City gears up for a big finale

Rujuta Parekh
Sunday, 18 June 2017

Pune: Expect Pune streets to bear a deserted look on Sunday as the cricket fever will grip the city with the much awaited India vs Pakistan match in the Champions Trophy final in London. 

Pune: Expect Pune streets to bear a deserted look on Sunday as the cricket fever will grip the city with the much awaited India vs Pakistan match in the Champions Trophy final in London. 

Restaurants and lounges, that had announced a special screening of the match, are already overbooked as not only cricket enthusiasts but citizens, in general, are eagerly awaiting the epic battle. Social media promotions of a city-based brewery, Irish Village, for instance, are promoting it with multiple big screens and exciting offers for customers from the first ball to last ball.

Another lounge, Wynkk, is also gearing up for the ‘Clash of the Titans’.
Likewise, special screenings and offers have been planned at Toss Sports Lounge: Mundhwa and Lullanagar, 11 East Street Cafe, High Spirits, Swig Bar and Eatery, Hidden Place, Classic Rock Coffee Co, Aufside Sports Bar, The Tap Room - Malaka Spice, to name a few. 

Memes and jokes
Social media is also going berserk with posts about the match since India’s easy win against Bangladesh on Thursday.  

Tweets like ‘Anushka ke devar vs Sania ke devar’, ‘#CT17 Pakistan some how reach finals but remember 18th june is #FathersDay. Baap baap hota hayi!’ and the likes are being shared by many. 

Netizens have even gone to the extent of terming the match as ‘Border 2’, indirectly describing what the match means to them. 

Morale booster
An Armyman posted in Pune, Akshay Singh (name changed) said, “The jawans here never miss a chance to catch the updates of an India-Pakistan match. Having served on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, all the jawans here with me want India to defeat Pakistan. Many of us have to be on duty on Sunday, but radio and mobile updates help us stay connected with the match.” 

What does it mean for them? “I hope our cricket team wins on Sunday since that is a great morale booster for not just our troops in the valley, but also here in Pune.”

Gripping everyone
Another Punekar, Yash Jalan, who is not a great cricket fan, said that while cricket isn’t his favourite sport, he cannot miss an India-Pakistan match. “Cricket is a religion in our country and an India vs Pakistan match, that too, a league final, is certainly something that no Indian would want to miss. I am going to be watching the match to support our men in blue in this epic clash,” he added. 

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