History of Sri Lanka in Asia Cup

Sri Lanka is the best team of the Asia Cup. The only team in participate in all the 10 Asia Cup, it holds better win-loss performance in Asia Cup than India, which has won the tournament more times. Reaching the finals in all the 10 championships, the Lankan tigers have won it 4 times and lost 6 times. The king of pool stage matches has somehow faltered in the finals. But, they have the best record in Asia Cup.

Asia Cup History
India in Asia Cup
Bangladesh in Asia Cup
Pakistan in Asia Cup

Asia Cup Record
SL has won the tournament in 1986, 1997, 2004 and 2008. On other 6 occasions they have lost 5 times to India and once to Pakistan in the final. SL players hold most of the individual records also in the Asia Cup. The era under Ranatunga with bowlers like Muralitharan and Vaas, and allrounders like Jayasuriya, they have ruled the pool stage of Asia Cup.

Sri Lanka has played maximum 40 matches in the tournament, winning 29 and losing 11, 6 of them in the finals.

Team Records
Highest Total

    357/9 vs Hong Kong, 2008
    332/8 vs Ban, 2008
    312/4 vs Ban, 2010
    308/8 vs Ind, 2008
    302/7 vs Pak, 2008

Lowest Total

    96 vs Ind, 1984
    116 vs Pak, 1986

Biggest Victory by Runs

    158 vs Ban, 2008
    131 vs Ban, 2008
    126 vs Ban, 2008

Biggest Victory by Wickets

    10 vs Ban, 2004
    9 vs Ban, 1988 & 1997

Biggest Loss by Runs

    81 vs Pak, 1986
    81 vs Ind, 2010

Biggest Loss by Wickets

    10 vs Ind, 1984
    8 vs Ind, 1995 (twice)

100+ Partnerships

    201 1st Jayasuriya & Sangakkara vs Ban, 2008 (3rd best of Asia Cup)
    191* 1st Gunawardene & Jayasuriya vs Ban, 2004
    171 1st Jayasuriya & Atapattu vs Ban, 1997
    139 4th Aravinda de Silva & Ranatunga, vs Ban, 2008
    137 1st Jayasuriya & Atapattu, vs Ind, 1997
    131 5th Jayasuriya & Dilshan vs Ind, 2008
    126 3rd Samarasekera & Aravinda de Silva vs Ind, 1988
    116 4th Sangakkara & Mahela vs Ind, 2004
    116 3rd Atapattu & Sangakkara vs Ind, 2004
    116 1st Jayasuriya & Sangakkara vs Ban, 2008
    114 2nd Udawatte & Mahela vs UAE
    112* 2nd Aravinda de Silva vs Atapattu
    111 1st Tharanga & Dilshan
    108 3rd Atapattu & Ranatunga
    106* 5th Ranathunga & SKL de Silva
    104 2nd Jayasuriya & Atapattu
    104 3rd Sangakkara & Mahela
    103 6th Jayasuriya & Dilshan

Individual Records
Centuries
SL has scored 11 centuries. Atapattu, Arjuna Ranatunga have scored a century each.

    6 Jayasuriya
    3-Sangakkara

50s
SL batsmen have scored 44 half-centuries.

    6 Atapattu, Ranatunga
    5- Mahela Jayawardene
    4 Aravinda de Silva, Sangakkara

Highest Run Scorer

    1220 Jayasuriya (Highest in Asia Cup)
    741 Arjuna Ranatunga
    685 Sangakkara
    645 Aravinda de Silva
    642 Atapattu
    468 Mahela Jayawardene
    322 Dilshan
    303 Kapugedera

Highest Wicket Taker

    30 Muralitharan
    23 Vaas
    22 Jayasuriya
    17 Mendis
    15 JR Ratnayake
    14 Zoysa
    13 Malinga

Best Bowling Spell

    6/13 Ajantha Mendis
    5/22 Ajantha Mendis
    5/31 Muralitharan
    5/34 Malinga
    5/42 Maharoof

Most Matches as Captain

    13 – Ranatunga (9 won, 4 lost)
    7- Mahela Jayawardene (6 won, 1 lost)

SL Match Results in Asia Cap
1984

    Won against Pak, lost group match and final to India

1986

    Lost group match to Pak, won group against Ban and final against Pak

1988

    Won all 3 group matches, lost final to India

1990-91

    Won both group matches against Ind and Ban, lost final to India

1995

    won against Pak and Ban, Lost group match and final against Ind.

1997

    Won all 3 group matches and then final against India.

2000

    Won against Ind and Ban, lost group match and final to Pakistan.

2004

    Won group against India and UAE, won Super 4s against Pak and Ban, but lost to India, won final against Ind.

2008

    Won group against Ban and UAE, won Super 4s against Pak and Ban, but lost to India, won final against Ind.

2010

    Won all 3 group matches, lost to India in final.
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