Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Men in Red

Coinciding with the summer vacation and the craze for cricket amongst the masses, there is a 20-over (120 balls bowled) cricket tournament  conducted in India. It is called the Indian Premier League (IPL) and most major cities have a team consisting of top cricket players from all around the world. While the tournament takes more than a month to perk up the interest, build up the tension and end in fireworks, one match takes only around 5 hours- A perfect way to spend a Sunday. With tickets ranging from dirt cheap to living-like-Gods varieties, it was too good to miss an evening of fun with a bit of cricket.

We went to the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, all dressed in Red and Gold to support our home team, the Bangalore Team, The men in Red- Royal Challengers Bangalore against the the Delhi DareDevils.

Chinnaswamy cricket stadium
The Chinnaswamy Stadium in decked in red to support the home team, Royal Challengers Bangalore
The match started only at 8PM but we were in the stadium around 6, before the stadium lights were on.
Cheer leaders are crowd pleasers.
It was not a long wait as we were entertained by the teams coming out for a practice session followed by the toss and by the cheer girls.
free balloons with IPL match at Chinnaswamy stadium
Cheering for the Red Team!
There were many free stuff like these balloons and placards for 4 and 6 that came with our ticket.

Lights on at chinnaswamy stadium
Lights are ready and the game is on at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore

Finally, the lights were on and the players were all ready to get the game rolling!

 It was a great match with RCB leading right from the start with AB Devilliers (South African and my son's absolute favorite cricketer) going bersek and hitting the ball all around the stadium. We missed Gayle (West Indies) and his shots as he was out injured.
This was as close to our handsome and swashbuckling batsman and Vice Captain Virat Kohli that we could ever get!
RCB defeat DD in Chinnaswamy stadium
RCB defeated DD on this wonderful evening and the entire city of Bangalore let out a big sigh of contented relief and we had a great evening hanging with the men in Red!


  1. Wow, RED uniform:)

    Visiting for RT 2- hope you can stop by:)


  2. Great captures. Happy RT2.

    Mine's here.

  3. It must be a great game to watch.

  4. Great pictures, thanks for sharing.

  5. That indeed would be a fun place for entire family.

  6. Cricket has become a great money spinner with IPL! Lovely set of pics!!

  7. Looks like a great game to watch. Happy sky watching.


  8. Love the scene of the game by night light! Lovely photos!

  9. Red is the color for victory!

    My Skywatch post

    Have a great weekend.

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