First semi-final was a blast, last over thrill. South Africa was all set to clinch the game and reach the finals as New Zealand required 12 of the last over. With Worlds No. 2 ODI ranked bowler Dale Steyn to bowl the final over, it looked like South Africa’s game but New Zealand won the thrilling encounter as Grant Elliot smashed the six on the 5th ball of the over when they needed 5 runs off 2 balls.
Skilled immigration is up in Australia by 38% in the last 5 years, and most of the 38% are people who come on a study visa, or a temporary visa, and become permanent residents. And most of them are Indians. With seating capacity of 44,000 people, Sydney Cricket Ground is all set to host, India VS Australia World Cup Semi-Final on 26th March.
According to the organisers, 70% of the tickets for the semi-final are bought by Indian fans. So, Indian cricket team will feel more at home playing in Australia than Australia; thanks to the NRIs and Indian students. Even NRI service experts have received a number of calls and emails to enquire the tickets.
Jimmy Khattar, an NRI working in Sydney for more than 4 years, bought the semi-final tickets well in advance for 90$, is getting 1,000$ offer for the ticket, “I bought the ticket well in advance, not knowing who’s going to play the semi’s but it’s even better now, since it’s India VS Australia, the ground will be full packed and it’s going to be a great encounter,” he said.
With rain prediction Thursday, the game day, let’s hope team India will make the most of the conditions and reach the finals, with the support of fans.
Australia’s skipper Michael Clarke and team-mate David Warner are encouraging their countrymen by sending out identical tweets, saying: “I call on all Australian cricket lovers to paint the SCG gold on Thursday. We need your support. #goldout”