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Pietermaritzburg Oval

The Pietermaritzburg Oval, a picturesque ground with a touch of old-world charm about it, will be used for the first time for one-dayers.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2003 00:26 IST
PTI

The Pietermaritzburg Oval, a picturesque ground with a touch of old-world charm about it, will be used for the first time for one-day internationals during the 2003 World Cup.

Sri Lanka takes on Bangladesh on Valentine’s Day, 14 February, while India faces Namibia on February 23.

Although it hasn’t hosted a full one-day international yet, the Oval has often, in recent times, been used for matches between touring sides and South Africa A.

Bangladesh will hope that their second visit to the ground will be more successful than their first, in October 2000. On that occasion, facing a South African Invitation XI, they were bundled out for 51 in just 18.3 overs.

India previously played in Pietermaritzburg in January 1997 and were in trouble against South Africa A before the game was washed off due to heavy rain.

2003 World Cup fever will provide a wake-up call for the town fondly referred to as “Sleepy Hollow”.

First Published: Jan 23, 2003 19:11 IST