IPL: Cricket-crazy locals celebrate Freedom Day watching their stars at Kingsmead

2009-04-27 00:00

Thousands of cricket fans spent their Freedom Day watching two Indian Premier League (IPL) teams battle it out at Kingsmead in Durban yesterday.

People took advantage of the warm weather and packed the grounds to watch the Deccan Chargers take on the Chennai Super Kings in the 16th game of the tournament.

There are eight teams playing in the tournament. Some are owned by Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Priety Zinta.

Cheerleaders and drummers kept the crowds entertained as world-class cricketers Adam Gilchrist, Herschelle Gibbs and Albie Morkel impressed with their skills. Pyro-technic experts dazzled the crowds with fireworks each time a batsman hit a six.

The Padayachee family from Cleland in Pietermaritzburg told The Witness that spending the day watching live cricket was the best way of celebrating Freedom Day.

“It’s just a super day to spend with the family. We are cricket-crazy and we love the Indian team, so we made the trip to Durban to watch them,” said Geshree Padayachee.

She said it was great that the IPL chose to have a game on a public holiday. “There’s no better way to spend a public holiday than at the cricket,” she added.

Another fan who chose to spend the day at the cricket is Samantha Naidoo (21) of Malvern.

Dressed in her finest, Naidoo not only wanted to watch the cricket. but also put herself in line for the Miss Bollywood competition. At each game, a woman is chosen from the crowd and stands a chance to star in a Bollywood production.

“I did my hair and make-up, so I’m hoping I’m chosen. Either way, it’s good watching live cricket rather than being at the beach. Plus the players are really cute,” she said.

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