Top 10 cricket matches at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Wankhede Stadium
The magnificent Wankhede stadium hosting a World Cup match in 2011

Be it the 2011 World Cup final, or Sachin Tendulkar's final international match or even the heartbreaking 2016 World T20 semifinal loss, the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has given the Indian fans plenty of memorable moments ever since it hosted its first international match in 1975.

It is also the venue in which the former Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri famously hit six sixes in an over in a Ranji Trophy game. Over the years, it has gained a reputation of being a batting paradise especially in limited-overs cricket with batsmen finding it easy to score big and score quicker. 

The Wankhede is also the home venue for IPL side Mumbai Indians. Initially, it had a seating capacity of 45,000 but was then trimmed down to 33,000 during renovation for the 2011 World Cup. 

In its 41-year-old history, the Wankhede stadium, which is located near the sea, has hosted some high-profile clashes and holds a special place in every Indian cricket fan's heart despite being the built after the Bombay Gymkhana ground and the Brabourne stadium. We take a look at ten of the best matches the Wankhede stadium had to offer us over the years: 

Also read: Top 10 cricket matches at Eden Gardens

#10 India vs South Africa - 2000 Test

Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai
Azhar scored a ton in the 2nd Test but failed to contribute in the first in Mumbai. 

Not many visiting teams have come to India and completely dominated them in a Test series like South Africa did in 2000. The two-match Test series finished 2-0 in South Africa's favour especially the second one being one-sided. But the first Test at the Wankhede stadium proved to be a low-scoring thriller with neither team managing to post 250 in the entire Test. 

India initially gained a massive upper hand on a bowling paradise by fetching a 49-run lead in the first innings thanks to skipper Sachin Tendulkar who starred with both and ball. First, he scored a vital 97 with the bat to guide his team to 225 with the rest failing to deliver and then came back with the ball to pick up three wickets including the two openers who had put 90 for the first wicket. From 90 for no loss, the Proteas were all out for 176. 

But Shaun Pollock and Hansie Cronje rattled India in the second innings to stun the home crowd as the hosts were bowled out for a paltry 113. Chasing 164 for victory, South Africa were cruising at one stage before the Indian bowlers staged a late fightback. Anil Kumble picked up four wickets but in the end, the hosts were a few runs short as South Africa completed a nervy four-wicket win.

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