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For many, cricket came with a cocktail

mumbai Updated: Apr 03, 2011 02:24 IST
Soubhik Mitra

The atmosphere in the city's pubs was almost like that at Wankhede on Saturday.

Whistles, drums, small placards and the Mexican waves -- antics common to the stadium were present at all the pubs too.

Penal Desai, a collegian was part of one such group at Bandra’s Mumbai Times Café’. “We tried very hard to get match tickets but could not. So, we decided to create an ambience similar to that in the stadium,” said Penal Desai, 21, who was partying at Bandra’s Mumbai Times Café’.

Bars and restaurants across the city had announced deals for match day. “At around 4pm a few pubs had to temporarily block entry because there was no place left to stand,” said a restaurant manager at Lower Parel requesting anonymity.

Sabrish Hedge, a management student, stayed up all of Friday night to create victory slogans for India. “I wanted to feel as if we were cheering the team from the stands,” said Hegde, who was screaming his slogans at Bonobo, a pub in Bandra.