1997 Asia Cup

The 1997 Asia Cup (also known as the Pepsi Asia Cup 1997), was the sixth Asia Cup tournament, and the second to be held in Sri Lanka. The tournament took place between July 14–26, 1997. Four teams took part in the tournament: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The 1997 Asia Cup was a round-robin tournament where each team played the other once, and the top two teams qualifying for a place in the final. India and Sri Lanka qualified for the final where Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets to win its second Asia Cup and ending India's three consecutive championship run.

1997 Asia Cup
Administrator(s)Asian Cricket Council
Cricket formatOne Day International
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and Knockout
Host(s) Sri Lanka
Champions Sri Lanka (2nd title)
Runners-up India
Matches played7
Player of the seriesSri Lanka Arjuna Ranatunga
Most runsSri Lanka Arjuna Ranatunga (272)
Most wicketsIndia Venkatesh Prasad (7)


Group stage

Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
 Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0 0 6 1.035
 India 3 1 1 0 1 3 1.405
 Pakistan 3 1 1 0 1 3 0.940
 Bangladesh 3 0 3 0 0 0 -2.895
14 July 1997
Sri Lanka 
239 (49.5 overs)
224/9 (50 overs)
Marvan Atapattu 80 (113)
Kabir Khan 2/49 (8 overs)
Saleem Malik 57 (79)
Sajeewa de Silva 6/26 (6 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 15 runs
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Umpires: Shyam Bansal (Ind) and S Venkataraghavan (Ind)
Player of the match: Marvan Atapattu (SL)
16 July 1997
315/5 (50 overs)
210 (49.3 overs)
Saeed Anwar 90 (94)
Saiful Islam 1/45 (7 overs)
Athar Ali Khan 82 (125)
Saqlain Mushtaq 5/38 (9.3 overs)
 Pakistan won by 105 runs
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Umpires: Shyam Bansal (Ind) and B. C. Cooray (SL)
Player of the match: Saeed Anwar (Pak)
18 July 1997
227/6 (50 overs)
 Sri Lanka
231/4 (44.4 overs)
Mohammad Azharuddin 81* (103)
Chaminda Vaas 2/35 (8 overs)
Arjuna Ranatunga 131* (152)
Robin Singh 2/29 (4 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Umpires: Mohammad Nazir (Pak) and Saleem Badar (Pak)
Player of the match: Arjuna Ranatunga (SL)
20 July 1997
30/5 (9 overs)
Saleem Malik 10 (13)
Venkatesh Prasad 4/17 (5 overs)
No result
SSCG, Colombo
Umpires: B. C. Cooray (SL) and K. T. Francis (SL)
21 July 1997
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
SSCG, Colombo
Umpires: B. C. Cooray (SL) and K. T. Francis (SL)
22 July 1997
Sri Lanka 
296/4 (46 overs)
193/8 (46 overs)
Jayasuriya 108 (83)
Minhajul Abedin 2-43 (9 overs)
Naimur Rahman 47 (85)
Muralitharan 2-29 (10 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 103 runs
SSCG, Colombo
Umpires: Saleem Badar (Pak) and S Venkataraghavan (Ind)
24 July 1997
130/8 (43 overs)
132/1 (15 overs)
Athar Ali Khan 33 (69)
Robin Singh 3/13 (9 overs)
Sourav Ganguly 73 (52)
Enamul Haque 1/34 (3 overs)
India won by 9 wickets
SSCG, Colombo
Umpires: K. T. Francis (SL) and Mohammad Nazir (Pak)


26 July 1997
239/7 (50 overs)
 Sri Lanka
240/2 (36.5 overs)
Mohammad Azharuddin 81 (102)
Chaminda Vaas 2/32 (8 overs)
MS Atapattu 84 (101)
Nilesh Kulkarni 1/48 (10 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Umpires: Mohammad Nazir (Pak) and Saleem Badar (Pak)
Player of the match: MS Atapattu (SL)

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1997 Wills Golden Jubilee Tournament

The 1997 Wills Golden Jubilee Tournament (also known as the Wills Quadrangular Tournament) was a quadrangular one-day cricket competition held in November, 1997 in Pakistan to mark that country's 50th anniversary of independence. It featured the national cricket teams of Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and the hosts Pakistan. All the matches were held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Defeating Sri Lanka in the final, South Africa won its first tournament in the Indian subcontinent in its seventh attempt.

2001–02 Asian Test Championship

Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka competed in the second Asian Test Championship between August 2001 and March 2002. India pulled out of the tournament due to political tensions with Pakistan.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka both played Bangladesh in the two round robin matches. A win was worth 16 or 12 points, a tie 8 points and no points were awarded for a draw or loss. In addition to this, bonus points were awarded to teams for bowling and batting performances. Pakistan and Sri Lanka qualified for the final after convincingly beating Bangladesh in Multan and Colombo, respectively.

The final was held at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan. Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 8 wickets to win the second Asian Test championship.

History of the Sri Lankan cricket team

The History of the Sri Lanka national cricket team began with the formation of the Colombo Cricket Club in 1832. By the 1880s a national team, the Ceylon national cricket team, was formed which began playing first-class cricket by the 1920s. The Ceylon national cricket team had achieved associate member status of the International Cricket Council in 1965. Renamed Sri Lanka in 1972, the national team first competed in top level international cricket in 1975, when they played against West Indies during 1975 Cricket World Cup; West Indies won the match by 9 wickets at the Old Trafford, Manchester, England.After Sri Lanka awarded Test status on 21 July 1981 as eighth Test playing nation, they had to wait until 6 September 1985, where Sri Lanka recorded their first Test win by beating India, in the second match of the series by 149 runs at the Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo. As of 10 July 2018, Sri Lanka have played 272 Test matches; they have won 86 matches, lost 101 matches, and 85 matches were drawn. They have also won the 2001-02 Asian Test Championship, defeating Pakistan in the final by an innings and 175 runs.Sri Lanka registered their first ODI win against India at Manchester, England, on 16 June 1979. As of 10 July 2018, Sri Lanka have played 816 ODI matches, winning 376 matches and losing 399; they also tied 5 matches, whilst 36 had no result. They also won the 1996 Cricket World Cup, co-champions in 2002 ICC Champions Trophy and also became five times Asian champions in 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008 and 2014.

Sri Lanka played their first Twenty20 International (T20I) match at the Rose Bowl, on 15 June 2006, against England, winning the match by 2 runs. In 2014, they won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, defeating India by 6 wickets. As of 10 July 2018, Sri Lanka have played 108 T20I matches and won 54 of them; 52 were lost and 1 tied and 1 no result match as well.As of January 2016, Sri Lanka have faced all nine teams in Test cricket, with their most frequent opponent being Pakistan, playing 51 matches against them. Sri Lanka have registered more wins against Pakistan and Bangladesh than any other team, with 14. In ODI matches, Sri Lanka have played against 17 teams; they have played against India most frequently, with a winning percentage of 39.49 in 149 matches. Within usual major ODI nations, Sri Lanka have defeated England on 34 occasions, which is their best record in ODIs. The team have competed against 13 countries in T20Is, and have played 15 matches against New Zealand. Sri Lanka have defeated Australia and West Indies 6 occasions each. Sri Lanka was the best T20I team in the world, where they ranked number one in more than 32 months, and reached World Twenty20 final in three times.

The Sri Lanka national cricket team represents Sri Lanka in international cricket and is a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test, One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) status.

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India–Pakistan cricket rivalry

The India–Pakistan cricket rivalry is one of the most extreme and intensified sports rivalries in the world. The arch-rival relations between the two nations, resulting from the extensive communal violence and conflict that marked the Partition of British India into India and Pakistan in 1947 and the subsequent Kashmir conflict, laid the foundations for the emergence of an intense sporting rivalry between the two nations who had otherwise shared a common cricketing heritage.

The first Test series between the two teams took place in 1951–52, when Pakistan toured India. India toured Pakistan for the first time in 1954-55. Between 1962 and 1977, no cricket was played between the two countries owing to two major wars in 1965 and 1971. The 1999 Kargil War and the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks have also interrupted cricketing ties between the two nations.

The growth of large expatriate populations from India and Pakistan across the world led to neutral states like the United Arab Emirates and Canada hosting several bilateral and multilateral ODI series involving the two teams. Tickets for the India-Pakistan match in the 2015 World Cup in Australia sold out in 11 minutes after they went on sale.Players in both teams routinely face intense pressure to win, and are threatened by extreme reactions in defeat. Extreme fan reactions to defeats in key matches such as in the ICC Cricket World Cup have been recorded, with a limited degree of violence and public disturbances. At the same time, India-Pakistan cricket matches have also offered opportunities for cricket diplomacy as a means to improve relations between the two countries by allowing heads of state to exchange visits and cricket followers from either country to travel to the other to watch the matches. But the rivalry had finally grown so much that Indian Government issued a bill that stated that Indian players will not be going to Pakistan for safety reasons.

Since 2008, India has refused to play series against Pakistan : something the ICC is unable to prevent them from doing. Pakistan has offered to play at neutral venues but India has rejected even this. However, India is not able to opt out from playing Pakistan in ICC events if drawn in the same group.India-Pakistan cricket matches are some of the most watched television broadcasts in both countries. The 2011 Cricket World Cup semi-final attracted an average audience of nearly 135 million in India alone. The 2015 World Cup opening match between India and Pakistan had a 14.8% TV rating (TAM data M15+ ABC) in India, with a live reach of 288 million. In total, the match is estimated to have drawn over 1 billion viewers worldwide. The approximate number of viewers for the India vs Pakistan encounter at the World T20 in 2016 was more than 83 million.

International cricket in 1997

The 1997 international cricket season was from May 1997 to September 1997.

One Day International

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The international one-day game is a late-twentieth-century development. The first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. When the first three days of the third Test were washed out officials decided to abandon the match and, instead, play a one-off one-day game consisting of 40 eight-ball overs per side. Australia won the game by 5 wickets. ODIs were played in white kits with a red ball.In the late 1970s, Kerry Packer established the rival World Series Cricket competition, and it introduced many of the features of One Day International cricket that are now commonplace, including coloured uniforms, matches played at night under floodlights with a white ball and dark sight screens, and, for television broadcasts, multiple camera angles, effects microphones to capture sounds from the players on the pitch, and on-screen graphics. The first of the matches with coloured uniforms was the WSC Australians in wattle gold versus WSC West Indians in coral pink, played at VFL Park in Melbourne on 17 January 1979. This led not only to Packer's Channel 9 getting the TV rights to cricket in Australia but also led to players worldwide being paid to play, and becoming international professionals, no longer needing jobs outside cricket. Matches played with coloured kits and a white ball became more commonplace over time, and the use of white flannels and a red ball in ODIs ended in 2001.

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