Green Park Stadium provides confidence to India

By Qaiser Mohammad Ali

Kanpur(IANS) : India, which clashes with Pakistan in the third One-day International Sunday, has won 60 percent of its matches at the Green Park Stadium here.

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India has won six of the nine matches it has played in the stadium since the Dec 24, 1986 ODI against Sri Lanka. The home team had then won by 117 runs.

India also has the honour of registering the highest total while batting second at this ground. The team made 259 for four wickets in 48.1 overs — thanks largely to Chetan Sharma’s unbeaten 101 — chasing England’s 255 for seven in 50 overs on Oct 25, 1989.

This total is also the biggest total posted in an ODI here.

The home side also has the ignominy of scoring the lowest ODI total. India, chasing Sri Lanka’s gettable 195 for eight in 46 overs, abysmally crashed to 78 in just 24.1 overs.

Quite inexplicably, only two batsmen — Krishnamachari Srikkanth (17) and Dilip Vengsarkar (15) – reached double figures as Arjuna Ranatunga took four wickets and J.R. Ratnayeke three.

However, the Indians have registered the best individual batting and bowling performances at Green Park.

Former player Vinod Kambli holds the record of the highest innings. He hammered 106 off 110 balls against Zimbabwe to help India win by 40 runs on March 6, 1996.

Pacer Javagal Srinath returned the best bowling figures when he took five for 24 to help skittle out Sri Lanka for 203 before the batsmen notched up the required runs for a seven-wicket win on Nov 7, 1993.

Green Park has also staged 19 Test matches.