Who will be the Asiatic Lion 2018? The bid begins…

14th edition of Asia Cup kicked off on 15th September, 2018 in UAE with standard 50 overs ODI format this year, in line with upcoming ICC ODI World Cup 2019.

6 Teams are split in 2 groups. Formation is as follows:

Group A

Group B

In the Group stage, each team will play against other 2 teams of the group. Top 2 teams from each group will qualify for Super Four stage.

In Super Four stage, each team will play against other 3 teams. Top 2 teams will lock the horns on 28th September, 2018 to claim the 2018 trophy.

All 13 matches will be D/N and played on one of the 2 venues:

  • Dubai International Cricket Stadium – Dubai
  • Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium – Abu Dhabi

Facts

  • Asia Cup returns to UAE after 23 years. Last time it was played in UAE was 1995.
  • It is ironical that the host UAE lost to Hong Kong in the qualifier and hence are not part of this edition.
  • Sri Lanka is the only team to have appeared in all 13 editions, followed by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh – all appearing in 12 editions each.
  • Each having won the title 5 times in the ODI format, India and Sri Lanka are the most successful teams. However, India also won the introductory T20 format in 2016, thus overall 6 times champion.
  • Sri Lanka has the best Win % of 69.38
  • Records (Only considering ODI format):
    • Most Runs: Sanath Jayasuriya – 1220 runs in 25 matches, with an average of 53.04, having a whooping strike rate of 102.52, highest being 130 runs, with 6 tons and 3 half centuries. He also holds the record for most runs in a tournament (378 in 2008 edition) and most hundreds (6).
    • Most Wickets: Muttiah Muralitharan – 30 wickets in 24 matches at a magnificent economy rate of 3.75, with best figures of 5/31
    • Best Bowling Figures: Ajantha Mendis – 6/13 vs. India in 2008. He also holds the record of most wickets in a tournament (17 wickets in 2008 edition)
    • Highest team total: Pakistan – 385/7 vs. Sri Lanka in 2010
    • Lowest team total: Bangladesh – 87 vs. Pakistan in 2000

 

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