Babar and Iftikhar centuries lead Pakistan to big win over newcomer Nepal in Asia Cup

Captain Babar Azam notched his 19th ODI hundred and Iftikhar Ahmed smashed 109 off 71 balls as Pakistan opened the Asia Cup with a resounding 238-run win over newcomer Nepal on Wednesday. Babar's 151 off 131 deliveries and his double-century fifth-wicket stand with Iftikhar provided Pakistan a strong total of 342-6 after the hosts won the toss and elected to bat in the Group A game. Nepal, making its first appearance in the Asia Cup, was bowled out for 104 in 23.4 overs.