IND vs NEP Match Preview

On Saturday, India achieved a commendable total of 266 against Pakistan. However, prior to the next match, the team must engage in significant introspection. India's selection predicaments were well-known prior to the commencement of the tournament, and the performance of certain players has only exacerbated the issue.

The top-order exhibited a substandard performance, and at one point, India was in a precarious position, having lost four wickets with only 66 runs on the board. Nevertheless, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya demonstrated a great deal of maturity by forming a 138-run partnership, which helped the team attain a par score.

The team may consider making adjustments to its batting order, such as having Kishan open alongside the captain, with Gill and Kohli dropping down a position. We anticipate that the team will maintain an unchanged playing eleven.

Bumrah will lead the pace attack, accompanied by Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur, while Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav will serve as the two spinners.

Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh are anticipated to serve as the primary batsmen for Nepal at the top of the order. The pair has demonstrated proficiency as an opening partnership and ranks among Nepal's top scorers in the current year. As captain Rohit Paudel is slated to enter the game at number 3, Nepal will require its top-order batsmen to perform well against India's formidable seam attack.

Nepal boasts a plethora of all-rounders, which bolsters the team's batting depth. Dipendra Singh Airee has exhibited impressive form in recent matches, while Aarif Sheikh and Sompal Kami made promising starts in the game against Pakistan and will strive to maintain their momentum.

Sompal Kami is also one of Nepal's most seasoned seamers and will spearhead the new-ball attack alongside Karan KC.

Sandeep Lamichhane has participated in a few seasons of the IPL and has bowled against some of India's batsmen, which could prove advantageous in this match.

Weather Report

The weather will remain cloudy and we can expect some interruptions due to rain. 

Pitch Report

The pitch at Pallekele is well-balanced. The seamers will get some movement early on in the match and the batsmen will need to be cautious while facing the new ball. However, as the match progresses, it will get easier. There isn’t much turn on offer for the spinners.

Notable stats

Kushal Bhurtel's consistent batting

Kushal Bhurtel is the leading run-scorer for Nepal this year. He has scored a total of 552 runs at an average of 27.60 and a strike rate of 88.88.

Team News

Jasprit Bumrah is unavailable for selection. 

IND vs NEP Probable 11

IND Playing 11

  • Rohit Sharma (C)
  • Shubhman Gill
  • Virat Kohli
  • Shreyas Iyer
  • Ishan Kishan (Wk)
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Shardul Thakur
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Kuldeep Yadav

NEP Playing 11

  • Kushal Bhurtel
  • Aasif Sheikh (Wk)
  • Rohit Paudel (C)
  • Aarif Sheikh
  • Sompal Kami
  • Dipendra Singh Airee
  • Gulsan Jha
  • Sandeep Lamichhane
  • Karan KC
  • Kushal Malla
  • Lalit Rajbanshi
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

The returns on bets backing India are offering a ridiculously low but looking at how skewed the odds are in favor of India, it makes no sense to back the underdogs. We expect India to register a big win in this match. 


Top Picks

Ishan Kishan: Ishan Kishan showed a lot of maturity in the game against Pakistan and played well under pressure to score 82 runs. He is also quite sharp behind the stumps.

Jasprit Bumrah: The pitch at Pallekele was quite helpful to the seamers in the last match. We therefore expect Bumrah to be India’s best bowler and take plenty of wickets.

Kushal Malla: Kushal Malla is a dependable all-rounder for Nepal. He has scored 632 runs in his ODUI career and has also picked 18 wickets. 


IND vs NEP Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: I Kishan

Batters: R Sharma (C), V Kohli (VC), S Gill

All-rounders: R Jadeja, H Pandya, K Malla

Bowlers: M Shami, S Lamicchane, S Kami, M Siraj

IND vs NEP Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction