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Asia Cup 2018

The Asia Cup 2018 is near to happen. The ACC (Asian Cricket Council) Asia Cup is men’s One Day International and T20 International cricket event. It is played to promote good will between the Asian countries. It was firstly planned to be played every 2 years.

After downsizing the ACC in 2015, it was declared by the International Cricket Council that Asia Cup tournaments from the year 2016 will be played on rotational basis between ODI games and T20 International games format, on the basis of game format of coming world tournaments. As an outcome, the 2016 tournament was the first tournament played in the Twenty20 International game format and worked as a preparative event ahead of the 2016 ICC World T20 Cup.

Some Team Achievements:

India is the most successful team in the Asia Cup event over the past years. They have won the tournament 6 times. They have won the One Day International Tournament 5 times and Twenty20 International Tournament once. They have won the only T20 International Version of the Asia Cup in 2016. Sri Lanka has won the title 5 times. They are 2nd most successful team in Asia Cup over the years. Pakistan has won the title 2 times. The other teams have not won any Asia Cup title yet.

The regular tournament of cricket, Asia Cup 2018 is set to take place in hot and sunny weather of UAE from 15th of September. The opening match of the tournament will be played between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

This tournament is to be played between 6 nations. Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh were confirmed participants of the tournament. A qualifier amongst Oman, Nepal, UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia was to be selected from a qualifier round. UAE came at the top and qualified for the sixth spot in Asia Cup 2018.

The teams have been divided into two groups. Group A consists of Pakistan, UAE and India while group B consists of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Two teams from both groups that will be on top of Asia Cup 2018 points table will qualify for the super four round. The winners of super four round will play in final of the tournament on 28th of September in Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The Asia Cup live streaming will be promoted on many platforms all over the world.

The Venue of Asia Cup 2018

The Asia Cup 2018 is to be played at UAE. The games of the event will be played in two cities of the UAE, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. UAE is full of Asians and most of them are from Pakistan and India.

So, there is a huge chance to have the stadiums full of cricket lovers. The matches will be played in Dubai International Cricket Stadium and Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. Dubai International Stadium has a seating capacity of 25,000 people and Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium has a seating capacity of 20,000 people.

The climate conditions in UAE are generally hot and sunny. But September is not the peak hot month of the year. So, the climate will be considerably moderate. Cricket Fans are welcomed from all over the world to enjoy the hosting of these two stadiums.

Teams participating in Asia Cup 2018

The Asia Cup 2018 is planned to be happen in September. This is one of those events where crickets fan unite and fight for the team that they are supporting. As a lot of people know that this cup is to be played between countries participating from Asia.

The cup is to be played between 6 countries from Asia. These teams will fight for the battle and the winner will be declared as Champion. This basically means that the winning team is the giant of Asian Cricket. Teams that are participating in this event are:

India

India is one of those big teams that can make miracles happen. They have done it before and they can still do them. Indian cricket team has played cricket all over the world and they are likely to give a tough time to other teams that are participating in this event. They have a good record in ODI cricket and they are specialist of this format of the game.

India has won 484 ODI games out of 942 games. With great leadership skills of their captain and star batsman Virat Kohli they can give a tough time to the other teams. Their experienced wicket-keeper/batsman MS Dhoni also have a lot of experience and he will be assisting Virat Kohli. MS Dhoni batting experience makes the middle order of Indian Team strong.

They have played a lot of cricket in Asia but they do not have much experience with the conditions of UAE. This inexperience of Indian Team within UAE conditions might be useful for the other teams.

Their bowling will depend on spin attack of Ravichandaran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzendra. All these spinners have performed well throughout the year and they are expected to do the same in Asia Cup 2018. Their pace attack will depend on Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami. This bowling line up can make miracles happen.

Batting line up of Indian Team is strong as Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja. This is a strong team. The squad for Asia Cup 2018 is not announced yet, but these plays are likely to be part of the game.

Pakistan

Pakistan Cricket Team is also a part of Asia Cup 2018. They have performed well under the captaincy of wicket-keeper/batsman Sarfraz Ahmad over the past few months. They have played well in Champions Trophy under his captaincy and have also defeated Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in ODI series.

Pakistani Cricket Team is also known to make impossible happen. They have done it on many occasions in the past like nobody was expecting them to win Champions Trophy against India but they did it. Pakistan National Cricket Team has won 474 ODI games out of 894 ODI games that they have played against different teams.

Their new opening pair, Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq, both are doing well. They are a good support to the team as Pakistani batting line up is not considered as good as Pakistani bowling line up. Sarfraz Ahmad improved the ranking of Pakistan Cricket team during his period of captaincy. He is a good wicket-keeper also.

Pakistan’s star all-rounders Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez are good in all the parts of the game, which are; batting, bowling and fielding. The middle order will depend on Shoaib Malik due to his experience of the game. Azhar Ali is likely to be part of the team during the event, he is also an experienced and dependent player.

Pakistani bowling line up is strong as they have Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan in their spin attack. Both bowlers have performed well in last games that they have played. The bowling line up of Pakistan team is rich of talent. They have Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari, Hassan Ali, Junaid Riaz and Wahab Riaz to take charge of the pace attack.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is also taking part in the Asia Cup 2018 and they are one of the major teams that are participating in this event. Sri Lankan team is also called “The Lions” and they really are The Lions. They have some great performances and they have some games that nobody could imagine winning them.

They have won 376 ODI games out of 819 ODI games that they have played. Sri Lankan team is playing in the captaincy of Angelo Mathews. He has leaded the team with his extraordinary leadership skills. The performance of Sri Lankan team has never been extraordinary but they are performing well in his captaincy.

They have Upul Tharanga and Danushka  Gunathilaka in their opening position. Both the players are experienced and know how to handle pressure of the game. Their wicket-keeper batsman, Niroshan Dickwella, has been performing well on the crease and behind the wickets as well.

Jeevan Mendis and Thisara Perrera are two of their main all-rounders. Both the players are good with the bat and bowl. Sri Lankan bowling and batting depends upon these two players and they are likely to be part of Asia Cup 2018 squad.

Rangana Herath is a key player when it comes to spin attack of the team. With his experience and skills, Sri Lankan becomes much stronger. Their pace attack mainly depends upon 3 players, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando and Suranga Lakmal.

They can give a tough time to other teams and try to claim the title. They have never been on 1st place in the ODI ranking but this doesn’t matter. A single over can change the whole scenario of the game.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh is not considered a very good side. But they can give a very tough time to the teams that they are playing against. They have played the final of Asia Cup. They didn’t win the title but qualifying for the final is also a milestone. Bangladesh Cricket Team is being captained by Mashrafe Mortaza. He has experience of leading the team against big teams like India and Pakistan.

Bangladesh has improved their team in the past years by playing series against different nations. They have won 23 One Day International games out of 80 games. This record is not as good as it should be, but there youngster have brought the team into a good position once again.

Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib ul Hassan is in good form and his experience in ODI format is quite useful for the team. He has performed well with the bat and ball in the past. His spin attack can get some early wickets and stand Bangladesh team on their feet.

The batting skills of Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal are a very support for the team. Both of the players have scored many runs in the ODI format and they are considered to play the lead role in the team.

Their pace attack is good as they have Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain and Shafiul Islam in their side. These bowlers can control the flow of the runs and restrict the other team to a low total.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan Cricket Team has been playing One Day International format for a few years. They are considered as one of the weakest teams around the world. But there performances at some events have amazed the cricket lovers and people predict that they can upset the opponent team.

Afghanistan Cricket Team is being captained by Asghar Stanikzai. He is a right handed all-rounder. Because their national team is not playing cricket for a very long span of time, he doesn’t have much experience in the format. Still, he is sure to give a tough competition to the opponents in Asia Cup 2018.

They have Mohammad Nabi in their squad. He is a well-known all-rounder and he has played many leagues in different formats as well. His experience can help Afghanistan Team make the impossible happen. His performance with both the bat and ball is great.

They also have Rashid Khan in their squad. Rashid Khan is a young Right Handed Leg Spinner. He has performed well against teams like India, Pakistan etc. He has performed in different leagues as well. His experience with the ball is a plus point for the team.

Their pace attack is also very good as they have Dawlat Zadran and Shapoor Zadran in their side. These bowlers can handle the batsmen and slow down the flow of run. Wicket-keeper/batsman, Mohammad Shahzad is also a good batsman and he can also score some extra runs for the team.

UAE

UAE International Cricket Team has made its entry into the Asia Cup 2018 after playing the qualifier round. They have topped the qualifier round and made position for the main event. They have been playing ODI cricket for many years but didn’t get chance to have a lot of series. They have won 12 One Day International games out of 45 games.

The team is being captained by Rohan Mustafa. He is a good all-rounder and has performed well in the past years. He has made some runs as well as took wickets for his team. He is very sure to perform well as an individual and as a team in the tournament also.

Muhammad Naveed is a good all-rounder in the UAE team. He has a very good past record in both bowling and batting. Shaiman Anwar and Rameez Shahzad are main batsmen in the UAE squad. They have made some brilliant runs for their national team and are expected to perform well in the Asia Cup 2018 also. Zahoor Khan is their lead pace bowler who is expected to grab some early wickets for the team.

Asia Cup 2018 schedule

Group Stage

  1. Bangladesh VS Sri Lanka will be played on 15th September at Dubai International Cricket Stadium
  2. Pakistan VS UAE will be played on 16th September at Dubai International Stadium
  3. Sri Lanka VS Afghanistan will be played on 17th September at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
  4. India VS UAE will be played on 18th September at Dubai International Stadium
  5. India VS Pakistan will be played on 19th September at Dubai International Stadium
  6. Bangladesh VS Afghanistan will be played on 20th September at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium

The Super Four Round

  1. Group A Winner VS Group B Runner-up will be played on 21st September at Dubai International Stadium
  2. Group B Winner VS Group A Runner-up will be played on 22nd September at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
  3. Group A Winner VS Group A Runner-up will be played on 23rd September at Dubai International Stadium
  4. Group B Winner VS Group B Runner-up will be played on 24th September at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
  5. Group A Winner VS Group B Winner will be played on 25th September at Dubai International Stadium
  6. Group A Runner-up VS Group B Runner-up will be played on 26th September at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium

Final

Asia Cup 2018 Final will be played on 28th September at Dubai International Stadium

Big games of the Asia Cup 2018

In each and every event, there are some matches that are of the peak interest for the fans. These matches become a hot topic for discussion and people gossip about those matches for a long, long time. There are such games in the Asia Cup 2018 too. These big games of the Asia Cup 2018 are:

Pakistan VS India

As we all know that Pakistan and India are rivals in every field. But cricket is a platform that excites both the nations. The rivalry between India and Pakistan is rated as one of the extreme rivalry game played between two teams. People from both nations take deep interest in this rivalry match.

Arch rivals who don’t face one another much in series will play against one another in the heart of dessert after the final of CT2017. Both teams will surely do their best to beat the other one. Looking at the past games of the both teams in UAE conditions, Pakistan is likely to win the match.

Sri Lanka VS India

Sri Lanka and India are supposed to have a good match of cricket. This match of Asia Cup 2018 is also rated as a nail biting game. Indian Cricket team has a better record against Sri Lanka. But Sri Lankan team can give a tough time and upset the Indian team with their spirit. India is favorites in this contest of the event but miracles can happen.

Pakistan VS Sri Lanka

Both the teams are unpredictable. Sri Lanka and Pakistan have played many games against one another. Pakistan has better record against Sri Lanka when it comes to winning the matches. But Sri Lankan cricket team has improved their performance in past and likely to surprise the opponent with their performance in the event.

Players to look out for

  • Virat Kohli – has been performing well for the Indian Team as a batsman. He is their key batsman and can easily complete the run chase.
  • Mohammad Amir – has been a nightmare for the great batsmen like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Mushfiqur Rahim etc. He is the main bowler in Pakistani side.
  • Shakib ul Hassan – is Bangladeshi all-rounder known for his performances with the bat and ball. He can take wickets as well as score runs for the team.
  • Thisara Perrera – he is also a deadly all-rounder. He can smash huge sixes and can also remove batsman from the crease with his bowling skills.
  • Mohammad Shehzad – is Afghanistan’s wicket-keeper/batsman is capable of smashing sixes and make some useful runs for his side.
  • MS Dhoni – is one of the strongest players in Indian side. He can make runs with good strike rate in the death overs of the game.
  • Fakhar Zaman – has currently performed well in ODI matches against different nations. He is in good form and key opener for the Pakistani side.

Predictions from our side:

Different people have their own predictions about who will win and who will not. Predictions are just a reflection of what someone thinks or the chances of a team to win. According to our calculations; Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will qualify for the super four round of the Asia Cup 2018.

The final will be played between arch rivals Pakistan and India. This kind of final is what fans demand. The chances of Pakistani team to win the final are 55%. But Indian team will try their best to bring the result of the game in to their side. The fans are excited to have an event full of excitement and energy.

Conclusion:

Cricket is a game. Although, for some people it is much more than that, but still there is no point in making it a time to fight and get personal over a match. We hope this event to be full of excitement and enjoyment. Doesn’t matter how many teams are participating, only one team will be titled as the champion. So, expect a good display of performance from all the teams but keep in mind that it is still a game.