India vs Nepal result: Highlights, scorecard and man of the match

The India vs Nepal result turned out to be a predictable one as India sauntered home to a ten-wicket victory in Kandy on Monday in the Asia Cup 2023 match. But Nepal put up an admirable fight with bat and ball, notably in the early stages of the match. While India shelled three catches inside the first five overs, the Nepal openers, benefitting from the same, decided to throw caution to the wind and put on an impressive display of stroke-making to put Indiai ontot the backfoot. The openers combined in a half-century stand that came in quick time before Shardul Tahkur found the breakthrough for the team. 

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The wicket put a break on Nepal’s charge, but not their spirit as they kept finding a way to make a match out of it. Aasif Sheikh hit a half-century from the top of the order before Indian spinners wrestled back control led by Ravindra Jadeja. Kuldeep and Jadeja put a leash on the scoring rate and also picked up key wicket as Nepal struggled to 144/6. But Sompal Kami’s 56-ball 48 saw Nepal go to 230, setting up a decent total their bowlers could strive to defend. 

Karan KC started off impressive with the ball, beating Rohit Sharma’s bat more than twice and even raising an LBW appeal that was sent upstairs. But after the early trouble, Rohit eased into his gears just like Shubman Gill and the revised target of 145 in 23 overs was a breeze for the openers. 

India vs Nepal result
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India vs Nepal result: India win by 10 wickets (DLS method)

This win has ensured India’s qualification to the Super 4 stage of Asia Cup 2023 while Nepal bow out. India will next play Pakistan on September 10 in Colombo, although there are talks of the venue being shifted owing to rain.

Match Highlights

  • Rohit Sharma became the highest six-hitter for India in Asia Cup ODIs during his exceptional knock of 74 in 59 balls.
  • India let go of three chances early in Nepal’s innings with Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan dropping catches.
  • Shubman Gill continued his fine run in ODIs with another half-century as the Rohit-Gill opening pair becomes one of the best in the format ahead of the home World Cup.
  • Nepal impressed with bat and later with ball in hand in parts to put up a stiff fight, much like they had done during the Pakistan game, however, a consistent performance across different phases will be needed if they are to push stronger sides.

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Man of the Match | India vs Nepal Result

Named the Player of the Match, Rohit led from the front with a scintillating 74-run knock off just 59 balls. His innings, where he initially struggled against Karan KC in particular, was laced with 6 boundaries and 5 towering sixes, showcasing his ability to find gaps and clear the fence with ease. The Indian opener's performance was pivotal in chasing down the revised target of 145 runs in 23 overs under the DLS method. His partnership with Shubman Gill proved to be unbreakable, as the duo guided India to a 10-wicket victory. Rohit's innings not only highlighted his impeccable form but also his leadership qualities, as he steered India into the Super Four stage of the tournament.

IND vs NEP Final Scorecard

Nepal Batting

Kushal Bhurtel382532152.00
Aasif Sheikh (WK)58978059.79
Bhim Sharki7170041.18
Rohit Paudel (C)580062.50
Kushal Malla250040.00
Gulsan Jha23353065.71
Dipendra Singh Airee292530116.00
Sompal Kami48561285.71
Sandeep Lamichhane9170052.94
Karan KC2200100.00
Lalit Rajbanshi03000.00

Extras: 9
Total: 230-10 (48.2 Ov)

India Batting

Rohit Sharma (C)745965125.42
Shubman Gill676281108.06

Extras: 6
Total: 147-0 (20.1 Ov)

Bowling Performance

  • Nepal: Karan KC 4-0-26-0, Sompal Kami 2-0-23-0, Lalit Rajbanshi 4-0-24-0, Sandeep Lamichhane 4-0-39-0, Dipendra Singh Airee 2-0-12-0, Kushal Malla 3-0-11-0, Gulsan Jha 1.1-0-11-0
  • India: Mohammed Shami 7-0-29-1, Mohammed Siraj 9.2-1-61-3, Hardik Pandya 8-3-34-1, Shardul Thakur 4-0-26-1, Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-40-3, Kuldeep Yadav 10-2-34-0

Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India