The battle of Asian Giants: Asia Cup Preview
A blockbuster cricket season is set to be underway, with the Asia Cup commencing on August 30. The tournament is scheduled to be hosted in a hybrid format, comprising four venues across Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Six teams have been divided into two groups of three teams each. Pakistan, India, and Nepal make up Group A, while Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka complete Group B. For the opening game of the tournament, Pakistan are set to take on Nepal in Multan, while the awaited India and Pakistan clash will be played on September 2 in Kandy.
The Super 4s will comprise the top two teams from each group and will begin on September 6. The two teams occupying the top spots at the end of the Super 4s will battle it out for silverware on September 17 in Colombo.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Tayyab Tahir (travelling reserve)
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya (vc), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumraj, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Sanju Samson (travelling reserve)
Nepal: Rohit Paudel (c), Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh, Bhim Sharki, Kushal Malla, Aarif Sheikh, Dipendra Singh Airee, Gulshan Jha, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Rajbanshi, Pratish GC, Mousom Dhakal, Sundeep Jora, Kishore Mahato, Arjun Saud
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Kumer Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Naim Sheikh, Shamim Hossain, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Tanzim Hasan Sakib
Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Abdul Rahman, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Suliman Safi, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Matheesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dushan Hemantha, Binura Fernando, Pramod Madushan
Pakistan v Nepal – 30 August, Multan, Pakistan: Pakistan won by 238 runs
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka – 31 August, Kandy, SL: Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets
Pakistan v India – 2 September, Kandy, SL: No result
Bangladesh v Afghanistan – 3 September, Lahore, Pakistan: Bangladesh won by 89 runs
India v Nepal – 4 September, Kandy, SL: India win by 10 wickets
Afghanistan v Sri Lanka – 5 September, Lahore, Pakistan: Sri Lanka won by 2 runs
Pakistan v Bangladesh – 6 September, Lahore, Pakistan: Pakistan won by 7 wickets
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh – 9 September, Colombo, SL: Sri Lanka won by 21 runs
India v Pakistan – 10 September, Colombo, SL: India won by 228 runs
Sri Lanka v India – 12 September, Colombo, SL: India won by 41 runs
Sri Lanka v Pakistan – 14 September, Colombo, SL: Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets
Bangladesh v India – 15 September, Colombo, SL: Bangladesh won by 6 runs
17 September, Colombo, SL