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Mumbai agog for Ambani vs Mallya IPL match

An air of expectancy envelopes the city as it readies to host the first IPL match this evening that will see its Mumbai team clash with the Bangalore squad.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2008 03:03 AM IST

An air of expectancy enveloped the city as it readied to host the first Indian Premier League match on Sunday evening that will see its team Mumbai IPL team clash with the Bangalore IPL team.

Mumbaikars all around the city are readying to cheer their team to glory against the Mallya-owned squad in Wankhede stadium.

Posters of the Mukesh Ambani-owned team, with their determined looks, are evoking an air of excitement among the cricketing fans.

Various parts of the city have been decked up for the first match of the Mumbai IPL team

All eyes are on Mumbai team's skipper Sachin Tendulkar on whether he will play.

However, Mumbaikars are planning to make Sunday evening a special one.

"I am looking forward to the match. The kind of excitement the first two days of the league have created has made me much more enthusiastic and I only hope today Tendulkar plays. It will be the icing on the cake for the crowds," said Vasant Kulkarani, advertising professional from up-market Bandra.

Kulkarani has bought five tickets to take his entire family to watch the match.

Sale of tickets for the match, which started a week back, got a good response, according to the organizers.

Many who stay in distant suburbs of the city are planning to enjoy the live telecast of the match on television either at their home or in a pub or a restaurant.

Sanjib Roy a media professional from Vasai said: "I will enjoy the match in a pub. It is better. Staying in Vasai (and) commuting to the stadium is a big hassle so I will enjoy the match on television."

However, if Tendulkar doesn't play it will definitely disappoint the Mumbai fans.

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