The first quarter-finals of the Men’s Asian Games 2023 will be played between India and Nepal at the Pingfeng Cricket Stadium in Hangzhou.
While India has already qualified for the quarter-finals on the basis of rankings, Nepal won both their group-stage games to make it to the quarter-final. The winner of this game will qualify for the semi-finals.
Team India has decided to send their B-string squad to the Asian Games, with Ruturaj Gaikwad as the captain. Yashasvi Jaiswal, who made a promising India debut not too long ago, is also part of the squad and is expected to open the innings alongside Gaikwad.
The middle-order batting will be bolstered by the presence of Shivam Dube, Jitesh Sharma, Rinku Singh, and Tilak Varma, while Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik will be leading the pace attack. Ravi Bishnoi and Washington Sundar are set to handle the spin bowling duties.
On the other hand, Rohit Paudel will be leading Nepal, and batting responsibilities will rest on the shoulders of Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh, and Kushal Malla. The bowling unit will look to Gulsan Jha, Sompal Kami, Abinash Bohara, and Sandeep Lamichhane for their impetus.
However, before heading into the game, let’s take a look at the pitch report, pitch conditions, ground stats of Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field in Hangzhou.
IND vs NEP: Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field, Hangzhou Pitch Report
The cricket pitch at Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field in Hangzhou is renowned for its batting-friendly conditions, featuring shorter boundaries. The recent matches have shown that runs flow freely at this venue, and we can anticipate yet another high-scoring match here on Tuesday. If Team India gets to bat first, we can certainly expect a match with a high score. Given the trend of successful chases at this ground, the team winning the toss should consider opting to chase.
IND vs NEP: Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field, Hangzhou Pitch Stats, and Records
- Total matches: 25
- Matches won batting first: 13
- Matches won bowling first: 11
- Average 1st Inns scores: 129
- Average 2nd Inns scores: 70
- Highest total recorded: 314/3 (20 Ov) by NEP vs MGL
- Lowest total recorded: 15/10 (10 Ov) by MGLW vs IDNW
- Highest score chased: 133/5 (18.5 Ov) by HK vs JPN
- Lowest score defended: 72/10 (17 Ov) by CHNW vs HKW
IND vs NEP: Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field, Hangzhou Weather Report
According to the forecast, the highest temperature at Hangzhou will reach 28°C, and there are no indications of rain. The humidity level hovers at 55 percent, complemented by a gentle breeze travelling at 11 km/h.