India aim to extend 16-year unbeaten streak at Mohali
Posted on: 12:16 PM IST Mar 13, 2013
New Delhi: The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium at Mohali hosts the third Test this week as India chase a series win over Australia and seek to extend their 16-year unbeaten run in the city. India, ranked No. 4 in the ICC Test rankings, start firm favorites to win the third Test starting Thursday while a beleaguered Australia are searching for answers to a three-pronged spin attack and crippled by the loss of Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja.
India will be doubly confident of victory at Mohali considering their record at the PCA Stadium. They have four of ten Test matches here, three of which came in their last four trips to the venue. In fact, their two matches here against Australia resulted in victory.
The PCA Stadium has hosted ten Tests, resulting in one loss, five draws and four notable wins for India: over England by 10 wickets (2001) and nine wickets (2006); and Australia by 320 runs (2008) and one wicket (2010). India's last loss at Mohali was to West Indies in December 1994 and they have drawn with Sri Lanka, Pakistan, England and New Zealand (twice) at the stadium.
Going by the record books, Mohali ranks as India's eighth most successful venue of 21 home Test locations.
India's record at the four venues for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy
MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chennai)
Played 31 - won 13, lost 6, tied 1, drawn 11
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium (Hyderabad)
Played 3 - won 2, drawn 1
PCA Stadium (Mohali)
Played 10 - won 4, lost 1, drawn 5
Feroz Shah Kotla (Delhi)
Played 31 - won 11, lost 6, drawn 14