Asia Cup 2023
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Updated: 30 August 2023

Pakistan vs. Nepal, Asia Cup 2023: Pitch Report, Predictions, Playing 11, Squads, And Other Details: The first match of the 2023 Asia Cup will be played on August 30 at Multan Cricket Stadium between Pakistan and Nepal. This will be the two sides’ first official clash in international cricket.

Needless to say, Pakistan is regarded as the superior squad, having won the continental crown twice before, especially following their recent emphatic 3-0 triumph over Afghanistan in an ODI series.

Nepal, on the other hand, will be making its debut in the competition after winning the unbeaten 2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup in May. While Nepal’s path to this point has been outstanding, confronting Pakistan poses a novel and difficult circumstance.

Pakistan vs. Nepal Match Details

Match: Pakistan vs Nepal, 1st match Asia Cup 2023

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Time: 03:00 PM (IST)

Venue: Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan, Pakistan

Broadcast: Star Sports, DD Sports

Live stream: Disney+Hotstar

Also Read: Asia Cup 2023: Team Pakistan Players List, Full Squad And Their ODI Stats

Pakistan vs Nepal Head-To-Head

Surprisingly, Pakistan and Nepal have never met in any format of international cricket. However, the two sides did meet in an unofficial warm-up match in the United Arab Emirates in 2015. A stunning knock by Azar Ali (73 off 73) helped Pakistan reach a respectable total of 306/6. Nepal responded by starting slowly but finally scoring 205 runs in their allotted 50 overs while losing 5 wickets.

Multan Cricket Stadium Pitch Report

Multan Stadium is noted for hosting high-scoring games. It’s an ideal pitch for batting first and putting pressure on the opposition. The surface is fairly dry, and the wicket does not provide much assistance to the bowlers. Spinners are useful at this location, especially in the second innings when the ball becomes tired. According to historical data, the average first innings score at this location is 255. As a result, the winner of the toss should bat first on this wicket since it is easier to bat first than second.

Also Read: Asia Cup 2023: Squads, Predictions, Broadcast, Live Streaming Details And Full Schedule

Match Predictions

As previously stated, this will be Pakistan and Nepal’s first meeting in any version of the game. Given the individual accomplishments of both Babar Azam’s squad and Rohit Paudel’s team, Pakistan is one of the best ODI teams of all time, and the most recent ODI rankings back up that assertion.

The new bees have produced noteworthy results. The new bees have recently performed noteworthy performances, but their skewed victory record may cause them problems. Comparing both teams would be unjust; chances indicate that Pakistan would look forward to kicking off the newest Asia Cup season with a victory over their opponents.

Pakistan vs Nepal Probable Playing 11

Pakistan: Babar Azam (C), Shaheen Afridi, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Usama Mir, Mohammad Rizwan, Salman Ali Agha, Naseem Shah

Nepal: Rohit Paudel (C), Kushal Bhurtel, Bhim Sharki,  Aarif Sheikh, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Gulsan Jha, Aasif Sheikh (WK), Kushal Malla, Lalit Rajbanshi

Also Read: Asia Cup 2023: Nepal Team Players List, Squad, And Their ODI Stats

Pakistan vs Nepal Full Squad

Nepal: Rohit Paudel (c), Aasif Sheikh, Dipendra Singh Airee, Gulshan Jha, Sompal Kami, Lalit Rajbansh, Sundeep Jora, Arjun Saud, Kushal Bhurtel, Bhim Sharki, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kishore Mahato, Kushal Mallai, Pratish GC, Karan KC, Mousom Dhakal, Aarif Sheikh

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Naseem Shah, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Rizwan, Tayyab Tahir (travelling reserve), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shaheen Afridi, Saud Shakeel