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Cricket fraternity slam drop-in New York pitch ahead of India, Pakistan T20 World Cup clash

South Africa vs Sri Lanka saw a total of 157 runs at a run rate of 4.42, the lowest in men's T20 World Cup history

Cricket fraternity slam drop-in New York pitch ahead of India, Pakistan T20 World Cup clash PHOTO: AFP

The cricket fraternity have criticized the conditions at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York after a low-scoring T20 World Cup match between Sri Lanka and South Africa.

South Africa bowled out Sri Lanka for 77 runs in 19.1 overs after winning the toss, and took 16.2 overs to chase the target, with only six fours hit in the match.

Both teams struggled on a sticky surface with inconsistent bounce and the outfield slowing the ball.

The match saw a total of 157 runs at a run rate of 4.42, the lowest in men's T20 World Cup history.

The newly constructed stadium will host seven more group stage matches, including the India vs. Pakistan game on Saturday.

Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis described the pitch as “spicy,” while Irfan Pathan remarked that it was unsuitable for T20 cricket.

“Wow this wicket is spicy,” Faf wrote on X.

“Not an ideal pitch for t20 cricket,” Irfan Pathan said.

“You could have a different drop in pitch, maybe, but the outfield?” Harsha Bhogle questioned.

“That’s the thing with drop-in surfaces. Extra layer of grass to begin with. Takes time to settle down. Need cricket to be played on the square for it to become what they end up becoming- good pitches to bat,” former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra wrote on X.

Sri Lanka's top order collapsed against South Africa’s fierce bowling, with Pathum Nissanka scoring 3, Kusal Mendis 19, and Kamindu Mendis 11. Captain Wanindu Hasaranga and Sadeera Samarawickrama both scored ducks. Angelo Mathews top-scored with an unbeaten 16. Anrich Nortje took 4/7, while Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada took two wickets each.

South Africa chased the target in the 17th over, with Quinton de Kock top-scoring with 20. Heinrich Klaasen remained unbeaten on 19*. Wanindu Hasaranga took 2/22 for Sri Lanka.