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India vs England 3rd Test: Motera Cricket Stadium to be Renamed as Narendra Modi Stadium

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India vs England 3rd Test: Motera Cricket Stadium to be Renamed as Narendra Modi Stadium

The Motera Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad will be renamed the Narendra Modi Stadium ahead of the 3rd Test between India and England on Wednesday. Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India, will inaugurate the new stadium, which is set to be the largest cricket stadium in the world with a capacity of 1,10,000.

With its massive seating capacity, the Narendra Modi Stadium is now the world’s largest cricket stadium and second-largest sports ground in the world. With its extensive reconstruction and renovation, the venue currently seats more than Melbourne Cricket Ground, in Australia and the iconic Eden Gardens, which has the third-highest spectator capacity of 66,349.

The stadium witnessed its first international Test match during the 1983-84 India vs West Indies series, while the last one was against the current opponent in 2012. The first One-Day International (ODI) was played during the 1984-85 India vs Australia series. While the last ODI was in 2014 against Sri Lanka, before it was completely brought down in 2015. In total, the Motera stadium has hosted a total of 35 international games of cricket – 12 Tests, 23 ODIS and T20I’s.

India and England have clashed in two Test matches so far at the ground. The first Test in 2001 between the two ended in a draw, while the hosts emerged victorious in the second game which took place a decade later in 2012. However, the upcoming third Test between both sides will be its day-night affair and the second one to be held in the country after the pink-ball Test against Bangladesh in 2019 at the Eden Gardens.



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Another Winning Chase: Afridi, Wiese Lead Lahore To Victory

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Another Winning Chase: Afridi, Wiese Lead Lahore To Victory

KARACHI, Pakistan: Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi and David Wieses late charge spurred Lahore Qalandars to a six-wicket win over defending champion Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League on Sunday.

Afridi returned figures of 3-27, with his ferocious bowling reaching speeds of 94 mph (around 150 kph). That helped to restrict Karachi to 186-9 despite half centuries by Sharjeel Khan (64) and Afghanistans Mohammad Nabi (57).

The win pushed Lahore to the top of the points table alongside Peshawar Zalmi with both teams having six points after four games.

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