Bangaloreans, wasn't the lathi-charge worth it?

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Published: Monday, February 28, 2011, 12:15 [IST]
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In their mad scramble for rapidly-depleting tickets from a limited stock for the highly anticipated India Vs England tie, Bangalore fans risked life and limb. What other choice do you have when you're subjected to a charge from fierce baton-wielding policemen who don't even allow you to queue up?

Wasn't the lathi-charge worth it?

But coming off a scintillating, rip-rollicking ride of a game on Sunday evening, which ended in a rare stalemate, it seems all the pain and trauma in the lead-up to the match was vindicated. It was definitely worth going through a few beatings to witness such a spectacle of match.

After all, in how many encounters do you see two centuries, including one from the crowd-favourite Sachin Tendulkar (who struck his way to his 5th World Cup ton); bursts from fast bowlers on both sides (England's Tim Bresnan took 5/48 and India's Zaheer Khan replied with 3/64); a see-saw battle with either side slipping and sliding before regaining ground; and to top it off, the tied result, of course!

The crowd even got some additional attractions to provide full value for their money, injury and inconvenience - like a blazing cameo from Indian opener Virender Sehwag, who made 35 off 26 and a few big biffs from captain M S Dhoni and middle order-bat Yusuf Pathan.

Even the threat of rain, which had been lingering over the city in the past week, didn't disrupt proceedings and stayed away like a good sport.

So, all in all, it doesn't sound like a bad deal - get a thrashing to watch your favourite batsman thrash the opposition and get thrashed in return. The police may have had desperate fans on the run, but at the end of the day, it was the run-fest at Chinnaswamy that mattered the most.

Oneindia Cricket

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