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Price is no problem for these cricket enthusiasts

Staff Reporter

Such was the demand that a Rs. 200 ticket was sold for Rs. 1,500



ROOTING FOR THE HOME TEAM: Cricket fans sporting the Mysore `peta' cheer the Indian team during the India-South Africa second one-day international cricket match at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Saturday. — Photo: K. Bhagya Praka sh .

BANGALORE: For cricket enthusiasts paying Rs. 1,500 or Rs. 18,000 for tickets that actually cost Rs. 200 and Rs. 6,000 respectively did not seem too much on Saturday.

So, they waited near the M. Chinnaswamy stadium looking for that person who could sell them the ticket.

The deal struck, they quickly stood in the long queues leading into the stadium.

"Nothing is more fun than watching the cricket match in the stadium," said Rahul Bose, who came all the way from Kolkata on Saturday to watch the match.

"I just took a chance. I came here (stadium) around 8 a.m. After three hours I found a person who sold a ticket to me," he said. Mr. Bose was among the many who paid Rs. 1,500 for a Rs. 200 ticket. Not everyone was willing to shell out so much of money. Many, including two persons from Scotland, returned disappointed.

`Price too high'

"My friend and I came here today to try and get the tickets. When I asked a few people they quoted a price that I found too much," said Kevin, the Scotsman, who has come to the city to learn Yoga.

For Veerana Gouda and his three friends the journey from Hunnur in Bagalkot district to Bangalore did not pay dividends.

Disappointment

"A few of my friends in Bangalore promised me tickets. But on arrival here in the morning what I heard from them made me feel disappointed," Veerana Gouda said.

He also termed the price quoted by people selling the tickets outside the stadium as too high. "We cannot pay that much," he said. Tickets were being sold at such a high price from under the very nose of the policemen.

The Rs. 200 tickets were being sold at BRV Parade grounds.

The high priced tickets were being sold on the pavement of Queen's Road.

The sellers of such tickets were in great demand.

Those who paid the quoted price quickly got the tickets.

However, the police caught a few people selling such tickets and also those who purchased them.

Excitement

There was the usual excitement among people coming to witness the cricket match. People had their faces painted in various colours.

Some had come to the stadium to cheer the Indian team wearing the traditional Mysore "peta." "We will win today," said the leader of a 20-member cheer group from New Delhi.

Wearing a yellow T-shirt of a company the group entered the VIP stand with drums and bugles.

Contrary to the police announcement people were allowed to enter the stadium with mobile phones.

Traffic hit

Traffic on Queen's Road was affected for nearly an hour after people started coming out of the stadium after the match.

The problem started after people slowly began trooping out just before the completion of the match.

People faced problems in getting autorickshaws as many drivers refused to go on certain routes.

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