South Africa’s highly effective batting unit suffered a serious disappointment towards Australia, however discovered sufficient assist from the packed Eden Gardens crowd throughout their second World Cup semi-final right here on Thursday.
So, why are Kolkata residents cheering for the Proteas? It was quite simple as they favored the title conflict between India and South Africa on Sunday in Ahmedabad.
Everybody is aware of what the Australians can do in a World Cup remaining. “We’re afraid to see the ultimate between India and Australia, so we wish them to lose at the moment,” stated Rashmi Bhattacharya, a software program skilled who got here together with his 14-year-old son sporting a Quinton de Kock T-shirt.
It represented hundreds of Indian spectators at Eden, who chanted “South Africa, South Africa”, hoping the five-time champion would get out of India’s means.
It may be assumed that inexperienced outnumbers yellow amongst followers, whose quantity on today reached 47,825.
As South Africa suffered an enormous collapse to achieve 24 for 4, the shocked crowd fell silent earlier than discovering their voice to cheer David Miller, who made an important hundred.
Australian openers Travis Head and David Warner reached a excessive whereas chasing 213 fours and sixes as there was an uneasy silence, sometimes damaged by the cheers of a bunch of Australian followers.
However the crowd bought to life when Aiden Markram broke that partnership, bowling Warner.
The semi-final match was attended by ICC delegates together with President Greg Barclay, CEO Geoff Allardyce, New Zealand Cricket Chamber Director Martin and Anne Snedden, ICC South Africa Director Lawson Naidoo, Cricket South Africa CEO Foletsi Makone, Cricket President of South Africa Rihan Richards. and Cricket Australia CEO Nick and Lauren Hockley.
Australia’s World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting rang the customary ‘Eden Bell’ to start out the match.
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(tags for translation)Eden Gardens followers