The venue currently in use is the existing stadium in Mohali, on the outskirts of Chandigarh. What was a swamp with deep ravines 20 years ago was turned into India's best stadium within a span of two years. It is a world-class venue with excellent practice facilities, a spectator-friendly outlook, sufficient provisions for the media, and a capacity of 40,000.
Australia v West Indies, 1996 World Cup semi-final
The game in which, as Wisden put it, "West Indies pulled off an extraordinary defeat". They needed 43 from nine overs when Shivnarine Chanderpaul fell to trigger an unbelievable collapse. Warne was the chief wrecker, taking three wickets in a three-over spell. Richie Richardson, though, fought on and when he hit the first ball of the final over for a four, West Indies needed six with two wickets in hand. But then Curtly Ambrose was run out and Courtney Walsh was bowled, going for an ugly swipe across the line. And all this after West Indies seemed to have it in the bag when they reduced Australia to 15 for 4.
The first ODI to be played at the stadium after the famous Australia win against West Indies in the World Cup. This time it was Australia who choked . They needed 62 runs in the final 10 overs with six wickets in hand but a collapse left them needing six from the final over with one wicket standing. Sachin Tendulkar brought himself on and appealed for lbw first ball; he did not get it, but Nayan Mongia ran Brad Hogg out as he tried to steal a leg-bye and that did it.
It was India's game to lose after they restricted Australia to a par total of 250 on a good batting pitch, especially after the fiery start provided by Virender Sehwag. And lose it they did as Australia won the vital moments during the chase. Like in the previous ODI of the series in Vadodara, Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar threatened to pull off a heist; like in Vadodara, they failed.
Punjab have won the Ranji Trophy once, in 1992-93. They entered the final in 2004-05 season where they lost to Railways. The best that the local IPL team, Kings XI Punjab, did was reach the semis in the first season of the tournament.