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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014
Delhiites brave chilly morning to watch Indo-Pak one-dayer
PTI
New Delhi, January 06, 2013
First Published: 14:44 IST(6/1/2013)
Last Updated: 14:45 IST(6/1/2013)

India's series loss against Pakistan failed to lessen the enthusiasm of cricket-crazy fans, who braved a chilly morning and thronged the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium to watch the inconsequential third and final one-dayer between the two arch-rivals on Sunday.

Despite the minimum temperature slipping to the season's lowest, it was a near sell-out crowd at over 45,000 capacity stadium.

The bone-numbingly chill failed to deter the enthusiasm of the young and old alike as Delhiites lined up outside the stadium from as early as 9am.

Even after the start of play, fans could be seen making their way into the stadium as a vociferous crowd cheered every hit to the fence relentlessly.

 A few Pakistani fans could also be seen in the crowd, certainly more than there were in Kolkata or Chennai.

Fleeces, scarfs, jackets, fancy warm hats and gloves -- all were there to be seen as the sun played hide and seek with the clouds.

The national tri-colour fluttered all around the park as people danced and egged on the Indian players to add to an electrifying atmosphere.

A large number of police personnel also mingled with the crowd and enjoyed the proceedings while keeping a close watch on the security.

Some fans covered their heads with team's flag to protect themselves from the cold.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray has blamed "Bihari" migrants for the recent case of gangrape of 23-year-old physiotherapist in New Delhi. "All are talking about the Delhi gangrape, but nobody is asking from where these men came. No one is asking who did this," he said.


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