The Mega sports event, 2011 Cricket World Cup kicks off with the first encounter between India and Bangladesh, drawing world attention to South Asia.
The day night match is being played at Mirpur in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh are the co-hosts. All teams have now arrived to their respective places to play in this series. Hambantota welcomes the World Cup tomorrow, the latest morale-boosting step for the ambitious Sri Lankan coastal city. The hallmark of the new ground is a pearl-shaped grandstand roof. Despite today’s match tipped to be a one-sided affair, it is a complete sell-out and will be packed to its 35,000 capacity. With huge “Let the celebrations begin” and “Welcome to Hambantota” banners already in place, the town is abuzz with the World Cup, with hundreds of fans filling the small number of hotels in the town.