Looking for India vs Nepal head to head record? Well, they are playing each other for the first time this Asia Cup 2023.
India and Nepal are set to face each other in a Group A match of the Asia Cup 2023 on Monday, September 4 at the Pallekele International Stadium. It is also the last match in the group, featuring India, Nepal and Pakistan.
As far as head to head records are concerned, India and Nepal are yet to face each other in any format thus far at the international level.
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India vs Nepal head to head record
The task for Nepal was never going to be easy coming into the Asia Cup 2023. In their opening match on Wednesday at the Multan Cricket Stadium, Rohit Paudel’s men were up against Pakistan, who recently became the No.1 ranked after beating Afghanistan in the three-match ODI series.
After being put in to field first, Nepal did not allow Pakistan to run away with the match. Sompal Kami, one of their leading wicket-takers, started with a maiden.
Thereafter, Karan KC dismissed Fakhar Zaman to give Nepal their first breakthrough. Soon after Paudel pulled off a stupendous direct hit to catch Imam-ul-Haq short at the non-striker’s end.
After Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan put on 86 runs for the third wicket, Nepal reduced their opponents to 124 for the loss of four wickets in 27.5 overs. But from there on, the Nepalese team found it tough to get going.
Babar and Iftikhar Ahmed made sure that Nepal were never able to get a foothold back into the game.
Sompal Kami did pick up two wickets of Babar and Shadab Khan, but he ended up leaking as many as 85 runs in his quota of 10 overs. Lalit Rajbanshi was arguably the pick of the bowlers for Nepal as he conceded only 48 runs, although he failed to pick up a wicket.
Sandeep Lamichhane, who currently holds the record of the fastest to 100 wickets in ODIs, was expected to perform. The leg-spinner picked up the wicket of Salman Ali Agha, but gave away 69 runs in 10 overs.
The run-chase turned out to be a disastrous one for Nepal. Aarif Sheikh and Sompal Kami scored 26 and 28 runs respectively. Once Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed Kushal Bhurtel and skipper Paudel in the first over, Nepal failed to make a comeback while chasing a mammoth target of 343.
Aarif Sheikh and Sompal Kami put on 59 runs for the fourth wicket, but that was never going to be enough for Nepal to go past the finish line. Nepal were eventually bowled out for 104 in 23.4 overs.
India vs Nepal head to head record in T20Is
India vs Nepal head to head record in ODIS
India, led by Rohit Sharma, will go into their match against Nepal as the firm favorites. They are still searching for the apt combination before the World Cup to be played on Indian soil from October 5 to November 19.
Although he hasn’t played a whole lot in the 50-over format of late, Rohit is still expected to be a force for India going into the mega event.
Virat Kohli is another batter the focus will be on. He was going through a poor run of form before he found his rhythm. He is on the verge of becoming the fastest batter to 13000 runs in ODIs.
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KL Rahul would not be a part of the Indian team for the match against Nepal as he is yet to fully recover from an injury. Shubman Gill has been a tad inconsistent of late, but bearing in mind his overall records, Nepal cannot afford to let their guards down while bowling to him.
Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja are expected to play crucial roles for the Indian team. Jadeja is among the leading wicket-takers in the Asia Cup and batters are likely to find it tough to face him on the slow and low pitch in Pallekele.
Jasprit Bumrah returned to international cricket in the bilateral T20I series against Ireland. He will want to chip in with useful performances before the World Cup. Bumrah has been a genuine wicket-taker across formats and has been effective at all stages.
Kuldeep Yadav has the knack of picking up wickets at crucial junctures of matches. He recently became the fastest Indian to 50 wickets in T20Is and that shows his potential in the white-ball formats. He, along with Jadeja, will take care of the spin department for India.
The likes of Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur also need to come to the party for the Indian team.