From conviction, hope and enthusiasm to tension, desperation and eventually jubilation, emotions rode high among the crowds watching the match with their neighbours in the city’s housing societies.
Grant Road's Sri Siddheshdeep Housing Society had put up two large screens for residents of its six wings, who whooped wildly at the fall of Sri Lanka’s first wicket and cheered every well-fielded ball thereafter.
“We are confident India will win, and we are prepared to party with flags, food, drums and a DJ,” said Paresh Kaliwada, the colony’s cultural secretary who watched the match with 600 neighbours.
After Sri Lanka’s massive 275 in the first innings, however, a silent gloom enveloped viewers. Residents of Dadar’s Rahul Apartments, situated right opposite Tendulkar’s school Shardashram, sat biting their nails as India’s second wicket fell.
“Our boys started bursting their crackers in the interval itself so they wouldn’t be wasted in case India loses,” said resident Neelam Desai, whose building had put up a screen right outside their gate for the public to benefit too.