Today we bring you the Cricketers who scored the most runs in Asia Cup 2004. The Indian Oil Asia Cup was played in July-August 2004, 13 matches were played during July 16- August 1, 2004. This was the eighth edition of the continental cricket tournament run by Asian Cricket Council and was hosted by Sri Lanka. Six teams were part of the Asia Cup 2004 viz. India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, UAE & Hong Kong. Sri Lanka won their 3rd title at the tournament & Irfan Pathan led the wickets table. Here we discuss the batsmen who hit the most runs in Asia Cup 2004.
5. Avishka Gunawardene (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lankan Left-handed Batsman Avishka Gunawardene scored 227 runs from the six matches at an average of 45.40 and best score of 73 coming against UAE in the fourth match on July 17 at Dambulla. Gunawardene scored 2 fifties during the tournament. With this run aggregate, Dihan Avishka Gunawardene Avishka Gunawardene featured among the top 5 list of most runs in Asia Cup 2004.
His best score took Sri Lanka to 239 in a match they were batting first. In reply, UAE were bowled out for 123 handing the Sri Lankans a 116 runs win. Upul Chandana took 4 wickets, Muttiah Muralitharan took 3 while Nuwan Zoysa took 2 wickets and Lasith Malinga took remaining one.
4. Sourav Ganguly (India)
Indian Captain & top order batsman Sourav Chandidas Ganguly scored 244 runs from the six matches he played in the tournament with an average of 40.66 and best score of 79 coming against Sri Lanka on July 27. His runs would include three half-centuries and with this run aggregate, Ganguly featured among the top 5 list of most runs in Asia Cup 2004.
In his best innings score match, India had batted first and they scored 271/6 with Virender Sehwag’s 81 & Yuvraj Singh’s 50, apart from Sourav’s contribution. Malinga took the most (2) wickets for the Sri Lankans in the match. In reply, Sri Lanka could manage 267/9 from their overs as 130 of Sanath Jayasuriya went in vain as no other batsman stood to this chase. For India, Irfan Pathan & Zaheer Khan took two wickets each while Virender Sehwag took 3 and Harbhajan Singh took one wicket.
3. Sachin Tendulkar (India)
Indian Legend and opening batsman Sachin Tendulkar scored 281 runs from the six matches he played in the tournament with an average of 56.20 and best score of 82 not out coming against Bangladesh on July 21 at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo. His runs would include three half-centuries and with this run aggregate, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar featured among the top 5 list of most runs in Asia Cup 2004.
In his best individual score innings’ match, Bangladesh had batted first and they were bowled out for 177 with Irfan Pathan & Sachin Tendulkar both picking 3 wickets each, while Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh & Virender Sehwag would take a wicket each. India chased down the target with 8 wickets remaining; Ganguly scored 60, apart from Sachin’s innings.
Sri Lanka’s explosive left handed opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya scored 293 runs from the 5 matches he played in the tournament with an average of 73.25 and best score of 130 coming against India at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on July 27, the same match when Ganguly scored 79 & Sehwag scored 81 in a match that India won. With this run aggregate, Jayasuriya featured into the top 5 list of most runs in Asia Cup 2004. His runs would include 2 hundreds, second one coming against Bangladesh, in a match Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets on July 23.
1. Shoaib Malik (Pakistan)
Pakistan‘s middle order batsman Shoaib Malik scored 316 runs from the 5 matches he played in the tournament with an average of 63.20 and best score of 130 coming against arch-rivals India on July 25. With this run aggregate, Malik led the top 5 list of most runs in Asia Cup 2004. Batting first in his highest score innings, Pakistan made 300/9 with his score and Inzamam-ul-Haq’s 34. Irfan Pathan & Sachin Tendulkar took 3 wickets each, while Anil Kumble took 2 and Harbhajan Singh took 1. India, in reply, could manage only 241/8 despite Sachin Tendulkar’s 78. Shoaib Malik & Shabbir Ahmed took 2 wickets each while Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami & Abdul Razzaq all got a wicket each.
These were the top scorers in the 8th edition of the Asia Cup, in 2004, the ones who made the list of most runs in Asia Cup 2004. It was a round robin format tournament at group stage with the six teams divided into two groups followed by super four and then the tournament final. Hope you liked the content, keep writing your thoughts & questions to us in comments.
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