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 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.
- 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
- 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)
- 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
SL has scored 11 centuries. Atapattu, Arjuna Ranatunga have scored a century each.
- 6 Jayasuriya
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
645 Aravinda de Silva
468 Mahela Jayawardene
Highest Wicket Taker
- 30 Muralitharan
15 JR Ratnayake
Best Bowling Spell
- 6/13 Ajantha Mendis
5/22 Ajantha Mendis
Most Matches as Captain
- 13 – Ranatunga (9 won, 4 lost)
7- Mahela Jayawardene (6 won, 1 lost)
SL Match Results in Asia Cap
- Won against Pak, lost group match and final to India
- Lost group match to Pak, won group against Ban and final against Pak
- Won all 3 group matches, lost final to India
- Won both group matches against Ind and Ban, lost final to India
- won against Pak and Ban, Lost group match and final against Ind.
- Won all 3 group matches and then final against India.
- Won against Ind and Ban, lost group match and final to Pakistan.
- Won group against India and UAE, won Super 4s against Pak and Ban, but lost to India, won final against Ind.
- Won group against Ban and UAE, won Super 4s against Pak and Ban, but lost to India, won final against Ind.
- Won all 3 group matches, lost to India in final.