IPL 2024: Power at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium restored ahead of SRH-CSK clash

Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on April 5.

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Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. (Photo Source: BCCI)

The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is all set to host the 18th game of the ongoing IPL (Indian Premier League) 2024 on Friday, April 5. However, ahead of the clash, the venue in Hyderabad faced power issues.

The Telangana Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) disconnected the power supply to the stadium due to the unpaid dues, which have now exceeded INR 3 crore. However, after negotiations between the Uppal stadium management and TSSPDCL, the power in the stadium has been restored after a court directive. 

After immediate intervention by the court, the Uppal stadium management received a notice from TSSPDCL which urged the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) to pay at least half of the dues (INR 1.63 crore) immediately. Furthermore, the court directed for the power supply to be restored after one-half of the payment is made. 

The remaining bill has to be cleared in two installments. 25 percent each within two months, with the second payment to be given by the end of April and the last one by the end of May.

“We have served the notice on HCA on Feb 20 to pay the pending arrears within 15 days. But, they have not cleared dues so far. We were forced to cut power supply to the stadium," a TSSPDCL was quoted as saying by Mint. 

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SRH-CSK expected to be high octane clash

Speaking of the clash between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings, the campaign for the Pat Cummins-led side has been a roller coaster ride so far. Having played three games in the tournament, Hyderabad have managed to register one victory and lost the remaining two matches. Their performances have seen them sit in seventh place in the standings with two points in three matches. 

On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings, who have also played three games in the tournament so far, have managed to register two wins and a loss. The side currently sits in third place in the standings with four points in three matches, and after travelling to Hyderabad, the five-time champions will be hopeful of registering their fourth win of the season.

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