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02 September 201000:19

Classic ODI matches at CWC 2011 venues - Chennai

Here we look back at five classic ODIs to have been played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium

Classic ODI matches at CWC 2011 venues - Chennai - Cricket News

West Indies cricket captain Brian Lara.

Chennai will play host to the opening match of Group A in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 when New Zealand face Kenya on February 20.

Here we look back at five classic ODIs to have been played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Aussies start as they mean to go on

Australia pulled off an unlikely one-run victory over India in the first ODI at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, providing a thrilling opening to Group A of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1987 in the process.

Needing 15 runs to win off four overs with four wickets in hand, India seemed on course to claim a closely-fought win thanks, in the main, to Kris Srikkanth (70) and Dilip Vengsarkar (73). Kapil Dev's wicket sparked panic in the lower order and Steve Waugh bowled Maninder Singh off the penultimate ball to give the Australians their win by the narrowest of margins.

Geoff Marsh had earlier been the mainstay for Australia with 110 out of 270-6.

Waughs to the rescue

Australia got the better of New Zealand in a high-scoring ICC Cricket World Cup 1996 quarter-final in Chennai.

Lee Germon (89) and Chris Harris (130) put on 168 for the fourth wicket as the Kiwis set their rivals a daunting target of 287.

Australia opener Mark Waugh made light work of the run-chase with a run-a-ball 110 before Steve Waugh (59 not out) and Stuart Law (42 not out) saw their team home with 13 balls to spare.

Anwar raises the bar

Pakistan's 35-run victory in May 1997 in a high-scoring Pepsi Independence Cup match against India was remarkable for the batting efforts of Saeed Anwar.

The Pakistan opener struck 194 off 146 balls to record the highest individual score in ODI cricket at the time. Anwar's effort included three consecutive sixes in an Anil Kumble over that went for 26.

India's pursuit of 328 was made all the harder when Sachin Tendulkar fell in the third over but Rahul Dravid (107) and Vinod Kambli (65) got the innings back on track with a third-wicket stand of 134. Wickets then fell on a regular basis with Aaqib Javed taking five wickets.

Lara a champion to the last

Brian Lara offered one of his final batting masterclasses before retirement to help West Indies comfortably defeat India by three wickets in January 2007.

India seemed poised to set a formidable total when they reached 232-3 in the 35th over. The hosts then lost their last seven wickets for 36 runs with Dwayne Bravo taking 4-39.

Marlon Samuels (98) and Brian Lara (83) made light work of the run-chase as the tourists got home with 38 balls to spare.

Dhoni steals the show

The third and final ODI between an Asia XI and an Africa XI in June 2007 saw a stunning display of power-hitting from MS Dhoni.

The right-hander joined Mahela Jayawardene (107) in a sixth-wicket partnership of 218 as Asia hit a mammoth 331-8 after being 72-5 at one stage.

Dhoni's innings of 139 not out spanned 97 balls and included 15 fours and five sixes.

Africa put up a brave chase but was eventually restricted to 318 with spinners Mohammad Rafique and Harbhajan Singh taking seven wickets between them.