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Women's WT20: Feel-good factor for India eves despite loss

Indian women's team play in front of packed Stadium during their knockout clash against Windies

Mohali: It was a given that the crowds would fill the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium for the India vs Australia do-or-die encounter under floodlights, but since their ticket also allowed them to watch the India vs West Indies women’s game, one expected a better turn-out for involving the eves.

Fans cheer the Indian women's team during their World Twenty20 tie against West Indies at the PCA Stadium in Mohali yesterday. Pic/PTI
Fans cheer the Indian women's team during their World Twenty20 tie against West Indies at the PCA Stadium in Mohali yesterday. Pic/PTI

However, that wasn’t the case until the India batswomen took the field in the second half of the game. The seats started filling up and by the time the match reached its climax, the stands were almost full – a clear feel good factor for the Indian women’s team.

“A lot of people turned up for Pakistan match in Delhi too. It was a good experience to play in such a crowded stadium,” India skipper Mithali Raj said. The crowd really got behind the Indian women’s team with chants of ‘India jeetega’ when they needed 10 off the final over to surpass West Indies’ 114-8. “When we are in the ground, we are completely zoned out, but the girls would have enjoyed that atmosphere,” Mithali said after the Indian eves were knocked out of the tournament.

Indian superstars cheer for the girls
The heart-breaking loss to West Indies yesterday which knocked the Indian women’s team out of the ICC World T20 left Mithali Raj & Co shattered. However, the Indian men’s superstars were seen cheering the women’s counterparts from the sidelines before warming up for their crucial tie against Australia.

Double-header problems
WITH the International Cricket Council deciding to hold the India women’s and men’s clash on the same day at the Punjab
Cricket Association Stadium, it resulted in the women’s team, who played before the men’s, vacating the dressing room in a hurry as soon as their match was completed. The Indian women’s team waited in the PCA restaurant area before they could pack their stuff and leave for the hotel. West Indies, meanwhile, had packed their bags in the innings break and were the first to leave the stadium.

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