Since its international debut, the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala has staged a total of 10 games – 2 ODIs and 8 T20s in which India have lost 2 and won 1. Here’s a short summary of how the matches there have fared.
India v England, January 2013 – England won by 7 wickets
International cricket came to the HPCA Stadium for the first time in January 2013 and it did not begin well for India as they went down to England by seven wickets in the fifth ODI of the series. Tim Bresnan took 4/45 as India were all out for 226. The top four Indian batsmen could manage just 28 runs with Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh getting out for nought. Suresh Raina top scored with 83 and handy knocks from Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took India to the total. England’s chase was shepherded by Ian Bell’s unbeaten 113 and England reached the target with 16 balls to spare. India however, won the series 4-1.
India v West Indies, October 17, 2014 – India won by 59 runs
This encounter was known more for its controversy than the actual match. After skipper Dwayne Bravo announced that the West Indies were abandoning the tour of India over pay disputes with the West Indies cricket board (WICB) at the conclusion of the game, the team was mentally out of the match. Virat Kohli announced his return to form with a splendid 127. Partnering him was Raina, whose bullish 71 set West Indies a gigantic target of 331. Marlon Samuels fought hard with a century – his 112 included nine fours and six sixes, but barring a couple of 40s, the batting failed. India won by 59 runs.
India v South Africa, October 2, 2015 – South Africa won by 7 wickets
In this high-octane clash Rohit Sharma’s magnificent 106 off 66 balls was overshadowed by an astounding knock from JP Duminy, who proved to be the difference between the two teams. India posted a competitive 199 on the back of Rohit’s maiden ton and Virat Kohli’s 43 but no other sizeable contributions from the rest of the lot. South Africa started off with a positive intent; AB de Villiers tonking the Indian bowlers all over the park. India staged a small comeback when they dismissed de Villiers and skipper Faf du Plessis in four balls. But then out walked Duminy and opened effectively opened his arms. His 34-ball 68 and that included a freakish seven sixes and just one boundary got South Africa over th line in the final over.
Bangladesh v the Netherlands, March 09, 2016 – Bangladesh won by 8 runs
Bangladesh and the Netherlands faced each other in one of the first round matches in which Tamim Iqbal’s half-century was backed well by the Bangladesh bowlers. Tamim’s 83 was the only major contribution in Bangladesh’s total of 153. During the chase, three of the Netherlands’ batsman had starts but none could carry it on. Al-Amin Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan shared 4 wickets to choke the opposition from over 12-16. Netherlands required 17 off the last over but it was denied by Taskin Ahmed, who bowled a terrific last over conceding only 8.
Ireland v Oman, March 9, 2016 – Oman won by 2 wickets
The same night, Oman announced their arrival in World T20 by stunning Ireland by 2 wickets for the first of the two upsets in the tournament. Ireland started well with Paul Stirling (29), William Porterfield (29) and Gary Wilson but four fantastic overs by Munis Ansari, where his military medium pacer resulted for 3 wickets stifled the run-scoring. Ireland’s total of 154 was chased down with two balls to spare courtesy a fighting 17-ball 32 by Amir Ali after Zeeshan Maqsood and Khawar Ali gave Oman a good start.
The Netherlands v Oman, March 11, 2016 – Match washed out
Perennial rains not only washed out this match but also resulted in the ouster of the Netherlands from the ICC World T20.
Bangladesh v Ireland, March 11, 2016 – Match washed out
The skies cleared for the second match of the day, but only temporarily. Eight overs into the Bangladesh innings, which saw them score 94 runs for 2 wickets, it started pouring again and no further play could take place.
The Netherlands v Ireland, March 13, 2016 – The Netherlands won by 12 runs
Further rain caused this match to be a six-over-per side contest in which Netherlands prevailed over Ireland. George Dockrell’s 3/7 in 2 overs was a prime factor in keeping the Netherlands to 59/5, 27 of which came off the bat of Stephan Myburgh. But Dockrell’s effort was overshadowed by medium-pacer Paul van Meekeren, who finished with 4/11. Only Paul Stirling could reach double-figures as Ireland lost by 12 runs, their second upset defeat in the tournament.Bangladesh v Oman, March 13, 2016 – Bangladesh won by 54 runs (D/L method)
Tamim smashed the Oman bowlers and brought up Bangladesh’s maiden T20 international century and set up a total of 180 for 2. Tamim’s 103 off 63 balls comprised 10 fours and five sixes and set up Bangladesh a total of 180. Oman, high on their success against Ireland were brought to the ground during their chase. They were crawling at 65 for 9 when rain interrupted the match and no further play was possible. Bangladesh were awarded the match and a berth in the main draw of the tournament.
Australia v New Zealand, March 18, 2016 – New Zealand won by 8 runs
The match was expected to be a cracker that what exactly what it was. None of the New Zealand batsmen had a big score against their names but three batsmen – Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Grant Elliott had 20s. Martin Guptill top scored with 39 with two fours and four sixes as the Kiwis Notched up 142. Having spun India out in Nagpur, New Zealand made one change to their side, bringing in Mitchell McClenaghan to replace spinner Nathan McCullum. Despite a strong batting order, Australia were denied by the left-arm pacer, who duly took 3/17 and derailed the Australian innings for 134.
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