India will kickstart their 2018 Asia Cup campaign against Hong Kong before resuming their rivalry with their arch-nemesis Pakistan on September 19th.
India will be led by vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who has been named the captain of the side in absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli. Kohli has been rested for the tournament following a gruelling English summer and impending Australian tour during the winter.
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Here’s a look at some numbers ahead of India’s back-to-back games against Hong Kong and Pakistan in the 2018 Asia Cup.
12– No of times India and Pakistan have met in the Asia Cup.
6– Out of the 12 encounters, India has won six times with Pakistan winning on the other five occasions. One game ended in a no result.
4- No of times India and Pakistan have met each other since 2010 in the Asia Cup.
3- Out of the four matches, India has won thrice while Pakistan, on the back of Shahid Afridi’s assault over Ashwin, won in 2014.
1984 Asia Cup: India beat Pakistan by 54 runs.
1988 Asia Cup: India beat Pakistan by 4 wickets.
1995 Asia Cup: Pakistan beat India by 97 runs.
1997 Asia Cup: Match abandoned due to rain.
2000 Asia Cup: Pakistan beat India by 44 runs.
2004 Asia Cup: Pakistan beat India by 59 runs.
2008 Asia Cup: India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets (Group stage), Pakistan beat India (Super Four stage)
2010 Asia Cup: India beat Pakistan by 3 wickets.
2012 Asia Cup: India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets.
2014 Asia Cup: Pakistan beat India by 1 wicket.
2016 Asia Cup: India beat Pakistan by 5 wickets.
1661 runs– Shoaib Malik has scored 1661 runs at an average of 47.45, with four hundreds, besides 22 wickets.
1230 runs: MS Dhoni has scored 1230 runs against Pakistan in 33 ODIs, at a batting average of 56.
11 wickets- India’s bowling spearhead, Bhuvneshwar Kumar boasts of the best bowling record against Pakistan at the Asia Cup. Bhuvi has claimed a total of 11 wickets in seven games.
20 wickets– Veteran off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan. The off-spinner bagged 20 wickets in nine games.
Six- India is the most successful side in Asia Cup history with six titles (5 ODIs and 1 T20) while Pakistan has won twice (2000 & 2012).
Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has three hundreds and a half-century in his last five ODI outings
Yuzvendra Chahal need to pick two wickets to become India’s third fastest to 50 ODI wickets (in 27 matches) – behind Ajit Agarkar (23 matches) and Kuldeep Yadav (24 matches).