Toss Pakistan selected to bat vs Nepal
Babar Azam gained the toss within the opening match of the 2023 Asia Cup and opted to bat first on what he known as a “dry and glossy” Multan pitch that appeared filled with runs.
Nepal are making their Asia Cup debut and their captain Rohit Paudel stated it was “a giant achievement” for the workforce. They reached right here by profitable the ten-team ACC Premier Cup in April-Could, clinching the title forward of groups resembling UAE and Hong Kong, who’ve each performed within the Asia Cup earlier than.
That is additionally the primary time Nepal are dealing with Pakistan in any format in worldwide cricket.
Pakistan had introduced their XI on Tuesday itself – Babar stated they had been assured and had no hesitation in doing so. They picked three quick bowlers – Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf – and two spin-bowling allrounders – Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz – with Agha Salman additionally able to chipping in along with his offspin.
Pakistan have not performed a lot 50-over cricket within the newest cycle however they lately whitewashed Afghanistan in a three-match ODI collection in Sri Lanka.
Pakistan: 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Agha Salman, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Mohammad Nawaz, 9 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 10 Naseem Shah, 11 Haris Rauf
Nepal: 1 Kushal Bhurtel, 2 Aasif Sheikh (wk), 3 Rohit Paudel (capt), 4 Aarif Sheikh, 5 Kushal Malla, 6 Dipendra Singh Airee, 7 Gulsan Jha, 8 Sompal Kami, 9 Karan KC, 10 Sandeep Lamichhane, 11 Lalit Rajbanshi