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Pakistan vs Nepal, 1st Match, Group A at Multan, Aug 30 2023, Asia Cup

RESULT
1st Match, Group A (D/N), Multan, August 30, 2023, Asia Cup
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(23.4/50 ov, T:343) 104

Pakistan won by 238 runs

Player Of The Match
151 (131)
babar-azam
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Scores: @Thilak_Rama | Comms: Ekanth
Scorecard summary
Pakistan 342/6(50 overs)
151 (131)
2/85 (10)
109* (71)
1/54 (9)
Nepal 104/10(23.4 overs)
28 (46)
4/27 (6.4)
26 (38)
2/16 (5)

No surprises today despite Nepal's promising start with the ball. Babar and Iftikhar took the game firmly in the hosts' grasp. Pakistan's bowling was clinical and it gives them a solid net run rate. Join us tomorrow for Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh in Pallekelle. Goodbye for now from me, Ekanth, my report-writing co-commentator, Hemant Brar, and our scorers, Thilak Rama and K Vairavan.

Babar Azam, Pakistan captain and POTM: (On the phases of his innings) When I went in, I played myself in for a couple of balls. Ball wasn't coming on, pitch was two-paced. Rizwan and I built a partnership and see what happened. Then, there were different phases. Sometimes, Rizwan gave me confidence and vice-versa. When Iftikhar came, we played different cricket. He can struggle a bit before he gets set. I asked him to play his natural game. After two-three fours, he was comfortable. He smacked it after 40 overs. (On bowling performance) I'm satisfied. A couple of overs we were not up to the mark. Pacers started well, spinners struck too. This game was good preparation for the India game because it gave us confidence. We want to give 100% every match, hope to do that there as well.

Mustafa Moudi : "Even before the India-Pakistan encounter, Babar's side have already defeated Rohit's Team tonight!!"

Arish: "5 wickets from the pacers, 5 wickets from the spinners"

Rohit Paudel, Nepal Captain: We started well. We restricted them to under 240 with the ball but let ourselves down with the bat. Wicket-taking balls weren't there in the middle overs, credit goes to Babar and their team as well. Learning from the game is we need to improve in the death overs, and we need to do well with the ball.

8:54pm: A 238-run win for Pakistan to start the tournament. Fireworks go off over the ground. Crowd are happy. A clinical performance with the ball from the hosts. Shaheen and Naseem sliced through the top order early. The conditions were tough on the body for the bowlers. But they persevered. Haris was destructive with his pace. Shadab ended up with a four-for. Fakhar's catch to dismiss Gulsan was a highlight. In the end, the hosts picked up two points and will take a healthy net run rate.

23.4
W
Shadab to Rajbanshi, OUT

Lbw given, Lalit reviews. Length ball landed in line and went straight. Lalit tried to work it across. Landed on middle, impact middle and leg, hitting leg stump. Game over

Lalit Rajbanshi lbw b Shadab Khan 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 2m) SR: 0
23.3
Shadab to Rajbanshi, no run

Lalit has no clue but manages to block it from just below the sticker because it was on the shorter side.

Slip, leg slip in

23.2
W
Shadab to Kushal Malla, OUT

Taken at mid-off! Shadab enticed the drive down the ground by slowing the googly down, landed it on off and turned it away. Kushal made a bit of room and tried to launch it over mid-off, who was in, but holes out there.

Kushal Malla c Iftikhar Ahmed b Shadab Khan 6 (4b 0x4 1x6 13m) SR: 150
23.1
1
Shadab to Karan KC, 1 run

Legbreak lands on a length, spins away. Steered with the turn to deep point

end of over 2311 runs
NEP: 103/8CRR: 4.47 RRR: 8.88 • Need 240 from 27 overs
Kushal Malla6 (3b 1x6)
Karan KC6 (5b 1x4)
Mohammad Nawaz 2-0-13-1
Shadab Khan 6-0-26-2

Mudassar : "Who is Marshalling the team in Babars Absence?" Rizwan

22.6
Nawaz to Kushal Malla, no run

Length ball spins in towards fourth stump, punched back to the bowler

22.5
6
Nawaz to Kushal Malla, SIX runs

Launched over midwicket. Looped up on off, Kushal got on one knee and slog swept it for a 77-metre six

22.4
1
Nawaz to Karan KC, 1 run

Full on leg, tried to work it to long-on, gets it to the left of long-off. Throw bulleted to the striker's end, direct hit but the batter is in

22.3
Nawaz to Karan KC, no run

Length outside off, guided to short third

22.2
Nawaz to Karan KC, no run

Length on leg, blocked in front

22.1
4
Nawaz to Karan KC, FOUR runs

Back of length outside off, guides it in the short-third gap for four

end of over 222 runs • 2 wickets
NEP: 92/8CRR: 4.18 RRR: 8.96 • Need 251 from 28 overs
Karan KC1 (1b)
Kushal Malla0 (1b)
Shadab Khan 6-0-26-2
Mohammad Nawaz 1-0-2-1
21.6
1
Shadab to Karan KC, 1 run

Another dart. 92kph, full on fourth. Driven to long-off

Thanks, Hemant

Ekanth coming to finish things up

21.5
W
Shadab to Lamichhane, OUT

A googly does the trick. Slow on a length, Lamichhane tried to heave it across over midwicket. Missed it all ends up

Sandeep Lamichhane b Shadab Khan 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 1m) SR: 0
21.4
Shadab to Lamichhane, no run

flatter and quicker. Lamichhane backs away and hits it back towards the bowler

Sandeep Lamichhane

Mohammad Sowkat: "What is the physical condition of Shaheen Shah Afridi?? " --- Shaheen was back on the field. Babar is still in the dressing room, I think

21.3
W
Shadab to Gulsan Jha, OUT

what a catch by Fakhar! Full on the stumps, and Jha goes for a slog sweep. Gets a top edge towards deep midwicket. Fakhar charges in, dives forward and takes the catch mid-air. And he ensures he doesn't spill it as he hits the ground

Gulsan Jha c Fakhar Zaman b Shadab Khan 13 (23b 0x4 1x6 32m) SR: 56.52

Over the wicket

21.2
Shadab to Gulsan Jha, no run

finds the cover fielder once again

21.2
1w
Shadab to Gulsan Jha, 1 wide

wide down the leg side

A leg slip in place

21.1
Shadab to Gulsan Jha, no run

full around off. Driven towards covers

Around the wicket

end of over 212 runs • 1 wicket
NEP: 90/6CRR: 4.28 RRR: 8.72 • Need 253 from 29 overs
Kushal Malla0 (1b)
Gulsan Jha13 (20b 1x6)
Mohammad Nawaz 1-0-2-1
Shadab Khan 5-0-24-0
20.6
Nawaz to Kushal Malla, no run

length ball around off. Defended with a straight bat off the back foot

Kushal Malla is the new batter. Over the wicket to the left-hander

20.5
W
Nawaz to Airee, OUT

Bowled 'im! A length ball around off that came in with the arm. Airee looks to defend but gets an inside edge that crashes into the stumps

Dipendra Singh Airee b Mohammad Nawaz 3 (11b 0x4 0x6 17m) SR: 27.27
20.4
1
Nawaz to Gulsan Jha, 1 run

length ball around off. Jha drops it on the off side and picks up a quick single

Over the wicket to a left-hander

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
Babar Azam
151 runs (131)
14 fours4 sixes
Productive shot
flick
25 runs
3 fours0 six
Control
92%
Iftikhar Ahmed
109 runs (71)
11 fours4 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot
34 runs
6 fours0 six
Control
85%
Best performances - bowlers
Shadab Khan
O
6.4
M
0
R
27
W
4
ECO
4.05
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Haris Rauf
O
5
M
1
R
16
W
2
ECO
3.2
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Multan Cricket Stadium
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
Series
Season2023
Player Of The Match
Match numberODI no. 4628
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 days30 August 2023 - daynight (50-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsPakistan 2, Nepal 0
Language
English
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Asia Cup
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