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05 September 201000:25

Classic ODI matches at CWC 2011 venues - Ahmedabad

The Sardar Patel Stadium has hosted a number of classic matches, here's a look at the top five

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

Pakistani cricket team skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq.

The Sardar Patel Stadium will play host to a quarter-final during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Here we look back at five classic ODIs at the Ahmedabad venue.

Lawson sets Aussies on right track

Australia enjoyed a comfortable seven-wicket victory over India in the first ODI played at the Sardar Patel Stadium in October 1984.

The hosts could only muster 206-6, in an innings reduced to 46 overs, with Geoff Lawson taking 3-25 from his 10 overs. All of Australia's top order contributed in the reply but Allan Border top scored with 62 not out.

India too strong

India coasted to victory by seven wickets in an ICC Cricket World Cup 1987 Group A fixture against Zimbabwe.

Kevin Arnott made 60 for the African nation but a total of 191-7 was well below par.

Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Sidhu both made half-centuries before Kapil Dev finished the match off in style with 41 not out off 25 balls, including three sixes. India's victory was duly achieved with eight overs to spare.

Kiwis get off to flyer

Ahmedabad played host to the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996 as New Zealand took on England.

The Kiwis made 239-6 after being put into bat, thanks chiefly to a century from Nathan Astle.

Alec Stewart (34) and Graeme Hick (85) helped England to 100-1 before New Zealand chipped steadily away at the batting order.

England's reply closed on 228-9 with Dion Nash (3-26) the pick of the bowlers.

Pakistan sneak run-fest

Pakistan clinched a thrilling ODI victory over India by three wickets in April 2005 as Inzamam-ul-Haq (60 not out) stroked the final ball of the match to the boundary.

India's 315-6 was dominated by Sachin Tendulkar, who struck 123 at the top of the order.

Pakistan's run-chase began in fine style with Shahid Afridi opening up with 40 off 23 balls. All of Pakistan's top five reached at least 40 as Shoaib Malik top scored on 65.

India stunned

West Indies pulled off a surprise three-wicket victory over India to secure its place in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy in October 2006.

Ian Bradshaw took 3-30 as West Indies restricted the hosts to 223-9 from their 50 overs. West Indies seemed on course for a comfortable success when they reached 212-3, needing just another 12 runs from 13 balls.

The Caribbean side then lost four wickets for seven runs before Marlon Samuels hit a boundary with two balls to spare to see them home.