The Asia Cup is a cricket tournament featuring teams from Asian countries. It includes both One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 (T20) formats, with teams competing for regional supremacy in the sport. The tournament has traditionally involved cricketing nations such as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and others from the Asian continent. It serves as a platform for exciting cricket contests and fosters competition among Asian cricketing nations.
Over the years there have been several mouthwatering contests that have made this particular tournament a real success. On the other hand, there have been multiple occasions where the matches have panned out in pretty much one-sided affairs.
Let us look five lowest totals in Asia Cup ODI history:
1. 50 by Sri Lanka vs India in 2023
Sri Lanka recorded their lowest-ever Asia Cup ODI total of 50 runs in the final against India. Mohammed Siraj took 6 wickets, reducing Sri Lanka to 12/6 at one stage. Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya chipped in with one and 3 wickets, contributing to India’s dominant victory.
The bowling performance was such that the entire Sri Lankan team were bundled out for just 50 runs. In reply, to this below-par score, the Indian openers Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan chased down the total with 10 wickets in hand.
2. 87 by Bangladesh vs Pakistan in 2000
In the fourth match of the Asia Cup 2000, Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat. Bangladesh’s score of 87 was the second lowest ever recorded by any team in Asia Cup tournaments, until Sri Lanka’s 50 in 2023. In pursuit of a mammoth 321 runs to win, the Bangladesh team were never in the game and their total of 87 clearly defined that. Pakistan team also won the match by 233 runs.
3. 94 by Bangladesh vs Pakistan in 1986
The Bangladesh team again found their name on this unfortunate list with yet another below 100 runs. The 1986 edition of the Asia Cup, saw a complete bowling performance from Pakistan bowler. Initially, Imran Khan along with Wasim Akram and Abdul Qadir annihilated the Bangladesh team. The storm of the Pakistan bowling lineup bundled out the Bangladesh team for a total of just 94 runs.
4. 96 by Sri Lanka vs India in 1984
The 1984 edition of the Asia Cup was a similar kind of match in which the Sri Lankan team played the final of the 2023 edition of the Asia Cup. The Indian bowling lineup wreaked havoc on the Sri Lankan top order as well as the entire batting lineup which helped them restrict the Sri Lankan team by 96 runs.
The opening spells from Chetan Sharma (3) and Manoj Prabhakar (2) got rid of the top order and later on, Madan Lal joined the wickets tally with three wickets.
5. 99 by Bangladesh vs India in 1988
The 1988 edition of the Asia Cup, saw Bangladesh register the fifth lowest total in the history of the Asia Cup. The Bangladesh team was restricted by just 99 runs courtesy of some collective bowling effort from the Indian bowling lineup. The star of the show was Arshad Ayub who registered three wickets to his name.