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IPL Experience

As the whole country is suffering from an IPL frenzy both on and off the field it was only natural that I will be a victim of the IPL bug too. Thankfully I was part of the excitement on the field and not a part of off the field event (though the latter would have meant good looking bank balance).
Me and my friends went to see the match between Kings XI (though they performed like losers) and RCB (who by the way are knocked out of the tournament now) at Mohali. Thankfully we bought the tickets for the night match because it was so hot that day and 4:00pm match would have been total disappointment. Well anyway the match began and Kings XI was put to bat first. For those of you who have not seen the match from the stadium (yes I will rub it in), it was truly a different experience, much better than TV could provide. To begin with the atmosphere is electrifying and lush green outfield is a treat to watch.
You should have seen Steyn charging and bowl at 150 kph, exhilarating I must say. When Sangakara smashed him for the boundary, the sound from the bat gives you goose bumps. Not only was RCB up against Kings XI but it was also up against the home crowd. The noise, constant music and the chants from the crowd is sure to make players go nuts. Unfortunately for me, I am Bangalore sorry Bengaluru fan and hence the only one to cheer during Marsh dismissal and attracted some stare. I was particularly afraid of a girl sitting in front of me(must be 12 something), my god the way she stared at us everytime we made cheered, it almost felt like she was my school teacher. Though later in the night I gained in confidence and gave her stare back, she really was a Hitler (God bless her parents).
Anyways moving on the cricket field, Kings XI managed a decent score and RCB had to chase a stiff target. Theirs openers did not fire but then KP did, scoring a thoughtful and brisk half century. He was ably supported by Kohli but then the night belonged to Uthappa and the way he smashed two sixes off the Brett Lee over took the match away from KingsXI. This is one sight I would not forget in a hurry. Brett Lee firing up 150 something’s and the way he was manhandled by Uthappa. It’s a disappointment that he is not making the team during world cup but then he proved himself worthy of the money spent on him by the franchise. The match ended and gave a favourable result for me at least though the home crowd was disappointed and they had a good reason what with the sloppy fielding and sweaty palms.
IPL sure has changed the complexion the way cricket is played and its more pleasant considering it’s only three hours and there is glamour associated with it. By the way cheer leaders look better in person than on TV. Hope the off field events do not spoil IPL.


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