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Asia Cup 2023: Dominant Pakistan crush Nepal to script winning start

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MULTAN: Pakistan bowling unit decimated Nepal after centuries from captain Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed as the host kicked off their Asia Cup 2023 campaign with a statement 238-run victory.

NEP 104 (23.3 Overs)

Shadab continues

NEP 103/8 (23 Overs)

Nawaz continues

NEP 92/8 (22 Overs)

Shadab bowls round the wicket

NEP 90/6 (21 Overs)

Nawaz into the attack now

NEP 88/5 (20 Overs)

Shadab continues to bowl

NEP 86/5 (19 Overs)

Haris continues to bowl

NEP 84/5 (18 Overs)

Shadab continues

NEP 82/5 (17 Overs)

Haris again

NEP 82/4 (16 Overs)

Shadab continues to bowl

NEP 76/4 (15 Overs)

Haris bowls again

NEP 73/3 (14 Overs)

Shadab continues

NEP 66/3 (13 Overs)

Haris continues

NEP 64/3 (12 Overs)

Shadab Khan into the attack now

NEP 56/3 (11 Overs)

Haris Rauf comes into the attack

NEP 47/3 (10 Overs)

Naseem continues to bowl

NEP 46/3 (9 Overs)

Shaheen continues around the wicket

NEP 42/3 (8 Overs)

Naseem continues

NEP 36/3 (7 Overs)

Shaheen bowls again

NEP 28/3 (6 Overs)

Naseem continues

NEP 26/3 (5 Overs)

Shaheen Afridi again

NEP 23/3 (4 Overs)

Naseem continues

NEP 18/3 (3 Overs)

Shaheen continues

NEP 14/3 (2 Overs)

1.4: A length ball in the channel, Aasif looks to drive without getting to the pitch of the ball and gets a thick outside edge to hand a regulation catch to Iftikhar at first slip.

Naseem Shah to bowl from the other end

NEP 10/2 (1 Over)

0.6: A fuller delivery, with a hint of late swing. The ball thudded into Paudel’s front pad well before he could bring his bat down. Shaheen gets his second.

0.5: Shaheen hits back after conceding two boundaries and gets yet another wicket in the first over. A length ball down the leg side and Bhurtel could only get an edge on it, Rizwan dived across to pouch it with both hands.

Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh come out to open the innings for Nepal. Shaheen Shah Afridi to bowl the first over.

PAKISTAN vs NEPAL (2nd INNINGS)

MULTAN: Pakistan captain Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed’s tons powered Pakistan to a mammoth 342 runs against Nepal in the first match of the ongoing ACC Men’s Asia Cup on Wednesday.

PAK 342/6 (50 Overs)

Sompal to bowl the final over

PAK 331/4 (49 Overs)

Karan KC continues

PAK 313/4 (48 Overs)

Sompal comes back again

PAK 301/4 (47 Overs)

Karan KC returns

PAK 294/4 (46 Overs)

Lamichhane comes back

PAK 275/4 (45 Overs)

Sompal replaces Gulsan

PAK 255/4 (44 Overs)

Airee continues

PAK 242/4 (43 Overs)

Gulsan continues

PAK 228/4 (42 Overs)

Airee returns

PAK 222/4 (41 Overs)

Gulsan replaces Karan

PAK 213/4 (40 Overs)

Rajbanshi replaces Lamichhane

PAK 208/4 (39 Overs)

Karan KC returns

PAK 204/4 (38 Overs)

Lamichhane continues

PAK 196/4 (37 Overs)

Sompal again

PAK 190/4 (36 Overs)

Lamichhane comes back

PAK 180/4 (35 Overs)

Sompal continues

PAK 167/4 (34 Overs)

Kushal Bhurtel comes back into the attack

PAK 157/4 (33 Overs)

Sompal Kami replaces Karan

PAK 152/4 (32 Overs)

Rajbanshi continues

PAK 143/4 (31 Overs)

Karan KC continues

PAK 139/4 (30 Overs)

Rajbanshi comes back into the attack

PAK 133/4 (29 Overs)

Karan KC comes back into the attack

PAK 125/4 (28 Overs)

25.5: Salman goes for the reverse sweep but fails to keep it down and Bhurtel takes a low, diving catch.

Lamichhane continues

PAK 122/3 (27 Overs)

Rajbanshi continues

PAK 120/3 (26 Overs)

Lamichhane continues to bowl

PAK 116/3 (25 Overs)

Rajbanshi continues

PAK 112/3 (24 Overs)

23.4: Rizwan took an evasive action to get out of the line of the ball, but a direct hit at the non-striker’s end sent him back.

Lamichhane returns to the attack

PAK 105/2 (23 Overs)

Rajbanshi continues

PAK 102/2 (22 Overs)

Airee continues

PAK 96/2 (21 Overs)

Rajbanshi replaces Lamichhane

PAK 91/2 (20 Overs)

Airee continues

PAK 84/2 (19 Overs)

Lamichhane continues

PAK 83/2 (18 Overs)

Airee continues

PAK 78/2 (17 Overs)

Lamichhane continues

PAK 75/2 (16 Overs)

Dipendra Singh Airee replaces Rajbanshi

PAK 72/2 (15 Overs)

Lamichhane continues

PAK 65/2 (14 Overs)

Lalit Rajbanshi continues

PAK 64/2 (13 Overs)

Sandeep Lamichhane comes into the attack

PAK 56/2 (12 Overs)

Lalit Rajbanshi continues

PAK 49/2 (11 Overs)

Gulsan Jha continues

PAK 44/2 (10 Overs)

Lalit Rajbanshi comes on from the other end

PAK 38/2 (9 Overs)

Gulsan Jha comes into the attack

PAK 32/2 (8 Overs)

Karan KC continues

PAK 29/2 (7 Overs)

6.1: A direct hit and Imam-ul-Haq has already started walking back

Sompal Kami continues

PAK 25/1 (6 Overs)

5.3: Fakhar Zaman departs courtesy of an excellent catch behind the stumps. A length ball bowled at 132kph and angled across. Fakhar plants his front foot down the ground instead of towards the ball and throws his hands at it. A thick outside edge to the left of the wicketkeeper

Karan KC continues

PAK 21/0 (5 Overs)

Sompal Kami continues

PAK 16/0 (4 Overs)

Karan KC continues from the other end

PAK 11/0 (3 Overs)

Sompal Kami continues

PAK 11/0 (2 Overs)

Karan KC to bowl from the other end

PAK 9/0 (1 Over)

Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman come out to open for Pakistan.

Sompal Kami to bowl the first over.

PAKISTAN vs NEPAL (1st INNINGS)

MULTAN: Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat first against Nepal in the first match of the ACC Men’s Asia Cup 2023.

PLAYING XIs

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf.

Nepal: Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh (wk), Rohit Paudel (c), Aarif Sheikh, Kushal Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Gulsan Jha, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Rajbanshi

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