Asia Cup 2018 will get underway in the United Arab Emirates on September 15. Each of the six participating teams will want to get some wins under their belt and sit at the top of the Asia Cup points table. Even Hong Kong, who sealed their Asia Cup 2018 berth after winning the Asia Cup Qualifier, would want to win a few games and finish with some consolation points on the Asia Cup 2018 points table. Do you know how the Asia Cup 2018 points table works? We've got you covered.
Of all the teams featuring in the Asia Cup 2018, India have the highest Asia Cup team rankings and they would like to finish at the top of the Asia Cup team standings by winning their Group A encounters against Hong Kong and Pakistan.
All the matches, even Hong Kong's, have been granted one-day international status by the International Cricket Council, therefore, all the results will have a bearing on the ODI team standing and points table.
Sri Lanka, who have recalled Lasith Malinga, will take on Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2018 opener and both the teams would like to start with a win and get the Asia cup points table ticking.
Afghanistan, banking on their spin attack, have the capability to cause a few upsets to get some points on the Asia Cup point table and disrupt the Asia Cup team standings.
There will be a total of 12 Asia Cup 2018 matches played across the two venues in the UAE, culminating in the Asia Cup 2018 final at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 28.
In the first stage, the six teams are divided into two groups, A and B, with the three teams from each group playing the others in their group once. Each team will eye to finish in the top two of the Asia Cup points table to advance to the next round. The two teams, who are highest on Asia Cup team standings, from each group will then progress to the Super Four, where they will face all other teams once, irrespective of their Asia Cup team standings.
From there, the top two teams in the Asia Cup team standing and points table, will play each other in the Asia Cup 2018 final.