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Nepal vs India, 5th Match, Group A at Kandy, Sep 04 2023, Asia Cup

RESULT
5th Match, Group A (D/N), Pallekele, September 04, 2023, Asia Cup
(20.1/23 ov, T:145) 147/0

India won by 10 wickets (with 17 balls remaining) (DLS method)

Player Of The Match
74* (59)
rohit-sharma
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Scorecard summary
Nepal 230/10(48.2 overs)
58 (97)
3/40 (10)
48 (56)
3/61 (9.2)
India 147/0(20.1 overs)
74* (59)
0/11 (3)
67* (62)

11.5-pm That's that, then. Nepal go out of the Asia Cup, but they go out having shown a glimpse of the potential their young squad has in abundance. India move into the Super Four alongside. Who will join them from Group B? We'll find out tomorrow when Afghanistan take on Sri Lanka. Do join us for that. Until then, goodbye!

Rohit Sharma, winning captain and Player of the Match: "To start with, there were some nerves, but once I got my eye in, I wanted to cash in and get my team home. [On the flick-sweep:] I just wanted to chip it over short fine leg, there was no intention to clear deep backward square leg, but bats these days are so good. When we came here, in the back of our mind we knew what our [World Cup] 15 would look like, except maybe one or two spots. We can't really look too much into these two games, one was washed out, but luckily we got to bat in the first game and bowl in this one. We haven't been at our best, but a few guys are coming out after months out of the game. Once we move ahead in the Super Fours, there's no room for complacency. First game, under pressure, Hardik and Ishan got us into a good position. Today our bowling was okay, but fielding was below-par."

Rohit Paudel: "Our openers did a very good job for us. In the middle order we could have done better. We were maybe 30-40 short. If we had done better in that phase, we could have got 260-270. In the last 4-5 months our lower order has done a great job, we are very proud of them. I think in these conditions it was really hard because of the dew, but our bowlers did really well."

Shubman Gill: "Quite disappointed with the way I got out day before yesterday. Important that I finished it off tonight with Rohit bhai, and we did it. He likes to take the bowlers on aerial, and I like to hit more boundaries than sixes, so we complement each other."

Arnab: "We dodged a bullet there in the Pakistan match. A sub par total batting first and then a wet ball in the 2nd innings...this ind vs nep match is a good example..."

11.31pm Phew. A long, long day even though we've only had 68.3 overs of actual play. But a result at the end of it despite all the rain. And India will be relieved, even though the margin is a comprehensive 10 wickets. They were off-colour on the field, dropping multiple catches including three in the first five overs, and things could have gotten tricky before their openers put the game to bed. A creditable display from Nepal, particularly with the bat. And they had the worst of conditions with the ball, having to bowl with a wet ball for most of the innings, so you can't really judge them too harshly despite the punishment they took from Rohit and Gill.

20.1
4
Gulsan Jha to Gill, FOUR runs

and that is that. Drifts onto the pads, and Gill glances it neatly and very fine. No stopping that one, or this partnership once India were set their revised target

end of over 203 runs
IND: 143/0CRR: 7.15 RRR: 0.66 • Need 2 from 18b
Rohit Sharma74 (59b 6x4 5x6)
Shubman Gill63 (61b 7x4 1x6)
Kushal Malla 3-0-11-0
Gulsan Jha 1-0-7-0
19.6
Kushal Malla to Rohit Sharma, no run

yorker length close to off stump, squeezed out to short third

19.5
Kushal Malla to Rohit Sharma, no run

a bit of in-drift towards off stump, slightly cramping Rohit who was shaping for the cover drive. Defends to extra-cover instead

19.4
1
Kushal Malla to Gill, 1 run

tossed up on off stump, clipped down to long-on

19.3
Kushal Malla to Gill, no run

full-toss on off stump, driven straight to extra-cover

19.2
1
Kushal Malla to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

full outside off, clipped to long-on

19.1
1
Kushal Malla to Gill, 1 run

looped up outside off, driven firmly to extra-cover, who misfields on the edge of the 30-yard circle. Paudel the fielder

India are just one hit away now. The final powerplay begins, for what it's worth, with five fielders allowed on the boundary.

end of over 197 runs
IND: 140/0CRR: 7.36 RRR: 1.25 • Need 5 from 24b
Rohit Sharma73 (56b 6x4 5x6)
Shubman Gill61 (58b 7x4 1x6)
Gulsan Jha 1-0-7-0
Kushal Malla 2-0-8-0
18.6
4
Gulsan Jha to Rohit Sharma, FOUR runs

lovely shot. Shortish, a bit of width, and he unfurls a flashing cut that just disappears to the point boundary

18.5
Gulsan Jha to Rohit Sharma, no run

bac of a length close to off stump, chopped towards backward point

18.4
Gulsan Jha to Rohit Sharma, no run

out of nowhere, Gulsan bowls a beauty. Back of a length in the corridor, and a bit of away movement and a lot of extra bounce to catch Rohit by surprise and beat his jabbing bat

18.3
1
Gulsan Jha to Gill, 1 run

back of a length close to off stump, punched to deep cover point

18.2
Gulsan Jha to Gill, no run

short outside off, hops and stabs firmly to backward point

18.1
2
Gulsan Jha to Gill, 2 runs

full on middle stump, clipped to the left of the diving midwicket fielder, and long-on has to run a long way to his right to cut it off

Gulsan Jha comes on for the first time.

end of over 183 runs
IND: 133/0CRR: 7.38 RRR: 2.40 • Need 12 from 30b
Rohit Sharma69 (53b 5x4 5x6)
Shubman Gill58 (55b 7x4 1x6)
Kushal Malla 2-0-8-0
Karan KC 4-0-26-0
17.6
Kushal Malla to Rohit Sharma, no run

quickish, drifts in towards middle stump, driven firmly back to the bowler

17.5
1
Kushal Malla to Gill, 1 run

back of a length close to off stump, punched to long-off

17.4
1
Kushal Malla to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

ooh, nearly! Looks to make room and cut a length ball from off stump, ends up inside-edging it past his leg stump

17.3
Kushal Malla to Rohit Sharma, no run

quickish length ball on off stump, defended back to the bowler

17.2
1
Kushal Malla to Gill, 1 run

flat, angling into leg stump, shapes to pull but it keeps a bit low, and he adjusts to punch with a straight bat to long-on

17.1
Kushal Malla to Gill, no run

fires in a very full ball wide of off stump, left alone

Kushal. Left-arm round.

end of over 1710 runs
IND: 130/0CRR: 7.64 RRR: 2.50 • Need 15 from 36b
Rohit Sharma68 (50b 5x4 5x6)
Shubman Gill56 (52b 7x4 1x6)
Karan KC 4-0-26-0
Sandeep Lamichhane 4-0-39-0
16.6
6
Karan KC to Rohit Sharma, SIX runs

full outside off, and Rohit just stands there, clears his front leg a little, and swings through the line to launch it over long-off

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
RG Sharma
74 runs (59)
6 fours5 sixes
Productive shot
slog sweep
16 runs
1 four2 sixes
Control
78%
Shubman Gill
67 runs (62)
8 fours1 six
Productive shot
cut shot
16 runs
3 fours0 six
Control
92%
Best performances - bowlers
RA Jadeja
O
10
M
0
R
40
W
3
ECO
4
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Mohammed Siraj
O
9.2
M
1
R
61
W
3
ECO
6.53
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossIndia, elected to field first
Series
Season2023
Player Of The Match
Match numberODI no. 4632
Hours of play (local time)15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-19.10, Second Session 19.10-22.40
Match days4 September 2023 - daynight (50-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsIndia 2, Nepal 0
Language
English
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Super Four
TEAMMWLPTNRR
IND32141.753
SL3214-0.134
BAN3122-0.463
PAK3122-1.283
Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
PAK21034.760
IND21031.028
NEP2020-3.572
Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SL22040.594
BAN21120.373
AFG2020-0.910