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2018 Asia Cup Betting Tips & Predictions

The 2018 Asia Cup betting tips, predictions and latest odds will be updated below. India will kick-start the 15th edition of the Asia Cup as the defending champions and the tournament will be played from September 15. Unlike the previous edition of the competition, this one will be played in the ODI format with six top teams from Asia taking part in it.

India will be joined by Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan as the Full Members of the ICC to take part in the tournament while Hong Kong is the sixth team, having qualified for the Asia Cup by overcoming Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Singapore and UAE in the Asia Cup Qualifiers.

Asia Cup Format:

These six teams are divided into two groups with every team playing in two matches in the opening round. The top two sides from each of these groups will then move into the second round, or the Super Four round in which each team will play the other three and the top two teams will then move into the title-decider that will be played on September 28.

Group A has India, Pakistan and Hong Kong while the remaining three teams, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are a part of Group B. India and Pakistan will face off for the first time since the 2017 Champions Trophy final on September 19 before they possibly meet again on September 23.

Asia Cup Schedule:

September 15:
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka at Dubai

September 16:
Pakistan vs Hong Kong at Dubai

September 17:
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi

September 18:
India vs Hong Kong at Dubai

September 19:
India vs Pakistan at Dubai

September 20:
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan at Abu Dhabi

September 21:
Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up at Dubai

September 22:
Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up at Abu Dhabi

September 23:
Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up at Dubai

September 24:
Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up at Abu Dhabi

September 25:
Group A Winner vs Group B Winner at Dubai

September 26:
Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up at Abu Dhabi

September 28:
Asia Cup 2018 Final at Dubai

Previous Asia Cup Winners:

India have won the Asia Cup title six times including the last time it was played in 2016. Sri Lanka are four-time winners while Pakistan have won it just once. Bangladesh have been two-time runner-up.

Here’re the previous title winners of the Asia Cup by year:
1984: India
1986: Sri Lanka
1988: India
1990-91: India
1995: India
1997: Sri Lanka
2000: Pakistan
2004: Sri Lanka
2008: India
2010: India
2012: Pakistan
2014: Sri Lanka
2016: India

Asia Cup Squads:

India Squad:
Rohit Sharma (c), Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan (vc), Ambati Rayudu, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah, Kedar Jadhav, Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal

Pakistan Squad:
Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Imam ul Haq, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Muhammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Junaid Khan, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari

Sri Lanka Squad:
Angelo Mathews (c), Amila Aponso, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Dhanajaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Kusal Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga

Afghanistan Squad:
Asghar Afghan (c), Aftab Alam, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib, Javed Ahmadi, Mohammad Nabi, Ihsanullah Janat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Munir Ahmad, Rashid Khan, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Sayed Shirzad, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Wafadar

Bangladesh Squad:
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Abu Haider Rony, Ariful Haque, Liton Das, Mahmud Ullah, Md Mithun, Mehidy Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Hossain, Nazmul Islam Apu, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal

Hong Kong Squad:
Anshuman Rath (c), Christopher Carter, Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Ehsan Khan, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Tanwir Afzal, Ehsan Nawaz, Nadeem Ahmed, Jhatavedh Subramanyan, Waqas Khan, Cameron McAulsan, Arshad Mohammad

Asia Cup Live on TV & Live Streaming:

This edition of the Asia Cup will be shown live on TV in the Indian subcontinent on Star Sports & live streamed on Hotstar. In Pakistan, it will be telecast live on PTV Sports while Afghanistan cricket fans can watch it on Lemar TV. Sky Sports Cricket and Fox Sports are the official broadcasters of Asia Cup in the UK and Australia respectively.

Asia Cup Betting Tips:

PakistanTo Win Outright

It’s interesting to see that India are 5/6 to win the Asia Cup this year, while Pakistan are second-favourites at a distant 5/2 – now while there’s no doubting the capability of this Indian team, there are two deterrents to those odds.

One, India are going to be without Virat Kohli, who has been rested from this tournament and will be led by Rohit Sharma. While the captaincy switch might not make for a huge difference, Kohli’s batting will be sorely missed – he’s easily the best batsman across two of the three formats.

Secondly, as we have seen in the Champions Trophy final last year, even if India can consistently win matches and get to the final, they need to lose just one game – the final – to lose the tournament, and that makes those odds of 5/6 very short to consider them as favourites. Instead Pakistan, at 5/2 sound like a better bet.

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