The 5th match of Asia Cup 2023 was played between India and Nepal on 4 September in Pallekele. The Indian captain won the toss and invited Nepal to bat first. Batting first, the Nepal team got bundled out for 230 runs.
Due to a delay in the match due to rain, the match was reduced to 23 overs. In which India got the target of 145 runs. Which India achieved very easily without the loss of one wicket. At the same time, Indian captain Rohit Sharma looked very happy after the victory in this match, he made a big statement during the post-match presentation.
Rohit Sharma gave a big reaction after the match:
This was the first international match between India and Nepal and India made it completely one-sided by winning by 10 wickets. Rohit scored an unbeaten 74* in this match. While Gill played an unbeaten 67* match-winning innings. This inning would have greatly benefited the morale of both the players. The benefit of which he can get in the upcoming match.
During the post-match presentation after the win against Nepal, Rohit Sharma termed poor fielding as India’s fault and said, “I am happy with today’s innings, although there was some restlessness in the beginning, Once I got my eyes set, I saw the match. Tried to go till the end. When we came here we knew how our 15-man squad for the World Cup was going to be, there was not going to be anything clear from the Asia Cup because it was only two games.
But fortunately, we got a chance to battle in the first game and get booked in this game, which made it a complete game for us. There is still a lot of work to do. Hardik and Ishan gave us ‘OK’ by scoring well in the last game, It was okay but the fielding was bad, we need to improve it.”
India-Pakistan qualified for the top-4 from Group A:
To qualify for the top-4, it was very important for Team India to win over Nepal. Rohit Sharma & Co. was successful in this plan. After the victory over Nepal, the Indian team became the second team to qualify for the top 4 from Group A. India got 3 points in 2 matches. While Pakistan has 3 points in 2 matches. Once again such a match can be seen between Pakistan and India. Let us tell you that now it is almost certain that both teams will clash once again on September 10.