Ranchi, Jharkhand 24 October 2016 : News Zealand team members arrives Birsa Munda International airport in Ranchi for 4th ODI match ageists India in Ranchi on Monday. Photo-Ratan Lal
Jharkhand State Cricket Association’s stadium is ready to host 4th ODI between India and New Zealand on Wednesday.
In fact,the five-ODI series is up for grabs at JSCA in Ranchi,MS Dhoni’s home town,where the 4th ODI is slated to be played.
This has given rise to a question-will it be a fitting result for Dhoni’s India in the city where he is loved more than anywhere?
Although the answer will be known on Wednesday,JSCA stadium,approved by the ICC in October 2012, has hosted three ODIs and one T20I.
The first international was played at JSCA in January 2013 when Dhoni’s team beat England by seven wickets.
The second ODI was a no-result later in October 2013, with rain ending the match with India 27/0 in 4.1 overs in pursuit of 296 against Australia.
In November 2014, India – this time led by Kohli, who made an unbeaten 139 – chased 288 with three wickets remaining to beat Sri Lanka 5-0.
On February 12, 2016 India met Sri Lanka at the JSCA Stadium in a T20I and beat them by 69 runs. India made 196/6 and kept Sri Lanka to 127/9 with R Ashwin’s 3/14 the stand-out bowling performance.
The JSCA Stadium, with a capacity of 40,000, is slated to host its first Test match in March 2017, when India play Australia in the third of four matches.
More,the venue has hosted seven IPL matches, five Champions League T20 matches and several domestic games.