Dominant Performance in Asia Cup 2023: Babar-Iftikhar’s Century Shines as Pakistan Crushes Nepal by 238 Runs
Asia Cup 2023: In the opening match of the Asia Cup 2023, Nepal needed 343 runs from 50 overs to win. In reply, Nepal was bundled in front of the Pakistani bowlers for just 104 runs.
The 16th edition of the Asia Cup 2023 began today. In the first match, Pakistan and Nepal faced each other in Multan, Pakistan. Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bat in the opening match. With that decision, Pakistan started their journey with a win in the first match.
Pakistan defeated Nepal by 238 runs in the first match of the Asia Cup. Nepal had a target of 343 runs to win, but the entire team was limited to just 104 runs in 23.4 overs. Babar Azam’s team started the tournament with a big win. Earlier, Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bat. Batting first, Pakistan scored 342 runs for 6 wickets in 50 overs. Babar Azam and Iftekhar Ahmed scored centuries for Pakistan.
Pakistan team wanted to score a big score by getting Nepal as an opponent in front of them, so they decided to bat first. But today, batting first, Pakistan’s opening pair looked quite weak in front of Nepal. Although the openers failed, captain Babar Azam kept the match alive. Mohammad Rizwan also scored 44 runs.
Iftikhar Ahmed then came to accompany Babar. As soon as he arrived, he became dangerous for the Nepalese bowlers. From start to finish, the pair fought for twenty-two yards, with Babar’s 151 and Iftikhar’s 109 helping Pakistan post 342 in 50 overs on the scoreboard.
Nepal needed 343 runs from 50 overs to win. In reply, Nepal was bundled in front of the Pakistani bowlers for just 104 runs. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah made Nepal’s top order difficult with the new ball. Still, Nepal did not want to give up. In the middle order, Arif Sheikh and Sompal Kami batted for Nepal. But Harris Rauf took it upon himself to bring both of them back to the pavilion. Then Sahadab Khan came and completed the rest of the work. Pakistan won the first match by 239 runs.
Pak vs Nep Asia Cup 2023 1st Match Scorecard:
Pakistan: 342/6 (50 overs)
Nepal: 104 (23.4 overs)
Pakistan won the match by 239 runs.