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Asia Cup 2023 ODI Opener: Pakistan Crush Nepal

Babar Azam and Co. Plunder Nepalese Bowlers In First Asia Cup 2023 ODI Opener

Babar Azam scored a magnificent century in the Asia Cup 2023 ODI opening match against new entrants Nepal to set up a huge victory for Pakistan winning by 238 runs. Minnows Nepal were all out for a mere 104 runs in 23.4 overs. Pakistan’s massive score was built around other performance of Iftikar Ahmed who scored 109 not out and Mohammad Rizwan scoring 44 before being run out in a bizarre manner.

Pakistan’s Pace Attack Demolishes Nepalese Batsmen

Asia Cup 2023 ODI Opener
Asia Cup 2023 ODI Opener

Pakistan made light work in Nepal’s reply innings skittling out the opposition in just 23.4 overs with Nepal managing just 104 runs. Pakistan’s pace attack demolished the Nepalese batsmen with Shadab Khan taking 4 wickets while Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi took 2 a piece.

Babar Azam and Iftikar Ahmed Notch Up Great Partnership

Asia Cup 2023 ODI Opener
Asia Cup 2023 ODI Opener

Earlier, Pakistan had a poor start losing two wickets in quick succession losing both openers Fakar Zaman and Imam Ul Haq. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan then had a crucial partnership of 86 runs before Rizwan was run out in a bizarre manner in the 24th over. Babar Azam was then joined by Iftikar Ahmed and they notched up a great partnership of 214 runs for the sixth wicket while each of them crossed the hundred-run mark. Babar Azam went on to score 151 runs in only 131 balls.

Babar Azam Joins Elite List of Players

Asia Cup 2023 ODI Opener
Asia Cup 2023 ODI Opener

With this century, Babar Azam joined the elite list of players to score 19 centuries in ODI Cricket. He also became the leading run scorer to score the most runs in 100 innings in ODI Cricket scoring 5089 runs.

Conclusion

In the Asia Cup 2023 ODI opener, Pakistan won against Nepal by 238 runs. Babar Azam scored a century and Iftikar Ahmed scored 109 not out. Pakistan’s pace attack demolished the Nepalese batsmen with Shadab Khan taking 4 wickets while Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi took 2 a piece. Babar Azam joined the elite list of players to score 19 centuries in ODI Cricket and became the leading run scorer to score the most runs in 100 innings in ODI Cricket scoring 5089 runs.

Also Read: India vs Pakistan and More: A Preview of the Asia Cup 2023 Cricket Tournament

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