In match number 5 of the Asia Cup, India and Nepal will be coming face-to-face for the first time in international cricket at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. The first-ever encounter between the two teams is expected to be a thrilling contest.
It has been 5 years since Team India lifted the Asia Cup trophy. Men in Blue will be feeling the pressure and would like to stay positive throughout the tournament.
Nepal had a disappointing start to their first-ever Asia Cup. They witnessed an embarrassing loss against Pakistan in the first match. Cricket Betting Sites have Asia Cup odds with them.
Skipper Rohit Sharma will be starting the game with Shubman Gill as his opening partner. Virat Kohli will be responsible for handling things at the 3rd spot and Shreyas Iyer will be given the responsibility to handle the pressure at number 4.
Ishan Kishan & Hardik Pandya will be expected to score quick runs in the middle order. Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav will handle the spin attack with Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, and Jasprit Bumrah in the pace attack.
The team management will be expecting a dominating performance from Team India. Rohit Sharma will be selecting his strongest XI.
Predicted Lineup: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah
Nepal bowlers had a positive start to their previous match as bowlers were successful in getting rid of Pakistan’s opening partnership at an early stage. However, things got out of hand as the match made progress. Sompal Kami picked up 2 wickets at an economy of 8.50.
On the batting front, the opening lineup was a complete failure. In the middle order, Aarif Sheikh scored 26 off 38 at a strike rate of 68.42 and Sompal Kami scored 28 off 46 at a strike rate of 60.87.
India is facing Nepal for the first time in the ODI format but we expect a one-sided affair. Nepal is a new team with players who carry very little experience in facing experienced players from India. Team India looks balanced and we predict a win for India on Monday against Nepal.