If support from the fans matter, India will have a certain edge over the hosts during the second T20 international today (Friday). The reported 40,000 Indian fans are all set to outnumber the home team supporters at the Melbourne Cricket Stadium this evening.
India, led by Virat Kohli, will be chasing a win to keep the three-match T20 International series alive. According to information from Melbourne, all the tickets earmarked for the Indian fans have been sold out while a considerable number of Team India supporters, most of them Australian citizens of Indian origin, will be present in the general stands to outnumber the local team supporters.
India Fan Zone and India Fan Zone $12 tickets are all sold out. Tickets in the higher end $22 and above category too carry a sold out tag now. Cricket Australia has priced between $ 10 and 30 for Individuals and at $ 65 for families.
The match broadcast for the Indian fans on Sony Sports cluster channels will start at 1:30 pm.
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Cricket Australia is upbeat with the tremendous audience response. CA is expecting to sell around 1,30,000 tickets for the three-match T20I series. Of these, 1 lakh were exhausted even before the first ball in the opening T20I could be bowled at the Gabba, Brisbane.
Melbourne will have over 70,000 spectators. The first game at the Gabba has attracted around 30,000 spectators while approximately 35,000 tickets are allocated for the third and final T20 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Though, the highest-ever crowd record for a single T20 international in Australia and for an India-Australia T20I Down Under will stay protected. The highest crowd attendance for a T20 game in Australia was again at MCG 10 years ago when 84,041 fans watched India-Australia clash. Friday night’s crowd is projected to fall just short of that mark, but a prediction of up to 70,000 fans is a significant uplift from the 58,787 that attended India’s T20I at the MCG two-and-a-half years ago.
The record crowd figure for a T20I series in Australia is the 138,059 spectators who attended matches in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney when India toured three seasons ago, a mark that could be in danger this week based on current crowd projections.