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2018 Asia Cup

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Asia Cup 2018
Asia Cup 2018 Logo.jpg
Dates 15–28 September 2018
Administrator(s) Asian Cricket Council
Cricket format One Day International
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Host(s)  UAE
Participants 6
Matches played 13
2016
2020

The 2018 Asia Cup (also known as Unimoni Asia Cup)[1] is a One-Day International (ODI) cricket tournament that is currently being held in the United Arab Emirates in September 2018.[2] It is the 14th edition of the Asia Cup and the third time the tournament is being played in the United Arab Emirates, after the 1984 and 1995 tournaments. India are the defending champions.[3]

The five full members of the Asian Cricket Council are taking part in the tournament: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They were joined by Hong Kong, who won the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier tournament.[4] Hong Kong had lost their ODI status after finishing tenth in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in March.[5][6] However, on 9 September 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) awarded ODI status to all matches in the tournament.[7]

Background

Originally, the tournament was scheduled to be played in India.[8][9] It was moved to the United Arab Emirates, following ongoing political tensions between India and Pakistan.[2]

On 29 October 2015, following the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting in Singapore, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary stated that the 2018 edition of the tournament would be held in India.[10] In August 2017, the BCCI sought government clearance to host the tournament, after the 2017 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup was moved to Malaysia.[11] In April 2018, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, asked if the BCCI and ACC would consider hosting the tournament in Abu Dhabi, in a bid to ensure Pakistan's participation.[12]

Pakistan were scheduled to host the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup ahead of the tournament in April.[13] With the announcement that the Asia Cup would be played in the United Arab Emirates, the Emerging Teams Asia Cup was moved to December 2018, with Sri Lanka scheduled to co-host the tournament with Pakistan.[2]

Format

The schedule and format of the tournament was announced on 24 July 2018, with the six teams split into two groups of three.[14] The top two teams from each of the groups progressed to the Super Four section of the tournament.[14] From there, the top two teams of the Super Four section will then play each other in the final.[14] Initially, the team that finishes second in Group A were scheduled to play their first Super Four game in Abu Dhabi. However, India would be based in Dubai, irrespective of where they finish in the pool.[15] On 19 September 2018, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) revised the schedule for the Super Four section[16] The captains of Bangladesh and Pakistan were both critical of the ACC's new schedule.[17][18]

Bangladesh faced Sri Lanka in the opening game of the tournament at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.[19] It was Bangladesh's first match in the United Arab Emirates since April 1995, when they faced Pakistan in the 1995 Asia Cup.[20]

In Group B, Sri Lanka were eliminated from the tournament, after losing both of their matches. Therefore Afghanistan and Bangladesh progressed to the Super Four section of the competition.[21][22] In Group A, Hong Kong also lost both of their matches, meaning that India and Pakistan progressed to the Super Fours.[23]

Teams

Squads

 Afghanistan[24]  Bangladesh[25]  Hong Kong[26]  India[27]  Pakistan[28]  Sri Lanka[29]

Before the start of the tournament, Wafadar Momand was ruled out of Afghanistan's squad due to injury and was replaced by Yamin Ahmadzai,[30] and Mominul Haque was added to Bangladesh's squad.[31] Dinesh Chandimal and Danushka Gunathilaka were ruled out of Sri Lanka's squad due to injury. They were replaced by Niroshan Dickwella and Shehan Jayasuriya respectively.[32][33] Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal suffered a wrist injury in the opening match and was ruled out of the rest of the tournament.[34]

Venues

United Arab Emirates
Dubai Abu Dhabi
Dubai International Cricket Stadium Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
Coordinates: 25°2′48″N 55°13′8″E / 25.04667°N 55.21889°E / 25.04667; 55.21889 Coordinates: 24°23′47″N 54°32′26″E / 24.39639°N 54.54056°E / 24.39639; 54.54056
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 20,000
Matches: 8 Matches: 5
Dubai Sports City Pak vs Aussies.jpg Pakvind123.JPG

Group stage

Group A

Team
P W L T NR Pts NRR
 India 2 2 0 0 0 4 +1.474
 Pakistan 2 1 1 0 0 2 +0.284
 Hong Kong 2 0 2 0 0 0 –1.748
16 September 2018
15:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Hong Kong 
116 (37.1 overs)
v
 Pakistan
120/2 (23.4 overs)
Aizaz Khan 27 (47)
Usman Khan 3/19 (7.3 overs)
Imam-ul-Haq 50* (69)
Ehsan Khan 2/34 (8 overs)
Pakistan won by 8 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Shaun George (SA) and Ahmed Shah Pakteen (Afg)
Player of the match: Usman Khan (Pak)
  • Hong Kong won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Babar Azam (Pak) became the joint second-fastest, in terms of innings, to reach 2,000 runs in ODIs.[35]

18 September 2018
15:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
285/7 (50 overs)
v
 Hong Kong
259/8 (50 overs)
Shikhar Dhawan 127 (120)
Kinchit Shah 3/39 (9 overs)
Nizakat Khan 92 (115)
Yuzvendra Chahal 3/46 (10 overs)
India won by 26 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Anisur Rahman (Ban) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Shikhar Dhawan (Ind)

19 September 2018
15:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
162 (43.1 overs)
v
 India
164/2 (29 overs)
Babar Azam 47 (62)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/15 (7 overs)
Rohit Sharma 52 (39)
Shadab Khan 1/6 (1.3 overs)
India won by 8 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SL)
Player of the match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Ind)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.

Group B

Team
P W L T NR Pts NRR
 Bangladesh 1 1 0 0 0 2 +2.740
 Afghanistan 1 1 0 0 0 2 +1.820
 Sri Lanka 2 0 2 0 0 0 –2.280
15 September 2018
15:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
261 (49.3 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
124 (35.2 overs)
Mushfiqur Rahim 144 (150)
Lasith Malinga 4/23 (10 overs)
Dilruwan Perera 29 (44)
Mustafizur Rahman 2/20 (6 overs)
Bangladesh won by 137 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Chettithody Shamshuddin (Ind)
Player of the match: Mushfiqur Rahim (Ban)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat.
  • This was Sri Lanka's lowest total against Bangladesh in ODIs.[36]

17 September 2018
15:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
249 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
158 (41.2 overs)
Rahmat Shah 72 (90)
Thisara Perera 5/55 (9 overs)
Upul Tharanga 36 (64)
Rashid Khan 2/26 (7.2 overs)
Afghanistan won by 91 runs
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite (WI) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Rahmat Shah (Afg)
  • Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat.
  • This was Sri Lanka's first loss against Afghanistan in ODIs.[21]

20 September 2018
15:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

Super Four

Team
P W L T NR Pts NRR
 Afghanistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0.000
 Bangladesh 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0.000
 India 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0.000
 Pakistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0.000
21 September 2018
15:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

21 September 2018
15:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

23 September 2018
15:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

23 September 2018
15:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

25 September 2018
15:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

26 September 2018
15:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
v

Final

28 September 2018
15:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
TBD
v
TBD

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