Monday, June 16, 2014

My first IPL match experience with White Mischief..

IPL is considered to be the biggest revolutions in Indian cricket. It has gone into the second half of its initial ten year plan and it is so evident that the high profile tournament has passed the test of time with flying colors.

There are lot of contests during the season where you get an opportunity to meet players and watch those awesome matches live from stadium.

One such opportunity came knocking at my door from the brand "White Mischief" itself and I was all set to grab it. You must have heard about the proverb "Dono haath mai Ladoo" , but did you got a chance to experience it? If no then don't feel disheartened as everyone has their first time as it was mine.

White Mischief was kind enough not only to provide me with 2 passes for the match , Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals but also give me a chance to meet the ever gorgeous and lively Cheerleaders.

My bad that they had to fly early and we couldn't meet but nevertheless I was excited about the match.

The venue for the match, Wankhede Stadium.was the host to numerous international matches.

I and my friend Stephen were all set to bleed blue. As we got down at Churchgate station and headed towards the stadium, the ambiance was superb. The street was sea of blue , with MI tees and flags all around. There were around 7-8 gates for entry into the stadium and ours was Gate 2.

Our seats were in Block 4 , right at the top of the stadium. Though we were a bit disappointed by the seat selection but the atmosphere brought our smiles back. I don't have words to express that breathtaking moment when we entered the block and the ground was right in front of us. What a view, just one word, WOW..

We quickly took our seat and waited for the match to start. This was the last playoff match of IPL and probably the biggest of all. The fate of both the teams was at stack as only one of them was going to get the final playoff spot. MI won the toss and asked the visitors to take strike. Sanju Samson made sure he gave his team a good start. Though one of my favorite player Shane Watson got out early, Karun Nair who came one down supported Sanju well.  Duo went for an all-out attack and made 100 run stand just from 57 balls.

After both of them got out , Brad Hodge and James Faulkner joined forces and smashed MI bowlers out of the ground. Such a rock solid batting performance propelled RR to a huge total of 189.

Scoring 190 from just 14.3 overs was a very tough task.

The start was good from Simmons and Hussey but soon both of them found their way to the pavilion.
Then came Corey Anderson , who did the unbelievable. He along with Rayudu went after the RR attack with all their might and dispatched the blowers to all part of the ground. The crowd was on the edge with just 10 runs to win of the last 3 balls. First ball went for a single , while the next went for a six. Needing just 2 runs of the last ball was looking very much gettable when Rayudu was run out while running the 2nd one.

The atmosphere got really emotional when Rayudu on returning towards the pavilion sat down and started crying. Everyone got behind him and started cheering his name.

Scores were tied and both the teams had the same net run rate. MI was still in the chance to qualify if they made the ball travel to the boundary. Thanks to Aditya Tare the ball traveled over the rope for a massive six letting MI seal an emphatic victory and their passage to the playoffs.

It was one of the greatest T20 match ever where emotions took center stage. People were chanting names of "Corey" , "Rayudu" & "Tare". At one moment there was joy and relief which was transformed into tension with a fall of wicket. Regardless you are a MI or RR fan, you have to admit that this was one of the most sensational game of cricket.

Thanks a lot "White Mischief" again.

Here is me dancing with the cheerleaders, celebrating MI victory.

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