Lighting arrangements tested at Wankhede

Mumbai, Feb 27 (PTI) A day-night Twenty20 match was heldat the renovated Wankhede stadium, which will host the WorldCup final on April 2, as part of the efforts to check thefloodlights.

The final of the Mumbai Cricket Association''s T20tournament was held at the stadium with players of both theteams - Victory CC and Fort Vijay - praising the facility.

"We held the day-night match to see whether players fromthe teams had any complaints from the lights. Thankfully, wedid not receive any complaints," MCA joint secretary LalchandRajput told PTI.

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

According to the MCA, the new flood lights have beendesigned with high masts in such a manner that the average luxavailable is about 2,500 lux at the centre and 2,000 lux inthe 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 winover their rivals, said, "it was a great experience to playunder the lights."

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

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

The relaid playing strip at the stadium had yesterdaypassed muster with the umpires following the first competitivetie played at the ground since May, 2008.

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