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Established in 1962, the Nehru stadium hosted its first international match only in 1983 during the West Indies tour of India. Since then this premier venue in the north eastern part of the country has hosted only a few more ODI's. One of the main drawbacks at Guwahati is the heavy early morning fog and the light that fades early in the evenings - both of which shorten the day's play considerably. Of the nine ODI's played at the Nehru stadium, India has featured in six with a 3 - 3 win loss record.
After the 1983 game, the next match played at the venue was in 1986 between India and Sri Lanka. India won the low scoring match with Sunil Gavaskar getting an unbeaten 70. The next season saw West Indies defeating India, despite the slow pitch being tailor made for India. The venue has also witnessed some inspired individual performances. South African seamer Richard Snell took four for 12 to star in his team's 78-run victory over Sri Lanka in the Hero Cup match in 1993. In the Wills World Series game, a year later, Brian Lara (69) and Carl Hooper (111) thrashed the New Zealand attack to help West Indies pile up 302 runs. Then Dhanraj ran through the Kiwi line up with figures of 4 for 26 to complete a 135-run win for his team. Two years later Lance Klusener (88 off 99 balls) and Andrew Hudson (68 off 84 balls) helped South Africa complete an eight wicket win over Australia in the Titan Cup game in 1996. In 1999, Chris Cairns scored a typically belligerent 80 off 114 balls which played a leading role in New Zealand's victory over India. (Natarajan Sriram)