s bowling was disciplined for the most part, but they will need to find a way to take more wickets if they want to challenge the top teams.
- The Asia Cup is a wide open tournament, and any of the eight teams could win it.
The next match in the Asia Cup will be between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on Friday. You can watch the match live on Star Sports or on the Star Sports website.