Today we bring you the Cricketers who scored the most runs in Asia Cup 2008. The Star Cricket Asia Cup was played in June-July 2008, 13 matches were played during June 24- July 6, 2008. This was the ninth edition of the continental cricket tournament run by Asian Cricket Council and was hosted by Pakistan. Six teams were part of the Asia Cup 2008 viz. India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, UAE & Hong Kong. Sri Lanka won their 4th title at the tournament & Ajantha Mendis led the wickets table. Here we discuss the batsmen who hit the most runs in Asia Cup 2008.
5. MS Dhoni (India)
Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 327 runs from the 5 innings of 6 matches he played in the tournament with an average of 109 and best score of 109 not out coming against Hong Kong on June 25. This was the only 100 plus score for the batsman from the tournament edition who also scored two fifties as well. With this run aggregate, MS Dhoni featured among the top 5 list of most runs in Asia Cup 2008. His best score took India to 374/4 in a match that India won by 256 runs.
4. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lankan Wicketkeeper Batsman Kumar Sangakkara scored 345 runs from the six matches at an average of 57.50 and best score of 121 coming against Bangladesh in the ninth match on June 30. Sangakkara scored 3 hundreds during the tournament. With this run aggregate, Sangakkara featured among the top 5 list of most runs in Asia Cup 2008. His best score took Sri Lanka to 332/8 in a match they were batting first. Jayasuriya’s 130 came in this match. In reply, Bangladesh were bowled out for 174 handing the Sri Lankans a 158 runs win. Muttiah Muralitharan took 5 wickets while Ajantha Mendis took 2, Thilan Thushara & Chaminda Vaas took 1-each.
3. Virender Sehwag (India)
Indian Opening batsman Virender Sehwag scored 348 runs from the five matches he played in the tournament with an average of 69.60 and best score of 119 coming against arch rivals Pakistan on June 26. His runs would include a century & two half-centuries and with this run aggregate, Sehwag featured among the top 5 list of most runs in Asia Cup 2008.
Pakistan had batted first and they scored 299/4 with Shoaib Malik’s 125 & Younis Khan’s 59. For India, RP Singh, Piyush Chawla & Yusuf Pathan, they all took a wicket each. India chased down this score with almost 8 overs remaining as Sehwag scored 119, Suresh Raina scored 84 & Yuvraj Singh scored 48.
2. Suresh Raina (India)
Indian middle order batsman Suresh Raina scored 372 runs from the six matches he played in the tournament with an average of 74.40 and best score of 116 not out coming against Bangladesh on June 28 at Karachi. His runs would include two hundreds and two half-centuries and with this run aggregate, Raina featured among the top 5 list of most runs in Asia Cup 2008.
Bangladesh had batted first and they scored 283/6 with Tamim Iqbal’s 55 & Alok Kapali’s 115. Pragyan Ojha & Manpreet Gony took 2 wickets each while RP Singh & Ishant Sharma took a wicket each. India chased down the target with 7 wickets remaining. Gambhir scored 90 & Suresh Raina scored 116 not out.
1. Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka’s explosive batsman Sanath Jayasuriya scored 378 runs from the 5 matches he played in the tournament with an average of 75.60 and best score of 130 coming against Bangladesh on June 30. With this run aggregate, Jayasuriya led the top 5 list of most runs in Asia Cup 2008. Sri Lanka had a great outing in the match as two of their premier batsmen scored centuries to set a target of 333 for the Bangladesh team. Bangladesh wouldn’t reach the target and will concede a 158 runs win.
These were the top scorers in the 9th edition of the Asia Cup, in 2008. 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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