It is compelling to witness a game, passed on by the British colonial power, capturing a major portion in the life of people in South Asian nations. The craze is so much that this part of the world has more followers of the sport than any other part of the world. Along with the craze of cricket, the craze of online fantasy cricket is also the cause of increasing followers in this part of the world.
Asia Cup began in 1984 with India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan as the initial participating nations and is now player every alternating year since 2008. Bangladesh joined the tournament in 1986. Bangladesh qualified for the 1988 Asia Cup, this time hosting the tournament; it was the first time ODIs had been staged in the country.
Although they lost all their matches, Bangladesh’s fixtures were retrospectively awarded ODI. Floods in the preceding months meant the tournament was in doubt; but it went ahead as planned. A charity match raised $70,000 for the flood victims.
Bangladesh has been emerging as a strong team since the World Cup 2015, where they defeated England team and entered the quarterfinals.
Junaid Siddique against Pakistan
Junaid Siddique, though forgotten already is the third batsman of Bangladeshi cricket team to score 97 runs against Pakistan in Asia Cup 2010. In spite of the performance of Siddique, Bangladesh team was crushed under the huge score of 385 runs made by Pakistan. Bangladesh lost by a margin of 139 runs.
Anamul Haque against Pakistan
Anamul Haque’s starting career still shines like a star for the cricket fans. Fans might remember his 100 in Asia Cup 2014 against Pakistan. With the help of his 100 run Bangladesh posted a score of 326 runs on the scoreboard. However, for tremendous performance of Shahis Afridi, Bangladesh performance went in vain. They lost the match.
Mohammad Ashraful against UAE
History of Bangladesh cricket is linked with the name of Mohammad Ashraful. Ashraful hit the very first century by any Bangladeshi cricketer in Asia Cup 2008 at Lahore against UAE. He scored 109 runs. This match was their second win in Asia cup. Thanks to skipper Mohammad Ashraful’s century.
Alok Kapali against India
Bangladeshi batsmen have scored just two centuries against India and the first amongst them is Alok Kapali. It was the Asia Cup 2008 and Bangladesh scored 283 with Alok scoring 115 of 96 balls. The innings is considered as best batting show by a Bangladeshi cricketer in Asia Cup. But with India’s marvellous batting line, Bangladesh lost the match.
Mushfiqur Rahim against India
The second man to make century against India in Asia Cup is Mushfiqur Rahim. The match was the battle of two team’s captain. Bangladeshi captain Mushfiqur Rahim’s wonderful score of 117 runs, was washed by India with 136 runs from the captain Virat Kohli. India won the match but Mushfiqur Rahim’s score is still memorable for Asia Cup 2014 history.
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