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Asia cup is one of few multi country cricket tournament that has been played enough number of times to have it's own set of records. There have been 10 Asia cup tournaments over the years and asian cricket council seems determined to continue to tradition. Note that we've had two asia cup test series as well, won by Pakistan and Sri Lanka back in year 1999 and 2001 respectively but we may not see another one any time soon. Asia cup cricket is mainly about one day cricket and here are the record holders so far..
Also see : History of Asia cup tournaments.
Highest score by a batsmanVirat Kohli made thrilling 183 against arch rivals Pakistan when India need to win at any cost, overhauling 144 by Younus Khan which came at a tricky time when baby team Hong Kong had taken 2 early wickets. Younus' 3rd wicket partnership with Shoaib Mallik (who too scored a ton) fetched 223 runs. Highest by a Sri Lankan batsman in Asia cup is 131 notout by Arjuna Ranatunga.
Highest team totalsPakistan hold the record with their mountainous 385/7 against Bangladesh in 2010 season. Shahid Afridi scored 124 from 60 balls while Shahzaib Hasan, Imran Farhat and Umar Akmal contributed half centuries. Pakistan overhauled India's record who had humiliated Hong Kong in 2008, beating minnows by 256 runs. MS Dhoni (109*), Suresh Raina (101), Virendra Sehwag (78) and Gautam Gambhir (51) were main contributors that day.
Lowest team totalsChasing 321, hosts Bangladesh were allout for 87, with only two batsmen = Habibul Bashar (23) and Mushfiqur Rahim (11) reaching double figures with Shahadat Hossain unavailable to bat, and hence allout.
Best bowlingAjantha Mendis is the only bowler to take 6 wickets in an innings of an Asia cup cricket match, doing it against India in the finals of 2008 tournament. Mendis was awarded man of the match as well series that day.
Highest partnershipin Asia cup tournaments belongs to Pakistani openers Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed who put on 224 against rivals India in 2012 edition, yet their team lost. Hafeez and Jamshed bettered the record held by Younus Khan and Shoaib Mallik by one run!
More Asia cup records**Sanath Jayasuriya has made most runs in Asia cups = 1220 runs from 25 games with best score of 130 at an average of over 53 with 6 hundreds & 3 fifties.
**Sri Lanka have played in all 12 previous asia cups, and hence featured in most matches = 40. Lankans also have best win percentage = 72.50 followed by India = 36 played, 22 won, 13 lost = 62.85% success rate, and then Pakistan = 18 wins from 31 games.
**Kapil Dev is only bowler to take a hattrick in asia cup, doing it against Sri Lanka, dismissing Roshan Mahanama, Sanath Jayasuriya and Ramesh Ratnayake.
**Muthiah Muralitharan owns the record of most wickets in asia cup, with 30 wickets from 24 matches at 28.83 a piece with 1 five wicket haul & economy of 3.75.
**Lowest win margin is by India = 4 runs, winning over Sri Lanka at Colombo back in 2004 edition while by wickets, India's 4 wkt victory over Pakistan back in 1988 is the smallest.
**Biggest win margin is by 256 runs, with which India beat minnows Hong Kong in 2008 tournament. There has been 3 ten wicket victories, done once each by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, over Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bangladesh respectively.