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Bangladesh Faces Sri Lanka in Asia Cup Opener

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Bangladesh Faces Sri Lanka in Asia Cup Opener

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Bangladesh, one of the prominent cricketing nations in Asia, is gearing up for the highly anticipated Asia Cup, set to begin on August 30. The Asian Cricket Council recently announced the fixtures for the tournament, and Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka in Kandy on August 31.

The Asia Cup 2023 has been divided into two groups, Group A and Group B. Bangladesh finds itself placed in Group B alongside Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Group A, on the other hand, consists of formidable teams like Pakistan, India, and Nepal. The event opener will witness a clash between Pakistan and Nepal in Multan.

The tournament’s format has been altered for this edition. While the previous year’s Asia Cup was played in the thrilling Twenty20 format, the 2023 edition will adopt the traditional 50-over format. The change comes as the participating teams prepare themselves for the upcoming One Day International World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India in October-November. The 50-over format provides an excellent opportunity for the teams to fine-tune their strategies and strengthen their gameplay ahead of the prestigious World Cup.

The host countries for the Asia Cup 2023 are Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The ACC has adopted a hybrid model for the tournament, with Pakistan hosting four matches at two venues, namely Multan and Lahore, while the remaining games will be played in Sri Lanka. This division of host countries aims to promote cricket in both regions and provide an opportunity for fans from different countries to witness the live action.


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Bangladesh’s journey in the tournament continues with their second game against Afghanistan on September 3 in Lahore. However, the match that has fans eagerly waiting is the high-voltage encounter between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, which is scheduled for September 2 in Kandy. This fixture has always been a treat for cricket fans worldwide, and it promises to be a clash of titans yet again.

The super four stage will follow the group stage, where the top four teams from both groups will compete against each other for a spot in the grand finale. The teams will have to bring their A-game to secure their position in the final, which is scheduled to take place on September 17 in Colombo.

The current defending champions of the Asia Cup are the Lankans, who clinched victory in the final last year, defeating Pakistan in a nail-biting contest held in the United Arab Emirates. The last 50-over Asia Cup was held in 2018, also in the UAE, where India emerged victorious by defeating Bangladesh in an enthralling final. Throughout the tournament’s history, there have been two occasions when it was played in the T20 format, with the other instance being the 2016 edition.

As the tournament draws closer, the excitement among cricket enthusiasts is reaching a fever pitch. All eyes will be on Bangladesh as they aim to showcase their talent and compete fiercely against their counterparts in the region. With teams like Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan vying for the coveted trophy, the Asia Cup 2023 promises to be a captivating cricketing spectacle that will leave a lasting impression on fans worldwide.


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