By Manpreet Singh Bhatia
Jamshedpur, May 19: Jamshedpur is a cricket-crazy city! The crowd turned up in huge numbers to watch the Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Fan Park in G Town ground on Saturday afternoon.
In a must win game for both the franchisee, Royal Challengers Bangalore took on Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur but seeing the excitement among the fans, it seemed the G. Town was hosting the IPL match. There were long queues from 2 pm which continued till late in the evening.
The lovers of the game had a stadium like feel watching the match live at the IPL Fan Park. BCCI with an aim to provide stadium like experience of watching the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in cities which don’t host the T20 cricket organises IPL Fan Park.
According to BCCI’s promotional campaign, Jamshedpur has been selected to host two-day IPL Fan Park which was kicked-off on Saturday at G Town Ground.
At the 32x18ft giant screen the match began where Royal Challengers Bangalore took on Rajasthan Royals at 4 PM and Sunrisers Hyderabad locked horns with Kolkata Knight Riders at 8 PM.
The long queues of the vehicles near the G. Town ground and huge crowd presence resulted in road jam. Fans specially the teenagers were seen standing to queues to enter the venue and have their space secured.
As Rajasthan Royals’ Rahul Tripathi and Heinrich Klaasen were hitting RCB’s Tim Southee and Mohammed Siraj all over the park the fans at the G. Town ground were cheering for every boundary hit.
In between the overs, bollywood songs added much oomph to the atmosphere with fans dancing their heart out.
Virat Kohli’s fans were in high spirits after the first innings as Rajasthan team had scored 164 and RCB had a good chance of winning. They were dejected by the early dismissal of Virat but soon Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers attacked the opposition bowlers with a 55 run partnership which was cheered by one and all at the Fan Park.
Looking all set to win the match; Rajasthan Royals’ Shreyas Gopal turned the match in his team’s favour taking 4 wickets for 16 runs. RCB lost the match by 30 runs and are out of IPL 2018.
Face painting stall was also put up at the Fan Park which drew cricket fans in large numbers. Small children, youths, girls and men were indulged in face painting.
Cricket fans had their face painted with the names of Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders.
The entertainment stalls including merchandise, food, beverages, kids zone, face painting, games stall, bowling zone and other activations by IPL’s official sponsors added to the electric atmosphere.
In the bowling zone, the fans were given a chance to bowl which they enjoyed a lot.
Several prominent people of the city were present at the Fan Park to enjoy the matches. The lucky draw winner was awarded a Vivo mobile handset.