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Unacceptable! England great slams ‘substandard’ pitch after India skittle out Ireland for 96 runs

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Former England captain Michael Vaughan slammed the ‘substandard’ pitch at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York after India bowled out Ireland for 96 runs in their opening game of the T20 World Cup 2024.

India bowled out Ireland for a paltry 96 runs in the T20 World Cup 2024. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: The pitch at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York once again came under the scanner after India bundled out Ireland for a paltry 96 runs in their opening game of the T20 World Cup 2024 on Wednesday, June 05. The uneven bounce on the sluggish wicket and the slow outfield left many baffled as Ireland batters struggled to score runs on the tacky pitch in New York.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to slam the pitch at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium stating that it is unacceptable to play a World Cup match on such a surface. The pitches in the USA are drop-in wickets which have been made using soil from Australia. The pitches have failed to live up to the expectations in the tournament so far.

Vaughan said he is all for promoting the game in the United States but said it was unfair on the players that they have to play an important tournament like the World Cup on pitches of such inferior quality.

“Trying to sell the game in the states is great .. love it .. but for players to have to play on this sub standard surface in New York is unacceptable .. You work so hard to make it to the WC then have to play on this,” Vaughan wrote in a tweet.

Indian bowlers decimate Ireland

Indian bowlers dominated the proceedings from the onset after skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl first in the game. Pacers Arshdeep Singh and Jasprit Bumrah started brilliantly in the Powerplay with the left-arm pacer striking twice in the same over to dismiss both Irish openers.

Arshdeep dismissed Paul Stirling cheaply on 2 off 6 balls before removing his opening partner Andrew Balbirnie on 5 off 10 balls in the same over. Hardik Pandya and Bumrah then combined to run through the middle order with 5 wickets between them.

Hardik was the pick of the bowlers for India as he finished with brilliant figures of 3/27 off 4 overs while Bumrah finished with 2/6 off his 3 overs. Ireland were skittled out for a paltry 96 runs as India look set for a convincing win in their opening game of the tournament.

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