5 of the tournament’s top hundreds from the 2022 Asia Cup
The Asia Cup competition’s top five 100s are as follows:
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5) Dambulla, 2010: SHAHID AFRIDI (PAK) scores 124 against Bangladesh.
In One Day Internationals, Pakistan and Bangladesh have their own contentious rivalry. Pakistan handed Bangladesh one of their greatest losses in the 2010 Asia Cup as they went on a run fest.
being first up With both openers scoring 50s and contributing 81 runs for the opening wicket, Pakistan just went after the Bangladeshi spinners. Even though they lost a few wickets in the middle and briefly appeared to be making a score around 260–270, Captain Shahid Afridi entered the field, and chaos ensued.
Afridi made 124 runs in just 60 balls, including 17 fours and 4 sixes, on his way to a century off just 53 balls. Pakistan’s 50 overs resulted in a score of 385/7.
Despite a 97 from Junaid Siddique, Bangladesh only managed 246/5 after 50 overs. Pakistan defeated their opponent by 139 runs. The fastest century in Asia Cup history is still Afridi’s.
4) In Colombo, 2004 Shoaib Malik (PAK) scored 143 against India.
India-Pakistan matchups are often tense, and this one from the 2004 Asia Cup in Colombo is notable for Shoaib Malik’s batting masterclass.
Imran Nazir was dismissed by Pathan in the second over of Pakistan’s opening innings, and Malik, who was batting at number three, was removed from the game. Malik persisted at one end while other batsmen came, played cameos, then left, scoring a superb 143 in 127 balls with 18 fours and 1 six. In 50 overs, his century helped Pakistan reach 300/9. Despite Sachin Tendulkar’s 78, the score proved to be too high for India to chase because it frequently lost wickets. By 59 runs, Pakistan triumphed.
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3) Younis Khan (PAK) – 123* vs India, Karachi, 2008
Even if Younis Khan lacked the glitz of a Shahid Afridi or the grace of an Inzamam, he was nonetheless effective in his own way. The clearest illustration of this was his century against India in the Asia Cup game played in Karachi in 2008.
When India batted first, they scored 308 runs with MS Dhoni scoring 79 and Rohit Sharma scoring 58, with significant contributions from Sehwag (49) and Irfan Pathan (38*). The total was intimidating on the sluggish but excellent ground in Karachi.
Nasir Jamshed and Salman Butt, Pakistan’s opening batsmen, had a strong start, but Younis Khan soon took control and guided Pakistan to the mark with a superb century—a 123* in 117 balls with 11 fours and 1 six. Misbah, Pakistan’s captain, assisted him by remaining unbeaten at 70, and in the 46th over, Pakistan claimed an 8-wicket victory.
2) Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) 130 vs India, Colombo, 2004
In the middle of the 1990s, Sri Lanka’s powerful opener Sanath Jayasuriya is credited for revolutionizing ODI batting. His propensity for hitting over the top in the first 15 overs helped Sri Lanka win the 1996 ODI World Cup, their sole victory in the tournament.
Given his preference for the Indian bowling assault, in which he pillaged all parts of the ground in this match of the 2004 Asia Cup played in Sri Lanka, Jayasuriya was also the bane of the Indian squad in the 1990s and 2000s.
India batted first and amassed 271/6 thanks to Virender Sehwag’s 81, Sourav Ganguly’s 79, and Yuvraj Singh’s quick-fire 50. On a typical Colombo surface, Sri Lanka needed a strong start to surpass that objective, but they fell short when three of their top four batsmen, including captain Marvan Atapattu, were dismissed for single-digit totals.
Contrarily, Sanath Jayasuriya managed to keep the innings together while searching for assistance, which he ultimately found in the form of Tillakaratne Dilshan’s score of 39. It was too late by that point, though. As he cut, pulled, and square drove the Indian bowlers to every area of the ground, Jayasuriya, acting alone, brought Sri Lanka within touching distance of the total.
Sri Lanka missed the target by four runs as Jayasuriya was out for 130 from 132 balls with 14 fours and 1 six.
- Virat Kohli (IND), 2012, Dhaka, 183 against Pakistan
In the world of cricket, Virat Kohli was just beginning to establish himself as an all-around batsman. He made his Test debut a year earlier and was already a formidable force in ODIs.
Not only will this match between India and Pakistan be remembered for how easily India chased down 330, but also for a brilliant century by Virat Kohli, who formed a strong combination with Sachin Tendulkar, the master himself.
The opening pair of Mohd Hafeez (105) and Nasir Jamshed (112), who also set up an Asia Cup record partnership of 224 runs for the first wicket, helped Pakistan bat first and put up a massive 329/6.
India needed to get going quickly in order to reach this mark, but Gautam Gambhir was dismissed on the second ball of the first over. Before Saeed Ajmal removed Sachin Tendulkar (52), he and Virat Kohli had scored 133 runs together. After receiving help from Rohit Sharma (68), Kohli and Sharma pounded the Pakistani bowlers throughout the whole Dhaka stadium.
Virat Kohli’s 183 in 148 balls, which remains his highest ODI score, with 22 fours and 1 six helped India win the game with 6 wickets remaining and 13 balls remaining.
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Top 5 centuries in the Asia Cup FAQs
- Who has the highest individual score in the Asia Cup?
Virat Kohli’s 183 against Pakistan in 2012 is the highest individual score in the tournament’s history.
- Who scored a century in a losing cause in a run chase at the Asia Cup?
- Who scored 143 against India during the 2004 edition?