Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium

Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium

Infobox Stadium
stadium_name = Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium
nickname =

location = Hyderabad, India
coordinates =
broke_ground = 1940
opened = 1967

expanded =
closed =
demolished =
owner = Sports Authority of Andra Pradesh
operator =
surface = Grass
Constructor = Multiplex
construction_cost = ind Rs.3 crores (1967)
architect =
former_names =
nicknames = Fateh Maidan
tenants =
seating_capacity = 30,000 [ [] ]
dimensions =
The Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium is a cricket stadium in Hyderabad, India. [cite web | url = | title = Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium Ground Profile | accessdate = 2006-04-08] The stadium was originally known as Fateh Maidan and was re-named in 1967 after Lal Bahadur Shastri, India's former Prime Minister despite the fact that he did not originate from the state.

Floodlights were introduced in 1992 during the Hero Cup match between the West Indies and Zimbabwe. The Stadium is the home ground for the Hyderabad cricket team.

In 2005, the use of Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium for International cricket was discontinued when Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium built across town hosted a ODI Match between India and South Africa. The stadium is now hosting Indian Cricket League matches and is the home ground for the 2008 Edelweiss 20's Challenge winners Hyderabad Heroes.

Test Cricket

Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium has hosted only three Test matches - all against New Zealand. Polly Umrigar's double century and Subhash Gupte's 7 wickets in NZ's first innings were the most notable performances of the inaugural Test between these two teams and ended in a draw. [cite web | url= | title=Scorecard - India v/s New Zealand 1st Test Match - 1955/56 Season | publisher=Cricinfo | accessdate=2007-04-07] In 1988/89, local players Arshad Ayub with seven wickets in the match and Mohammad Azharuddin, who top scored with 81 runs led India to a 10 wicket victory [cite web | url= | title=Scorecard - India v/s New Zealand 3rd Test Match - 1988/89 Season | publisher=Cricinfo | accessdate=2007-04-07] and a 2-1 Series victory.

ODI Cricket

The first ODI Match was played in the stadium during the 1983/84 season when India hosted Pakistan and won the match by four wickets.cite web | url= | title=Scorecard - India v/s Pakistan 1st ODI Match- 1983/84 Season | publisher=Cricinfo | accessdate=2007-04-07] The match between India and Pakistan on March 20 1987 was a thriller which ended with the scores tied at 212 in 44 overs. India were declared the victors because they lost fewer wickets (six to Pakistan's seven).cite web | url= | title=Scorecard - India v/s Pakistan 3rd ODI Match- 1986/87 Season | publisher=Cricinfo | accessdate=2007-04-07]

In one of the great matches played during the 1987 Cricket World Cup, Dave Houghton's 142 fell just short of lifting Zimbabwe to an epic victory. Apart from Houghton and Iain Butchart's 54, all other Zimbabwean batsmen scored single figures as New Zealand won by 3 runs.cite web | url= | title=Scorecard - New Zealand v/s Zimbabwe 4th ODI Match - 1987 Cricket World Cup | publisher=Cricinfo | accessdate=2007-04-07] The Hero Cup encounter (1992) between West Indies and Zimbabwe saw the first day/night match in the stadium. The match was easily won by West Indies. In all, the stadium has hosted seven day/night matches. In the 1996 Cricket World Cup, the West Indies overhauled Zimbabwe's 151 in just 29.3 overs on their way to a semi-final appearance in the tournament.

In the 1999/00 season, the stadium hosted the 2nd match in the 5-match ODI Series between India and New Zealand. Having suffered a defeat in Rajkot, India lost Sourav Ganguly in the second over (run-out) as a straight drive from Sachin richoched off Shayne O'Connor's fingers into the non-sticker's stumps. Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar then put on a world-record 331 run partnership off 46.2 overs as India amassed on 376 runs and easily won the match by 174 runs.

In the final match played at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium (2003), India played against New Zealand in the TVS Cup encounter that decided the second finalist (Australia already booked its spot). Tendulkar's century and Virender Sehwag's 130 created a platform for Dravid to equal the second fastest fifty by an Indian - 50 off 22 balls as India scored 353 runs and won the match comfortably by 145 runs.

Highlights and Records

* Umrigar's 223 set the then record for the highest score by an Indian in Test Cricket bettering the 184 score by Vinoo Mankad against England in 1952 season. The record was equalled in the next match when Mankad scored 223 in Brabourne Stadium, Bombay (now Mumbai). The record however survived for just 4 matches as Mankad set a new high by scoring 231 in the fifth and final test match of the series at Corporation Stadium, Madras (now Chennai) [cite web | url= | title=When Gupte had Kiwis in a spin | date=2003-10-03 | publisher=Rediff | accessdate=2007-04-09]
** Polly Umrigar scored India's first double century
** The score of 223 is Umrigar's best score in Test Cricket
*Pakistan was 2 runs away from victory in the last ball during the match against India in the 1986/87 Series. Abdul Qadir tried an impossible second run and was run out thus making India the winner.
**The umpires had failed to notice a fielding infringement - as Kapil Dev ran into bowl the last ball to Manzoor Elahi, only three Indian fielders were stationed in the inner ring.
**Qadir's dismissal helped India win the match on the basis of losing one less wicket (India lost six wickets in comparison to Pakistan's seven). If Qadir avoided his dismissal, the match would have ended in a tie. There was only one tied ODI match in Cricket before this match.

* Houghton's 142 established multiple records during his innings:
** Equaled the then world record for most number of sixes during an innings (6). The record was broken by Viv Richards, three matches later when he hit seven sixes against Sri Lanka.
** Equaled the then world record individual score in the second innings (142* by Bill Athey) [cite web | url= | title=Dhoni's Day in the Sun | date=2005-11-02 | publisher=Cricinfo | accessdate=2007-04-07]
** The then world record for the highest score by a wicketkeeper. [cite web | url= | title=Dhoni's Day in the Sun | date=2005-11-02 | publisher=Cricinfo | accessdate=2007-04-07] Dave Hougton's 142 survived as the highest score by a wicketkeeper for 12 years till Adam Gilchrist broke it in 1999 with a score of 154 runs
**Houghton's eight wicket partnership with Butchart for 117 runs set the then-world record for the most runs for 8th Wicket. The record was broken in 2006 when Justin Kemp and Andrew Hall put together 138* runs in 85 balls against India at Newlands, Cape Town.
**Houghton's partnership with Butchart is the current Cricket World Cup Record for the most number of runs for 8th Wicket.
** First century at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in ODI Matches
**First century by a Zimbabwean Batsman in ODI Matches
**Houghton's 142 remained Zimbabwe's highest ODI score till Grant Flower equalled it in 2000/01 against Bangladesh
**Hougton's 142 was the then-world record score in a losing cause. The record was broken in 1993 at Edgbaston, Birmingham when England lost in spite of Robin Smith's 167 against Australia

* Wayne Larkins' 124 against Australia was his best score and only International century (across ODI and Test Match cricket)

* India scored 376 runs in 50 Overs against New Zealand in 1999cite web | title=Scorecard: India V/S New Zealand, 1999/00 | url= | publisher=Cricinfo | accessdate=2007-03-21]
** The score of 376 was the then second highest score in ODI Cricket
** Established the then record for the highest score against a Test playing country (Earlier Record: India scored 373 in 50 overs against Sri Lanka at Taunton during 1999 Cricket World Cup). Australia and South Africa rewrote that record when they scored 434 and 438 respectively against each other in the same match in Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg during the 2005/06 season.
** As on 8 April 2007, the score of 376 is the 11th highest in ODI cricket. [cite web | title=Record: Highest Team Scores in ODI Cricket | url=;type=class | publisher=Cricinfo | accessdate=2007-04-08]

* Tendulkar and Dravid hold the world record for the highest partnership in ODI matches when they scored 331 runs against New Zealand in 1999
** Tendulkar's 186 is the current record for the highest score by an Indian in ODI cricket. The score of 186* is listed the fifth highest score recorded in ODI matches [cite web | title=Record: Highest Individual Scores - ODI Cricket | url=;type=class | publisher=Cricinfo | accessdate=2007-03-21]
** Dravid's 153 is his highest score in ODI cricket. As of 8 April 2007, Dravid's 153 is the joint sixth highest score by an Indian in ODI Cricket. [cite web | title=Record: Highest Individual Scores in ODI Cricket by Indian Cricketer| url= | publisher=Cricinfo | accessdate=2007-04-08]
** Dravid, during the 331 run partnership became the first cricketer to be involved in two 300 run partnerships in ODI Cricket (the other 300 partnership was with Ganguly) [cite web | title=Record: Highest partnerships by runs - ODI Cricket | url=;type=class | publisher=Cricinfo | accessdate=2007-03-21]

* Dravid equalled the second fastest 50 by an Indian [cite web | url= | title=Fastest 50's and 100's in ODI Cricket | publisher=Cricinfo | accessdate=2007-04-07] - a record, he shares with Virender Sehwag, Kapil Dev and Yuvraj Singh - when he took 22 balls to score 50 runs against New Zealand in 2003 [cite web | url= | title=Scorecard - India v/s New Zealand 9th ODI Match (TVS Cup) 2003/04 Season | date=2003-11-15 | publisher=Cricinfo | accessdate=2007-04-07]

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