Date: August 30, Wednesday
Time: 3:00 pm IST
Venue: Multan Cricket Stadium
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The 16th edition of the Asia Cup is set to begin on August 30, with this season’s host Pakistan taking on Nepal in the season opener at Multan Cricket Stadium. Babar Azam-led side are coming on the back of 3-0 victory in an ODI series against Afghanistan, and with this, they acquired the number 1 spot in the ODI team standings.
On the other hand, Nepal are making their debut in the marquee mega-continental event. They put up a great display of technique and skills and booked their spot in the event by winning the 2023 Men’s Premier Cup in May.
The inaugural game of Asia Cup 2023 will be the first instance when Pakistan and Nepal will lock horns. Before that, the teams never crossed each other’s paths in any format in international cricket, except for an unofficial warm up fixture in the UAE in 2015. In that particular game, luck had favoured the Asia Cup 2023 debutants, and they won the toss.
Speaking of the upcoming clash, we feel luck would favour the hosts and they will come on top of the toss battle.
As mentioned, it would be the first time Pakistan and Nepal will lock horns in any format of the game. Seeing the individual performances of both Babar Azam side and Rohit Paudel’s team, it goes without saying that Pakistan is one of the strongest ODI teams of all times, and the latest ODI rankings support the claim.
The new bees have delivered notable performances lately, but their curvy win record might cause them trouble.
Comparing both the sides would be unfair; odds clearly state that Pakistan would look forward to opening the latest Asia Cup season by claiming a win over their rivals.
Predicted Powerplay Score and Average First Inning Score
The Multan Cricket Stadium has hosted a total of ten 50-over matches so far. While the highest total recorded at the venue is 323, the lowest is 148. The average first inning score of the stadium is 254. On the flip side, we can expect the powerplay score of the upcoming encounter to vary somewhere between 50-65.
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