IPL 9 brings carnival to Bengaluru stadium
Updated - Apr 18, 2016 9:50 am
This summer is clearly the hottest summer in Bangalore. No one can recall the last time the city and its people faced up to temperatures in excess of 40 degrees. While the heat was certainly turned on, the Bengaluru faithful who thronged the M Chinnaswamy Stadium to witness their stars in action failed to take note of the heat. The IPL 9 is entertainment and the city of Bangalore became a carnival of sorts.
Speaking to the reporters present, a young student illustrated the illuminating experience he went through to watch the RCB players in action.
“Getting through some of the 20 gates into the stands is tough, as queues are not only a km long but also slow-moving due to security checks, causing anxiety in finding a seat in crowded galleries. It’s worth the trouble, as it’s a sheer fun watching the game here with friends and other crazy fans,” said college student S. Dayanand.
Apart from Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers gave the 30,000 odd Bengaluru faithful something to cheer about. The frenzied crowd was absolutely on the edge of their seats. Others were on their feet and refused to sit down as the ball was deposited into the stands with monotonous regularity.
“AB and Kohli brought the stadium live after Gayle left without entertaining us again for the second time this season. Though Kohli has been in the runs for long, de Villiers is the new RCB hero as has been in top form and sheer joy watch him play lovely shots,” said a beaming Murali Krishna from the pavilion stands.
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli stitched an impressive partnership of a 107 in 65 deliveries. However, the partnership didn’t hold a candle to the 157-run partnership between the two against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Despite the fall of de Villiers in the 12th over, the fans were treated to yet another 63-run partnership between Shane Watson and Kohli. Watson, in particular, gave the crowd something to cheer about by depositing the ball into the stands on three separate occasions.