Date: September 4, 2023
Time: 3:00 PM IST
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
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In the final clash of Group A in the Asia Cup 2023, India will take on Nepal at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. The Men in Blue will be looking to achieve a thumping win against their near neighbours to progress through to the Super Four stage of the tournament. Meanwhile, Nepal cricket team will have the motivation to play some quality cricket against one of the biggest nations in the sport, to show everyone that they belong at the highest level.
The Indian top order of Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Shreyas Iyer, which hasn’t batted much together in the recent months in ODIs, will be interested in regaining their batting form in their next match. Also, the bowling lineup of Team India, including Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, who haven’t had many overs under their belt leading into this tournament, will have the perfect opportunity to bowl against the batting lineup of Nepal, who lack skill and experience to compete well for long periods at the highest level.
Meanwhile, Nepal batting lineup, which was skittled out by Pakistan for 104, will have a chance to redeem themselves against yet another quality bowling attack, this time from India. The bowlers of Nepal had a decent start against Pakistan in the first half of the innings, especially Karan KC and Sandeep Lamichhane, which they will be needing to execute for long periods in their next match.
Jasprit Bumrah isn't available to play for India vs Nepal, because he returned to India to welcome the birth of his first child.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
Nepal: Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh (wk), Rohit Paudel (c), Aarif Sheikh, Sompal Kami, Gulshan Jha, Dipendra Singh Airee, Kushal Malla, Sandeep Lamichhane, Karan KC, Lalit Rajbanshi
Wicketkeepers: Ishan Kishan
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rohit Paudel, Aarif Sheikh, Sompal Kami
All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane
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