Asia Cup 2023: Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma shine as India defeat Nepal by 10 wickets to seal a Super 4 Berth

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Game time is at a premium for teams as the World Cup edges closer. India's key players have either been kept out by lengthy injuries or have been periodically rested during the last two T20 World Cup years. And in that respect, the Sri Lankan monsoon isn't helping. For example, it remains to be seen how pace ace Jasprit Bumrah holds up after bowling 10 overs in a competitive match or how Rohit Sharma sees him dovetail with the rest of the bowling line-up in the game's different phases.

The batters too need to switch to the rhythms of the 50-over game and discover the dynamics of batting with each other. Among them, Shubman Gill is in need of a good hit-out, tailing off somewhat in the second half of the year after establishing himself as an all-format player. He has a solitary half-century in his last seven ODI innings and a few misfires now could just set the cat among the pigeons. He, along with Rohit and Virat Kohli, have a tempo-setting job at the top of the order and will need to ensure the middle-order isn't always called to put out fires, even though Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya did so expertly in the last game. India are aware of their batting insecurities and it is part of the reason why they have to field Shardul Thakur as an all-rounder at No.8 over a pure bowler in Mohammed Shami.

This World Cup is least of Nepal's concerns. They will have an eye on the next 14-team edition of 2027. And it is not everyday they get to play against the big boys of international cricket at full strength. In a way, it is validation for their rapid recent rise. They made it here by winning the ACC Premier Cup in April-May and gave a decent account of themselves in the opener with the new ball even if their fielding veered from the exquisite to crude. A truncated game, as it seems likely, would help bridge the talent and experience deficit between the two sides.

When: India vs Nepal, September 4, 15:00 Local Time

Where: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

What to expect: Teams and fans in Pallekele will be advised to brave another start-stop fixture with thundershowers forecast for the most of Monday. Expect fast bowlers to seek seam movement aided by the trapped moisture in the pitch, as Shaheen Shah Afridi did on Saturday.

Team News:

India

KL Rahul is ruled out for at least one more game and that means India are unlikely to tinker with the composition of their team. Ishan Kishan was available to keep wickets before rain washed out the second innings of the Pakistan game. That should be indication enough that the bout of cramps he suffered while batting isn't serious.

Nepal

Nepal could consider bringing 21-year-old batter Bhim Sharki into the XI. He lost his place after a string of low scores but it wasn't too long ago that he reeled off half-centuries against USA and Oman (warm-up) at the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.


Squads:

India Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Suryakumar Yadav, Axar Patel, Prasidh Krishna, Tilak Varma

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

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FYI

Jasprit Bumrah has returned home for personal reasons, as confirmed by sources within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He is expected to miss the match against Nepal, a Group A fixture.
 
Poor Nepal...

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In case the fate of the match goes the similar way as Saturday, both teams will share a point each. This will mean, Nepal will be knocked out from the race to make the Super Four while India will go through after bagging a total of two points from the two washed out matches in the group stage.
 
The schedule and forecasts remind me of the 2003/4 triangular series in the Netherlands. Australia reached the final of the tournament without bowling a single ball throughout the entire event, while India were eliminated with only one loss each.
 
Remaining matches of the super four round to be moved out of Colombo. They are thinking of moving them to kandy but still it might rain there. The ACC can easily get full matches if they move the matches to dambulla but apparently india are not satisfied with the hotels in dambulla. And also hambantota could be used but logistic issues and flood light issues
 
14:10 Local Time, 08:40 GMT, 14:10 IST: The equation is pretty simple - the winner progresses to Super Fours and the loser gets eliminated. The forecast at Pallekele once again isn't great. If the match gets washed out, India will go through to the next round. Currently, there's no rain/drizzle.
 
India have won the toss and have opted to field

Rohit Sharma:
We are gonna bowl first. No particular reason.
 
14:34 Local Time, 09:04 GMT, 14:34 IST: Uh-oh! The covers were brought on to cover the pitch when Rohit Paudel was speaking at the toss. Started to drizzle when the coin was flipped.
 
NEPAL TEAM

Rohit Paudel
Kushal Bhurtel
Aasif Sheikh
Sompal Kami
Gulsan Jha
Bhim Sharki
Dipendra Singh Airee
Kushal Malla
Sandeep Lamichhane
Karan KC
Lalit Rajbanshi

INDIA TEAM

Rohit Sharma
Shubman Gill
Virat Kohli
Shreyas Iyer
Ishan Kishan
Hardik Pandya
Ravindra Jadeja
Shardul Thakur
Kuldeep Yadav
Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Siraj

Rohit Sharma wins the toss, and India will bowl first.
 
The covers are being taken off as we speak. 🌤️ Looks like we're set for an on-time start. ⏰
 
We should have batted first. Now our bowlers will skittle them early and will get some meagre target to chase. What is the point?

Our top order needed some practice and this was the perfect game for it.
 
Remaining matches of the super four round to be moved out of Colombo. They are thinking of moving them to kandy but still it might rain there. The ACC can easily get full matches if they move the matches to dambulla but apparently india are not satisfied with the hotels in dambulla. And also hambantota could be used but logistic issues and flood light issues

Dambulla is and was the only common sense place to host these matches.

Might as well bring the shampoo and soap out if the goal is to take a shower in Pellekele/Colombo every match.
 
Dambulla is and was the only common sense place to host these matches.

Might as well bring the shampoo and soap out if the goal is to take a shower in Pellekele/Colombo every match.
India don't like the hotel in Dambulla so not happening.
 
England, South Africa, Australia have all played in Dambulla in the last 5-10 years. Indeed, India played there too in 2017 so where did those teams stay when those matches were happening?
 
Seems like the fielders had a bit too much butter on their toast this morning! Those dropped catches are giving the batsmen more lives than a cat. 😂
 
Hoping for Nepal to beat India here. WIll serve Jay Shah right
 
I was informed that India would run through Pakistan's batting :afridi
 
Lol, looking at this, now, Pakistan have every reason to be disappointed about Saturday's game.😆
 
After dropping the ball literally thrice, Kishan shows how it's done! 🤲
 
After today next india match is on 10 September vs Pakistan if they qualify .thats big gap
 
Wow that's an interesting graphic.

PAK are the 2nd best catching team since the 2019 WC in ODIs. IND are 2nd worst.
 
India will win, but Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Asia cup final lol.

India is getting whopped this world cup. Their so ordinary without bumrah.
 
Are they playing on same strip as in the match between Ind-Pak?
 
Thanks, even in that match the wicket got better to bat on as the innings progressed so it's probalby a very good batting wicket by now. India should chase down whatever the score is quite easily, one would think.
 
India will win, but Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Asia cup final lol.

India is getting whopped this world cup. Their so ordinary without bumrah.
can points be carried forward?

If so, than i think it will be a Sri Lanka vs India/Pakistan. Becuase in points being taken forward, it would be difficult to have a Pak vs Ind final
 
Lesson learned: Don't mess with Jadeja's spin game, Bye-bye Sharki
 
Nepal might breach 200 here, would be a good achievement.
 
can points be carried forward?

If so, than i think it will be a Sri Lanka vs India/Pakistan. Becuase in points being taken forward, it would be difficult to have a Pak vs Ind final
Points from group stage not counted in super 4
 
India seem to be telling Nepal - 'Party Over Grandpa!' in Brock Lesner style
 
Just tuned in ....were they 65/0 odd in 9 ov - Wow! and our guys dropped 3..?
spin twins look to be bowling good right now...
 
Pak should play more confidently against this Indian side. They are bang average, even BD tonked them few months back
 
Those drone shots of Pallekelle stadium and its surrounds....just stunning! and it has grassy knolls in the stadium...not all is concreted..so nice to see.
A pity stadiums in melbourne, sydney and perth lost their grassy knolls and are now plastic seated. i guess only Hobart in aus, and hamilton, napier, wellington, dunedin in Nz and a few SAF grounds have grassy knolls.
A pity that commercialism takes over - having people enoying the cricket on the grass is so wonderful to see
 
Did you check the indian playing XI that BD 'tonked' (1-2 in odi) a few months back?
No I dont have to because I remember that side featured Rohit Kohli iyer siraj and few more from the current squad. Performances have certainly gone down in last couple of years.
Remember Aus trounced them by 10 wickets in India last series. Surya laid 3 golden ducks.
And dismal show in SA was it last year?
And failing to qualify for knockouts in tournaments.
They also lost by 10 wickets in WC semi.
They are no longer the side they were under Kohli
 
India are not switched on

Getting serious vibes they will lose this game
 
Very impressed with Nepal.. their batters are showing more intent than most Pak batters especially after many wickets down.. if they cross 200 today, I will be highly impressed.
 
Big blunder to have Asia cup in srilanka . Should have been all in Pakistan/UAE
 
If Nepal manages to achieve a score of approximately 230 it will pose a formidable challenge for India to successfully chase that total.
 
18:13 Local Time, 12:43 GMT, 18:13 IST: Covers being taken off now as there's no rain/drizzle. Let's hope that the play resumes shortly. There's going to be an inspection at 18:30 Local.
 
18:28 Local Time, 12:58 GMT, 18:28 IST: The two onfield umpires and the fourth umpire are out in the middle. If play could restart in 15 minutes, there may not be any reduction in overs.
 
If they lose this game they will win the world cup mark my word
If they miraculously lose today forget winning the world cup, how many will be able to retain their jobs? Hell, forget jobs, their lives will be in danger. Getting knocked out from first round is not a big sin, can happen to any major side, but losing to a team which is nothing but a newborn kid in international cricket can have serious unthinkable repercussions in Indian cricket. It will be a bigger disaster than 99-00 fixing scandal or 07 wc exit. No way the current regime will let go BCCI, players & management just like that. It will become the most monumental tragedy of Indian sports history.
 
Poor performance from full Indian team to allow Nepal to score 200 with 6 overs remaining. Without Bumrah bowling attack not threatening.
 
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