The Queen’s Park Oval is a picturesque cricket stadium located at the Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Owned by the Queen's Park Cricket Club, the stadium was established in 1896 and is currently the second largest cricket stadium in the Caribbean.
It is the home ground of Trinidad and Tobago cricket team and Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Trinidad Knight Riders.
The Queen’s Park Oval has hosted 61 Test matches till date - the most for any cricket ground in the West Indies. Considered to be one of the most beautiful cricket venues, it has also staged 70 ODIs including several World Series Cricket matches in 1979 and was one of the venues for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Furthermore, the venue has played host to six T20I matches so far.
With a seating capacity of around 20,000, the venue also has various impressive facilities including a gym, indoor and outdoor cricket practice nets, two squash courts and two outdoor tennis courts.
Mostly used for cricket matches, the Trindad and Tobago sports stadium has also hosted domestic and international football matches and numerous music concerts.
The Indian cricket team has a decent ODI record at the Queen’s Park Oval having won 11 matches at this venue.
Here, we look at some ODI records and stats at Queen’s Park Oval.
Queen’s Park Oval ODI records and stats
Highest team total: India hold the record for registering the highest ODI total at the Queen’s Park Oval. During the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, India rode on Virender Sehwag’s 114 off 87 balls, Sourav Ganguly’s 89 and Yuvraj Singh’s 46-ball 83 to post 413/5 in their 50 overs. In reply, Bermuda were bowled out for 156 as India secured a massive 257-run victory.
Lowest team total: Canada cricket team recorded the lowest team total at this venue in the ODI format. Chasing 219, Canada were bundled out for 75 against Zimbabwe in an ICC Tri-Series match in 2006. Pacer Tawanda Mupariwa was the wrecker-in-chief for Zimbabwe as he picked three wickets for just 30 runs in his quota of 10 overs.
Highest individual score: Legendary West Indies batter Brian Lara has the highest individual score in ODI cricket at the Queen’s Park Oval. The swashbuckling southpaw scored an unbeaten 146 off 134 balls against New Zealand during an ODI in 1996. Lara’s scintillating ton helped West Indies win the match by seven wickets.
Best bowling figures: Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris has the best bowling figures at this venue in 50-over cricket. The right-arm medium pacer recorded figures of 6/25 against West Indies during an ODI in 2002. Earlier, he also scored an unbeaten 63 to help the Kiwis post a competitive total on the board. Styris’ all-round powered New Zealand to a nine-run win in a rain-curtailed game.
Most runs: Brian Lara has scored the most ODI runs at Queen’s Park Oval till date. The former West Indies batter amassed 1276 runs in 30 ODIs at an average of 55.47 and a strike rate of 79.15. He notched two hundreds and eight fifties at this venue in ODIs. Former West Indies opening batter Desmond Haynes is second on the list with 828 runs in 18 matches at an average of 63.69.
Most wickets: Former West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose has picked the most wickets at this venue in the 50-over format. Between 1988 and 2000, the right-arm pacer claimed 24 wickets in 21 ODIs at an average of 26.87 and an economy of 3.47. His best bowling figures at the venue was 4/36 against India in 1997.
Highest partnership: Former India cricketers Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag hold the record for the highest partnership at the Queen’s Park Oval in ODI cricket. The Indian duo recorded a brilliant 202-run stand for the second wicket against Bermuda in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. Sehwag smashed 114 off just 87 balls while Ganguly scored 89 off 114 balls.
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