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Gwalior is situated in the northern region of Madhya Pradesh, formerly India's largest state, in central India. The Captain Roop Singh Stadium, named after a Olympic hockey gold medalist, was originally a hockey stadium before it was converted into a cricket venue in the 1980s. The stadium's first one-day international was held in 1988, when West Indies beat India by 73 runs, a match in which Narendra Hirwani made his one-day debut. Floodlights were installed in preparation for the 1996 World Cup fixture, also between India and West Indies. The stadium was also the venue for the first and only day-night Ranji Trophy final in 1996. The match was played between Mumbai and Delhi over five days and Mumbai won on the basis of a first-innings lead. The pitch at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium has traditionally favoured the batsmen. In eight of the 10 ODIs, the team batting first has scored over 250 although the ground is yet to have its first 300-plus total.
Cricinfo Staff (November 2007)
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