Pitch and weather: The conditions – both overhead and underfoot – in Pallekele challenged batters on Saturday. There could be some juice for the seamers on Monday too, but all eyes will be on the skies once again.
India vs Nepal Highlights 2023, Monday 4-9-2023, 5th Match Asia Cup, Group A (D/N), Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Rohit Sharma begins to speak, it begins to drizzle. He’s not sure we’ll have a full game today, so he wants his bowlers to get some game time. Just the one, expected, change: Mohammed Shami comes in for Bumrah.
Rohit Paudel said he would have liked to bowl first too. “I think today is the biggest day for Nepal cricket, a great opportunity to showcase our skills in front of the cricket world.” One change for Nepal too: Bhim Sharki replaces Aarif Sheikh.
Toss: India will bowl first.
India team: Rohit (c), Gill, Kohli, Iyer, Kishan †, Pandya, Jadeja, Thakur, Yadav, Shami, Siraj
Nepal team: Bhurtel, Sheikh †, Paudel (c), Kami, Jha, Sharki, Airee, Malla, Lamichhane, KC, Rajbanshi
Head to Head In ODI’s: 0
India Won: 0
Nepal Won: 0
India ODI Rankings: 3rd
Nepal ODI Rankings: 15th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Match Timings: 9:30 AM GMT | 3:00 PM Local
Umpires – Paul Wilson, Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire – Richard Illingworth
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match number – ODI no. 4632
“Our openers did a very good job for us. In the middle order we could have done better. We were maybe 30-40 short. If we had done better in that phase, we could have got 260-270. In the last 4-5 months our lower order has done a great job, we are very proud of them. I think in these conditions it was really hard because of the dew, but our bowlers did really well.”
Rohit Sharma, winning captain and Player of the Match:
“To start with, there were some nerves, but once I got my eye in, I wanted to cash in and get my team home. [On the flick-sweep:] I just wanted to chip it over short fine leg, there was no intention to clear deep backward square leg, but bats these days are so good. When we came here, in the back of our mind we knew what our [World Cup] 15 would look like, except maybe one or two spots.
We can’t really look too much into these two games, one was washed out, but luckily we got to bat in the first game and bowl in this one. We haven’t been at our best, but a few guys are coming out after months out of the game. Once we move ahead in the Super Fours, there’s no room for complacency. First game, under pressure, Hardik and Ishan got us into a good position. Today our bowling was okay, but fielding was below-par.”
“Quite disappointed with the way I got out day before yesterday. Important that I finished it off tonight with Rohit bhai, and we did it. He likes to take the bowlers on aerial, and I like to hit more boundaries than sixes, so we complement each other.”