Demand for Guwahati One-dayer tickets goes up

Published: Sunday, March 17, 2002, 23:34 [IST]
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Guwahati: With the Limited Over series levelled 2-2 as India registered a comfortable victory in Hyderabad, the demand for tickets for the last One-day International match against Zimbabwe to be held at the Nehru Stadium on Tuesday has gone up considerably.Cricket buffs in the city lined up before ticket counters since Sunday morning but all the remaining tickets were sold out within a few hours, leaving many disappointed. The sale of ticket in the first few days was rather lacklustre but India's victory in the day-night encounter at Hyderabad has generated a lot of excitement since it will be the series deciding match.

All the tickets for the match has been sold out and we are expecting a full house on Tuesday, a top official of the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) said. The excitement reached a feverish pitch in late on Sunday afternoon as both the Indian and Zimbabwean team flew into the city by a chartered flight. Both the teams checked in their hotels soon after arriving.

A large crowd gathered in front of the hotel to have a glimpse of the cricketers and cheered the players as they walked out of their bus into the hotel. Apart from captain Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, young Yuvraj Singh who played a match-winning unbeaten innings in Hyderabad drew cheers from the waiting cricket fans. Both the teams will have a practice session on Monday to get acclimatised to the condition before the series deciding contest. Hordes of groundsmen were busy giving the finishing touches to the Nehru Stadium, which is staging an international match after a gap of more than two years.

The ground has not been particularly lucky for the Indian side as it lost the last One-dayer to New Zealand by 46 runs in November 1999. Security arrangements have been beefed up for the crucial match and a large number of policemen will be deployed both inside and outside the stadium to prevent any untoward incident.

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