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Last Updated on 9 months by Charbel Coorey

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It’s time for the Asia Cup once again. This great tournament has delivered many memorable moments over the years, with Asian rivals going head-to-head for continental supremacy.

While World Cup preparation is high on the agenda, any defeat in the Asia Cup will sting. However, for Nepal, this is an opportunity to mix it with two cricketing powerhouses, starting with co-hosts Pakistan who have a great shot at lifting this trophy for the first time since 2012.

A competitive showing for Nepal will add to what has been a strong year. They rallied late to qualify for the 2023 ODI World Cup Qualifier tournament, where they showed good signs, scoring 290/8 against Zimbabwe and hitting 238 against West Indies. Multan is set to be sold out, so this represents a great opportunity for the Nepalese to showcase their talent in front of a big audience both in the ground and on television.

For Pakistan, they come into this tournament on the back of a hard-fought 3-0 win over Afghanistan. The bowling attack was strong for the most part, while there was enough from their middle-lower order to suggest the top order can get enough support. A strong start here will set them up nicely for the India showdown later this week, followed by what should be the Super Four stage.

Asia Cup 2023 Match 1: PAK vs NEP Possible Playing XIs

Pakistan: 1. Fakhar Zaman, 2. Imam-ul-Haq, 3. Babar Azam (c), 4. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5. Agha Salman, 6. Iftikhar Ahmed/Saud Shakeel, 7. Shadab Khan, 8. Mohammad Nawaz, 9. Shaheen Shah Afridi, 10. Naseem Shah, 11. Haris Rauf

Nepal: 1. Kushal Bhurtel, 2. Aasif Sheikh (wk), 3. Bhim Sharki, 4. Rohit Paudel (c), 5. Aarif Sheikh, 6. Dipendra Singh Airee, 7. Kushal Malla/Sompal Kami, 8. Gulsan Jha, 9. Karan KC, 10. Sandeep Lamichhane, 11. Lalit Rajbanshi

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PAK vs NEP Dream11 Prediction – Key Players to Watch/Key Stats

Pakistan:

  • Babar Azam has hit 15 fifty-plus scores in 20 ODIs since the start of 2022. Also, the Pakistan skipper has scored a fifty and century in three ODIs on this ground.
  • Imam-ul-Haq has struck three half-centuries in as many ODIs at Multan Stadium (199 runs, avg. 66.33, SR 94.31).
  • Mohammad Rizwan was player of the match in the recent third ODI against Afghanistan (67 off 79 balls). Rizwan has been solid in ODI cricket since the start of 2022, hitting 634 runs at an average of 45.3.
  • Shadab Khan is key with his all-round skills. He made key contributions in the recent Afghanistan series. He struck 48 (35) in the second ODI, followed by taking 3/42 in the third.
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi is a genuine contender for leading wicket-taker in this Asia Cup. The left-armer is averaging 20.3 in ODIs since the start of 2022 (11 inns, 23 wickets).

Nepal:

  • Rohit Paudel and Aasif Sheikh are the two Nepalese players with 1,000+ ODI runs. Both average 31.
  • Paudel recently struck 65 against India A. That attack included Harshit Rana, Rajvardhan Hangargekar and Abhishek Sharma.
  • Kushal Bhurtel hit 71 and took 6/40 in his last match, which was against UAE A. Bhurtel is 14 away from 1,000 ODI runs (avg. 22.93).
  • Sandeep Lamichhane is vital to Nepal’s hopes. The legspinner is the only Nepalese player with 100+ ODI wickets. He averages 17.25.
  • Lamichhane has bowled three balls to Babar Azam in T20 cricket. He dismissed him once.
  • Karan KC bowled well in the 2023 ODI World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. He took 12 wickets in six matches at an average of 21.66.

Other Stats and Facts

  • This will be the first ODI between Pakistan and Nepal.
  • Imam-ul-Haq in home ODIs: 15 matches, 830 runs, avg. 59.28, SR 91.40, seven 50s, two 100s.
  • Mohammad Nawaz has taken seven wickets in three ODIs at Multan (avg. 19.42, econ. 4.53). As has Shadab Khan (avg. 19.85, econ. 4.96).
  • Kushal Bhurtel hit the most runs for Nepal in the recent ODI World Cup Qualifier: 6 inns, 213 runs, avg. 35.50. He struck 99 against Zimbabwe.

Multan Cricket Stadium Pitch Report and Weather

Multan is typically home to excellent batting pitches. Last year, Pakistan and West Indies played three matches on this ground, the first ODIs in Multan since 2008. The average first innings score was 287.33 in that series.

A very hot and clear day is forecast, with a top of 38 degrees.

Asia Cup 2023 Match 1: PAK vs NEP Dream11 Prediction Today Match 30 August

Note: The below teams are not based on the final playing XIs. We may not be able to update these in time. Use the stats and commentary in this article, as well as your own instincts, to create your teams.

Option 1:

PAK vs NEP Dream11 Prediction Possible 11 Pitch Report Asia Cup 2023 Match 1 | PAK vs NEP Dream11 Prediction Today | Multan Pitch Report
Asia Cup 2023 Match 1: PAK vs NEP Dream11 Prediction Today Match 30 August

Option 2:

PAK vs NEP Dream11 Prediction Possible 11 Pitch Report Asia Cup 2023 Match 1 | PAK vs NEP Dream11 Prediction Today | Multan Pitch Report
Asia Cup 2023 Match 1: PAK vs NEP Dream11 Prediction Today Match 30 August

PAK vs NEP Match Prediction – Who will win?

Pakistan to win.

Charbel Coorey
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