Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium

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Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
LightsMohali.png
View of stadium
Ground information
Location Sector 63, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Mohali, Chandigarh
Establishment 1993
Capacity 26,000[1]
Owner Punjab Cricket Association
Tenants Punjab cricket team (1993-present)
Kings XI Punjab (2008-present)
Indian Cricket Team (1993-present)
End names
Pavilion End
City End
International information
First Test 10–14 December 1994: India v West Indies
Last Test 5–9 November 2015: India v South Africa
First ODI 22 November 1993: India v West Indies
Last ODI 19 October 2013: India v Australia
First T20I 12 December 2009: India v Sri Lanka
Last T20I 27 March 2016: India v Australia
As of 27 March 2016
Source: Cricinfo

The Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium is a cricket ground located in Mohali, near Chandigarh. It is popularly referred to as the Mohali Stadium. The stadium is home to the Punjab team. Punjab's second international cricket stadium has been approved by BCCI in Bathinda, Punjab. The construction of the stadium took around 25 crore and 3 years to complete.[2] The stadium has an official capacity of 26,950[3] spectators. The stadium was designed by Arun Loomba and Associates, Panchkula and constructed by R.S. Construction Company, Chandigarh.[4]

The floodlights here are unconventional compared to other cricket stadiums, in that the light pillars are very low in height. This is to avoid aircraft from the nearby Chandigarh airport colliding with the light pillars. That is the reason behind the stadium having 16 floodlights.

The stadium is the 19th and a relatively new Test cricket venue in India. The pitch has a reputation for being lively and supporting pace bowlers, however in recent days[when?] it has slowed down and assists spin bowling as well. It was inaugurated with a One Day International match between India and South Africa during the Hero Cup on 22 November 1993.

The first Test match here was held the following season, between India and West Indies on 10 December 1994. One of the most famous one-day matches on this ground was a thrilling Cricket World Cup semi-final encounter between Australia and West Indies in 1996. PCA stadium hosted 3 matches of 2011 world cup including the nail biting second Semi-final match between India and Pakistan on 30 March 2011 which was eventually won by India. The match was attended by the Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh of India and Yousaf Raza Gillani of Pakistan, owing to its crucial nature, and as a measure of cricket diplomacy for normalizing relations. The match was won by India.

PCA stadium is home of Kings XI Punjab (IPL Mohali franchisee). Kings XI Punjab has an ordinary record in Mohali.

The current pitch curator for the PCA Stadium is Daljit Singh[5] and the design consultant is Ar. Sufyan Ahmad. This pitch is the one of the greenest pitches of India and as the outfield is lush green, the ball keeps its shine for a long time and allows the fast bowlers to exploit the conditions at the most. The Mohali pitch is also known to slow down later on and become batting paradise.

The First Test of Freedom Trophy 2015 was played in Mohali. During that Test, Indian spinners got the huge support from the pitch and South African batsmen were struggling against Indian bowling line-up. India won that match with huge margin. It was the first instance in Mohali, when spinners got large assistance from pitch.

A panorama of the stadium.

Test cricket[edit]

This stadium is considered as good ground for India because they had won most of the Test Matches played here. The stadium has hosted following Test matches till date.

Team (A) Team (B) Winner Margin Records Year
 India  West Indies  West Indies By 243 runs MOM : Jimmy Adams 1994
 India  Sri Lanka Draw 1997
 India  New Zealand Draw Dion Nash(11.0-3-27-6) 1999
 India  England  India By 10 wickets MOM : Anil Kumble 2001
 India  New Zealand Draw NZ 630/6 dec 2003
 India  Pakistan Draw 2005
 India  England  India By 9 wickets MOM : Anil Kumble 2006
 India  Australia  India By 320 runs MOM : Mahendra Singh Dhoni 2008
 India  England Draw Gambhir-Dravid : 314 runs (2nd Wkt) 2008
 India  Australia  India By 1 wickets MOM : Zaheer Khan 2010
 India  Australia  India By 6 wickets Shikhar Dhawan 187(174) 2013
 India  South Africa  India By 108 runs MOM : Ravindra Jadeja 2015

Records[edit]

Highest team total in Tests = 630-6d by New Zealand vs India in 2003-04 season.

Lowest team total in Tests = 83 by India vs New Zealand in 1999-00 season.

Highest team total in ODIs = 351-5 by South Africa vs Netherlands in 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Lowest team total in ODIs = 89 by Pakistan vs South Africa in 2006 ICC Champions Trophy.

Highest team total in T20Is = 211-4 by India vs Sri Lanka in 2009–10 season.

Lowest team total in T20Is = 158-5 by Pakistan vs New Zealand in 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IPLT20.com - Indian Premier League Official Website". IPLT20. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived 25 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Indian Premier League 2010 Venues". iplt20.com. 
  4. ^ Basu, Rith (13 July 2008). "Eden makeover". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Punjab Cricket Association Stadium | India | Cricket Grounds | ESPN Cricinfo. Content-uk.cricinfo.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-23.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°41′27.09″N 76°44′14.13″E / 30.6908583°N 76.7372583°E / 30.6908583; 76.7372583