Motera to become world's biggest cricket stadium

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The stadium host the World Cup quarterfinal between India and Australia in 2011.

India will soon be home to the largest cricket stadium in the world with the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium, also commonly known as the Motera Stadium, all set to be expanded to a capacity of 110,000.

Once the work is completed, the stadium will overtake the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) as the cricket venue with the highest capacity for spectators. The MCG can currently hold 100,024 people and was the venue for the ICC Cricket World Cup final in 2015.

The construction work with regards to the expansion of the Motera Stadium will be undertaken by India-based company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and is expected to be completed within two years.

“The ground is ready to be handed over to the construction company. The new stadium, when completed, will be the largest cricket stadium in the world which will be made to meet all the latest the international standards,” read a press release from the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA).

The Motera can currently hold upto 54,000 people and has hosted 12 Test matches till date. It also played host to the famous World Cup quarterfinal between India and Australia in 2012 – a match which was won by India, who would later go on to lift the prestigious trophy on home soil.

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Top tweets as India gain advantage of fourth Test

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Murali Vijay is batting on 70 for India.

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten 107-run partnership propelled India’s score to 146/1 at the end of play on day two in the fourth Test against England at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

India are still 254 runs behind England, who were bowled out for exactly 400 earlier in the day, but have nine wickets in hand.

For England, Jos Buttler notched up his sixth Test half-century as his partnership of 54 with Jake Ball for the ninth wicket gave a second wind to the visitors’ innings. Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers, with figures of 6/112, with spin partner Ravindra Jadeja picking up the remaining four wickets.

While there was praise for Pujara and Vijay from former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra and commentator Harsha Bhogle, former England cricketer and commentator David Lloyd felt that using three commentators at the same time – a practice used in the ongoing series – is an overkill.

Here, we look at the top tweets from day two of the fourth Test:

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IN PICS: Vijay-Pujara partnership helps India take upper hand

India will be pleased with the current state of the match at the end of play on day two in the fourth Test against England at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

The hosts were 146/1 at stumps on Friday, thanks to a seventh 100-run partnership from Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara in Test cricket. Vijay was unbeaten on 70, while Pujara is just three runs away from reaching a well-deserved half-century.

Earlier in the day, Jos Buttler frustrated India with his 76 - a knock which included six fours and one six. Buttler's 54-run ninth partnership with Jake Ball helped the visitors reach the 400-run mark, despite being reduced to 334/8 in the morning session.

Ravichandran Ashwin registered the 23rd five-wicket haul of his Test career, ending the England innings with figures of 6/112. All 10 of England's wickets were taken by spinners, with left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja accounting for the other four English batsmen. Trailing by 254 runs, with nine wickets in hand, India will feel that they have the advantage in this game at the moment. England's bowlers, especially spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, will have to put in a much-improved performance on Saturday if Alastair Cook's men are to get a first innings lead. BRIEF SCORES England 400 all out [Jennings 112, Buttler 76, Ashwin 6/112, Jadeja 4/109] lead India 146/1 [Vijay 70*, Pujara 47*, Ali 1/44] by 254 runs.

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