The Asia Cup final featuring India and Sri Lanka promises to be an exciting contest, despite not being an India vs. Pakistan showdown. Cricket enthusiasts worldwide are eagerly awaiting the match, with hopes that Colombo’s unpredictable weather won’t disrupt the game. While a reserve day is in place, everyone hopes for an uninterrupted clash.
Both India and Sri Lanka have a rich history of success in the Asia Cup, making this final even more intriguing, especially with Sri Lanka playing on home turf. Ahead of this high-stakes final.
Let’s explore some captivating statistics that highlight the history of these two teams in the Asia Cup:
- Sri Lanka boasts the highest success percentage in Asia Cup history, at 69.09%, with 38 wins and 17 losses out of 55 contests.
- Sri Lanka has clinched the Asia Cup title on five occasions, winning against Pakistan in 1986, India in 1997, 2004, and 2008, and Pakistan again in 2014.
- India has also secured the Asia Cup five times out of eight finals, with victories in 1988, 1991, 1995, and 2010 (all against Sri Lanka), and in 2018 against Bangladesh.
- India’s success percentage in the Asia Cup stands at 62.96%, with 34 wins and 17 losses out
- of 54 matches.
- Sanath Jayasuriya’s remarkable innings of 125 off 114 balls in 2008 remains the highest individual score by a Sri Lankan batter in an Asia Cup final.
- Mahela Jayawardene and Lahiru Thirimanne’s partnership of 156 runs against Pakistan in 2014 is Sri Lanka’s highest partnership in an Asia Cup final.
- Captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s unbeaten 90 off 89 balls in 1995 is the highest individual score by an Indian batter in an Asia Cup final.
- Azharuddin’s partnership with Navjot Singh Sidhu, which yielded 175 runs for the third wicket, remains the highest partnership for any wicket in an Asia Cup final.
- Two Sri Lankan bowlers, Ajantha Mendis (2008) and Lasith Malinga (2014), have taken five-wicket hauls in Asia Cup finals.
- Kapil Dev’s figures of 4 for 31 against Sri Lanka in 1991 are the best by an Indian bowler in an Asia Cup final.
- India recorded the first-ever ten-wicket victory in the Asia Cup in 1984, defeating Sri Lanka with a score of 97/0.
- Virat Kohli’s career-best ODI score of 183 against Pakistan in 2012 remains the highest individual score in the history of the Asia Cup.
- Muttiah Muralidaran, with 30 wickets, is the top wicket-taker in Asia Cup history.
- Ravindra Jadeja is India’s leading wicket-taker in the Asia Cup, with 25 wickets.
- Rohit Sharma holds the record for hitting the most sixes in the Asia Cup, with 28 in 26 innings.
- Three players share the record for hitting seven sixes in an innings in the Asia Cup: Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi (twice), India’s Sourav Ganguly, and Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad.