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MIDSUMMER KNIGHTS

Knights Robin Uthappa and Shakib-al-Hasan unleashed a storm at the Eden Gardens on Thursday afternoon and, as if on cue, the heatwave badgering Calcutta for 10 days went two notches down!

The Celsius had been threatening to re-enter the heatwave zone around 2.30pm when fans were filing into Eden for KKR’s second home match this IPL season. The maximum temperature hit 38.9 degrees Celsius, three rungs above normal, before a chilled-out performance by the Knights was capped by a welcome mercury drop. Friday could be cloudy and a drizzle is expected on Saturday, the day KKR take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last league match. Even on Thursday, the heat and humidity did not deter those draped in purple from thronging the stadium more than two hours before play started. The ground was 90 per cent full by the time the opening Knights marched into the middle. In an Eden flush with fantastic fans, Metro found a few ‘super fans’

Text and pictures by Tamaghna Banerjee