Hubby's team beats Liz's side in cricket
Model Liz Hurley's team was beaten by her husband Arun Nayar's side in a cricket match on the lawns of the plush Umaid Bhawan Palace here ahead of their Indian-style wedding ceremony.
Hurley and Nayar, who were married in a civil ceremony in Britain's Sudeley Castle last week, on Wednesday flew in Jodhpur with their guests on chartered jets from Mumbai for a second wedding at the palace-turned hotel.
Sources at the hotel said Hurley's all-woman team, clad in pink, was defeated by a team of men led by Nayar, all of them wearing saffron outfits, during the cricket match that was played from 9 pm last night with tennis balls.
Though Nayar was bowled out on the first ball, his team won the game that was limited to 12 overs a side, the sources said.
A traditional mehendi ceremony, in which wet green henna paste is applied to create beautiful patterns on the hands and feet of the bride and her friends before the marriage, was also organised last night.
Melodious folk songs sung by local artistes enthused guests, especially those from Britain and Hollywood who had never experienced a north Indian wedding.
A delay by about seven hours in the arrival of Nayar's entourage changed a programme to hold a musical night at the 11th century Nagaur Fort on Wednesday.
The couple's guests include Hollywood star David Furnish, Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and industrial icons Adi and Parmeshwari Godrej, who hosted a party for them in Mumbai.
Nayar and Hurley will tie the knot according to Indian traditions on Friday evening at the Baradari, a structure with 12 poles, of Umaid Palace.