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Asia Cup: Aasif's fifty help Nepal post valiant 230 against India

With a four by Aasif against Hardik Pandya, Nepal reached their fifty in 8.5 overs.

Asia Cup: Aasifs fifty help Nepal post valiant 230 against India

Team India celebrating a wicket. (Twitter/@BCCI)

KANDY: Half-century by Aasif Sheikh and solid knocks from Kushal Bhurtel and Sompal Kami helped Nepal post 230 runs in 48.1 overs against India in their Asia Cup match at Kandy on Monday.

After being put to bat first by India, Nepal was off to a solid start. Openers Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh made the most of dropped catches by India to form a solid opening partnership.

With a four by Aasif against Hardik Pandya, Nepal reached their fifty in 8.5 overs. Just before the end of the powerplay, Shardul Thakur's golden arm struck for India, dismissing Bhurtel for 38 off 25 balls, consisting of three fours and two sixes. Nepal was 65/1 in 9.5 overs.

At the end of the powerplay, Nepal was at 65/1, with Sheikh (23*) joined by Bhim Sharki (0*).

The duo carried in with the innings but Indian spinners dried the run-flow for the next six overs or so. The pressure made on Nepal batters paid off as Sarki tried to cut a tricky Ravindra Jadeja delivery, but was clean bowled for seven off 17 balls.

Nepal was 77/2 in 16 overs. Skipper Rohit Paudel joined Sheikh at the crease.

But this partnership also did not last very long either. Paudel was caught by skipper Rohit Sharma at slips for just five.

Jadeja got his second wicket. Nepal was 93/3 in 20 overs. Nepal touched the 100-run mark in 21.3 overs. Jadeja got his third wicket, levelling with Irfan Pathan (22 scalps) for most wickets by an India bowler in the ODI Asia Cup. He dismissed Kushal Malla for just two. Nepal was 101/4 in 21.5 overs.

Sheikh and Gulshan Jha carried on the innings. Sheikh brought up his fifty, first against India in 88 balls.

Pacer Mohammed Siraj earned his first wicket, dismissing Sheikh for 58 off 97 balls, consisting of eight fours after being caught by Virat.

Nepal was 132/5 in 29.5 overs. Siraj got another wicket, dismissing Gulshan for 23 off 35 balls after he was caught behind by Ishan Kishan.

Nepal was 144/6 in 31.5 overs. Nepal reached the 150-run mark in 33.4 overs.

Dipendra Singh Airee and Sompal Kami helped Nepal rebuild their innings after some quick wickets.

The duo formed their fifty-run stand in 55 balls. Hardik Pandya trapped lbw Dipendra Singh Airee for 29 off 25 balls, consisting of three fours. The fifty-run partnership was over and Nepal was 194/7 in 41.1 overs. Nepal reached the 200-run mark in 43.4 overs.

After Sompal and Airee gave India some headache with their persistency and big hits, Sompal was dismissed by Mohammed Shami after a brilliant diving catch from Ishan. The batter made 48 in 56 balls, with one four and two sixes. Nepal was 228/8 in 47.2 overs.

Lamicchane was the next one to go, run out by Axar Patel and Ishan for nine.

Nepal was 229/9 in 47.4 overs. Nepal's innings folded at 230 in 48.1 overs, with Siraj taking the final wicket, cleaning up Lalit Rajbanshi for zero.

India bundled out Nepal for 230 in 48.1 overs. Jadeja (3/40) and Siraj (3/61) were the pick of the bowlers for India.

Thakur, Shami, and Pandya got a wicket each.

Brief Scores: Nepal: 230 in 48.1 overs (Aasif Sheikh 58, Sompal Kami 48, Ravindra Jadeja 3/40) vs India

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