More than 67,000 fans attended the first T20I of the 5-match series between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been allowed to host 50 per cent of the capacity by the government owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, since the stadium is having a world record seating capacity of about 1,32,000, even filling half of it meant that a huge crowd – 67,200 – could be seated – this is even more than many full capacities of stadiums around the world.
Pakistan pacer, Aamer Yamin took a dig at the BCCI and the crowd asking “Where is Corona?” in response to a tweet from ESPNcricinfo which revealed the total attendance.
Aamer Yamin, who has played 4 ODIs and 2 T20Is for Pakistan, was recently plying his trade for the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 before the tournament came to a halt owing to covid cases among players and staff members. Yamin last played in the national team in 2018; he has picked 2 wickets each in his short ODI and T20I career hitherto.
Where is Corona?
— Amir Yamin (@amiryamin54) March 12, 2021
England thrash India in the opening T20I
It was a dominating performance from Eoin Morgan’s side as they completely outhplated Virat Kohli’s team to take an early lead in the series with an eight-wicket win on Friday.
After winning the toss Morgan elected to bowl first – the pacers vindicated this decision as Jofra Archer dismissed KL Rahul early on. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who was unusually called for bowling 2 overs in the powerplay, struck gold with Kohli’s wickets.
Shreyas Iyer held one end tight with his 48-ball 67 – however, kept losing partners at the other end, as the hosts could manage only a sub-par 124. The target was made look even smaller when Jason Roy and Jos Buttler brought up England’s fifty in the powerplay.
Both the openers fell to spin, but it was all too late for India as Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow completed the formalities with 27 balls spare.