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December 26, 2001
The Lagaan team's winning streak continues
Bharati Dubey and Syed Firdaus Ashraf in Mumbai
"I want to clean bowl Bhuvan (Aamir Khan)," says a confident Mona Iqbal (28).
"I want to hit a sixer on Aamir Khan's bowling," adds Nisarg Ajay Kumar Vakharia, not wanting to be outdone.
The enthusiasm at the Britannia Lagaan cricket match held at Brabourne stadium in Mumbai is infectious.
Thirteen lucky winners have converged on Mumbai to face the might of Aamir's Lagaan XIII on December 25.
Britannia's XIII (13 lucky winners):
Aamir's XIII (Cast of Lagaan):
Although, only 11 players were supposed to play, Aamir insisted that all the 13 play the 25 over match.
Star attractions at the stadium included Sourav Ganguly (Captain of the Indian cricket team), Rahul Dravid, (Vice Captain of the cricket team) and commentators Navjot Singh Sidhu, Maninder Singh and Dalip Tahil.
Aamir Khan, who has just returned from Los Angeles after a month was seen practicing with the Lagaan team for the past two days in Mumbai to ensure that they had a fair chance in winning the match.
The Lagaan team wins the toss and decides to field, putting the Britannia Tigers to bat first.
The field placement of the Lagaan XIII has Isar Kaka behind the wickets and Deva opening the bowling. The only change in the Lagaan team is that now Bhuvan and Ismail wear shoes.
Virendra Sehwag and Shishir Hattangdi are the two guest umpires. Bhuvan makes changes the field placements: Isar Kaka is shifted to mid-on while Kachra is given the responsibility to keep wicket.
Devaa gets Bhuvan's team the early breakthrough by taking two wickets. But it was Kachra, who helped the Lagaan XIII bowl out the Britannia Tigers for 96.
The Indian cricket captain, Sourav Ganguly, also struts in for his small stint as an umpire at the fag end of the Britannia Tigers innings.
Santosh Shetty's troupe takes to field during lunch to entertain the crowds with the numbers from Lagaan.
Bhuvan and Devaa open the batting for Lagaan XIII.
Just like in the film, Devaa, got out in the first few overs. Ismail loses his balance and falls on the wickets and has to return to the pavilion for a duck.
The pressure on Bhuvan mounts. In an effort to speed-up the run rate, Bhuvan hits a few stray shots and loses his wicket for 19.
The crowd is disappointed. But Kachra, rises to the occasion and his score of 17 off 26 balls is commendable.
But, it is Ashutosh Gowarikar's director's innings that help the Lagaan team win the match.
Kachra is unanimously declared the man of the match.
Undoubtedly, the Britannia Lagaan Match with Aamir played to the gallery is an entertainer. He dances to the tunes of Lagaan and does a Aati kya Khandala parody much to the delight of his fans.
Photographs: Pradeep Bhandekar
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