NEP vs IND: Kandy, Sri Lanka – India displayed their dominance in the Asia Cup 2023 by defeating Nepal by ten wickets in a rain-interrupted match at Pallekele. With this victory, India secured their place in the Super Fours stage of the tournament. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill showcased their prowess, propelling India to victory with an unbroken opening partnership of 147 runs.
NEP vs IND: Rain Plays Spoilsport, but India Shines
Rain threatened to disrupt the match, just like the India-Pakistan clash two days earlier. However, the weather cleared, allowing the game to proceed. India’s target was adjusted to 145 runs in 23 overs due to the rain delay. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill made short work of the revised target, chasing it down in just 20.1 overs. Rohit scored an explosive 74 off 59 balls, while Gill contributed an impressive 67 off 62 balls.
Nepal’s Valiant Effort
Earlier in the day, Nepal displayed commendable cricketing spirit. Aasif Sheikh led the charge with a solid half-century, receiving support from Kushal Bhurtel and Sompal Kami. Despite India’s sloppiness in the field, dropping multiple catches, Nepal managed to post a competitive total of 230 runs. Bhurtel’s attacking intent and Kami’s muscular hitting in the slog overs delighted the Nepali fans.
India’s Bowlers Shine
Despite Nepal’s resilience, India’s bowlers made crucial breakthroughs. Mohammed Siraj and Ravindra Jadeja both claimed three wickets each. Jadeja’s impeccable spin and accuracy made scoring difficult for Nepal. Kuldeep Yadav, while not among the wickets, maintained economic bowling figures on a helpful pitch.
Nepal Fans Light Up Pallekele
Nepal’s fans added an electrifying atmosphere to the largely empty stadium. Despite the challenging conditions, around 200 Nepal fans donned their team’s jerseys and passionately supported their side. Their enthusiasm and spirited chants resonated throughout the match, creating a vibrant atmosphere.
A Memorable Day for Nepal
This historic match against India was a momentous occasion for Nepal in international cricket. The fans’ unwavering support, coupled with Nepal’s competitive performance, made the day memorable for Nepali cricket.