After a long wait, the cricket lovers of the tricity got to have their share of the IPL pie and they showed no qualms in gulping down the excitement with full heart.
Filled-to-the-brim PCA stadium stands, where Kings XI Punjab took on Mumbai Indians on Wednesday, were ample proof of how sorely had the locals missed live cricketing action in their own backyard.
The huge turnout could also be attributed to the Kings XI’s rollicking for m this season, who have already booked their berth in the playoffs; they will be playing two more matches here before going into the next stage.
“We have come here to cheer for the Kings XI Punjab. They have been perfor ming exceptionally well this year, and I believe they will win the IPL this time,” said Viraj Singh, a resident of Chandigarh, who had come to the venue with his five friends.
“I also hope that Manan Vohra hits a fifty in this match. That he is from Chandigarh only gives us a lot of excitement, and he too has performed well this time around, ” added Viraj.
Vohra did his best to l ive up to the expectations, making 34-ball 36 to become the second highest scorer for the team in the match, helping his team reach a competitive total of 156 for 8.
But even before the action started, the crowd at the PCA went crazy. It was the moment Sachin Tendulkar appeared in the middle.
Mumbai Indians have appointed the retired Indian cricket legend as the franchise's icon for the season, and he practised with his team for almost 1 hour before bidding goodbye to a full throttle crowd.