The 40,000-odd capacity Eden Park was empty in the first half of the India vs Zimbabwe match on Saturday despite it being a weekend. The inconsequentiality of the tie was being cited as the reason. However, in the second session, probably as news spread that India were set a task of chasing 288, people flocked to the ground.
Fans enjoy the atmosphere during the match between India and Zimbabwe at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Thankfully, tickets were still available and a few hundred seats were purchased in and around the innings break. “I’ve sold around 50 tickets and still have a few more. Ticket windows on the other side of the ground are also selling tickets at the moment and there are quite a few takers,” said the ticket window attendant near the Gate C.
By evening, the ground witnessed a very decent turnout with the official turnout being 30,076.
Eden crowd sings ‘We will rock you’
The Indian cricket team’s confidence has come shining through in their performances in this World Cup so far. And that confidence is rubbing off on Indian fans too. Yesterday, at the end of the 43rd over, with the score reading 227 for 4, and the defending champions still needing 61 runs off seven overs at almost 10 runs per over, the crowd confidently sang along as the stadium’s DJ played Queen’s super hit track We will rock you.
Aptly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina stitched up a match-winning partnership of 196 runs to rock the night.