KOLKATA, April 6: I do not have the words to describe the amazing feeling that I had as Delhi Daredevils achieved victory over Kolkata Knight Riders at the jam-packed Eden Gardens last night. I felt as if I was playing the match and not just watching it. I was feeling it, living it. I was one of the few diehard Daredevils fans cheering my team on throughout the game, among the 56,000-plus crowd at the magnificent stadium.
It wasn't just a battle between the two teams on Thursday night; the Pathan brothers were lined up against one another; as were two best friends as captains of rival teams. For the first couple of hours, it looked as if nature has something else in store for the cricket lovers but the rain didn't dampen the spirits at Kolkata and the match started at 10:30.
The purple-golden coloured flags fluttered all around and people were dancing and blowing their horns to create an electrifying atmosphere at Eden Gardens. Most of the fans present, lent their full-throttled support to the home team and the only thing you could hear was “Korbo Lorbo Jeetbore,” and “KKR, KKR, KKR!” Mexican waves went around every now and then and the fans seemed to be in a party mood, confident that their team will live up to their expectations.
The light towers spanning all the way up to the sky and the cool breeze blowing. No one can resist falling in love with the Eden Gardens. There were a few thousand Delhiites present to support their team. Some of them travelled more than 1000 kilometers to watch their team play their opening match and trust me they were not disappointed at the end of the day. Less in number though, the Delhi Daredevils’ fans were enthusiastic and made their presence felt at the Eden Gardens.
Invited to bat first by Virender Sehwag in a curtailed 12-over match, Kolkata Knight Riders had a torrid time batting against the pacer, Morne Morkel, as he struck the timber three times. They somehow managed to avoid an all-out and posted a target of 98 for the DelhiDaredevils.
After a solid start from the skipper Sehwag and Aaron Finch, Irfan Pathan took the bowlers to the cleaners and played a match winning innings of 42 runs which included three sixes and two fours. “It was a good toss to win. It was Viru’s decision to bat me up the order and I am happy that it worked for the side” says Irfan Pathan, at a media conference after the match. Morne Morkel looked extremely happy and acknowledged the victory as vital for team’s confidence and momentum whereas Head Coach, Eric Simons, was happy with the good overall performance from the side.
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