KKR vs RCB: A party at Eden
Surrounded by 10,000 screaming KKR fans in the J block at Eden Gardens, the Chiefs watched as Mathews and Tiwari took the first match away from RCB.
RCB key performers
Jacques Kallis. He collected his fifty as inconspicuously as our neighbours consumed their Bijali Green (a well-known Kolkata restaurant) food packets, and timed some lovely drives and paddle sweeps.
If I could, I would have..
Magically reconstructed the stadium for this year's IPL. 45,000 fans is atmosphere enough, but 110,000 would have been just something else.
A mix of the vocal, passionate and learned. Every time a batsman would walk out to bat, three men behind us would launch into a discussion of their deeds at the ground.
The Mexican waves were a huge success, and with practise, people of all ages participated. One time it even touched five rounds. Some energy.
Surprisingly sparse in the afternoon session, the crowd swelled as KKR came on to bat, and from then on, the decibel levels rose and rose. And to quote Tony Greig's famous line, people were actually dancing in the aisles.
The DJ played to the crowd by playing Om Shanti Om and Jai Ho repeatedly, Shah Rukh did his bit by waving whenever he was on the big screen and sending the crowds into a frenzy, but the atmosphere in the stand was enhanced by a dholak band that refused to let go of the teen maar throughout the match, and hundreds in the stand obliged by doing a jig when the others tired out.
With the result being what it was, it amounted to a lot of dancing.
Special mention: Kenny from South Park was featured in a dancing jig on the big screen and the teenage girls two rows ahead squealed in joy, their day made.
Shot of the day
With the innings needing some direction, Rahul Dravid walked in and essayed a classic cover drive for four in the tenth over. Eden has been witness to them before. but under lights, in Red & Gold, it was simply majestic. All the ladies in the J stand swooned.
Taunt of the day
Our red jerseys stood out in the sea of purple, and we'd been getting the "Aye Chief Blogger, kya hua tumhare team ko?" jabs all evening but this one took the cake.
After Manoj Tiwari's fourth four, a ten year old in front of us looked back, smiled gleefully at us and mocked most innocently, "It's not your day. Better luck next time!"
Decent entertainment. If only the result was inverted. B
Watch this space for tidbits on the post match fun and games at the hotel. Till then, Ciao!