Surprising Records at Asia Cup

Sri Lanka and India are the most successful teams in Asia Cup, though; Sri Lanka has not been so successful in Asia Cup 2018. Perhaps, their performance in this Asia Cup made you think that you would have chosen a better team than the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). And this is where the benefit of playing online fantasy cricket game matches comes.  

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No final in Asia Cup 1984 

The 1st edition of the Asia Cup was held in 1984 at one of the most iconic venues in the world which was Sharjah, UAE. Just 3 matches were held in the tournament as there were only three participants and those were between India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Indian team emerged as the winner of the opening edition, defeating both Pakistan and Sri Lanka by a comfortable margin in the tournament which was majorly bowling-dominated. 

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No ducks in ODI format for Indian players 

In the entire history of Asia Cup, none of the batsmen from the Indian team got out for a duck in the ODI format of the tournament, making us jaw-drop in wonder. However his record was broken in the T20I format which was held in Asia Cup 2016, it still remains to be in India’s favour in the ODIs. Sri Lanka holds the record of having the most ducks of 17, next to that is Bangladesh with 11 ducks and the come Pakistan cricket team with 9 ducks in the ODI format. 

Just 5-wicket record by an Indian bowler 

Indian team’s only 5-wicket record in Asia Cup came way back in Asia Cup 1988 against Pakistan in Dhaka. The right-arm off-break bowler, Arshad Ayub, put off the Pakistani team middle-order and recorded his best bowling figures of 9-0-21-5. While we’re on the subject, it happened to be Indian team and Asia Cup’s first 5-wicket score record. 

Best bowling strike rate for Virender Sehwag 

In general, Virender Sehwag’s name appears on the top of the best batting strike rate list. But in Asia Cup, he holds the record of best bowling strike rate in one innings with his scorching spell of 2.5-0-6-4 against Bangladesh cricket team in Dambulla. Picking up wickets for every 4.2 balls, Sehwag’s spell restricted Bangladesh to 167, helping India to get an inclusive victory. 

Sachin Tendulkar and 17 wickets 

Sachin Tendulkar’s all-rounder aptitude was always on display during the Asia Cup. He not just destroyed his opponents with the bat but also took them apart with his conventional spin bowling. In 23 matches, Tendulkar has picked up 17 wickets with a well average of 21.41 and stands 10th in the list of highest wicket-takers in Asia Cup. 

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Relive Bangladesh Performance at Asia Cup

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. 

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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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Cricket History of Afghanistan in Asia Cup

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Historical link of cricket in Afghanistan is dated back to 19th century. The first time cricket was played in the nation during Anglo-Afghan Wars at the 19th century. The match played with British troops most likely at Kabul in 1839. But, unlike many nations, no lasting cricket inheritance left by the departing British troops. And it would be more than a hundred years before cricket returned in the nation. 

During the 1990s, cricket became well-liked amongst Afghan refugees in Pakistan. In 1995, Afghanistan Cricket Federation formed there. They kept on playing cricket after their return to their home country during late 2001. During the reign of the Taliban, like all sports, cricket originally banned by them. However, it was turning out to be an exception in the year 2000 the Afghanistan Cricket Federation chosen as an affiliate member of the ICC the next year. 

In the present day cricket is one of the most popular sports in Afghanistan, and we can all witness the brilliant performance of Afghanistan team in the international cricket scenario. Afghanistan team has made rapid improvement in the international world of cricket. 

National team 

The Afghanistan national cricket team represents the nation of Afghanistan in international cricket matches. The national cricket team of Afghanistan formed in 2001. This team played in the 2009 World Cup Qualifier after rising fast through the World Cricket League, beginning in Division Five in May 2008. The team plays in the Elite division of the ACC Trophy. 

21-run win of Afghanistan over Namibia in Krugersdorp brought them official One Day International status. The Afghanistan team won their first One Day International against Scotland. In the year 2011, the national team qualified for the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. 

Asia Cup 2018 

Afghanistan appeared in the 12th edition of the Asia Cup which was held in the year 2014, for the first time. The second time it appeared at Asia Cup in 2016 which held for the first time in T20 format. And Asia Cup 2018 is the third appearance for Afghanistan team, which played in ODI format. 

Witnessing the recent past performance of the team, we are surely going to enjoy the Asia Cup performance and also the future performances of the team. Players such as Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman and the right-arm bowler Dawlat Zadran are the gem of the team. 

We are all glued to the screen to watch the team’s future performances and win our hearts with good sport. Good luck to them! 

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