Bangladesh face Sri Lanka in the opening match of the Tournament
The much awaited and prestigious tournament of cricket Asia Cup is going to begin today with the match between the island nation Sri Lanka and Bangla tigers Bangladesh. The epic tournament will see 6 teams competing to show their supremacy as the best Asian cricket team. Asia cup 2018 will be hosted by India in UAE to ensure a neutral venue for all the nations.
India held the Asia Cup title for 6 times, Which is followed by Sri Lanka with 5 and then Pakistan with 2 titles in the tournament. Host India is the defending champion of 2016 Asia Cup, which was played in the T20 format. India won the title under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.
However, Pakistan hold’s the edge over all the other 5 nations as the UAE is their adopted home and they play their most of the international matches in the UAE.
The tournament is seen as a built up for 2019 World cup. The players that are participating in the tournament are considered as a part of the core group who will feature in Worldcup. Despite the absence of Virat Kohli India look to find their proper balance and try to find a solution for their middle-order muddle. The players like Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey have a golden opportunity to cement their place in the Indian squad for 2019 World cup.
The tournament will heat up with the biggest match of the tournament between India and Pakistan on 19 Sep. The arch-rivals are expected to meet 3 times in the Asia cup 2018
Apart from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan it is to be noted that Hong Kong is the qualifying team in Asia cup after winning Qualifier Tournament last week. Hong Kong will start their campaign against defending champion India on 18 September. India, Pakistan and Hong Kong are placed in Group A, While Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan are placed in Group B. India and Pakistan are almost confirming on qualifying in two spots from group A, Meanwhile, there is no surety which two teams will qualify for group B as Afghanistan has been playing exceptional cricket in limited overs cricket and they have recently defeated Ireland by 2-1 in the ODI series.
The teams from Today match
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (Capt.), Tamim Iqbal, Litton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah Riyadh, Mominul Haque, Ariful Haque, Mohammed Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Hider Rony.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (Capt.), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilruwan Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya.
Note: The match will start at 5:00 PM,11:30 AM GMT,3:30 PM LOCAL.