The upcoming clash between India and Nepal in the Asia Cup 2023, slated for September 4 at 3:00 PM IST, promises to be a significant encounter as the cricketing world gears up for the upcoming World Cup.
The IND vs NEP Asia Cup 2023 match is scheduled to be held at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. However, there’s a sense of déjà vu looming, with rain clouds casting their unwanted shadow over the proceedings.
Rain proved to be the spoiler in the highly anticipated India-Pakistan clash. Now, a similar threat of rain looms large over the India-Nepal encounter, scheduled at the same venue on Monday.
The weather forecast, indicating an 80% chance of rain, adds a layer of uncertainty to this crucial match. If there is a wash out Monday’s fixture, India will find themselves advancing to the Super Fours from Group A, following in the footsteps of their counterparts, Pakistan.
For Nepal, this match against cricketing giants like India is a golden opportunity to test their mettle against superstars of the game. The anticipation surrounding this contest is palpable, with millions poised to tune in if the weather gods permit.
Nepal faced a big defeat against Babar Azam’s Pakistan in Multan. However, amidst the trials, there were moments that showcased Nepal’s potential to compete at the highest level.
Karan KC and Sompal Kami displayed discipline and intent during the initial exchanges, while Paudel’s brilliant fielding led to a direct hit, dismissing Imam-ul-Haq.
To stand a chance against an Indian side almost back to full strength, Nepal can ill afford such errors. Shreyas Iyer exhibited his fluency against Pakistan’s bowling before his innings was curtailed by Haris Rauf.
However, the spotlight belonged to Ishan Kishan, who made a resounding impact with his 82 off 81 balls at No. 5. Facing a formidable pace attack on a tricky wicket, Kishan’s performance underscored India’s depth.
As the cricketing fraternity eagerly awaits this clash, the fate of the encounter remains uncertain, with Rain playing the role of an unpredictable protagonist.
Whether it’s a rain-curtailed thriller or a full-fledged contest, one thing is certain – the world will be watching as India and Nepal prepare to script another chapter in their cricketing journey, amidst the backdrop of Sri Lanka’s unpredictable weather.
Asia Cup 2023: IND vs Nepal Predicted Playing XI
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Nepal: Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh (wk), Rohit Paudel (c), Aarif Sheikh, Sompal Kami, Gulsan Jha, Dipendra Singh Airee, Kushal Malla, Sandeep Lamichhane, Karan Chhetri, Lalit Rajbanshi