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Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan Triumphs Over Nepal by 238 Runs in Asia Cup Opener

Asia Cup 2023 Cricket: Pakistan Triumphs Over Nepal by 238 Runs in Asia Cup Opener


Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan vs Nepal – Live Updates

The 16th edition of the Asia Cup kicked off on Wednesday, August 30. The opening match featured the host team, Pakistan, taking on Nepal. Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, won the toss and elected to bat. Pakistan managed to amass a total of 342 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Leading the charge, Babar Azam played a remarkable innings, scoring 151 runs, while Iftikhar Ahmed contributed an unbeaten century with 109 runs. In response, Nepal’s batting struggled, and their team was bowled out for just 104 runs.

 

Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan vs Nepal
Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan vs Nepal

 

PAK vs NEP Asia Cup Live: Pakistan’s Innings Update

The Asia Cup’s first match between Pakistan and Nepal is underway. Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and chose to bat first. Here’s the latest from the ongoing match:

  • 02:33 PM, 30-AUG-2023: Nepal to Bowl In the opening match, Pakistan’s Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bat first.
  • 02:34 PM, 30-AUG-2023: Playing XI Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf. Nepal: Kushal Bhurtel, Asif Shaikh (wk), Rohit Paudel (c), Arif Shaikh, Kushal Malla, Deependra Singh Airey, Gulshan Jha, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Rajvanshi.
  • 03:03 PM, 30-AUG-2023: Pakistan’s Innings Commences Pakistan’s innings against Nepal has kicked off. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq are at the crease. Sompal Kami is opening the bowling for Nepal.
  • 03:26 PM, 30-AUG-2023: Score Update – 21/0 in 5 Overs Pakistan has started steadily, notching up 21 runs in five overs without any wickets lost. Fakhar Zaman stands at 14, and Imam-ul-Haq remains unbeaten at five. Nepal’s bowlers are impressing with their early performance.
  • 03:46 PM, 30-AUG-2023: First Wicket Falls Nepal claims its first wicket as Fakhar Zaman is caught by wicketkeeper Asif Sheikh off Karan KC’s bowling. Fakhar departs after scoring 14 runs off 20 balls. Captain Babar Azam takes the crease. Pakistan’s score: 25/1 in 6 overs.
  • 03:46 PM, 30-AUG-2023: Second Wicket Falls Nepal secures its second wicket as Imam ul Haq is run out by captain Rohit Paudel. Imam scores five runs off 14 balls. Pakistan’s score: 31/2 in 8 overs. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are on the crease.
  • 04:08 PM, 30-AUG-2023: Score Update – 63/2 in 13 Overs Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan stabilize Pakistan after two wickets fall. Pakistan reaches 63/2 in 13 overs. Babar remains unbeaten at 15, while Rizwan is on 24.
  • 04:38 PM, 30-AUG-2023: Pakistan’s Score Crosses 100 Runs Pakistan crosses 100 runs, standing at 102/2 in 22 overs. Babar Azam (40*) and Mohammad Rizwan (37*) build a partnership of 77 runs for the third wicket.
  • 04:45 PM, 30-AUG-2023: Rizwan Run Out Nepal secures its third wicket with Mohammad Rizwan’s run out. He departs after scoring 44 runs off 50 balls. Pakistan’s score: 112/3 in 24 overs. Babar Azam (43*) is joined by Agha Salman.
  • 05:02 PM, 30-AUG-2023: PAK vs NEP Asia Cup Live: Agha Salman Misses Out Pakistan faces another setback as Agha Salman falls victim to Nepal’s bowlers. Salman’s bat fails him against Nepal, and he departs after contributing five runs off 14 balls. Sandeep Lamichhane claims the wicket, with Bhurtel taking the catch. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam achieves a significant milestone by completing his half-century.
  • 05:28 PM, 30-AUG-2023: PAK vs NEP Asia Cup Live: Score Update – 157/4 in 33 Overs Pakistan accumulates 157 runs for the loss of four wickets in 33 overs against Nepal. Captain Babar Azam stands firm with an unbeaten 71 off 86 balls. Iftikhar Ahmed lends support with 11 runs off 16 balls. Nepal’s bowlers have performed admirably thus far, and they must maintain their tight bowling to restrain Pakistan’s total in the remaining 17 overs.
  • 06:05 PM, 30-AUG-2023: PAK vs NEP Asia Cup Live: Babar’s Remarkable Century Babar Azam exhibits a stellar performance, achieving a century in the inaugural Asia Cup match against Nepal. This marks Babar’s 19th century in his career. His century is achieved by securing two runs in the second ball of the 42nd over. Simultaneously, Iftikhar Ahmed attains his half-century. Pakistan’s score stands at 228/4 in 42 overs. Babar remains unbeaten at 102, while Iftikhar holds a strong 51.
  • 06:49 PM, 30-AUG-2023: PAK vs NEP Asia Cup Live: Nepal Faces Challenging Target

Pakistan’s batting display has resulted in a formidable target for Nepal. Setting an impressive benchmark, Pakistan has established a commanding total of 343 runs for their opponents. Over the course of 50 overs, Pakistan accumulated 342 runs for the loss of six wickets.

Captain Babar Azam emerged as the top scorer, contributing a substantial 151 runs to the team’s total. His innings featured an array of shots, including 14 boundaries and four sixes, across 131 deliveries. Iftikhar Ahmed showcased his prowess with a remarkable 109 runs off 71 balls, displaying a remarkable show of 11 fours and four sixes. This remarkable century marks Babar’s 19th in his career, while Iftikhar secures his maiden century.

Additional contributions came from wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan with 44 runs. While Fakhar Zaman managed 14 runs, Imam ul Haq and Agha Salman secured five runs each. Shadab Khan contributed four runs before being dismissed. Nepal’s bowlers fought hard, with Sompal Kami securing two wickets. Karan KC and Sandeep Lamichhane each claimed one wicket.

  • 07:27 PM, 30-AUG-2023: PAK vs NEP Asia Cup Live: Nepal’s Troubled Start

Nepal’s innings is off to a rough start, facing an early setback with two wickets falling in the very first over. Shaheen Afridi, representing Pakistan, proved to be a formidable force. The opening over saw Kushal Bhurtel caught by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan on the fifth ball. Bhurtel, who showcased initial promise with two boundaries, departed after contributing eight runs off four balls. Subsequently, Nepal’s captain Rohit Paudel faced an LBW dismissal on the very next ball without opening his account.

The challenges persisted for Nepal as they suffered their third blow in the second over. Naseem Shah, of Pakistan, dismissed Asif Sheikh. Asif managed five runs in five balls before being caught by Iftikhar Ahmed. This series of swift wickets left Nepal with a score of 14 runs for three wickets in just two overs.

08:23 PM, 30-AUG-2023: PAK vs NEP Asia Cup Live: Nepal Crosses 50-run Mark

Nepal’s batting effort has seen the team reach the 50-run mark against Pakistan. The team has accumulated 64 runs for the loss of three wickets in 12 overs. Sompal Kami and Arif Shaikh remain unbeaten, contributing 23 runs each.

08:42 PM, 30-AUG-2023: PAK vs NEP Asia Cup Live: Nepal Loses Fourth Wicket

Nepal faces another setback as Haris Rauf secures his place as a significant threat. Rauf claims his fourth victim, cleanly bowling out Arif Sheikh. Arif’s dismissal occurs on the fourth ball of the 15th over, after contributing 26 runs off 38 balls. Nepal’s score stands at 82 runs for four wickets in 16 overs. Sompal Kami holds firm at 28 runs, accompanied by Gulshan Jha, unbeaten on eight runs.

08:55 PM, 30-AUG-2023: PAK vs NEP Asia Cup Live: Haris Rauf Strikes Again

Haris Rauf continues to make an impact as he secures his second wicket of the match. In a well-executed delivery, Rauf dismisses Sompal Kami, caught by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan. Kami’s innings concludes with a contribution of 28 runs off 46 balls. Nepal’s score reaches 86 runs for five wickets in 19 overs. Gulshan Jha holds steady at 11 runs, while Deepender Singh remains unbeaten with a single run.

09:07 PM, 30-AUG-2023: PAK vs NEP Asia Cup Live: Nepal’s Struggles Continue

Nepal faces yet another setback as Mohammad Nawaz contributes to the fall of wickets. Nawaz executes a clean bowled dismissal, removing Deepender Singh from the crease. Singh departs after scoring three runs off 11 balls. With this wicket, Nepal’s score stands at 91 for six wickets in 21 overs. Gulshan Jha remains unbeaten at 13 runs. Kushal Malla takes his place at the crease following Deepender’s departure.

09:29 PM, 30-AUG-2023: Pakistan Secures Convincing Victory Over Nepal

Pakistan has made a strong start to the Asia Cup 2023 with a resounding victory. In the inaugural match of the tournament, they defeated Nepal by a comprehensive margin of 238 runs. Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Pakistan posted a formidable total of 342 runs, losing six wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Skipper Babar Azam led the charge with a magnificent knock of 151 runs, while Iftikhar Ahmed remained unbeaten with an impressive 109 runs.

Nepal faced an uphill battle in their response and was bowled out for just 104 runs in 23.4 overs. Pakistan’s fast bowlers, including Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf, wreaked havoc on Nepal’s top order, leaving them struggling at 14 runs for the loss of three wickets. Nepal’s innings included contributions from Arif Shaikh and Sompal Kami, who formed a partnership of 59 runs for the fourth wicket. However, their efforts were thwarted by Pakistan’s bowlers.

Babar Azam’s remarkable century, his 19th in ODIs, provided a solid foundation for Pakistan’s innings. His partnership with Iftikhar Ahmed, who scored his maiden ODI century, propelled Pakistan to a formidable total. Pakistan’s innings also saw the emergence of Shadab Khan’s spin prowess, as he claimed four wickets to dismantle Nepal’s lower order.

Pakistan’s next challenge in the Asia Cup awaits against India on September 2, while Nepal will face India on September 4. Stay tuned for more updates and exciting cricket action in this tournament.


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