Mirpur, Mar 12: India and Sri Lanka are all set to play their 18th Asia Cup tie at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday. Team India termed favourites to win the tournament face tough competition from neighbouring countries as Pakistan and Sri Lanka pose a challenge to MS Dhoni's men.
India haven't featured in only one edition of Asia Cup so far, which was won by Sri Lanka in the year 1985-86. Team India, having won the tournament five times are termed favourites to win again while Sri Lanka are also equally fresh after their impressive show in the recently concluded tri-series in Australia also featuring India.
With the recent performance, India can be termed favourites while Sri Lanka cannot be taken lightly, as they have won the same title four times in its history.
Sri Lanka have an edge against India as they have won 9 matches out of the 17 played in Asia Cup history so far while India have registered 8 wins against the Islanders.
Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run scorer for India with 799 runs off 20 matches, with a best score of 112* that includes a hundred and six half centuries. Sanath Jayasurya, the highest run scorer for Sri Lanka has scored 1220 runs off 25 matches with a highest score of 130 which includes 6 centuries and 3 half centuries.
Kumar Sangakkara, who is currently in the team, is placed fourth in the list after Sachin Tendulkar and Arjuna Ranatunga (741) as he has played 16 matches and scored 685 runs with a highest score of 121 which includes 3 hundreds and 4 half centuries.
Statistics favour Lanka as they have an edge against India after winning 9 out of their 17 encounters in Asia Cup apart from their recent performance against their neighbours, as India's performance would haunt them as India chased a mamoth 321 within 37 overs to gain a bonus point and stay afloat in the tri-series.
Though India did not qualify for the finals of the tri-series, Sri Lanka know that they cannot take their neighbours lightly as Mahela's men have a poor record against them which includes home and away series.
Here is the list of India-Sri Lanka matches in Asia Cup history
|Sl No||Team 1||Team 2||Winner||Margin||Venue||Match Date|
|1||India||Sri Lanka||India||10 wickets||Sharjah||Apr 8, 1984|
|2||India||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||17 runs||Dhaka||Oct 29, 1988|
|3||India||Sri Lanka||India||6 wickets||Dhaka||Nov 4, 1988|
|4||India||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||36 runs||Cuttack||Dec 28, 1990|
|5||India||Sri Lanka||India||7 wickets||Kolkata||Jan 4, 1991|
|6||India||Sri Lanka||India||8 wickets||Sharjah||Apr 9, 1995|
|7||India||Sri Lanka||India||8 wickets||Sharjah||Apr 14, 1995|
|8||India||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||6 wickets||Colombo||Jul 18, 1997|
|9||India||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||8 wickets||Colombo||Jul 26, 1997|
|10||India||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||71 runs||Dhaka||Jun 1, 2000|
|11||India||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||12 runs||Dambulla||Jul 18, 2004|
|12||India||Sri Lanka||India||4 runs||Colombo||Jul 27, 2004|
|13||India||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||25 runs||Colombo||Aug 1, 2004|
|14||India||Sri Lanka||India||6 wickets||Karachi||Jul 3, 2008|
|15||India||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||100 runs||Karachi||Jul 6, 2008|
|16||India||Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||7 wickets||Dambulla||Jun 22, 2010|
|17||India||Sri Lanka||India||81 runs||Dambulla||Jun 24, 2010|