India and New Zealand are set to square off for an ODI series, and the first match will be played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai . A fact may surprise you that both sides have never played an ODI against each other at this venue.

New Zealand played their warm-up matches against Indian Board President’s XI at Brabourne Stadium, a few metres away from Wankhede. They lost the first game but came back well to beat the young side from India. In fact, New Zealand’s only ODI against India in this city has come at the Brabourne.

(Trivia: New Zealand have played 2 ODIs at Wankhede Stadium, both during 2011 World Cup. They beat Canada but suffered an embarrassing loss against Sri Lanka.)

India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI at Mumbai, preview and likely XIs: Spin, bounce, runs, thrill, and more on offer at Wankhede Stadium
India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI at Mumbai, preview and likely XIs: Spin, bounce, runs, thrill, and more on offer at Wankhede Stadium

Ahead of the clash between Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson’s men at the iconic venue, Suvajit Mustafi looks at the past encounters (across formats) between India and New Zealand in the city of Mumbai.

Vinoo Mankad became the second double centurion for India (File photo: Getty)
Vinoo Mankad became the second double centurion for India (File photo: Getty)

2nd Test, December 1955, Brabourne Stadium

Rewind back to over six decades. New Zealand played their first ever match in this city at the Brabourne. India had not won a Test in three years. New Zealand were their best chance and the first Test at Hyderabad had ended in a draw.

Electing to bat, India declared at 421 for 8. Vinoo Mankad, opening the innings, slammed his first double-century. In the previous match skipper Polly Umrigar had struck 223, the first double-century by an Indian. Mankad did not want to miss out being the second in the list.

Subhash Gupte spun a web around the Kiwis and bowled a massive 51 overs. His three-for restricted New Zealand to 258. The visitors were asked to follow on and were skittled for 136. Gupte got a five-for while Mankad chipped in with three wickets.

India eventually won the five-Test series 1-0.

Brief scores:

India 421 for 8 dec. (Vinoo Mankad 223, Kripal Singh 63; Harry Cave 3 for 77) beat New Zealand 258 all out (Bert Sutcliffe 73, Tony MacGibbon 46; Subhash Gupte 3 for 83) & 136 all out (Subhash Gupte 5 for 45, VinooMankad 3 for 57) by an innings and 27 runs.

3rd Test, March 1965, Brabourne Stadium

After two drawn Tests, New Zealand had one step on victory in Mumbai. They elected to bat and opener Graham Dowling’s hundred took them to 297. Credit goes to local boy Ramakant Desai, whose six-for restricted the Kiwi total. However, a collapse was to follow. Pacer Burce Taylor’s five-for folded India for 88.

India were asked to follow on and another local boy took charge: Dileep Sardesai slammed a double-ton. Chandu Borde meanwhile scored 109 in just two-and-half hours. Trailing behind by 209, New Zealand let India put up 463 for 5 before they declared. Sardesai was dropped at slips by Taylor when on 20.

Indian skipper MAK Pataudi’s decision to wait for Sardesai’s double-century before declaring was widely criticised as that prevented India from a win.

New Zealand, chasing 255, were 80 for 8 when time prevented India a win. The four-Test series ended 0-0.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 297 all out (Graham 129, Ross Morgan 71; Ramakant Desai 6 for 56) & 80 for 8 (B Chandrasekhar 3 for 25) drew with India88 all out (Bruce Taylor 5 for 26) & 463 for 5 dec. (Dileep Sardesai 200*, ML Jaisimha 47, Chandu Borde 109, Hanumnat Singh 109*; Bruce Taylor 3 for 76).

1st Test, September 1969, Brabourne Stadium

Riots at Ahmedabad forced the Test to be played in Bombay. India, who were playing three debutants in the game, elected to bat and were bowled out for 156. Dayle Hadlee and Bevan Congdon claimed three wickets each. Congdon went on to score 78 to help New Zealand reach 229. EAS Prasanna’s four-for restricted the visitors’ lead.

Led by their skipper Pataudi’s 67, India put up a better batting show in the second innings and set a 188-run target.

The pitch was prepared in three days for the game, and as the game progressed it worn out. Bishan Bedi and Prasanna were unstoppable on it. The duo united to wreak havoc in the Kiwi camp, folding them for 127.

Brief scores:

India 156 all out (Ajit Wadekar 49; Dayle Hadlee 3 for 17, Bevan Congdon 3 for 33) & 260 all out (Ajit Wadekar 40, MAK Pataudi 67; Bruce Taylor 3 for 30, Dayle Hadlee 3 for 57) beat New Zealand229 all out (Bevan Congdon 78; EAS Prasanna 4 for 97) & 127 all out (Bishan Bedi 6 for 42, EAS Prasanna 4 for 74) by 60 runs.

1st Test, November 1976, Wankhede Stadium

Bishan Bedi architected the win for India (File photo: Getty)
Bishan Bedi architected the win for India (File photo: Getty)

This was the first India-New Zealand game at Wankhede Stadium. India elected to bat and put up 399. Local hero Sunil Gavaskar top scored with 119 and wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani played a fine hand of 88. New Zealand started well and were 143 for 1, but they lost the plot and were bundled out for 298. John Parker’s century was the saviour. The spin trio of Chandrasekhar, Bedi and Srinivas Venkataraghavan combined to bring their fall.

India batted at almost three-and-half per over and declared at 202 for 4. Brijesh Patel was the star of second innings with 82, scoring them in just over two hours.

New Zealand had a daunting task to chase down 304 against a potent spin attack on a final-day track. At 67 for 7, they were in a risk of being bowled out under 100. The lower-order saved them from humiliation but couldn’t prevent a 162-run defeat.

Captain Bedi starred with a five-for. He finished with incredible figures of 33-18-27-5.

Brief scores:

India 399 all out (Sunil Gavaskar 119, Anshuman Gaekwad 42, Mohinder Amarnath 45, Syed Kirmani 88; Richard Hadlee 4 for 95, Peter Petherick 3 for 90) & 202 for 4 dec. (Brijesh Patel 82) beat New Zealand 298 all out (Glenn Turner 65, John Parker 104, Mark Burgess 42; B Chandrasekhar 4 for 77, S Venkataraghavan 3 for 79) & 141 all out (Warren Lees 42; Bishan Bedi 5 for 27).

 

2nd Test, November 1988, Wankhede Stadium

Hadlee had sworn he would never set a foot in India, but he succumbed to the greed of world record. The Bangalore Test was won by India. Many of the Kiwis were down with a virus. All of that came later; Hadlee dismissed Arun Lal on the first day of the tour to become the highest wicket-taker in Tests.

New Zealand elected to bat at Wankhede and found themselves at 158 for 8. A 76-run ninth-wicket stand rescued them to 236. John Bracewell struck a fifty. Ravi Shastri and Narendra Hirwani finished with four and three wickets respectively.

New Zealand are yet to play an ODI against India at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (Image courtesy: Getty)
Richard Hadlee starred with a 10-wicket haul in the match (Image courtesy: Getty)

Captain and the local boy Dileep Vengsarkar played his 100th Test at the city where it all started for him. He was sniffing a win. But Hadlee had other plans. At one end stood the free-spirited Kris Srikkanth hammering bowlers to pulp while, wicket fell like ninepins from the other end. Srikkanth fell to Hadlee, six short of a hundred while the legendary Kiwi all-rounder’s six-for ensured the visitors a two-run lead.

New Zealand were again reeling at 176 for 7 when the lower middle-order again rescued them to 279. Wicketkeeper Ian Smith scored 54, and he was well supported in 69-run ninth-wicket stand by Bracewell (32).

India had to chase down 282. Srikkanth fell leg before of the first ball of the innings. Hadlee had won another contest. Hadlee and Bracewell joined hands to skittle out India for 145. Captain Vengsarkar was out for a duck. There was a late, almost run-a-ball cameo from Kapil Dev, but India lost by 136 runs.

India later came back well to clinch the series 2-1.

Brief scores:

New Zealand236 all out (Mark Greatbatch 46, John Bracewell 52; Narendra Hirwani 3 for 82, Ravi Shastri 4 for 45) & 279 all out (Andrew Jones 78, Ian Smith 54; Arshad Ayub 5 for 50, Narendra Hirwani 4 for 93) beat India234 all out (K Srikkanth 94, Richard Hadlee 6 for 49) & 145 all out (Arun Lal 47; Richard Hadlee 4 for 39, John Bracewell 6 for 51).

Man of the Match: John Bracewell

6th ODI, November 1995, Brabourne Stadium

Bombay had just become Mumbai. This is the only India-New Zealand ODI that the city has hosted. It was at Brabourne. Coming to this game, the series was levelled at 2-2.

India invited the Kiwis to bat. Javagal Srinath (6-0-22-2) dismissed Mark Greatbatch and Stephen Fleming early before the spin duo of Ashish Kapoor and Anil Kumble inflicted further damage. New Zealand were bowled out for 126.

Vinod Kambli starred with a quick 48 (File photo: Getty)
Vinod Kambli starred with a quick 48 (File photo: Getty)

Danny Morrison dismissed local boy Sachin Tendulkar for 1. His partner-in-crime Vinod Kambli didn’t stop. His blitz of 34-ball 48 made the Indian chase a formality as they completed the win by six wicket. The match is best remembered for Kambli’s four consecutive fours off pacer Simon Doull.

India sealed the series 3-2.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 126 all out in 35 overs (Anil Kumble 3 for 17) lost to India128 for 4 in 32 overs (Vinod Kambli 48; Simon Doull 3 for 42) by 6 wickets.

Man of the Match: Javagal Srinath