Bengaluru, Feb 28: The United Arab Emirates (UAE), who are playing their in second cricket World Cup after 1996, were bundled out by India for a paltry 102 at the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) Ground at Perth. India started their chase before the interval and the match looked to get over before the first of the floodlight bulbs in the ground came on. The match was scheduled as a day-night one.
Did the UAE do a favour to the WACA officials by allowing India to finish off the match with a big time to spare?
Western Australia's energy and power crisis has been a concern
WACA officials won't complain for Western Australia had a major crisis a few years ago when the supply of natural gas to this state was disrupted by a rupture of a corroded pipeline and an explosion at a processing plant on Varanaus Island off the state's northern coast. The plant, which normally supplied a third of the state's gas, was shut down for almost two months after the incident.
Western Australia is heavily dependent on supply of gas for industrial processing, manufacturing, domestic consumption and above all, generation of electricity. The sudden disruption in the energy supply had major consequences, both social and economic. Even the government of Western Australia has faced pressure over the dwindling power situation in the past.
Western Australia is a hot and arid region.