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Sawai Mansingh Stadium

Jaipur's ODI debut had kicked off with a contest between India and Pakistan during the 1983-84 season.
None | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2005 07:52 PM IST

The Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur has hosted a solitary Test match in February 1987 when Pakistan President Gen. Zia-ul-Haq hopped across the border to watch the second day's play as part of his `Cricket for Peace' initiative. The Test was notable for Younis Ahmed's return to the Test fray after an absence of over 17 years and also for Sunny Gavaskar's dismissal to the first ball of the Test match, for the third time in an otherwise illustrious career. The match sputtered to a draw after the third day's play was abandoned following heavy rain and a controversy over the alleged deposition of sawdust on the wicket which Pakistan objected to.

Jaipur's ODI debut had kicked off with a contest between the same two sides during the 1983-84 season. Fresh from their World Cup triumph, the Indians comfortably won by four wickets, sporting the same eleven that won the World Cup final. Sandeep Patil was in supreme touch, fashioning a fifty off 29 balls. India has won three of the six ODI's it has played here. The ground has also hosted two World Cup matches in 1987 and 1996 respectively, the West Indians losing to England in the former and beating Australia in the latter.

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