India defeated Nepal by 6 wickets in their opening match of the Asia Cup 2023 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Sri Lanka on Monday.
Chasing a target of 228, India rode on a brilliant unbeaten 86-run partnership between openers Rohit Sharma (44) and Ishan Kishan (40) to win the match with 10 balls to spare.
Sharma and Kishan put on a solid foundation for the Indian innings, putting on 64 runs for the first wicket before Sharma was dismissed by Sompal Kami. Kishan continued to bat aggressively and brought up his half-century off 38 balls.
He was eventually dismissed by Sandeep Lamichhane, but by then the damage had been done and India were well on their way to victory.
Suryakumar Yadav (27) and Shreyas Iyer (20) chipped in with useful contributions lower down the order, while Hardik Pandya played a cameo of 16 runs off 9 balls to help India seal the win.
For Nepal, Kami was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets for 37 runs, while Lamichhane and Karan KC took one wicket each.
The win was a good start for India in the Asia Cup and they will be looking to build on it in their next match against Bangladesh on Thursday.
Here are some of the key takeaways from the match:
- India’s opening partnership was the key to their victory. Sharma and Kishan gave the team a solid start and laid the foundation for the win.
- Hardik Pandya’s cameo was also important. He came in at a crucial stage and scored some quick runs to help India seal the win.
- Nepal’s bowlers struggled to contain the Indian batsmen. They were able to take a few wickets, but they were not able to build any pressure on the Indian batsmen.
Overall, it was a good performance by India. They will be looking to build on this win in their next match.