Visakhapatnam to host India-West Indies 2nd ODI on Oct 24
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Visakhapatnam to host India-West Indies 2nd ODI on Oct 24

Visakhapatnam, Oct 4: Cricket enthusiasts in the Port and Steel city brace up for some more action from the ‘Men in Blue’ as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that the second Paytm ODI to be played between India and West Indies will be organised at Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium here on October 24.

According to Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) Officials here on Thursday said the stadium will host an one-dayer after a gap of almost one year.

Port City was not in the scheme of things so far the Paytm ODI series was concerned and the match scheduled in the city now was supposed to be held at Indore’s Holkar Cricket Stadium.

The last international ODI played in Greater Vizag city was on December 17 last year when the Team India took on Sri Lanka. That match turned out to be an one-sided fight as the Lankan team was bundled out for 215 in 45 overs and the Man in Blue achieved the target in just 32 overs, with the southpaw Shikhar Dhawan scoring a century. The Indian team was then led by Rohit Sharma.

So far, the Great city has hosted 12 ODIs, including one World Cup and one Hero Cup matches each between other nations, one test match (India Vs England) and one T20, apart from a few games in the IPL series.

The first ODI to be played in the city was the match between India and New Zealand in 1988 at the Indira Priyadarshini Stadium in the Old Town area. Among the 12 ODIs played so far, Indira Priyadarshini Stadium has hosted five and the rest by the ACA-VDCA grounds.

It’s no secret that Vizag City is a favourite haunt for Team India as it has won most of its matches. The ACA-VDCA ground has been the favorite of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as it was the match here that changed his career.

He scored 148 against arch-rival Pakistan in 2005 when he was promoted up the order by the then skipper Sourav Ganguly. (UNI)