Schedule, Fixtures for Asia Cup 2018

Pakistan start as favorite for mega event

Cricket’s biggest event of the year 2018 – Asia Cup – is set to begin in the United Arab Emirates from September 15.

Asia Cup will be played over the course of 14 days in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with the opening game to be played between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

India will be defending their title, but will go in the tournament without the services of regular captain and star batsman Virat Kohli, who will miss the tournament to manage workload. In his absence, opener Rohit Sharma will lead the Men in Blue and will have the services of experienced players like MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and youngsters like KL Rahul.

India’s arch-rivals Pakistan will start the tournament as one of the favorites alongside the defending champions after having an impressive run in the last year or so. The team will be revolved around the veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik, whereas the bowling department will be led by pacer Mohammad Amir. It will be interesting to see how the team will cope without veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, who is being replaced by opener Shan Masood.

Sri Lanka will start the tournament on a positive note after beating South Africa in their last 50-over assignment and therefore, they are surely capable of going all the way.

Bangladesh will enter in the tournament as one of the underdogs, but are fully capable of causing an upset against any team in the tournament. Afghanistan will come into a mega event for the first time after getting their Test status, so they will be eager to leave their mark in the event.

Hong Kong will enter in the tournament as the real minnow and any surprise is highly unlikely as they are placed alongside two tournament favorites. The weather is expected to stay dry and warm, whereas the pitches are expected to be a good one for batting in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

 Asia Cup 2018 Schedule

1st game – Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

Saturday, Sep 15, 2018, at 11:30 GMT

2nd game – Pakistan vs Hong Kong

Sunday, Sep 16, 2018, at 11:30 GMT

3rd game– Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan

Monday, Sep 17, 2018, at 11:30 GMT

4th game – India vs Hong Kong

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018, at 11:30 GMT

5th game – India vs Pakistan

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018, at 11:30 GMT

6th game– Afghanistan vs Bangladesh

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018, at 11:30 GMT

SUPER FOUR

7th game– Group A winner vs Group B runner-up

Friday, Sep 21, 2018, at 11:30 GMT

8th game – Group B winner vs Group B runner-up

Friday, Sep 21, 2018, at 11:30 GMT

9th game– Group A winner vs Group A runner-up

Sunday, Sep 23, 2018, at 11:30 GMT

10th game – Group B winner vs Group B runner-up

Sunday, Sep 23, 2018, at 11:30 GMT

11th game – Group A winner vs Group B winner

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018, at 11:30 GMT

12th game – Group A runner-up vs Group B runner-up

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018, at 11:30 GMT

Final – T.B.C vs T.B.C

Friday, Sep 28, 2018, at 11:30 GMT

 

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