The Greenfield International Stadium is a multi-purpose venue mainly used for cricket and association football located at Kariavattom in Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala.

Formerly known as the Trivandrum International Stadium, the Greenfield Cricket Stadium is constructed on 36 acres of land leased by the Kerala University for an amount of ₹94 lakh (US$146,527.23) annually for a time period of 15 years.

With a seating capacity of 55,000 spectators, the Greenfield International Stadium became India’s 50th international cricket venue when it staged its first international match - a T20 international between India and New Zealand. Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, India won the match by six runs.

In 2018, Greenfield International Stadium hosted its first ODI between India and West Indies. The hosts thrashed the Caribbean team by nine wickets in that fixture.

However, the last time India played a T20I in Thiruvananthapuram, visitors West Indies chased down 171 in 18.3 overs and with eight wickets in hand.

Interestingly, the venue has been developed in line with FIFA guidelines and International Cricket Council standards. 

The world-class venue has been divided into zones - north zones to be used for cricket, the east zone has been dedicated to football while the south zone features shopping malls and food courts. On the other hand, the West Zone comprises modern facilities including an Olympic size swimming pool and courts for volleyball, squash, table tennis and basketball.

Let’s have a look at the T20I records at the Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.

Greenfield International Stadium T20I records and stats

Highest total: West Indies’ 173/2 against India is the highest T20I total at this ground. Chasing a target of 171 in 2019, West Indies rode on openers Lendl Simmons’ unbeaten 67 off 45 balls, Evin Lewis’ 35-ball 40 followed by a blitzkrieg cameo of unbeaten 18-ball 38 from Nicholas Pooran to chase down the total in 18.3 overs. Earlier, Shivam Dube’s 54 off 30 balls and Rishabh Pant’s 33 not out off 22 balls powered India to 170/7 in their allotted 20 overs.

Lowest total: New Zealand’s 61/6 against India in a rain-curtailed match in 2017 is the lowest T20I total at the Greenfield International Stadium. Put into bat, Manish Pandey’s 11-ball 17, Hardik Pandya’s unbeaten 10-ball 14 and captain Virat Kohli’s 6-ball 13 helped India post 67/5 in an eight-overs-a-side game. In reply, New Zealand were restricted to 61/6 in their eight overs and India won the match by six runs.

Highest individual score: West Indies batter Lendl Simmons has recorded the highest individual score at this venue in 2019. Opening the batting, Simmons smashed 67 runs not out off just 45 balls to guide his side to a convincing eight-wicket victory. Simmons’ inning was laced with four fours and as many sixes.

Best bowling figures: India premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has the best bowling figures at this ground in T20I cricket. The star pacer picked two wickets for just nine runs in his two overs against New Zealand in 2017. Jasprit Bumrah picked the important wickets of Colin Munro and Henry Nicholls during his match-winning spell.

Most runs: Lendl Simmons has also scored the most runs at this ground in T20I format. The West Indies opening batter has scored 67 runs at a strike rate of 148.88. India’s Shivam Dube is second in the list with 54 runs.

Most wickets: Jasprit Bumrah has bagged the most wickets at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram in the shortest format. The fast bowler has picked two wickets at this venue at an economy of just 4.50 runs per over.

Highest partnership: West Indies batters Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis have the highest partnership at this venue in T20I cricket. The duo forged a 73-run partnership for the opening wicket against India in 2019. West Indies won the match by eight wickets.

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