India back at Motera for ODI after 7 years

Written by: Suresh Parekh
Published: Monday, December 4, 2000, 18:50 [IST]
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Ahemdabad: Although the Motera Stadium has played host to many One-day International matches since 1993, India is featuring at this venue for the first time in an ODI after their appearance in the 1993 Hero Cup.

This will be the ninth One-day International match this city is hosting since its first match, which was played between India and Australia in 1984. India happened to lose that particular encounter but India did get back by defeating Australian in 1986 by 52 runs with Ravi Shastri playing a stellar role in India's victory.

India played the third One-day International at this venue against Zimbabwe, comprehensively beating them by seven wickets. This was during the Reliance World Cup.

The fourth One-day match was played against Viv Richard's West Indies team and when it seemed like India may clinch the match, things turned around, as the loss of Kapil Dev's wicket at a crucial juncture messed up things and India ended up losing the match by two runs.

In the 6th match India defeated Sri Lanka, in another close match. The verdict this time was six runs but in favour of India. India then were handed a huge defeat at the hands of the mighty West Indies, as they dismissed India for only 100 runs having asked to chase 203 for a win in 1993.

The next match at the Motera was the opening match of the Wills World Cup in 1996 when New Zealand defeated England by 11 runs. The last One-day match was played between Zimbabwe and Australia, which Australia won by 13 runs. Alistair Campbell though the losing captain yet won the man-of-the-match award for his brilliant hundred.

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