Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Anglo-Indians hail cricket triumph

Indian cricket fans in Hyderabad celebrate their team's victory over Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup final (AP)

The Anglo-Indian community is celebrating after India defeated Sri Lanka in Mumbai to lift the cricket World Cup.

India pulled off an impressive run chase, in pursuit of 274 for six, to clinch a six-wicket victory and win the tournament for the second time - the first was in 1983.

The favourites prevailed with 10 balls to spare in the showpiece between sub-continental neighbours.

Around 100 India fans of all ages partied in Trafalgar Square in central London, waving national flags and chanting "Victory to India" and "Who are the world champions? India."

David Samaroo, chairman of the west London branch of the United Kingdom Anglo-Indian Association, speaking from his home in West Ealing, said: "I am sure the community will be very happy about India winning the World Cup, it's a tremendous achievement.

"All the teams have played well. It was a magnificent tournament.

"I know that every country supports its own team, but on the whole, India have played well. It's pleasing to know that India have won the tournament again after nearly 30 years."

The 70-year-old retired Royal Mail computer manager said the Anglo-Indian Association has some 200 members in west London and 20,000 nationwide.

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