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India vs Nepal Preview: Asia Cup 2023 Showdown


Cricket  •  4 Sept, 2023  •  1,986 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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In today's Asia Cup 2023 encounter, cricketing stalwarts India go head-to-head with tournament debutants Nepal. As the action unfolds at the Pallekele International Stadium, both teams are fueled with a determination to leave an indelible mark. India, with the echoes of their rain-interrupted previous game still fresh, aims for a strong comeback. Meanwhile, Nepal, driven by passion and ambition, aspires to defy expectations and challenge their underdog label.

A Rainy Prelude for India

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India's much-anticipated face-off against Pakistan met an unfortunate end with rain playing spoilsport. Now, the Men in Blue get another chance to inch closer to the Super Four stage. Victory is a necessity for them to progress further in this tournament. The anticipation is palpable, especially given the importance of this match for India's campaign.

Nepal's Determination

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Despite their emphatic 238-run loss to Pakistan, Nepal showed glimpses of threat, especially when the Pakistani top order crumbled early. Led by Rohit Paudel, the team is determined to bring a surprise element to the table against their formidable opponents. This underlines the unpredictability of cricket and Nepal's potential to surprise.

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Maiden International Meeting

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History will be written as this clash marks the first-ever international meeting between India and Nepal. Nepal, having stamped their spot after outplaying UAE in the qualifiers, will be leaning heavily on their star players, leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and skipper Rohit Paudel. For many, this match is more than just a game; it's a momentous occasion marking a new chapter in cricketing ties.

Pallekele Pitch Report

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Pallekele is renowned for its batter-friendly turf, often offering limited help to the fast bowlers. However, as the match progresses, the pitch becomes a haven for spinners. It won't be surprising if the toss-winning captain chooses to bat first, aiming to exploit the batting conditions. Captains and coaches will undoubtedly be strategizing around this pitch insight.

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For fantasy cricket enthusiasts, the following players are the hot picks:

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  • Wicketkeepers: Ishan Kishan
  • Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill
  • All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Dipendra Singh Airee, Ravindra Jadeja
  • Bowlers: Sompal Kami, Mohammed Siraj, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya

For those looking to maximize their points in the Dream11 fantasy league, the following captain and vice-captain choices could prove decisive:

Choice 1:

  • Captain: Virat Kohli
  • Vice-Captain: Hardik Pandya

Choice 2:

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  • Captain: Mohammed Siraj
  • Vice-Captain: Rohit Sharma

Match Details

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The Asia Cup 2023 clash between India and Nepal is scheduled for September 4 at 3:30 PM (IST) with the toss happening 30 minutes prior. The picturesque Pallekele International Stadium in Sri Lanka sets the backdrop for this riveting contest.

Squads

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India:

Suryakumar Yadav, Virat Kohli, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya (vc), KL Rahul, Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Tilak Varma, Rohit Sharma (c), Axar Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Sanju Samson (travelling reserve).

Nepal:

Karan KC, Rohit Paudel(c), Sundeep Jora, Sandeep Lamichhane, Gulsan Jha, Mousom Dhakal, Aarif Sheikh, Kushal Bhurtel, Dipendra Singh Airee, Aasif Sheikh(w), Arjun Saud, Lalit Rajbanshi, Pratis GC, Sompal Kami, Kishore Mahato, Kushal Malla, Bhim Sharki.

Conclusion

While India enters the match as overwhelming favourites, cricket, with its inherent uncertainties, ensures no team can be taken lightly. Nepal's debutant tag might make them the underdogs, but their passion and recent performances hint at a thrilling contest. As fans gear up for this match, the cricketing world keenly awaits to see which team emerges victorious in this historic showdown.

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