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Electrifying atmosphere at new-look Kotla

A capacity crowd of 40,000 turned out to watch the ODI, the first being hosted this year.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 17:24 IST

An electrifying atmosphere brought to life the historic Ferozeshah Kotla ground, venue of the first one-dayer between India and England, on Tuesday.

A capacity crowd of 40,000 turned out to watch the match, the first being hosted by the DDCA in a year, the last being the one-dayer between India and Pakistan held in April, 2005.

Sporting a new look, what with the construction work nearly complete, the stadium was thronged by cricket enthusiasts who ensured the home team would not be short on support against a high-on confidence England.

Every run scored by the Indian batsmen was vociferously cheered by the fans while each dismissal was followed by stunned silence.

Maximum cheers were in store for Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was welcomed by a deafening roar from the Delhi crowd.

Although the Delhi batsmen — Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir — flattered to deceive, perishing to ambitious shots after brief stays at the wicket, the crowd still had plenty to root for with some big hitting unleashed by the likes of Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh.

Englnd skipper Andrew Flintoff, who wrote about being hit by pellets the last time he played here in 2002, would perhaps take away some good memories this time around, at least as far as the crowd behaviour is concerned.