Kings at Kotla: India's five famous wins

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 18, 2016 14:09 hrs
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Having won the first ODI at Dharamsala, MS Dhoni and company will now lock horns against New Zealand in the second ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

India are favourites to pocket the five match series and a win at Kotla will certainly tighten the grip on the trophy.

Before the much anticipated battle, take a look at the five best encounters at Kotla where the men in blue emerged victorious.

India v West Indies at Delhi, Oct 11, 2014

India won by 48 runs

India bounced back in the second ODI at Kotla after West Indies won the first one. Fifties from Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli set the tone for India as MS Dhoni with an unbeaten 51 took India to 263 for the even wickets.

Dwayne Smith slammed a brilliant 97 but Mohammed Shami with a four-wicket haul brought India back into the match. Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra then shared five wickets among themselves as India bundled out West Indies for 215 to level the series.

India v England at Delhi, Oct 17, 2011

India won by eight wickets

India's poster boy Virat Kohli slammed an unbeaten 112 as India chased down 238 at ease. Vinay Kumar scalped four wickets to set up the match as England were bundled out for 237. 

In reply, Gambhir (84 n o) and Kohli with an unbeaten 209-run partnership hammered the English attack. 

Kohli was in sensational form and so as Gambhir as the duo milked the England attack. 

The full house at the Kotla were treated to a spectacular batting display from the Delhi boys as India romped home with eight wickets to spare. 

That was a special innings from Kohli as from then on the current India vice-captain began to churn runs at will. 

India started winning matches while chasing and it was Kohli who almost on all occasions was the architect of the chase.

India v New Zealand at Delhi, Nov 17, 1999

India won by seven wickets

Sourav Ganguly struck a brilliant 86 as India captured the series 3-2 in the final ODI against New Zealand. 

T Kumaran took three wickets as India restricted New Zealand to 179/9 in 50 overs.

In reply, Ganguly continued his rich vein of form to script a comfortable win for India. The New Zealand bowlers had to pick early wickets to inflict some damage while defending a small total. 

However, that was not the case as an aggressive Ganguly gave India the perfect start and continued from where he left in the last game. Any width outside the off was creamed to the boundary as the New Zealanders were reduced to mere wax statues.  

With 301 runs from five games, Ganguly was adjudged both Man of the Match and Man of the Series. 

The former India captain was at his best at that time in the peak of his prowess. The God of off-side, Ganguly belted the opposition as a hapless New Zealand surrendered to Ganguly's pyrotechnics. 

Ganguly has won India many a games and Dada still continues to remain as one of India's best limited overs batsmen.

India v New Zealand at Delhi, Nov 3, 1994

India won by 107 runs

It was the sixth match of the Wills World Series where India won the match by 107 runs.

Ajay Jadeja opening the batting made a brilliant 90 as Sachin Tendulkar and Mohammad Azharuddin slammed half-centuries to post a dominating 289. 

At a time when India were struggling to find a perfect opening batsman, Jadeja raised his game to that extent that he went on to open the innings. 

It was innings where Jadeja's innings was was laced with authority and control. Jadeja raced away to his fifty and along with Tendulkar gave India a strong start. 

Although he was unlucky to miss out on a ton, Jadeja did his job to perfection.

In reply, the Ken Rutherford's side was bundled out for 182 with Sachin again starring with the ball with two wickets. 

Venkatapathy Raju also featured in the wickets column with two wickets. Tendulkar was a magician with both bat and ball. 

While with the bat, the little master scored a valuable half-century, his contribution with the ball turned tables in India's favor. 

With the pitch assisting spinners, Tendulkar spun a web and along with Raju helped India win the match. 

Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble, Venkatesh Prasad and Vinod Kambli got a wicket each as the visitors were caught in a spin trap laid by Tendulkar. 

Although Tendulkar was awarded the man of the match for his all-round performance, it was Jadeja's contribution with the bat that gave India a solid total. 

While Jadeja failed to impress in the upcoming games, the world saw Tendulkar pile on runs and take wickets as the Master Blaster went on to break many records.

India v Australia at Delhi, Oct 22, 1987

India won by 56 runs

Kapil Dev's side secured a convincing victory against Australia in the 15th match of the Reliance World Cup.

Half-centuries from Sunil Gavaskar (61), Navjot Sidhu (51), Dilip Vengsarkar (83) and Mohammad Azharuddin (54*) helped India garner a solid 289. 

David Boon gave Australia a good start as he slammed a 85-ball 62.

However, Maninder Singh with his crafty off-spin orchestrated a brilliant fall as the Aussies were left wanting. 

Maninder bowling slower through the air deceived the strong Australian line-up as India gradually had a grip over the game. 

It was then the turn of Mohammad Azharuddin to roll his arms over as Azhar and Maninder shared six wickets among themselves. 

Waugh made a patient 42 and was looking good to help Australia gun down the total. However, a young Steve Waugh tried to turn the tide in Australia's favour. 

But, Kapil Dev got the prized wicket and set the tone for the rest of the innings. 

Manoj Prabhakar and Ravi Shastri took one wicket each as the Australian side was bundle out for 233.

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