3 Lesser known facts from the 1986 Austral-Asia Cup

3 Lesser known facts from the 1986 Austral-Asia Cup

Here we look at some of the lesser-known things recorded during the 1986 Austral-Asia Cup.

2. Getting a bye for winning the Asia Cup

Sri Lanka ODI
Sri Lanka. (Photo by David Munden/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

In this 5-team tournament, Sri Lanka got direct entry to the semi-finals while Pakistan, India and New Zealand came to the knockouts after featuring in the first round. Sri Lanka got into the semi-finals directly for winning the Asia Cup only a couple of days before the Austral-Asia Cup. India won the first edition of the Asia Cup held in 1984 but pulled out of the 1986 edition due to their experiences of previous Sri Lankan tour.

The Indian team toured Sri Lanka in 1985 for a 3-match Test and ODI series against the hosts. Sri Lanka won the Test series by 1-0 margin while the ODI series ended with a score-line of 1-1. As per India, the players suffered aggressive behaviour from the fans and also the umpire calls were favouring the home team. With India pulling out, the organizers replaced India with Bangladesh who won the 1984 South-East Asia Cup.

Sri Lanka lost the opening match of the Tri-series by 81 as they were bowled out for 116 in reply to Pakistan’s 197. However, in the final, the hosts chased down the target of 192 for the loss of five wickets with 16 balls to spare. During the Austral-Asia Cup, the Lankans faced India in the semi-finals. Sri Lanka posted only 205/9 despite batting full 50 overs. India chased down the target with three wickets and five balls to spare as both the openers struck hundreds.