Kathmandu, 2 October
Nepal’s remarkable journey at the Asian Games 2022 has taken them to the quarter-finals, and they are poised to face their formidable neighbors, India, in what promises to be a thrilling encounter. Nepal’s stunning victories over Mongolia and Maldives have earned them a well-deserved spot in the quarter-finals, and cricket enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the clash.
**Malla and Paudel in Red-Hot Form**
Nepal’s sensational performances have been fueled by the dynamic duo of Kushal Malla and Rohit Paudel. Their scintillating form with the bat has been a key factor in Nepal’s success. However, the upcoming showdown against India presents a formidable challenge that will test their mettle on the international stage.
**India’s Direct Quarter-Final Qualification**
India, led by Ruturaj Gaikwad, secured direct qualification for the quarter-finals due to their superior ranking in the ICC T20I team rankings. With several promising youngsters making their international debut during this tournament, India’s squad is brimming with talent and ambition. These emerging talents will be eager to make a strong case for inclusion in the senior squad through their performances in this competition.
**Key Match Details**
Match: India vs. Nepal, Quarter-Final 1, Asian Games 2023
Venue: Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field, Hangzhou
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 3, 6:45 AM NST
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network, SonyLIV app, and website
The Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field is expected to witness a run-fest. Batting first is likely to be the preferred choice for the teams, with a target of over 220 runs being considered safe.
India and Nepal have not faced each other in T20 Internationals, setting the stage for an exciting and unpredictable encounter.
**Probable Playing XI**
– Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Tilak Varma, Shivam Dube, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar
– Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh (wk), Kushal Malla, Rohit Paudel (c), Dipendra Singh Airee, Sundeep Jora, Gulsan Jha, Karan KC, Sompal Kami, Abinash Bohara, Sandeep Lamichhane
Cricket fans around the world are eagerly anticipating this high-stakes clash between Nepal and India. With both teams showcasing their talents and determination, this quarter-final match promises to be a memorable showdown at the Asian Games 2023.