The Asia Cup was inaugurated in 1984, giving rise to a new era of cricket. With the successful completion of 14 seasons, the cricket world will witness the 15th edition from August 27 to September 11.
Gaining huge popularity among enthusiasts, cricket is played in three formats – T20, One Day International (ODI), and Test matches. In 2016, it was the first time that India witnessed the T20 format in Asia Cup history. Thereafter, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced to conduct ODI and T20 alternatively.
For the 15th edition of the Asia Cup, Sri Lanka owns the hosting rights while UAE is the host country. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and political turmoil in the island nation, Sri Lanka cancelled many domestic matches, leading it to shift the hosting to UAE.
Let’s take you through the latest cricket updates to keep your enthusiasm intact for the forthcoming mega event.
Most Successful Team in Asia Cup
Winning 7 titles, India has been reigning the Asia Cup title with remarkable wins in its history. Sri Lanka with 5 and Pakistan with 2 titles are chasing our Indian team to outperform.
Asia Cup 2018 was held in UAE in ODI format and the upcoming season of the cricket tournament will follow the T20 format. In the previous season, six teams participated in the event where India defeated Bangladesh in the finals by 3 wickets. Shikhar Dhawan won the Man of the Match title to showcase an excellent performance throughout the cricket tournament in 2018.
T20 cricket format is most admired among the fans, giving multiple thrilling moments and entertaining flashes. In 2016, India won its first T20 Asia Cup.
Let’s have a look at the winners of all seasons in Asia Cup history.
Asia Cup Winners List 1984 to 2018
|1986||Sri Lanka||Pakistan||Sri Lanka|
|1997||Sri Lanka||India||Sri Lanka|
|2004||Sri Lanka||India||Sri Lanka|
|2010||India||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka|
India’s Asia Cup 2018 Performance
Right-handed Pakistani all-around batsman Shahid Afridi again achieved a half-century in 18 balls during a match between Pakistan and Bangladesh on March 4, 2014, in Mirpur. He hit two fours and seven sixes for 59 runs in that game.
Afridi’s insane batting style, which has always been a vision, is reflected in his one-day international strike rate of 117.00. He is among the batsmen with the most sixes in ODI cricket, which is a startling fact.
In the first season of the Asia Cup in 1984, India won its first title against Sri Lanka. Following it, India clinched the Asia Cup title in 1988, 1990-91, 1995, 2010, and 2016. Moreover, India reprised another dominating all-around performance. Here is how India performed in the last Asia Cup season:
1. Spirited Opening Stand
It wasn’t easy for India to stand tough to achieve a target of 174 but the duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma fizzed out of the run chase with a 61-run stand.
During the chase, Dhawan missed the sweep off Shakib Al Hasan where Rohit took over the charge and pulled the left-arm spinner to hitting a six. After Ambati Rayudu’s walk-off with 68 runs, Mahendra Singh Dhoni showcased big-hitting prowess that left his fans stunned. Along with this, Sharma finished his score proceedings by sparing more than 13 overs.
With Jadeja’s return after 15 months to the ODI format, the victory for team India was smooth and natural. In that season, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah depicted their extreme brilliance as ever. The cumulative efforts of the team drew out enough runs against the Bangladesh batters, restricting the total to 173.
Playing back-to-back gameplays and abrupt changes in the Super 4 schedule may have brought fatigue to the Bangladesh team. Irrespective of it, the Bangladesh squad gave a tough competition to the Indian team.
reprised another dominating all-around performance. Here is how India performed in the last Asia Cup season:
2. Start of the Collapse
With the match set off, Liton Das and Nazmul Hossain Shanto started their game on a serious note. Proceeding the game, Kedar Jadhav lunged forward to take on the top edge from Liton in the fifth over, it set the tone for the match. Following that, the next over witnessed Shanto chasing Bumrah’s delivery that was pitched off while Dhawan caught his slash on the second attempt itself. Knocked out at 16 for two, the Bangladesh team turned towards Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim to rebuild the fresh innings.
However, Jadeja’s powerful gameplay led Shakib to perish his game due to his concentration falling off. After Shakib swept off the ball, it brought in a change in the field that went on spooning the next ball to Dhawan at square leg.
Yuzvendra Chahal took the wicket on the reverse sweep of Mushfiqur, and soon after Jadeja took the hold of Mohammed Mithun’s game.
3. Revival Nipped
Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain put in their efforts to get some semblance to the scoreboard at 65 for five but their pair dissociated with Mahmudullah being bowled out. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza and off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz scored 66 in the team for the 8th wicket.
After Dhoni was batted out by Mosadek, Jadeja struck for the fourth time, showing the real cricket rivalry.
Bangladeshi squad stood tough against the India team but the tournament ended favouring India.
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