New Delhi: India cruised to a 10-wicket win over Nepal in a rain-curtailed match of the Asia Cup on Monday, thanks to the explosive batting of captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. The duo easily chased down the revised target of 145 runs in 23 overs, after Nepal had posted 230 runs in 48.2 overs.
Rohit remained unbeaten on 74 runs off 59 balls, hitting six fours and five sixes, while Gill scored 67 runs off 62 balls, smashing eight fours and one six. They added an unbroken stand of 147 runs for the opening wicket, reaching the target in 20.1 overs.
Nepal’s innings were interrupted by rain twice, reducing their allotted overs to 48.2. Asif Shaikh (58) and Sompal Kami (48) were the main contributors for Nepal, who had won the toss and opted to bat first.
India’s bowling was lackluster, as they failed to contain Nepal’s inexperienced batsmen. Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammad Siraj took three wickets each, but Kuldeep Yadav went wicketless. India’s fielding was also sloppy, as they dropped several catches.
With this win, India joined Pakistan in the Super Four stage of the tournament from Group A, while Nepal was eliminated after losing both their matches. India and Pakistan had shared points after their game was washed out due to rain.