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Sunday, 11 March 2012 - 12:55
Asia Cup begins today
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Bangladesh's first-ever one-day international was at the Asia Cup in 1986, incidentally, against Pakistan.

26 years later the two teams will once again begin proceedings of the Asia Cup with the first game at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka.

Seven games have been crammed into 12 days of the Asia Cup, with each team meeting the other once before the top two make the final.

The flip side to such a format is that a poor start, or a surprise defeat could jeopardise a team's chances of qualifying.

The head-to-head record suggests that Pakistan is overwhelming favourites for the tournament.

Pakistan’s big-hitter Shahid Afridi is just one run away from 7000 ODI runs going into today’s game.

The Asia Cup began in 1984 and India has won it five times and is the defending champions while Sri Lanka has lifted the trophy four times and Pakistan just once.

Today’s game will begin at 1:30pm Sri Lankan time.

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