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In Pictures: Sri Lanka Vs India, World Cup 2011 Final

April 2, 2011

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The mounting pressure begins to affect Sangakkara, whose second-string bowlers cannot provide adequate support for Lasith Malinga and Muttiah Muralitharan against the fourth-wicket duo

Cricket World Cup final: India v Sri Lanka in photos:

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Cricket and rising prices: A man carrying a cylinder of gas passes by a group of youth watching yesterday’s World Cup final on a television set. Gas and fuel prices were increased on Friday while the country was gripped by cricket fever ahead of yesterday’s final. Pic by Sanaka Viddhanagama ~ sundaytimes.lk

Flag-waving fans hit the streets as World Cup fever reaches peak

Thousands of Sri Lankan cricket enthusiasts gathered in front of their television sets at home and at wide screens installed at many public places to be a part of the historic day when Sri Lanka took on India at the finals of the World Cup at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

Cricket fever was mounting from early Saturday morning with flag-waving fans gathering to watch the match.

Commuters passing through Pettah were able to witness a ceiling of national flags that covered the entire area with traders proudly displaying the ‘lion’ flag, decorating streets and houses. Though Sri Lanka was defeated, ealier in the day, papare bands were heard as thousands gathered around mega screens telecasting the World Cup final. Clad in Sri Lanka T-shirts and painted faces, young men and women cheered their team a thousand miles away across the ocean.

It was not only the roads that were deserted, most shops put up their shutters by noon. The usual buzz at bus stops, hospitals, police stations and supermarkets was dampened by the cricket fever. From the Welikada prison, where inmates were given special permission to watch the match, to the humblest of homes, they were all joined in silent prayer for Sri Lanka’s success. [courtesy: thesundaytimes.lk]

From Troy Benz of Madrid, Spain, a Traveler in Sri Lanka:

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1 Comments

Now that we lost we await the words of wisdom from the Graet Oracle Chinthanaya. Petrol, Diesel and Gas up while the nation was tranquilised by a good dose of cricket and patriotism. Whats the matter minor matter. Are we worried No No.

Posted by: SriLankan | April 2, 2011 10:05 PM

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