India are set to take on Nepal in their second Asia Cup group stage game. India will be hoping to seal qualification to the Super Four stage on Tuesday.
India’s Asia Cup opener against Pakistan had to be abandoned due to rain on Saturday evening at the Pallekele Stadium in Kandy.
India laboured their way to 266/10 in 48.5 overs courtesy of two brilliant knocks from Ishan Kishan (82) and Pandya (87) after Shaheen Afridi removed Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in quick succession.
India don’t have Jasprit Bumrah for this game after he went back to India for the birth of his son. Mohammed Shami should come into the team.
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2:41 pm- The rain began to fall just as the toss took place, but the covers that came on with it are starting to come off. Signs are pointing to the game starting on time.
Lineups: Shami in for India, Bhim in for Nepal
India playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
Nepal playing XI: Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh (wk), Rohit Paudel (c), Bhim Sharki, Sompal Kami, Gulsan Jha, Dipendra Singh Airee, Kushal Malla, Sandeep Lamichhane, Karan KC, Lalit Rajbanshi.
Toss: India choose to bowl
India captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss, and chosen to bowl first in overcast conditions. His opposite number Rohit Paudel says he would have done the same. The pitch report from Sanjay Manjrekar and Matthew Hayden via Star Sports:
“The same wicket where India played Pakistan. The pitch looks really flat. Around a good length, it falls away a little bit and then rises up, that’s why the pacers are getting variable bounce on this surface. The spinners will have some assistance too. It looks nice and dry. Bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav who throw it up will get bounce and extract some turn as well.”
Pallekele weather under the spotlight
It’s expected to be gloomy in Pallekele with rain predicted for the evening. There is a real chance that we might see a rain-truncated match. If that is the case, the team that wins the toss might elect to bowl first in order to make sure they are ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis calculations.
India vs Nepal: Head to Head record and predictions
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Nepal XI vs India revealed
Pakistan have already revealed their lineup for the Asia Cup match against India. They are going in with their trusted pace bowling trio of Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf.
Nepal XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf
IND vs Nep tips, predictions and betting odds
IND vs NEP TV, telecast details
India vs Nepal will be broadcast in several languages, across the following TV channels in India:
- Star Sports 1
- Star Sports 1 Hindi
- Star Sports 3
- Star Sports Select 1
- Star Sports Select 1 HD
- Star Sports HD1
IND vs NEP: Live stream, mobile, online details
Live streaming of this game will be provided free of charge, exclusively through Hotstar, for mobile users.
Hotstar will also make it available to subscribers through other platforms like website and Smart TV app.