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The M Chinnaswamy Stadium is one of India’s most iconic cricket grounds located in the heart of Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka. 

Established in 1969, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium is owned by the Government of Karnataka and has been leased out to the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) for a period of 100 years.

Originally known as the Karnataka State Cricket Association Stadium, it was renamed  in tribute to Mangalam Chinnaswamy, who was the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from 1977 to 1980. He was  the founding member of the Mysore State Cricket Association and later served the KSCA for close to four decades.

Surrounded by the beautiful Cubbon Park, and uptown MG Road, the Bengaluru cricket ground has a seating capacity of around 34,000.

The M Chinnaswamy Stadium staged its first international cricket match, a Test played between hosts India and West Indies in November 1974. The visitors won the Test by 267 runs.

Since then, it has hosted several Tests, ODIs and T20s across formats in men’s cricket.

The M Chinnaswamy Stadium hosted its first women’s international match in November 1974 when the India women’s cricket team played a Test against West Indies. The fixture ended in a draw.

It later staged its first women’s T20 international played between India and South Africa during a one-off T20I in November 2014. Led by Mithali Raj, India won the match by 16 runs.

Let’s have a look at M Chinnaswamy Stadium women’s T20 records and stats:

M Chinnaswamy Stadium women’s T20 records and stats 

Highest team total

The India women’s cricket team holds the record for the highest team total at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in women’s T20 cricket. During a Women’s World T20 clash in 2016, the Mithali Raj-led India posted 163/5 in their 20 overs against Bangladesh. India rode on contributions from Mithali Raj (42), Harmanpreet Kaur (40), Vellaswamy Vanitha (38) and Veda Krishnamurthy (36 not out) to register the highest women’s T20 total at the venue. The hosts later restricted Bangladesh Women to 91/5 in their allotted overs to win the game by 72 runs. 

Lowest team total

The Bangladesh women’s cricket team recorded the lowest team total at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in women’s T20s. Chasing 164, the Jahanara Alam-led Bangladesh could only score 91/5 in their 20 overs as the visitors suffered a 72-run defeat. Wicket-keeper batter Nigar Sultana top-scored for Bangladesh with 27 not out while opening batter Sharmin Akhter added 21. For India, Anuja Patil and Poonam Yadav bagged two wickets each.

Most runs

New Zealand’s batting all-rounder Sophie Devine has scored the most runs at this venue in women’s T20 cricket. The stylish right-handed batter has amassed 129 runs in four matches at an average of 43 and a strike rate of 218.64. She has also slammed one fifty in the WT20 format on this ground. Former Indian cricketer Vellaswamy Vanitha is second on the list with 122 runs in five T20 matches on this ground.

Most wickets

India’s Poonam Yadav and New Zealand’s Sophie Devine have picked up the most wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in women’s T20 cricket. While leg-spinner Poonam Yadav has scalped eight wickets in four T20s at an economy of 4.80, right-arm pacer Sophie Devine bagged eight wickets in four matches at an average of 9.75. New Zealand’s Leigh Kasperek is next on the list with seven wickets in four T20Is at this venue.

Highest individual score

Sophie Devine registered the highest individual score at this venue in the women’s T20 format. Batting at number three, the right-handed batter hammered 70 runs off just 22 balls during the first T20I of New Zealand women’s tour of India in 2015. Sophie Devine’s blitzkrieg knock helped the visitors chase down 126 in just 12.3 overs as New Zealand won the game by eight wickets. Devine’s match-winning knock was laced with five fours and eight sixes.

Best bowling figures

New Zealand’s Kate Ebrahim recorded the best bowling figures at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in women’s T20 cricket. The right-arm pacer registered match-winning figures of 3/16 against India during the first T20I of their India tour in 2015. Ebrahim dismissed Harmanpreet Kaur, Shikha Pandey and Sneh Rana to bowl out India for 125 in 19.5 overs. The Sophie Devine-led side later successfully chased down the target with eight wickets in hand.

Highest partnership

New Zealand’s Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite hold the record for the highest partnership at the  M Chinnaswamy Stadium in women’s T20s. Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite forged a match-winning 89-run stand for the second wicket against India in the first T20I of a three-match series in 2015. Devine slammed 70 while Satterthwaite scored 39 to guide New Zealand to an eight-wicket win in Bengaluru.

Photo credit: Alamy

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