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In the first T20 edition of the Asia Cup, it’s going to be the hosts Bangladesh who will take on the tournament favorites India in the grand finale to be held on Sunday night at Mirpur. This promises to be a blockbuster of a match as two best sides in the tournament are up against each other to lift the title.

The stadium is expected to be packed fully as the home team is playing in the final and of course, given the fact that the Bangladesh fans with heart and soul support their team through thick and thin as we have seen in the recent years. They flock in a huge numbers especially when the match is being played in their own backyard. So ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, get ready for the title decider on Sunday night.

Asia Cup T20 2016 Final Match

India are currently the no. 1 team in ICC T20I rankings. Even before the tournament commenced, India were deemed red-hot favorites by many cricket pundits and experts for the Asia Cup and as well as the T20 WC2016. As things stand out now, they are on top of the table with comprehensive victory against all the nations taking part in this tournament.

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They will be high in confidence as they have won all their last 7 outings away from home in the shortest format of the game. They had beaten Australia 3-0 in the 3-match T20I series down under and they have won all the 4 matches they have played so far in the ongoing Asia Cup T20.

All three departments have been clicking for India at the moment. They have played the core team in all of their matches in last one and a half months except-for the relatively unimportant match against UAE. MS Dhoni, the Indian skipper for limited over cricket, decided to rest their front-line bowlers and test their bench strength.

Asia Cup T20 2016 Final Match

Harbhajan Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaced R Ashwin and AshishNehra in the previous match. And Pawan Negi was given his national cap as R Jadeja was rested as well. None of them disappointed the team as they performed well and helped the team win comfortably. Credits must not be taken away even though it was against a ‘small’ team.

Especially Bhuvneshwar Kumar playing an international match after a long gap had a great outing as his figures read 4-2-8-2. So the team management hasa plethora of options to opt for. However, MS Dhoni wouldn’t like to experiment in the title decider as the main bowler-trio are expected to come back in the side for the final.

India are in the right frame of mind after consistent and convincing performances in the last 6 weeks in T20I’s if not in all formats and they would like to finish it on a high. With cameos of an 18-ball 35 against Sri Lanka and a 14-ball 25, Yuvraj Singh has proved once again why he is considered as one of the destructive and flamboyant batsmen in the shortest format.


The form of Yuvraj is a good sign for the Indians as he starts adding values to team’s success. The only concern for India lies in the fact that their opener Shikhar Dhawan has been going through a lean patch. However, it’s just a matter of time before he gets his usual self and deliver, and you never know it could come out in the final.

On the other hand, going into the final, Bangladesh had snatched victory from the jaw of loss against Pakistan in a low-scoring and nail-biting affair, thanks to Mohammad Sami’s two no balls that changed the course of the game, and saw themselves through to the finale. It sure had done their confidence a world of good.

The key batsman for Bangladesh was Soumya Sarkar who played a run a ball 48-run knock under tough conditions against a pace-heavy Pakistan bowling attack and guided the team to the final. And the Bangladesh team would like to have a similar innings from their best batter in the tournament to fulfill their dreams of being crowned as the Asian Champions for the first time.

The big blow for Bangladesh is the absence of young pacer, Mustafizur Rahman who did manage to trouble the Indian batters in the past. However, they still have the quality players in their side who can contribute for the team’s cause.The tigers will be expecting a world class performance from the no.1 all-rounder in ICC T20I rankings, Shakib Al Hasan, who has had an average tournament so far. The Mortaza-led team will be looking forward to their senior pro to bring on in an all-round performance to help them win their maiden Asia Cup Trophy.

The pitch at Mirpur is expected to be a grassy one as it has been more or less throughout the tournament. Given the fact that India do struggle against in seaming and swinging pitches, Bangladesh will look to have advantage of having a green top. Come the 6th March, all eyes will be glued to witness a good game of cricket.

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Rahul Dravid Appointed as Delhi Daredevils Mentor

The former India captain Rahul Dravid appointed as Delhi Daredevils mentor in the coming 9th season of Indian Premier League. Dravid reportedly rejected the offer of coaching the Delhi franchise team in IPL as he preferred to spend quality time with family. Paddy Upton, however, has appointed as the head coach of Daredevils.

Rahul Dravid Appointed as Delhi Daredevils Mentor


Rahul Dravid appointed as Delhi Daredevils mentor

The decision has been made since the contract of three-year with former Delhi Coach Gary Kristen was over. However, the management team of Delhi was not happy with their performance as the Daredevils finished up last season’s series with a poor result. The management team picked up Rahul Dravid appointed as Delhi Daredevils mentor.

The legendary batsman Rahul Dravid has been busy coaching India ‘A’ and U-19 India teams for a long time; and got back home just few weeks back from Bangladesh. As he needed some time to rest and spend with his family member, dravid was not really interested in coaching Delhi boys. He finally took over the job of mentoring the Delhi based franchise in the current IPL season.

“Along with the rest of the support stuff, I am fully aware of what this franchise means to its supporters and I look forward to working with a group of players that I believe have what it takes to succeed.” said the legendary right handed batsman.

On the other hand, the appointed coach Paddy Upton recently made pretty good impression on coaching led Sydney Thunder to victory in Big Bash League. Adding to the subject, he also trained Lahore Qalandars in Pakistan Super League. Teaming up with Delhi, the former South Africa assistant coach expressed his pleasure.


“I relish the privilege to work again with Rahul and Zubin, and to have the opportunity to do so at a franchise like Delhi Daredevils,” said Upton.

As Dravid and Upton will be working together assisting the Daredevil boys alongside Zubin Bharucha (Technical Dirctor), Praveen Amre and Sridharam Sriram (Batting Coaches), and T.A. Sekhar (Bowling Consultant) in the 9th season of IPL; regardless, Dravid, Bharucha and Upton the three figure was in the core aspect of Rajasthan Royals.

The Jaipur based franchise has been suspended from IPL by the Lodha Committee for minimum of two seasons play. Since then, Dravid has been looking for new opportunity in IPL; though addressed of having good memories in Rajasthan Royals.

“I really enjoyed my time with Rajasthan Royals. I worked with some very good people there and I hold some fond memories of my life there. But I am excited to be working with Delhi.” said Dravid.

“I am now looking forward to building the same memories with Delhi Daredevils. I have always admired the way they have worked and I am looking forward to add to that group” he added.


India Vs Pakistan Asia Cup T20 Match

So the most awaited match of the Asia Cup T-20, 2016 is about to kick off in a couple of hours’ time as the tournament favorites India lock horns against the arch rivals Pakistan on Saturday night. It’s going to be a cracker of a game as both teams have quality players in their respective sides.

India Vs Pakistan Asia Cup T20 Match

Needless to say, whenever these two teams have faced each other in any format of the game, the atmosphere has always been adrenaline-rushing and it’s expected that tonight’s India Vs Pakistan Asia Cup T20 match won’t be much of a difference.

India Vs Pakistan Asia Cup T20 Match Details

Match:    India Vs Pakistan, Asia Cup T-20, 2016, 4th Match

Date:       Saturday, 27th February, 2016

Time:      01:30 p.m. GMT, 07:00 p.m. IST, 07:30 p.m. local

Venue:   Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka

Match Preview

India started off their campaign against the hosts Bangladesh with a convincing and comprehensive victory. Going into this India Vs Pakistan Asia Cup T20 match, the men in blue will look to continue the momentum and keep dominance on their counterparts. On the other hand, Pakistan will be eager to change the poor statistics that they have against India in the shortest format of the game. As the records suggest, Pakistan have managed to have won just 1 match out of 5 clashes they have had so far against India in T20I format.

Coming into the series, India had beaten Sri Lanka 2-1 at home in the 3-match T-20I series. Prior to that, India whitewashed the Aussies down under in the T-20I series that had as many matches as against the Islanders. Last time when India played in Bangladesh, they were struggling against the hosts and eventually lost the 3-match ODI series 1-2. However, this time around they seem to have adapted to the conditions pretty well as they thrashed the tigers with a huge margin in the Asia Cup opener few days back.

Pakistan, on the other hand, had lost the 3-match T20I series against the blackcaps in New Zealand prior to this tournament. Nevertheless, that won’t make much of a difference as the conditions in New Zealand were different to the ones in the subcontinent. And given the fact that almost all of the Pakistani players have played in the recently concluded inaugural PSL, they have had enough match practice going into this clash of titans.

For India, the strength has always been their batting line-up. With opener Rohit Sharma probably in the best form of his career, Suresh Raina clicking in the middle order, Hardik Pandya playing those crucial cameos, Indian batting order looks solid. The concerns for India though are the old folk Yuvraj’s recent not-so-good form and Dhoni’s back spasms that he had during a training session prior to the match against Bangladesh that almost ruled him out of that match. It will be intriguing to see whether he gives some rest to himself and allows Parthiv Patel who has been called up into the side as back-up for the Indian skipper in the limited over cricket. However, this seems unlikely as Dhoni won’t want to perturb the balance of the side and the same 11 are likely to take the field.

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If we look into the Pakistan squad, they have a mixture of experienced players and newbies. The team trunk stands mostly on their bowling attack. The pitch in Shere Bangla Stadium had a bit of grass on it in India’s last encounter. If the conditions don’t change, the pace-heavy Pakistani bowling unit will be licking their lips. With the likes of Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan and the returning Mohammad Amir, Paksitan have a fiery and menacing bowling line-up which will be looking to go all guns against the Indian batsmen.

Team Squad

India: MS Dhoni (C & Wk), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuvraj Singh, Parthiv Patel

Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (C), Mohammad Hafeez, Khurram Manzoor, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (Wk), Umar Akmal, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Sami, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif

Match Prediction

Going by the recent performances and results, I reckon, India would be having their 2nd victory in this tournament and further better their T20I records against their arch neighbors. However, Pakistan will also leave no stone un-turned to start their campaign on a winning note. So the cricket loving people of these two nations will be looking forward to witnessing this India Vs Pakistan Asia Cup T20 match.

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asia cup t20

In my previous post I have mentioned that the Asia Cup 2016 is going to be played in a shortest format of cricket which is T20. The format of the game is totally based on the upcoming world event of cricket, which is confirmed to be held in India. So, it is clear that every contestant team is considering the importance of Asia Cup as an extra momentum for world stage T20 cricket tournament.

India Vs Bangladesh Match 1

India Vs Bangladesh Match 1

The First match of Asia Cup T20 2016 between India and Bangladesh is right at the hottest place of news currently. The predictions and possibilities over winning team just got even more complicated, since the Indian skipper MS Dhoni is reported to be injured and unfit for the opening match against hosting country Bangladesh.

Date: Wednesday, 24 February

Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka

Time: 7:30 P.M local/ 7:00 PM IST/ 1:30 PM GMT


Get the Overview

The captain of team Indian seemed to suffer from muscle spasm during the training session. The wicket-keeper cum batsman Parthiv Patel has been confirmed as back-up in by BCCI; and Virat Kohli will be commanding the team men in blue.


While India got the title of favorite with victories in last two T20 series against Sri Lanka and Australia; the host Bangladesh has been proving themselves as invincible at their home in limited-over cricket since the last year beating more than one top class teams such as India, South Africa, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

Some of you might take the injury and absence of captain cool MS Dhoni as an advantage for Bangladesh; on that case, I must say you are underestimating Vice-captain Virat Kohli. Kohli always led a team India with a good attitude in the absence of Dhoni. We certainly can see him as a sustained captain for future.

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If we look back at last records of T20 matches played by India, India has won five matches out of six.

Additionally, men in blue are in a strong form, especially its bating line up considered as the best in the world; whereas Bangladesh strength is totally depends on their bowling attack. It sounds like India has its best against Bangladesh.

The pitch of Shere Bangla National stadium offers an extra advantage to the spinners while team India has its bowling line up with spinners like Ashwin and Jadeja.


Moreover, in the history of T20 between India and Bangladesh, the teams have faced each other twice till date; and India won the both matches. Bangladesh’s strength at their home ground covers only in 50 over’s ODI format so far. On that sense, team India possesses more strength than Bangladesh in T20 format.


Team Squads

India: MS Dhoni (Captain-Wicketkeeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Parthiv Patel

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny, Abu Hider, Nurul Hasan


Live Stream TV Channels

Star Sports (India), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), MTV Sports (Sri Lanka), PTV Sports (Pakistan)

Weather Forecast says, the weather on Wednesday eve is expected to be interrupting for the match with heavy rainfall and thunderstorm. This may cause to wash away the fun of the match.

Related post: Asia Cup T20 2016 Venue, Teams, Details

asia cup t20 2016

With the beginning of the season, the Asian Cricket Council is all set to bring up another adventure for cricket worshipers. It’s just few more days to go; and then, the lights, the crowds, the noises, and the suspense. Let the game begin!


Yes, the Asia Cup T20 2016 cricket tournament is right at the door step, and I could not wait to share the necessary details about the event with you guys. You might notice when I mentioned Asia Cup T20, there is a little changes in the game this season.

Asia Cup T20 2016

Well, the Asia Cup will be played in T20 format this year as decided by ICC and Asian Cricket Council together. Every Event of Asia Cup will be played based on the format of next World Cup event.

  asia cup t20 2016

Putting more spices, it is confirmed that the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 will be held in India, just few days after the up coming series Asia Cup 2016. The year 2016, certainly a bless for we Indians especially.

Let’s check out the match schedule, team list, and the venue in details of the Asia Cup T20 2016.

Event Venue

As far the report says, the event of Asia Cup T20 2016 will be held at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, located in Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The stadium holds the seat capacity of approximately 25,000 people in total. This is the fifth edition of the event to be hosted by Bangladesh.


Asia Cup Team Squads

National cricket teams from five countries are expected to be competing in the tournament. These are, Bangladesh (the hosting country), India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the fifth one yet to be determined as qualified. Below here is the table containing team members of each team.



Sri Lanka


·  MS Dhoni (c, wk)

·  Ravichandran            Ashwin

·  Jasprit Bumrah

·  Shikhar Dhawan

·  Rabindra Jadeja

·  Virat Kohli

·  Bhuvneshwar            Kumar

·  Pawan Negi

·  Ashish Nehra

·  Hardik Pandya

·  Ajinkya Rahane

·  Suresh Raina

·  Rohit Sharma

·  Harbhajan Singh

·  Yuvraj Singh

·  Mashrafe Mortaza          (c)

·  Shakib Al Hasan

·  Imrul Kayes

·  Mohammad                Mithun

·  Mahmudullah

·  Mushfiqur Rahim    (wk)

·  Soumya Sarkar

·  Sabbir Rahman

·  Nasir Hossain

·  Mustafizur                  Rahman

·  Al-Amin Hossain

·  Taskin Ahmed

·  Arafat Sunny

·  Abu Hider

·  Nurul Hasan


·  Lasith Malinga (c)

·  Dushmantha               Chameera

·  Dinesh Chandimal

·  Tillakaratne                  Dilshan

·  Niroshan                        Dickwella

·  Rangana Herath

·  Shehan Jayasuriya

·  Chamara                        Kapugedera

·  Nuwan Kulasekara

·  Angelo Mathews

·  Thisara Perera

·  Sachithra                         Senanayake

·  Dasun Shanaka

·  Milinda                             Siriwardana

·  Jeffrey Vandersay

·  Shahid Afridi (c)

·  Iftikhar Ahmed

·  Sarfraz Ahmed        (wk)

·  Umar Akmal

·  Anwar Ali

·  Mohammad              Amir

·  Babar Azam

·  Mohammad               Hafeez

·  Mohammad              Irfan

·  Shoaib Malik

·  Khurram                  Manzoor

·  Mohammad              Nawaz

·  Rumman Raees

·  Wahab Riaz

·  Imad Washim

The Match Schedule and Group Stage

As have mentioned above, one team yet to be qualified for the tournament Asia Cup T20 2016. The winning team from Asia Cup Qualifier series will be determined as qualified. The qualifier series is running presently in Bangladesh itself. Teams competing in the Qualifying series are Oman, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong.


All matches of the tournament will be taken place at the same ground with Floodlight, and below here is the match schedule of Asia Cup T20 2016



India vs. Bangladesh

Sri Lanka vs. Qualified team

Bangladesh vs. Qualified team

India vs. Pakistan

Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka

Pakistan vs. Qualified team

India vs. Sri Lanka

Pakistan vs. Bangladesh

India vs. Qualified team

Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka

The Final Match


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February 25th, 2016


February 26th, 2016


February 27th, 2016


February 28th, 2016


February 29th, 2016


March 1st, 2016


March 2nd, 2016


March 3rd, 2016


March 4th, 2016


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This is it guys. Now, you have all information about the Asia Cup T20 2016, and you must be waiting for the event to be live telecast on your TV. Or, you can pack up your bags and head over to the hosting country for even more excitement. Have fun. J

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