PTV Sports Live – The 16th edition of the Asia Cup 2023 begins with a bang as Pakistan locks horns with Nepal in the opening match of the tournament. The match will be played at the Multan Cricket Stadium at 2:30 PM while the toss will take place at 2:00 PM PST.
Pakistan vs Nepal Asia Cup 2023 Match Preview, Details, Head-to-Head, Live Streaming, and Squad
Pakistan’s Quest for Glory
The Asia Cup 2023 is poised to be a clash of cricketing titans, featuring teams from across the continent battling for supremacy. Among the contenders, Pakistan and Nepal stand ready to showcase their mettle on the pitch. This article delves into the aspirations and strengths of both teams as they set their sights on the coveted title.
It’s been a decade since Pakistan last clinched the Asia Cup title, achieving that feat back in 2012. Despite a couple of runner-up finishes, including the previous season, the ultimate glory has remained elusive. The 2023 season presents a promising opportunity for Pakistan to break the jinx and claim their third title.
Pakistan’s journey this year in ODIs has been impressive, with victories in 6 out of 9 matches. This prowess has propelled them to the second spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings. Guided by the unwavering leadership of Babar Azam, the team boasts a robust batting order. The lineup features powerhouses such as Imam Ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, and Mohammad Rizwan, each bringing their unique strengths to the game.
The team’s all-rounders, including Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, and Iftikhar Ahmed, infuse depth into their batting lineup. Their presence not only adds a layer of versatility but also offers additional spin options, a crucial advantage on the Multan pitch. However, the absence of seasoned campaigners Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez in the middle order will be felt. The team also faces a gap in specialist spin expertise due to Usama Mir’s limited exposure on the international stage.
Nepal’s Rise on the Horizon
Nepal scripted an inspiring narrative during the 2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup, emerging as victors in Group A. Their triumphant journey continued as they conquered Kuwait in the semifinals and secured victory against UAE in the finals, earning them a maiden ticket to the Asia Cup.
Drawn in a group alongside cricketing behemoths Pakistan and India, Nepal’s path to glory is indeed challenging. Their initial encounters will serve as crucial tests, where they aim to defy odds and gain a head start.
Nepal’s cricketing journey over the past year has been marked by noteworthy achievements. The team showcased their mettle in the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe, triumphing over opponents like the USA and UAE. Even against formidable opponents like the hosts and Ireland, Nepal exhibited commendable performance.
While the departure of Gyanendra Malla leaves a significant void in the batting lineup, it presents an opportunity for young talents like Bhim Sharki and Pratis GC to step up and prove their capabilities. This generational shift offers a chance for new stars to shine and contribute to Nepal’s cricketing narrative.
As the Asia Cup 2023 approaches, the cricketing world eagerly anticipates the clash between these two teams, each with their unique strengths and aspirations. Pakistan seeks to reignite its past glories, while Nepal aims to etch its name onto the annals of cricketing history. The stage is set, and fans worldwide await a tournament that promises excitement, drama, and cricketing excellence.
PTV Sports Live Pakistan vs Nepal
The first match of the Asia Cup 2023 will be played between Pakistan and Nepal at Multan Cricket Stadium at 2:30 PM PST. The live streaming will be available on the Tamasha App and Tapmad TV for free in Pakistan
Match Update: Pakistan Won the Toss and Choose to Bat First
- Tournament: Asia Cup 2023 Live Streaming
- Date: Aug 30, 2023
- Format: ODI
- Venue: Multan International Cricket Stadium, Multan, Pakistan
- Time: 09:30 GMT, 2:00 PM IST, 2:30 PM PST
Pakistan vs Nepal Head-To-Head Record
This is the first time that both teams will be facing each other in an ODI contest.
NEP v PAK ODI Squads
Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Tayyab Tahir, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi
Nepal Squad: Rohit Paudel (c), Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh, Bhim Sharki, Kushal Malla, Aarif Sheikh, Dipendra Singh Airee, Gulshan Jha, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Rajbanshi, Pratish GC, Mousom Dhakal, Sundeep Jora, Kishore Mahato, Arjun Saud