It has finally boiled down to the title round in 2018 Asia Cup. India will play Bangladesh in the final on Friday. India will be eyeing their seventh Asia Cup title in the 14 edition of this tournament. Bangladesh are yet to win their maiden Asia Cup. Here are some interesting stats and co-incidences on Asia Cup finals.
Out of 12 Asia Cup finals, team batting second has won it 8 times and that’s a winning percentage of 67 percent.
India have won three straight Asia Cup titles in 1988, 1990/91 and 1995 and all the three times, they had beaten Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka finally broke the Asia Cup losing final jinx to India in the 1997 edition when they defeated the men in blue by 8 wickets in the title round.
Will Bangladesh be third time lucky in Asia Cup?
Bangladesh are making their third appearance in Asia Cup finals in the last four editions, including the 2018 tournament. They lost both the finals on the previous two occasions, first to Pakistan by 2 runs in 2012 edition and to India by 8 wickets in 2016 edition. Will they be third time lucky?
India have won both the Asia Cup titles which were held in UAE previously. India won the inaugural Asia Cup edition in UAE in 1984. India won the second Asia Cup edition in UAE in 1995. Sri Lanka were the runners-up on both the occasions.
India have reached the Asia Cup final 9 times out of 12 occasions when a title round was staged in the tournament, including the current 2018 edition. India have won five finals out of 8 title rounds. Overall, India have six Asia Cup titles. (Please note: The inaugural 1984 Asia Cup was a round-robin tournament. There was no final. India were declared winners for winning both their matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
India have lost three Asia Cup finals and all to Sri Lanka.
MS Dhoni has captained a team in most number of finals (3). India won two of those titles under Dhoni – first in 2010 and second in 2016.
India and Pakistan have played in 13 Asia Cup tournaments, but they have never faced each other in a final so far.
The highest score in Asia Cup final is 125 by Sri Lanka Sanath Jayasuriya against India in 2008. Ajantha Mendis recorded the best bowling figures of 6/13 in the same match. Sri Lanka won the 2008 final by 100 runs.