Interestingly since the arena’s remaking, Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium was permitted to have a full-limit crowd during the second qualifier of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Friday (May 27)
Beforehand because of COVID-19 limitations, all international and IPL matches at the ground occurred at a decreased limit or behind closed doors. With the arena packed for the first time, the environment at the monstrous ground was one that will be associated with ages.
Michael Vaughan Takes Sly Dig At The Ahmedabad Pitch After IPL Qualifier 2
The zesty pitch at the arena added to the fervour with the additional bounce on offer guaranteeing quick bowlers have a field day. This was apparent in the RCB innings as both Prasidh Krishna and Obey McCoy put the ghastliness of the first qualifier behind them and took three wickets each.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan utilized this chance to take a sly dig at the pitch. Vaughan reviewed the track that was utilized at a similar arena during the pink-ball Test match between India and England last year.
“Great to see some pace & bounce in the pitch in Ahmedabad !! Last time I watched I remember it resembling a beach ..,” wrote Vaughan on Twitter.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 27, 2022
The pink-ball Test match being referred to ended up being one of the shortest test matches lately as Virat Kohli-drove India finished a 10-wicket triumph in under two days.
In their two innings, England was bowled out for 112 and 81 respectively while the hosts’ first innings saw register a sum of only 149 on the board. However, they pursued the target of 49 in the fourth innings without losing a wicket.
Meanwhile, in yesterday’s game, RR pursued RCB’s total of 157 with seven wickets in excess. English opener Jos Buttler scored his fourth 100 of the season to lead his side into the IPL final for the first time in 14 years.