India clinched a resounding 10-wicket victory over Nepal in a rain-affected Asia Cup 2023 match. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill’s unbeaten half-centuries sealed the win as they chased down 145 runs.
In a rain-curtailed encounter at the Asia Cup 2023, India secured a convincing victory over Nepal, earning their spot in the Super Fours. Facing a revised target of 145 runs in 23 overs, India’s openers, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, showcased their dominance with unbeaten half-centuries.
Gill began the innings by capitalizing on the width offered by the Nepalese pacers, consistently finding the offside boundary. However, rain interrupted the match, causing a delay that lasted until just five minutes before the cutoff time.
With the revised target requiring quick scoring, Rohit Sharma took charge, aggressively attacking legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane, smashing consecutive fours and sixes twice. Rohit reached his half-century off 39 balls, while Gill, playing a slightly slower innings, reached his fifty in 46 balls, ensuring India maintained momentum. Their partnership carried India to a flawless victory.
In contrast, Nepal’s batting effort had a mix of fortunes. Put in to bat, Nepal’s openers received multiple lifelines within the first five overs, with Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, and Ishan Kishan dropping catches. Khushal Bhurtel displayed his intent with impressive shots, especially a remarkable pull off Mohammad Siraj for a six, but eventually fell trying to drive Shardul Thakur.
Aasif Sheikh, Bhurtel’s partner, initially struggled but settled in, eventually reaching his 10th ODI fifty. However, India’s spinners, particularly Ravindra Jadeja, posed a significant challenge to Nepal’s middle order. Jadeja took three wickets in just five overs, causing turmoil for Nepal. Siraj’s return to the bowling attack also yielded wickets, as he dismissed Sheikh and Gulsan Jha.
Despite these setbacks, a resilient partnership between Dipendra Singh Airee and Sompal Kami for the seventh wicket bolstered Nepal’s total. Kami fought valiantly with the lower order but fell just two runs short of a half-century against Mohammed Shami.
In the end, India’s dominant performance with the bat, led by Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, secured a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Nepal, as they chased down the revised target of 145 with ease.