Pakistan beat Nepal by a massive margin of 238 runs in the first match of Asia Cup 2023. Pakistan put up 342 runs in 50 overs, then bowled out Nepalese team on 104 runs in the 24th over.
In the first inning, Nepali bowlers bowled well, sending Fakhar Zaman back to the pavilion in the 6th over. On the first ball of the 7th over, Imam-ul-Haq ran out on five runs. After that, Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan took the total to 112 with a partnership of 86 runs.
Rizwan also got run out on 44 runs in the 24th over while Agha Salman was caught out in the 27th over on 125 runs.
After that Iftikhar Ahmed came to the crease on number six. Babar Azam scored 151 runs with 14 fours and 4 sixes, while Iftikhar also made 109 runs.
After 49 overs the score was at 331/4. In the 50th over, Sompal took two wickets, with Pakistan finishing at 342 runs. In the last 10 overs of the first inning, Pakistan scored 129 runs with a Run Rate of 12.9 per over.
In the second inning, Shaheen Afridi took two wickets in the very first over, while Shadab Khan took four wickets and Haris Rauf took two. Naseem and Nawaz took one wicket each.
Baber Azam also break the record of fastest 19 centuries of South African player Hashim Amla. He complete this goal in 104 matches while Babaz Azam achieved this goal in 102 matches. Virat Kohli is now on No.3 spot with fastest 19 centuries in 124 innings.
Pakistan will play its 2nd group match of Asia Cup 2023 against India on 2 September at Pallekele stadium. The pitch of the stadium is batter-favouring while spinner performs better then pacers.