Sunday, March 20, 2016

Pictures and Videos from the South Africa England Clash in the ICC WT20 2016 played at Wankhede in Mumbai

18th March 2011. I visited the hallowed Wankhede Stadium for the first time ever to witness a Cricket Match Live. It was the ICC 50 over World Cup 2011 and the match was between Sri Lanka, a team that I strongly support and New Zealand, a team that is likeable on and off the field.

 There was plenty of support for the Lankan Team that day 5 years ago!!

Two Friends, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, combined to torment the Kiwi's with a stand of almost 150 runs! Sanga made 111, Mahela 66.

Murli, then ran through the Kiwi line up - 
picking up 4 wickets in his 8 overs for just 25 runs!

Move 5 years forward. 18th March 2016. I went to watch South Africa take on England at the Wankhede, this time in the ICC WT20 2016. It turned out to be a cracking match with over 450 runs being scored in under 40 overs. I had a great view of the happenings on the field, having secured a seat in the Sunil Gavaskar Stand.

Here are some of the Pictures and Videos that I captured from that day! Enjoy!!

The Team Buses - Ready to ferry the Players from the Trident to the Wankhede, 
the Players must have enjoyed the Marine Drive Ride!

Wankhede looked pristine, filling up slowly - the crowd had waited in the searing heat to get in almost 3 hours before the game started!

The South African team arrived to a huge applause and 
chants of ABD... ABD... filled the air!

South Africa were the team that had the support of, I reckon, 90% of the crowd. 
AB De Villiers probably had 100%!

The match started furiously with both Amla and De Kock hitting 4's and 6's at will, they put on almost a 100 in just 7 overs!!

De Kock hit superbly through the off side, I managed to capture this wonderful lofted Cover Drive!

The huge crowd was on it's feet when De Villiers walked out, a huge roar greeted him and the chants reverberated in the Wankhede again... ABD... ABD... ABD...

The English made a spirited start to a huge chase, Hales and Roy putting up a show before Joe Root continued the assault with a calculated innings!

Chris Jordan was out caught brilliantly in the deep off the first ball of the last over by JP Duminy but the match was almost as good as over by then!

In the end, it was a stroll in the park for England, they needed just a solitary run off the last over to chase down the huge 230 set by the Protea team!!

I had a wonderful time at the Wankhede, a boisterous and colourful crowd adding to the atmosphere of this important WT20 2016 clash.

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