The first match of the Asian Cup 2023 will be played between Pakistan and Nepal on Wednesday. Pakistan recently defeated Afghanistan 3-0 in the ODI series. Pakistan is a very strong team. Nepal will face a tough challenge from Pakistan. Nepal have performed well in recent games. So she will work hard to save the game. In this game, the teams from Pakistan and Nepal will try to keep the playing XI balanced.
The Pakistan team can give Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq an opening opportunity. Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed can also be trusted. Imam has performed well in recent games. Fakhar is also a good and experienced player. He has performed well in many important games for Pakistan. Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah are the team’s two great bowlers. The place of these two in the player eleven is almost certain.
Nepal put in an excellent performance at the ACC Men’s Premier Cup 2023 which was held from April to May. The team defeated UAE in the final by 7 wickets. Kushal Malla scored the most runs for Nepal in this tournament. He hit 238 runs in 4 innings. At the same time, captain Rohit Paudel scored 187 runs in 5 games. Nepal can earn Kushal a place in the starting XI of the Asian Cup’s first game. At the same time, the team can also make way for Asif Sheikh and Bhim Sharki. Karan KC and Lalit Rajbanshi can also get a place.
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (Captain), Mohammad Rizwan (Wicketkeeper), Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf.
Nepal: Kushal Bhurtel, Asif Sheikh (wicketkeeper), Bhim Sharkey, Rohit Paudel (captain), Kushal Malla, Arif Sheikh, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Lalit Rajbanshi, Gulsan Jha.