Yesterday, it was the first time when the newly installed Sub-air system of KSCA stadium was put under test when it was relentlessly raining at the KSCA stadium in Bengaluru. The rain arrived in the city just after the completion of the first innings of the Eliminator game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The heart of KKR players was in their mouth as they had stopped SRH on a low total of 128 and in all possibility, they were the favourites to win but rain was playing its part and was keeping a fear in KKR camp as in case of a washout, it would have been Hyderabad side to move ahead for the second Qualifier but that was not the case, thanks to newly installed sub-air system installed by KSCA, which cost them 4,5 Crore.
As per the reports, a total of 2 Lakh litres of water was pumped out of the ground in order to facilitate smooth conducting of second innings,
“The state of the art Sub-Air system at Chinnaswamy stadium was from the minute it started raining, continuously evacuating water from the playing surface. This meant that there was no water stagnation and no puddles formed anywhere on the ground. Nearly 2 lakh litres of water was evacuated from the field last night and the outfield was in playable condition exactly 15-20 mins after the rain stopped,” Vinay Mruthyunjaya, a spokesperson for the KSCA told Sportskeeda.
Surely, on any other ground, the game would have been washed out as never in the history we have seen such a volume of water being pumped out for the smooth functioning of the game. The efforts put in by ground staff were commendable and hence the play was possible.
KKR was asked to chase a total of 48 in six overs according to the D/L method, which they chased.
With this win, KKR won the game and also qualified for the second qualifier and will now face Mumbai Indians at the same venue. The winner of the game will go onto face Rising Pune Supergiant in the final of the T20 league.
Both Mumbai and Kolkata have won IPL trophy twice and will look to keep their hopes of winning the cup alive for the third time in the tenth attempt.