03 September 201000:22

Classic ODI matches at CWC 2011 venues - Mohali

Here we look back at five classic ODIs at the Mohali venue

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

South African cricketer Makhaya Ntini.

The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium will host the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 on March 30.

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

Kambli holds the key

India enjoyed a convincing 43-run victory over South Africa in the first ODI at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in November 1993.

Vinod Kambli's 86 was the only score of note as India stuttered to 221 all out with four balls of its innings left unused.

South Africa captain Hansie Cronje (3-29) was the pick of his team's bowlers but his dismissal in the reply was the catalyst for a defining collapse.

The tourists lost seven wickets for 49 runs as it closed on 178-9, Salil Ankola the leading bowler with 3-33.

Aussies stun West Indies

Australia won out in a classic ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final encounter against West Indies to reach the 1996 final.

West Indies reduced its opponent to 15-4 with Curtly Ambrose and Ian Bishop taking two wickets apiece. Stuart Law (72) and Michael Bevan (69) then put on 138 for the fifth wicket as Australia closed on 207-8.

There seemed little hope for Australia when the run-chase had reached 165-2 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul going along nicely on 80. The left-hander's dismissal then began the loss of the final eight wickets for 37.

Shane Warne took 4-36 but it was left to Damien Fleming to issue the last rites when he bowled Courtney Walsh with six runs needed from three balls.

West Indies skipper Richie Richardson was left stranded at the other end on 49 not out.

Ntini grabs five

Makhaya Ntini claimed stadium-best figures of 5-21 as South Africa enjoyed a 124-run victory over Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2006.

Pakistan had earlier reduced South Africa to 42-5 before Mark Boucher (69) and Justin Kemp (64) added 131 for the sixth-wicket on the way to 213-8.

Any hope of a successful Pakistan run-chase was quickly extinguished with Ntini, Shaun Pollock (2-20) and Charl Langeveldt (3-20) bowled the opposition out for 89 in just 25 overs.

Aussies down rivals

Australia defeated New Zealand by 34 runs at the ICC Champions Trophy 2006 semi-final despite a terrific late effort from Daniel Vettori.

The left-hander gave his team hope of pulling off an unlikely run-chase as the Kiwis recovered from 35-6 to 180-8 in pursuit of 241. Vettori's dismissal was a killer blow for his team as they were bowled out for 206 with four overs left unused.

Kyle Mills (4-38) had earlier been the pick of New Zealand's bowlers as Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds both made 58.

Younis ton does the trick

Another classic match to go into the pantheon of India v Pakistan encounters took place at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in November 2007.

India will have been pleased with their 321-7 at the halfway point, with Sachin Tendulkar's 99 from 91 balls augmented by a late burst from Harbhajan Singh (38 not out from 20 balls).

Younis Khan led a spirited run-chase with 117 but there was still work to do when he was dismissed with 46 still needed off 28 balls.

Shahid Afridi (29 not out off 14 balls) and Sohail Tanvir (14 not out off 10 balls) eventually got their team over the line off the penultimate ball for a famous four-wicket triumph.