Praise for the drainage facility at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium

The Eliminator between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad was restarted soon, after persistent rain, thanks to the state-of-the-art SubAir drainage system at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The big screen at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium announces the revised playing conditions after the rain interruption.   -  IPL SPORTZPICS

The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) came in for praise on Thursday for getting the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium ready for action minutes after persistent rain came to a halt. After the restart, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) went past Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a shortened six-over chase.

Play was made possible thanks to the state-of-the-art SubAir drainage system, which was installed at the venue earlier this year. Nearly 2,00,000 litres of water was drained from the ground.

“There was a heavy downpour for three hours, yet the field was ready 15 to 20 minutes after the rain stopped. The umpires, match officials, players — all stakeholders were very happy that KSCA was able to get the game completed. (KKR captain) Gautam Gambhir even praised us on Twitter,” KSCA spokesperson Vinay Mruthyunjaya said.

"It is very effective for heavy rain, because the system can suck out large quantities of water. As it rained, the water got sucked out. When play resumed, there was no dampness on the field,” Mruthyunjaya said.

The water that is drained out from the ground flows into a storage area the venue. “The KSCA then recycles the water for its routine purposes,” Mruthyunjaya said.

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