Mohali: As South Africa’s AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla combined together to send the Dutch on a leather hunt, there were only a handful of fans inside the Punjab Cricket Association stadium here to appreciate the effort.
De Villiers hit 134 of just 98 balls that included 13 boundaries and four sixes before falling prey to Ryan ten Doeschate.
But there were not many spectators to acknowledge the impressive batting display. Only ones to make any sort of expression were the few Dutch and Proteas fans who had flown all the way from their respective countries to cheer their sides.
A couple of Dutchmen could be seen wearing orange turbans and cheering their team along with some local spectators who had come to witness the men from Africa.
“I am a great lover of this game and always love to watch a top ranked team like South Africa in action, especially when the event is World Cup. Though my parents allowed me to watch the match in the afternoon, but many of my friends were not lucky like me as Board examinations are going on,” said Ankur Gupta, a Class XII student.
A traditional Punjabi ‘Bhangra’ troupe that was present at the stadium amid tight security arrangements did not make much difference as they too lacked enthusiasm due to poor attendance.