As India face New Zealand in the third ODI of the series at Mohali today, here’s a look at some of the memorable wins by India at the venue over the years in the one-day format.
India vs South Africa (November 22, 1993): India beat South Africa by 43 runs in the first ever ODI match played at Mohali. This was the 10th match of the Hero Cup. India batted first and posted 221, a challenging target back in those days. Vinod Kambli, who was at his peak in 1993, top-scored with 86 from 116 balls, a knock inclusive of 10 fours. Ajay Jadeja and Mohammad Azharduddin made 30s. In response, the Proteas folded up for 178. Salil Ankola was the surprise star performer with 3 for 33 while Jadeja also chipped in with two wickets. For South Africa, Jonty Rhodes top-scored with 56.
Watch highlights of Kambli’s 86
India vs Australia (November 3, 1996): This was the 9th match of the Titan Cup, which India won by five runs. Batting first, India posted an impressive 289 for 6 on the board. Azhar top scored with 94 while skipper Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid scored fifties. Thanks to Mark Taylor’s 78 and Michael Slater’s 52, Australia got close, but Anil Kumble’s three-for and Robin Singh’s two wickets, pushed India towards a five-run win.
Titan Cup one-day series review
India vs Sri Lanka (October 28, 2005): India thrashed the Lankans by eight wickets in the second match of the series. Bowling first, India restricted the Lankans to 122 all-out. Irfan Pathan was the star performer with the ball, with 4 for 37. He claimed the four big wickets of Sangakkara, Jayasuriya, Jayawardene and Dilshan. India chased down the target with ease courtesy Sachin Tendulkar’s unbeaten 67, and Virender Sehwag’s quick 38.
India vs Pakistan (March 30, 2011): This was the big semi-final clash of the 2011 World Cup, which India went on to win by 29 runs. It was a bizarre game as Tendulkar scored 85 after being dropped four times. Sehwag blazed to 38 from 25 before Suresh Raina’s unbeaten 36 took India to 260. Wahab Riaz claimed five wickets for Pakistan. The visitors managed only 231 in return. Misbah-ul-Haq was the only one cross fifty, but he made a crawling 56 from 76 balls. All the Indian bowlers chipped in with two wickets each.
Watch the highlights of the semi-final
India vs England (January 23, 2013): India beat England by 5 wickets in the 4th match of the ODI series. Batting first, England were restricted to 257 for 7 despite 76 each by Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen and an unbeaten 56 by Joe Root. Ravindra Jadeja claimed 3 for 39. India’s response was kick-started by Rohit Sharma’s 83 while Suresh Raina guided India home with an unbeaten 89.
Highlights of Rohit Sharma’s 83