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Hrithik sends Shahrukh for a six at IIFA

Published: Saturday, June 11, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Amsterdam:Shahrukh Khan may be the 'King of Bollywood' but when it comes to cricket, there's no beating Hrithik Roshan.

Well, so it appeared when Hrithik team's vanquished Shahrukh's XI by a 30-run margin in the celebrity cricket match at Amsterdam's Olympic stadium last night.

But it was Man of the Match Aftab Shivdasani who hogged the limelight with his antics- nearly taking off a man's head when he hit a sixer into the stands- and bowling out Shahrukh.

"The Shahrukh scalp may have just cost Aftab the chance to work with him in a movie," commentator Boman Irani remarked.

There was some consolation for Shahrukh though - he did win the Best Bowler award.

A 4000-strong crowd, mainly comprising Dutch citizens of Indian origin who paid 30 euros each just to get in, cheered on the filmstars in their new avatar as cricketers, going wild each time someone hit a six.

To spur the amateur cricketers, soundtrack of movie Dhoom blared out each time the ball was hit over the boundary and there were cheerleaders dancing on the sidelines.

There were some professional cricketers too with Aravinda de Silva and Mohammad Azharuddin featuring on rival teams. Aravinda De Silva incidentally bagged the Best Batsman trophy for his performance with the willow.

Bollywood stars Anil Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Saif Ali Khan, Fardeen Khan, Zayed Khan, Dino Morea, Ritesh Deshmukh, Sohail Khan were also seen in action playing along side corporate bigwig Ajay Bijli and Dutch celebrities including 1995 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek.

The day hadn't started off on a great note. Clouds threatened to disrupt the match but to everyone's relief, the rain gods relented and let the Bollywood biggies compete in the match, which started at least two hours late.

Actor Salman Khan did put an appearance, if only to toss the coin. 'Tails' Shahrukh did win over 'Heads' Hrithik but the King Khan appeared to have committed cricketing hara-kiri by opting to field first on the artificial pitch.

Hrithik's team went on to put in a quickfire 205 runs in the allotted 20 overs for the scoreboard hitting 19 sixes in the process. Krajicek hit three sixers and two fours off Zayed Khan in the first over itself.

Batting second, Shahrukh's team could only reach a paltry 176 runs in the allotted overs.

To make the match exciting, batsmen scoring 40 runs were gracefully "retired", while fielders could be replaced after staying on the field for a minimum of three overs.

Cheering the rival teams from the sidelines were tinseltown celebrities Preity Zinta, Urmila Matondkar, Gauri Khan, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Feroz Khan.

But current heart-throb Abhishek Bachchan did put in a brief appearance - taking a round of the stadium, waving to the crowds. Commentators Chunky Pandey, Boman Irani and Neelam Kothari proved that Navjot Singh Sidhu might just face some strong competition.

Like in the past, our 'desi' filmstars were batting it out for a noble cause at this year's International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards Weekend. The celebrity cricket match raised funds for the welfare of Indian film industry artistes.

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