Asia Cup
The Asia Cup is a men’s One Day International and Twenty20 cricket tournament. As the name suggests, it is a tournament for Asian countries only. It is the only continental championship in cricket and the team, who lifts the cup, becomes the champion of Asia. It is organized every 2 years. India has claimed the most number of titles (7 times) followed by Sri Lanka (5 times). India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan are the favorites in this tournament. A professional tipster can help punters make the best pick.

The tournament was established in 1983 with the foundation of the Asian Cricket Council. Initially, it was a 50 over the game championship, but after downsizing the Asian Cricket Council in 2015, ICC announced that the Asia Cup from 2016 would be played on a rotation basis between One Day International and Twenty20 International format. Now the tournament takes place in both formats.

Format of the tournament

Asian Cricket Council has changed the round-robin league format and divided six teams into two groups. While Group A includes India, Pakistan, and the qualifier, Group B consists of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super 4 stage. All four teams will play each other once. before two teams making the cut to the final.

Records

India dominated the continental tournament winning the title six times including three consecutive wins between 1988 to 1995. Sri Lanka is not far behind India with the Lankans winning the title five times. Pakistan also lifted the title twice.

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Although India lost the three-match ODI series against England by 2-1 at the latter's home in July 2018, the Men in Blue will start the Asia Cup as the main contender for the glory. The defending champions won six times in nine ODI’s so far in 2018. India also won the title on both occasions when UAE hosted the competition.

The current World No. 4 in International Cricket Council (ICC)'s ODI rankings, Pakistan will also take inspiration from their dominant performance against India on the UAE soil to become Asia's best again after 2008. Pakistan locked horns with the arch-rival 26 times in the UAE winning 19 times.

Despite playing the 2014 Asia Cup final, Bangladesh is unlikely to repeat the success in this edition. Also, things are not looking good for Sri Lanka in the continental tournament as the Islanders are struggling against tougher opponents in the ODI format.

However, considering their recent exposure, Afghanistan may also reach the Super 4 stage in the Asia Cup.

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