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Sri Lanka hold edge over India in Asia Cup matches

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Published: Monday, March 12, 2012, 18:47 [IST]
 
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Stats favour Sri Lanka over India

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

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