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World Cup 2015 opening ceremony: India get a ‘dhating naach’ welcome in Melbourne, mega event declared open

By: Express News Service | February 12, 2015 8:05 pm

World Cup 2015 Live, 2015 World Cup Live, World Cup Live, Opening Ceremony Live, Live Opening  Ceremony, Cricket News, Cricket Are you ready for the blockbuster? It will be a super Sunday when India and Pakistan battle it out in their opening contest.

The Cricket World Cup returns to Australia and New Zealand after 23 long years. Two days ahead of the official start of the showpiece event, Christchurch and Melbourne witnessed quirky performances to kick-start the mega event. (Full Coverage| Venues | Fixtures)

AS IT HAPPENED…

* Melbourne: A very tech-savy introduction the official mascot. Let the celebrations begin…

* Melbourne: Dhoni is alone at the venue, so is Misbah. It seems the teams are sweating it out for the epic clash.

* Melbourne: Captains lead their team into the middle.

* Melbourne: Typical Bollywood welcome for Team India. On the tunes of Phata Poster Nikla Hero movie track – ‘dhating naach’.

* Melbourne: A huge applause for debutants Afghanistan. This team has the goods to upset any team on their day.

* Over to Melbourne now.

* New Zealand Prime Minister John Key officially declares the World Cup open

* Melbourne: The mother of all pics!

Christchurch: Out come the teams – Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Christchurch: Sri Lanka’s Thirimanne, Malinga and New Zealand’s Southee and skipper McCullum have some fun with kids on the stage.

* Christchurch: A fun one-act in the middle. A little kid plays Brendon McCullum, and look who joins them. It’s Stephen Fleming – one of the finest Kiwi captain.

* Melbourne: Some Irish flavour please!

* Christchurch: One of leading New Zealand singer sings ‘You Wake Me Up’ and enthralls the audience.

* Where’s MS Dhoni-led India? It is learnt they are sweating it out in the nets…

* Melbourne: Little Dynamo David Warner is ready, ALREADY!

* There’s no lack of intensity in the performances at the opening ceremony. Full power!

* Christchurch: The national flags are out in full slow, dancers and performers take centrestage

* Christchurch: The great man, the legend, Richard Hadlee is here too.

World Cup 2015 Live, 2015 World Cup Live, World Cup Live, Opening Ceremony Live, Live Opening  Ceremony, Cricket News, Cricket Pakistan were made to work hard for a win in the warm-up contest against England. Fans didn’t mind as they were out in numbers to support their side.

2011 Recap: Bangladesh was super excited for the opening ceremony. Even the rehearsals were sold out. Relive the sub-continent madness. One from the archives…

Terrace Talk: Opening ceremonies. Will the one at Christchurch finally buck the trend and put on a worthwhile show?

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