Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Cricket at Moses Mabhida!

Last Sunday (9th January) a group of us went to watch South Africa take on India in a T20 (Twenty-20) International cricket match. But more than the excitement of watching some of my cricketing heroes playing live, the match was being played at Durban's brand-new Moses Mabhida stadium, built for the FIFA World Cup last year. The pitch had been converted for cricket and the atmosphere around the ground was amazing!

The stadium was a sell-out with 50,000 people packed in to watch the Proteas (South Africa's national cricket team) take on the might of India. And although South Africa came up several runs short and lost the game, it was still a wonderful experience to be part of the largest crowd to ever watch a cricket game on the African continent!

The teams make their way out onto the pitch. SA in green; India in blue.

The teams stand for the national anthems.

SA cricket legend Makhaya Ntini bowls in his final match.

My friends intently watch the game - we even managed to win over a few Americans!

The stadium from above.

South Africa's run-chase did not get off to the greatest of starts. Here Hashim Amla is bowled...

But there was still lots of cheering for South African fans!

Although SA lost, there was still plenty to celebrate, as SA fans said farewell to one of our sporting heroes, Makhaya Ntini.

After the match there was a concert to celebrate 150-years of Indians being in South Africa.

The sun sets on a great day!

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