England tour of India - Cricket: History in the making: A day match under lights!
Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: The International Cricket Councils ruling on the use of floodlights to combat bad light resulted in history in the making at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.The first day of the third and final Test between India and England saw the match played under lights from ball one. With heavily overcast skies, the umpires asked for the lights to be on even as they delayed the start by half an hour on all days.The matches will now commence from 10.00 am (IST) instead of the scheduled 9.30 am (IST). The cold and dark conditions one thought would be much to the liking of the England players. But, a British journalist (who is covering the match) said that it was to the contrary."The conditions may be a bit similar we dont have this kind of drizzle in England. But, I think the cricketers would prefer to play under hot, sunny conditions, the scribe told Thatscricket.com in an informal chat. A host of British journalists have descended on the city to cover the match. Though, the crowds were not very impressive by numbers on the first session of the first day, there was a sprinkling of British supporters in the Terrace stand.Only the Terrace stand, the stand above the pavilion, wore a full look. Even the complimentary stands didnt have the full house tag attached to them. In fact, the entire ground floor section of the Western stand was vacant, but for the ball boys and groundsmen.But, the crowd at the Terrace stand was having its full quota of fun. A woman with Santa Claus cap, banner wielding youngsters and face painted youth brought in the cheer of festivity what with Christmas just around the corner.And the crowning glory of the day, if at all it can be called that, was the unusual dismissal of Michael Vaughan. The right hand middle order English batsman would go into record and history books as the man who was given out 'handled the ball'. Vaughan became the second English batsman after Gooch to be dismissed in this fashion.