Pakistan trounce Nepal by 238 runs

MULTAN: Pakistan secured a commanding 238-run victory over Nepal, who struggled and were bundled out for a mere 104 while chasing the daunting 343-run target set by Pakistan in the opening game of the Asia Cup in Multan on Wednesday.

Despite initial batting hiccups, the home team posted a formidable 342-6, led by exceptional performances of skipper Babar Azam, who hammered an impressive 151 off 131 balls, and middle-order batsman Iftikhar Ahmed, who scored 109 off 71 balls.

Nepal’s response crumbled as they were dismissed for 104 runs, unable to withstand the fierce Pakistani bowling.

Shadab Khan led the way with four wickets for 27 runs in 6.4 overs, while pacers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf contributed with two wickets each in their five-over spells.

Left-arm spinner Muhammad Nawaz also secured a wicket.

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