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India face Bangladesh in Asia Cup opener, play Pak on Feb 27

Last updated on: February 01, 2016 19:07 IST

IMAGE: India's Mohammed Shami celebrates the wicket of Mohammad Mahmudullah of Bangladesh during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images.

India open their campaign in the Asia Cup T20 Championship against hosts Bangladesh at the Sher-E-Bangla Stadium, in Mirpur, on February 24, according to the event schedule released on Monday.

The eagerly awaited high-octane clash between India and Pakistan is slated three days later, on February 27, at the same venue.

India's subsequent fixtures are against defending champions Sri Lanka (March 1) and a qualifier, from amongst Afghanistan, UAE, Oman and Hong Kong, on March 3.

Afghanistan take on Hong Kong in a qualifying match in the tournament opener in Fatullah on February 22. The final is on March 6.

The Asia Cup is the only multinational tournament in international cricket apart the International Cricket Council events.

Traditionally played in the 50-over format, this year's edition of the biennial tournament will be played in the T20 format for the first time.

The continental event assumes greater significance this year, as it will allow competing teams to prepare for the ICC World T20, which starts on March 8 in India.

The fixtures:

Asia Cup 2016, February 2016
Date Match Venue Time
Feb 22 Afghanistan v Hong Kong Fatullah 1900 IST
Feb 22 UAE v Oman Fatullah 1900 IST
Feb 24 Bangladesh v India Mirpur 1900 IST
Feb 25 Sri Lanka v Qualifier Mirpur 1900 IST
Feb 26 Bangladesh v Qualifier Mirpur 1900 IST
Feb 27 Pakistan v India Mirpur 1900 IST
Feb 28 Bangladesh v Sri Lanka Mirpur 1900 IST
Feb 29 Pakistan v Qualifier Mirpur 1900 IST
Mar 1 India v Sri Lanka Mirpur 1900 IST
Mar 2 Pakistan v Bangladesh Mirpur 1900 IST
Mar 3 India v Qualifier Mirpur 1900 IST
Mar 4 Pakistan v Sri Lanka Mirpur 1900 IST
Mar 6 FINAL Mirpur 1900 IST
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