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The 2008 Asia Cup (also called STAR Cricket Asia Cup) took place in Pakistan in June 2008. The six teams which took part in the tournament were India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Asian associate nations UAE and Hong Kong. This was the first Asia Cup hosted by Pakistan; previously political tensions between India and Pakistan did not permit Pakistan to host the event in 1993. It was broadcast in India by Star Cricket and ESPN[2] and in Pakistan by Geo Super.[3] Sri Lanka won the final against India by 100 runs.[4]

2008 Asia Cup
Dates24 June–06 July[1]
Administrator(s)Asian Cricket Council
Cricket formatOne Day International
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and Knockout
Host(s) Pakistan
Champions Sri Lanka (4th title)
Runners-up India
Participants6
Matches played13
Player of the seriesSri Lanka Ajantha Mendis
Most runsSri Lanka Sanath Jayasuriya (378)
Most wicketsSri Lanka Ajantha Mendis (17)
2004
2010

Contents

FormatEdit

Originally, the ninth version of the Cup was supposed to take place in 2006, however packed international cricket schedules did not allow for the tournament to be held.[5]

Group A consisted of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.

Group B consisted of India, Pakistan and Hong Kong.

The two groups first had a separate round-robin competition. The top two teams from each group advanced to the Super Fours. There was again a round-robin competition between the teams in the Super Four, the first two from which advanced to the final.

VenuesEdit

13 matches were played in 2008 Asia Cup at National Stadium, Karachi and Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

  Pakistan
Karachi Lahore
National Stadium Gaddafi Stadium
Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 60,000
Matches: 10 Matches: 3
   
Karachi Lahore
 
 
National Stadium, Karachi
 
Gaddafi Stadium
Venues in Pakistan

SquadsEdit

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Team P W L T NR NRR Points
  Sri Lanka 2 2 0 0 0 +2.310 4
  Bangladesh 2 1 1 0 0 -0.350 2
  United Arab Emirates 2 0 2 0 0 -2.380 0
24 June 2008
scorecard
Bangladesh  
300/8 (50 overs)
v
  United Arab Emirates
204 (45.4 overs)
Mohammad Ashraful 109 (126)
Zahid Shah 3/49 (10 overs)
Khurram Khan 78 (81)
Abdur Razzak 3/20 (10 overs)
  Bangladesh by 96 runs
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) & Simon Taufel (AUS)
Player of the match: Mohammad Ashraful

25 June 2008
scorecard
Sri Lanka  
357/9 (50 overs)
v
  Bangladesh
226/7 (50 overs)
Kumar Sangakkara 101 (91)
Abdur Razzak 3/55 (10 overs)
Mushfiqur Rahim 44 (53)
Muttiah Muralitharan 2/37 (10 overs)
  Sri Lanka by 131 runs
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) & Simon Taufel (AUS)
Player of the match: Kumar Sangakkara

26 June 2008
scorecard
Sri Lanka  
290/9 (50 overs)
v
  United Arab Emirates
148 (36.3 overs)
Mahela Udawatte 67 (74)
Zahid Shah 3/49 (10 overs)
Amjad Ali 77 (79)
Ajantha Mendis 5/22 (6.3 overs)
  Sri Lanka by 142 runs
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) & Simon Taufel (AUS)
Player of the match: Ajantha Mendis

Group BEdit

Team P W L T NR NRR Points
  India 2 2 0 0 0 +3.190 4
  Pakistan 2 1 1 0 0 +1.170 2
  Hong Kong 2 0 2 0 0 -4.110 0
24 June 2008
scorecard
Pakistan  
288/9 (50 overs)
v
  Hong Kong
133 (37.2 overs)
Younis Khan 67 (65)
Nadeem Ahmed 4/51 (9 overs)
Zain Abbas 26(retired hurt) (54)
Rao Iftikhar Anjum 2/18 (6 overs)
  Pakistan won by 155 runs
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Umpires: Tony Hill (NZ) & Brian Jerling (RSA)
Player of the match: Sohail Tanvir

25 June 2008
scorecard
India  
374/4 (50 overs)
v
  Hong Kong
118 (36.5 overs)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni 109 (96)
Najeeb Amar 2/40 (10 overs)
Irfan Ahmed 25 (43)
Piyush Chawla 4/23 (10 overs)
  India by 256 runs
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Umpires: Tony Hill (NZ) & Brian Jerling (RSA)
Player of the match: Suresh Raina
  • This was India's first cricket match to be played against Hong Kong.

26 June 2008
scorecard
Pakistan  
299/4 (50 overs)
v
  India
301/4 (42.1 overs)
Shoaib Malik 125 (119)
R P Singh 1/44 (10 overs)
Virender Sehwag 119 (95)
Iftikhar Anjum 2/61 (9.4 overs)
  India by 6 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Umpires: Tony Hill (NZ) & Brian Jerling (RSA)
Player of the match: Suresh Raina

Super FoursEdit

Team P W L T NR NRR BP Points
  Sri Lanka 3 2 1 0 0 +1.363 2 6
  India 3 2 1 0 0 +0.250 2 6
  Pakistan 3 2 1 0 0 +0.924 0 4
  Bangladesh 3 0 3 0 0 -2.665 0 0
28 June 2008
scorecard
Bangladesh  
283/6 (50 overs)
v
  India
284/3 (43.2 overs)
Alok Kapali 115 (96)
Irfan Pathan 2/43 (10 overs)
Suresh Raina 115* (107)
Shahadat Hussain 2/60 (9 overs)
  India by 7 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS) & Brian Jerling (RSA)
Player of the match: Suresh Raina

29 June 2008
scorecard
Sri Lanka  
302/7 (50 overs)
v
  Pakistan
238/9 (50 overs)
Kumar Sangakkara 112 (110)
Sohail Tanvir 5/48 (10 overs)
Misbah-ul-Haq 76 (70)
Ajantha Mendis 4/47 (10 overs)
  Sri Lanka by 64 runs
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) & Tony Hill (NZ)
Player of the match: Kumar Sangakkara

30 June 2008
scorecard
Sri Lanka  
332/8 (50 overs)
v
  Bangladesh
174 (38.3 overs)
Sanath Jayasuriya 130 (88)
Alok Kapali 2/40 (6 overs)
Raqibul Hasan 52 (63)
Muttiah Muralitharan 5/31 (10 overs)
  Sri Lanka by 158 runs
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Umpires: Brian Jerling (RSA) & Simon Taufel (AUS)
Player of the match: Sanath Jayasuriya

2 July 2008
scorecard
India  
308/7 (50 overs)
v
  Pakistan
309/2 (45.3 overs)
Younis Khan 123* (117)
Piyush Chawla 1/53 (8 overs)
  Pakistan by 8 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) & Tony Hill (NZ)
Player of the match: Younis Khan

3 July 2008
scorecard
Sri Lanka  
308/8 (50 overs)
v
  India
310/4 (46.5 overs)
Chamara Kapugedera 75 (78)
Ishant Sharma 2/55 (10 overs)
Gautam Gambhir 68 (61)
Muttiah Muralitharan 2/44 (10 overs)
  India by 6 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS) & Brian Jerling (RSA)
Player of the match: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

4 July 2008
scorecard
Bangladesh  
115 (38.2 overs)
v
  Pakistan
116/0 (19.4 overs)
Tamim Iqbal 26 (41)
Abdur Rauf 3/24 (8 overs)
Salman Butt 56* (62)
  Pakistan by 10 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) & Tony Hill (NZ)
Player of the match: Abdur Rauf

FinalEdit

6 July 2008
scorecard
Sri Lanka  
273 (49.5 overs)
v
  India
173 (39.3 overs)
Sanath Jayasuriya 125 (114)
Ishant Sharma 3/52 (10 overs)
Virender Sehwag 60 (36)
Ajantha Mendis 6/13 (8 overs)
  Sri Lanka won by 100 runs
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS) & Tony Hill (NZ)
Player of the match: Ajantha Mendis

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Asia Cup 2008". cricketwa. Archived from the original on 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2015-12-22.
  2. ^ "Pakistan to host Asia Cup in 2008". Daily Times. 22 May 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Asia Cup super four leg from tomorrow". Geo TV. Geo Sports. 27 May 2006. Archived from the original on 8 February 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  4. ^ Premachandran, Dileep (6 July 2008). "Mendis spins Sri Lanka to title triumph". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  5. ^ Pakistan to host 2006 Asia Cup

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