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India’s tour of West Indies 2017: Know the venues

India will be playing five ODIs and a single Twenty20 International in their upcoming tour of the West Indies, which starts July 23. Here is a profile of the venues where Virat Kohli’s men will be playing their matches.

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Virat Kohli-led India be up against a side that has failed to arrest its sad decline and is even in danger of missing out on direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup.
Virat Kohli-led India be up against a side that has failed to arrest its sad decline and is even in danger of missing out on direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup.(Twitter )

After the loss in the final of the Champions Trophy 2017 to Pakistan, Virat Kohli’s Indian side embark on a five ODI and a single T20I tour to the West Indies which begins June 23 and ends on July 9. This is the second time in two years that India will tour the Caribbean, having last played a four-Test series in August 2016.

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The first match of the series will be played in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on June 23 and the tour will conclude with a one-off Twenty20 International in Sabina Park, Jamaica. Here is a brief synopsis of the venues where the India vs West Indies matches will take place.

--> Ground: Queen’s Park Oval

Queen’s Park Oval has been a happy hunting ground for India, having won three Tests in 1971, 1976 and 2002. (Getty Images)

City: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Capacity: 25,000

About the venue: The Queen’s Park Oval is one of the traditional venues in the West Indies. The first ODI at this ground was between West Indies and India in 1983. This ground has been a lucky hunting ground for India, having won three Tests in 1971, 1976 and 2002. India have had good success in the past here, having won their last six consecutive ODIs stretching back to 2007.

Matches to be played: ODIs on June 23, June 25

ODI RECORDS

Highest team total -

413/5 by India vs Bermuda on March 19, 2007

Highest individual score -

146* in 134 balls by Brian Lara against New Zealand on March 30, 1996

Best bowling figures -

6/25 by New Zealand’s Scott Styris against West Indies on June 12, 2002

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--> Ground: Sir Vivian Richards stadium

The West Indies have not enjoyed playing at Sir Vivian Richards stadium, having lost their last four consecutive games. (Twitter )

City: North Sound, St Peters, Antigua

Capacity: 10,000

About the venue: The Vivian Richards ground replaced the old St.John’s Recreation ground which was in the heart of the capital, Antigua. The ground was in news in 2009 when a Test match was abandoned with only 10 balls bowled due to a dangerous outfield. India have played only one ODI at this venue and they registered a three-wicket win in 2011. The West Indies have not enjoyed playing at this venue, having lost their last four consecutive games.

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Matches to be played: ODIs on June 30, July 2

ODI RECORDS

Highest team total -

322/6 by Australia against West Indies on March 27, 2007

Highest individual score -

158 in 143 balls by Matthew Hayden against West Indies on March 27, 2007

Best bowling figures -

4/36 by West Indies’ Anthony Martin against India on June 13, 2011

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--> Ground: Sabina Park

India and West Indies have played eight ODIs at Sabina Park. (Twitter )

City: Kingston, Jamaica

Capacity: 20,000

About the venue: Sabina Park, along with Port-of-Spain in Trinidad and Bridgetown in Barbados, form one of the core venues of the West Indies. The ground witnessed a historic 365 by Sir Garfield Sobers against Pakistan in 1958 but it was also in the news when a Test match between West Indies and England was abandoned after just six overs due to a dangerous pitch. India have played West Indies in eight ODIs at this venue, having won four and the remaining two games were abandoned in 2002.

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Matches to be played: ODI on July 6, T20I on July 9

ODI RECORDS

Highest team total -

349 by Pakistan against Zimbabwe on March 21, 2007

Highest individual score -

174* in 159 balls by Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga against India on July 2, 2013

Best bowling figures -

4/23 by West Indies’ Malcolm Marshall against England on February 18, 1986