The Punjab Cricket Association stadium is situated in Mohali, Punjab in vicinity of the state capital of Chandigarh. The stadium, which is also known by the name of Mohali Stadium, has been the home turf for Indian Premier League’s Mohali franchise team, Kings XI Punjab. The team came into existence at the start of the tournament in 2008 and since its inaugural season, Punjab Cricket Association stadium has been home to Kings XI Punjab. The stadium was built in the early 1990s and hosted its first match in the same year.
It took 3 years and a construction cost of 25 crore Indian Rupees in order to establish this stadium. The design for the stadium was provided by Arun Loomba and Associates, Panchkula which provided the stadium with a seating capacity of 30,000. The first match was a One Day International played between India and South Africa. India and West Indies faced each other in the first test match to be hosted at Mohali stadium. However, the debut test match of the stadium happened after almost 2 years of its ODI appearance, from 10th to 14th December 1994. The stadium has had the privilege of hosting two semi-finals for ICC Cricket World Cup, each in 1996 and 2011.
During the former semi-final of World cup, Australia beat West Indies. The next ICC World Cup semi-final match to happen at Punjab Cricket Association stadium is one of the most high profile matches to have happened in India. The match was between arch-rivals India and Pakistan; and was provided with the attendance of Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh and his counterpart from Pakistan, Yousuf Raza Gilani. The match proved to be a thrilling encounter like all India and Pakistan fixtures; and was won by India, who went on to win the World Cup after a gap of 28 years.
The pitch at Mohali stadium has been a curious aspect as compared to other grounds in the country. Unlike the usual Indian pitches which aid spin bowling in excess, the Mohali stadium track is pace friendly. However, the recent fixtures have shown a change in this 2 decade long trend with spin bowlers also getting some help. The ground will be presenting itself as the home for Kings XI Punjab yet again during the sixth edition of Indian Premier League which will be happening from April 3 2013 to May 26 2013.
|Apr 10, 2013||20:00||14:30||KXIP vs CSK, 11th IPL (D/N)||Mohali|
|Apr 16, 2013||16:00||10:30||KXIP vs KKR, 20th IPL (D/N)||Mohali|
|Apr 21, 2013||20:00||14:30||KXIP vs Pune, 29th IPL (D/N)||Mohali|
|May 6, 2013||20:00||14:30||KXIP vs RCB, 51st IPL (D/N)||Mohali|
|May 9, 2013||16:00||10:30||KXIP vs RR, 55th IPL (D/N)||Mohali|
|May 11, 2013||20:00||14:30||KXIP vs Hyderabad, 59th IPL (D/N)||Mohali|