The match between Pakistan and the Netherlands at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad featured half-empty stands for the second straight day of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup.
On a beautiful day, around 5,400 supporters entered the stadium by 3.30 p.m., with the number growing to 7,531 by 5.30 p.m. By the end of Pakistan’s innings, the total had risen to 8,196. The stadium has a total capacity of over 39,000 people.
New Canopy: A new canopy over the East Stand provided fans some refuge from the blazing heat. The South Stand’s damaged canopy had been restored. However, owing to continuing matches, work of the West Stand cover was halted.
Stadium Improvements: The stadium received new LED floodlights, and approximately 10,000 new seats were installed in the ground-level stands. The people was given free drinking water.
supporters’ Reaction: Despite the city hosting a World Cup match after a lengthy absence, supporters’ reaction was tepid. The Uppal stadium hosted its first World Cup match, and just the third in the city’s history.
Support for Pakistan: Despite the absence of a Pakistani crowd, the squad received enthusiastic support from Hyderabad cricket enthusiasts.
Media Absence:Due to delayed visa authorization for 50 journalists, there were no journalists from Pakistan.
Local Connection: For Netherlands cricketer Teja Nidamanuru, who is from Vijayawada, it was a great homecoming. He has relations in Hyderabad and is looking forward to playing his maiden World Cup match in the city.
Despite the low turnout, the match delivered a one-of-a-kind experience for cricket fans in Hyderabad, particularly those rooting for the Netherlands and Pakistan sides.
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