It won’t be wrong if we call this tournament as ‘Asian World Cup.’ Top teams from around the continent including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and qualifier winners Hong Kong, will compete for the Asia Cup Trophy. Let’s take a look at some of the moments that can’t be missed in the Asia Cup 2018:
Afghanistan bowlers against world class players
Asians are known as the best players of spin. In this case, it would be interesting to watch out Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman on how they will bowl to the players like Upul Tharanga, Tamim Iqbal, Dinesh Karthik and some more. This battle is surely on the cards of many cricket fans.
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Presently, both these spinners and Mohammad Nabi are known as the giants of T20 cricket, however, this is ODI cricket where Afghanistan players don’t have much experience. So, once again get ready to witness the beauty of ODI cricket, this time in UAE.
Lasith Malinga’s comeback in ODIs
Doesn’t matter from which country you are; you must be waiting for this man to bowl again in Sri Lankan jersey. Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) surprised every cricket fanatic when they announced Malinga’s name for this Asia Cup. This might be the last chance for the veteran cricketer to prove himself and he might also be playing a role of a mentor in the side.
So, watching Malinga once again would be a treat for us. Right?
Hong Kong’s magic
Hong Kong surprised everyone whey they beat UAE in the final of the Asia Cup qualifiers. They are placed in a group of death including India and Pakistan. First, they are playing against Men in Green on September 16 and then Rohit Sharma’s army on September 18. Both the matches are going to be tough for them but they can turn around the tables like they did during the qualifiers.
Shakib Al Hasan’s form by not being 100% fit
Shakib Al Hasan is not fully fit but till BCB has included him in the squad. The all-rounder himself stated that he is just 20-30% match fit. In this case, keeping him in the squad is not a good deal with World Cup also around the corner. It might be possible that Mashrafe Mortaza being a skipper, won’t take any risk with Shakib before any important or do or die game. A quite interesting thing to look at!
India vs Pakistan
Forget everything as India are set to take on Pakistan on September 19 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. This would be their first meeting after last year’s Champions Trophy final which Pakistan won comfortably. India would look to take revenge this time while Pakistan are also set with their solid pace-attack to counter the Indian batting line-up.
Virat Kohli’s absence will be felt of course but India have some key players in their team who can take the game away from any opposition. Also, don’t forget the battle between Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Amir. It’s going to be a super-duper cracker! What’s your thought on this clash?