Lighting arrangements tested at Wankhede

Mumbai: A day-night Twenty20 match was held at the renovated Wankhede stadium, which will host the World Cup final on April 2, as part of the efforts to check the floodlights.

The final of the Mumbai Cricket Association`s T20 tournament was held at the stadium with players of both the teams - Victory CC and Fort Vijay - praising the facility.

"We held the day-night match to see whether players from the teams had any complaints from the lights. Thankfully, we did not receive any complaints," MCA joint secretary Lalchand Rajput said.

Now, the only thing to be seen is how the stadium will look with big crowds coming in, he said adding that the purpose of the two practice has been achieved.

According to the MCA, the new flood lights have been designed with high masts in such a manner that the average lux available is about 2,500 lux at the centre and 2,000 lux in the rest of the ground.

Shashank Singh, who scored a crucial 52 (39b, 4x4, 6x2) and took 4-14 in four overs to lead Victory CC to a 39 run win over their rivals, said, "it was a great experience to play under the lights."

"The wicket is good for batting. The ball is coming well on the bat. With the wind blowing across the stadium, it is also aiding the pacer in the first 10-12 overs in the
evening," he added.

Medium pacer Harshal Nandu of Fort Vijay too said there were no problems while playing under the lights.

The relaid playing strip at the stadium had on Saturday passed muster with the umpires following the first competitive tie played at the ground since May, 2008.


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