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Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium

The Punjab Cricket Association Inderjit Singh Bindra Stadium (Punjabi: ਪੰਜਾਬ ਕ੍ਰਿਕੇਟ ਐਸੋਸੀਏਸ਼ਨ ਆਈਐਸ ਬਿੰਦਰਾ ਸਟੇਡੀਅਮ) is a cricket ground located in Mohali, Chandigarh CR. It is popularly referred to as the Mohali Stadium. The stadium is home to the Punjab team. The construction of the stadium took around 25 crore and 3 years to complete.[1] The stadium has an official capacity of 26,950[2] spectators. The stadium was designed by Ar. Khizir and Associates, Panchkula and constructed by R.S. Construction Company, Chandigarh.[3]

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
PCA
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View of stadium
Ground information
LocationMohali, Punjab, India
Establishment1993
Capacity26,000
OwnerPunjab Cricket Association
TenantsIndian Cricket Team (1993–present)
Punjab cricket team (1993–present)
Kings XI Punjab (2008–present)
End names
Pavilion End
City End
International information
First Test10–14 December 1994:
 India v  West Indies
Last Test26–30 November 2016:
 India v  England
First ODI22 November 1993:
 India v  West Indies
Last ODI10 March 2019:
 India v  Australia
First T20I12 December 2009:
 India v  Sri Lanka
Last T20I27 March 2016:
 India v  Australia
As of 13 March 2019
Source: [2]

The floodlights here are unconventional compared to other cricket stadiums, in that the light pillars are very low in height. This is to avoid aircraft from the nearby Chandigarh airport colliding with the light pillars. That is the reason behind the stadium having 16 floodlights. As of January 2019 it has hosted 13 Tests, 24 ODIs and 4 T20Is.

The stadium is the 19th and a relatively new Test cricket venue in India. The pitch has a reputation for being lively and supporting pace bowlers, however it had slowed down and assists spin bowling as well. It was inaugurated with a One Day International match between India and South Africa during the Hero Cup on 22 November 1993.

The first Test match here was held the following season, between India and West Indies on 10 December 1994. One of the most famous one-day matches on this ground was a thrilling Cricket World Cup semi-final encounter between Australia and West Indies in February 1996. PCA stadium hosted 3 matches of 2011 world cup including the nail biting second Semi-final match between India and Pakistan on 30 March 2011 which was eventually won by India. The match was attended by the Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh of India and Yousaf Raza Gillani of Pakistan, owing to its crucial nature, and as a measure of cricket diplomacy for normalizing relations. The match was won by India.

PCA stadium is home of Kings XI Punjab (IPL Mohali franchisee).

The current pitch curator for the PCA Stadium is Daljit Singh[4] and the design consultant is Ar. Sufyan Ahmad. This pitch is the one of the greenest pitches of India and as the outfield is lush green, the ball keeps its shine for a long time and allows the fast bowlers to exploit the conditions at the most. The Mohali pitch is also known to slow down later on and become batting paradise.

The First Test of Freedom Trophy 2015 was played in Mohali. During that Test, Indian spinners got the huge support from the pitch and South African batsmen were struggling against Indian bowling line-up. India won that match with huge margin. It was the first instance in Mohali, when spinners got large assistance from pitch.

A panorama of the stadium.

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  1. ^ [1] Archived 25 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Indian Premier League 2010 Venues". iplt20.com. Archived from the original on 14 March 2010.
  3. ^ Basu, Rith (13 July 2008). "Eden makeover". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  4. ^ Punjab Cricket Association Stadium | India | Cricket Grounds | ESPN Cricinfo. Content-uk.cricinfo.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-23.

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