Defending champions India will face their closest rival Pakistan in the Asia Cup cricket tournament on September 19, while the team will launch its campaign against the qualifiers a day earlier. This will be the second opportunity after the 2017 Champions Trophy when India and Pakistan will face to face. In the final of the Champions Trophy, the match between India and Pakistan was played, in which Pakistan defeated India by 180 runs. After that match, on September 19, 2018, India and Pakistan will once again face to face. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan are ready to play in the tournament, while the rest of the teams will play to seal their place and these are UAE, Singapore, Oman, Nepal, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Asia Cup 2018 Groups
India, Pakistan, and qualifiers in Group A while Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are in Group B. The first match of the tournament will be played between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on September 15 in Dubai. The title finale will be held on September 28. The top two teams from each group will qualify for Super Four followed by the final between the two teams.
Asia Cup 2018 Full Schedule
Group stage :
- September 15: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka (Dubai)
- September 16: Pakistan vs Qualifier (Dubai)
- September 17: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)
- September 18: India made qualifiers (Dubai)
- September 19: India vs Pakistan (Dubai)
- September 20: Bangladesh v Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)
Asia Cup 2018 Super Four Schedule :
September 21: Group A Winners vs Group B Runners (Dubai), Group B Winners vs. Group A Runners Abu Dhabi)
September 23: Group A Winners vs. Group A Runners (Dubai), Group B Winners vs. Group B Runners (Abu Dhabi)
September 25: Group A winner vs Group B winner (Dubai)
September 26: Group A Runner vs. Group B Runner (Abu Dhabi)
September 28: Final (Dubai)
Last time in 2016 in the Asia Cup final, India won the title by defeating Bangladesh by 8 wickets. This tournament was played in T-20 format. There was no match was played between India and Pakistan since 2017 Champions Trophy Final, it was a highway. India had to face defeat in the 2017 Champions Trophy.