The series-deciding fifth T20 international between India and South Africa was called off at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru despite the much-improved drainage facility at the venue.
The final T20I had to be abandoned after just 3.3 overs of play, with both teams sharing the trophy as the series ended 2-2.
In 2017, M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru became the first cricket stadium in the world to install the next generation SubAir subsurface aeration and vacuum-powered drainage system from US-based firm SubAIr Systems.
What is the sub air system in a cricket stadium?
The SubAir surface aeration and vacuum-powered drainage system, or simply the SubAir system, refers to a technology that helps prevent water logging as it is capable of draining water 36 times faster than normal conditions.
The system functions by sucking the water out via the super absorption pipes at the rate of over 10,000 litres a minute from the time it begins to rain at the ground. The technology works via activated signals from the remote sensors installed in the field.
The state-of-the-art facility was installed to eliminate the need of match cancellations or delays due to wet outfield conditions.
According to the US-based SubAir Systems, the company claims that its technology will also help the curators at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium to develop a healthier, stronger and safer turf.
The aeration function of the SubAir system offers an optimal growing environment for the root zone, thereby minimising turf diseases, algae, excessive thatch and black layer. The firm also states that the aeration function also helps in reducing the surface temperature on the ground, making it more comfortable for the players.
The Karnataka Cricket Association (KCA) had installed the SubAir system at a cost of INR 4.25 crore. The maintenance cost of the state-of-the-art technology is around INR 7 lakh annually.
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