LIVE Score and Updates for India vs. Nepal 2023 Asia Cup: Threat of Rain Affects IND’s Struggle for Super Four Spot

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India vs. Nepal 2023 Asia Cup

Welcome to our live coverage of the 2023 Asia Cup Group A clash pitting India against Nepal in Pallekele. All eyes are on the weather forecast today, as the looming threat of rain hangs over this crucial match. Stay tuned for real-time updates.

Preview: The weather in Pallekele is the focal point as Rohit Sharma’s Indian team takes on Rohit Paudel’s Nepal in the 2023 Asia Cup Group A encounter this Monday.

India’s opening match against arch-rivals Pakistan at the same venue on Saturday was abandoned due to inclement weather, preventing Pakistan’s pursuit of a target.

The Men in Blue find themselves in a situation where they must address various issues before it becomes too late. Most notably, the top-order batsmen’s performance was subpar against Pakistan. Rohit Sharma (11), Shubman Gill (10), and Virat Kohli (4) all returned to the pavilion without making a significant impact, and Shreyas Iyer (14) had a forgettable outing with the bat.

However, an inspiring comeback from Ishan Kishan (82) and Hardik Pandya (87) rescued India from a perilous 66/4, propelling them to a competitive total of 266. This partnership of 138 runs offered a glimmer of hope in the match, but concerns persist regarding the consistency of India’s top and middle-order batsmen. Regrettably, due to the weather-induced abandonment, India’s bowlers missed the opportunity to test their skills against Pakistan.

India vs. Nepal

In the latest update from the Indian camp, it was revealed that Jasprit Bumrah had returned to Mumbai on Sunday. On Monday, it was announced that Bumrah and his wife, Sanjana Ganesan, had welcomed a baby boy. However, it is anticipated that Bumrah will rejoin the squad in Sri Lanka if India secures a place in the Super Four stage.

In Bumrah’s absence, Mohammed Shami is a potential replacement, with Prasidh Krishna also in contention. Shami did not feature in India’s game against Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Nepal is eager to deliver an improved batting performance after crumbling under pressure and being bundled out for just 104 runs while chasing a daunting target of 343 against Pakistan. Sompal Kami (28) and Aarif Sheikh (26) were the only batsmen to register notable scores, as seven others fell with single-digit contributions.

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Squads:

India Squad
  • Rohit Sharma (Captain)
  • Hardik Pandya (Vice-Captain)
  • Shreyas Iyer
  • Suryakumar Yadav
  • KL Rahul (Wicketkeeper)
  • Virat Kohli
  • Shubman Gill
  • Tilak Varma
  • Axar Patel
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Ishan Kishan (Wicketkeeper)
  • Shardul Thakur
  • Kuldeep Yadav
  • Prasidh Krishna
  • Mohammad Shami
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Jasprit Bumrah

Nepal Squad
  • Kushal Bhurtel
  • Aasif Sheikh (Wicketkeeper)
  • Bhim Sharki
  • Rohit Paudel (Captain)
  • Kushal Malla
  • Dipendra Singh Airee
  • Gulsan Jha
  • Sompal Kami
  • Karan KC
  • Sandeep Lamichhane
  • Lalit Rajbanshi
  • Sundeep Jora
  • Pratis GC
  • Arjun Saud
  • Mousom Dhakal
  • Kishore Mahato
  • Aarif Sheikh

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