PAK vs NEP prediction: Match win, Dream11 and toss – 30/08/2023

  • PAK vs NEP match prediction: Pakistan to win
  • PAK vs NEP toss prediction: Pakistan to win the toss and bowl first

Pakistan and Nepal are all set to lock horns in the opening match of the Asia Cup 2023. With the tournament returning to Pakistan after 15 years, the atmosphere at the venue in Multan is expected to be electric. Multan will host only one match and hence, one can expect a packed stadium for the PAK vs NEP prediction.

  • PAK vs NEP date and time: August 30, 3:00 PM IST
  • PAK vs NEP venue: Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan
PAK vs NEP prediction
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PAK vs NEP match preview


Pakistan recently became the No.1 team in ODIs after beating Afghanistan 3-0. Hence, Babar Azam’s men will go into the PAK vs NEP prediction with the upper hand. They have won the Asia Cup only two times in 2000 and 2012 and will be eyeing a third title.

Last year, Pakistan advanced to the final, but lost to Sri Lanka when the tournament was placed in the T20 format. When the Asia Cup last took place in the 50-over format, Pakistan failed to advance to the final after losing to India and Bangladesh in the Super Fours.

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In the series against the Afghans, Pakistan had their ups and downs, although they ended up winning the series comprehensively. Recently, they added Saud Shakeel to their squad and moved Tayyab Tahir to the reserves. It will also be interesting to see how Faheem Ashraf, who made a comeback, performs.

PAK Possible 11: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Agha, Shadab Khan, Usama Mir, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi


Nepal will depend heavily on Sandeep Lamichhane, who has experience of bowling to the Pakistani batters in domestic leagues around the world. Lamichhane is also the fastest bowler to pick up 100 wickets in ODIs and that shows how dangerous he can be in limited-overs cricket.

The PAK vs NEP prediction will depend a lot on how the leg-spinner bowls. Sompal Kami and Dipendra Singh are two of their most experienced cricketers and they need to bring forth all their experience.

Rohit Paudel is their all-time leading run-scorer in ODIs, having notched 1469 runs from 52 balls. Aasif Sheikh is their other batter with over 1000 runs in the 50-over format. The onus will also be on Karan KC, who has 73 wickets from 46 matches.

Nepal do not have their former skipper Gyanendra Malla, who recently retired from international cricket.

NEP Possible 11: Aarif Sheikh, Kushal Bhurtel, Kushal Malla, Rohit Paudel (C), Dipendra Singh Airee, Bhim Sharki, Aasif Sheikh (wk), Lalit Rajbanshi, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sompal Kami, Karan KC

Pitch report and expected weather conditions

The average score in ODIs at the Multan Cricket Stadium is around 260, which means that the pitches have been sporting. There is no chance of rain as of now in Multan. The sun will be out throughout. But at 39 degrees Celsius, temperatures will be on the higher side. Players will need to stay hydrated to survive the hot and humid conditions.

PAK vs NEP Dream11 prediction

Our PAK vs NEP Dream11 predictions for this match

  • Wicketkeeper(s): Mohammad Rizwan
  • Batter(s): Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Kushal Bhurtel, Fakhar Zaman
  • All-rounder(s): Dipendra Singh Airee, Shadab Khan
  • Bowler(s): Sandeep Lamichhane, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf
  • Recommended captain: Haris Rauf
  • Recommended vice-captain: Imam-ul-Haq

Haris Rauf showed his prowess when he picked up a five-wicket haul against the Afghans in the first ODI. He can put any opposition under pressure with his pace and hence, we picked him as his captain for the PAK vs NEP Dream11 prediction.

PAK vs NEP prediction

PAK vs NEP match prediction: Pakistan to win

PAK vs NEP match prediction is heavily tilted in favor of Pakistan. The Men in Green are more experienced than their opponents across all departments. Nepal need to play out of their skin to pull off an upset in the Asia Cup opener.

  • PAK vs NEP toss prediction: Pakistan to win the toss and bowl first
  • Since it is a memorable day in Pakistan cricket, one would expect the PAK vs NEP toss prediction to go in their favor.

Man of the Match prediction: Haris Rauf

Haris Rauf is someone who is excellent, both with the new ball and at the death. Hence, he is expected to win the award in the PAK vs NEP prediction.

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PAK vs NEP betting odds

Pakistan odds: 1.03

Nepal odds: 12.25 

It is not a surprise that the PAK vs NEP betting odds are heavily tilted in favour of Pakistan. Nepal have some talented cricketers, but they are way short on experience than their Asian counterparts.


Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India