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The India – Australia ODI series clincher is on at Bangalore today

It has been a great ODI series with almost 2500+ runs having being amassed by the Indian and Australian batsmen alike without inclusion of the 295 scored by the Australians at the Ranchi match which was later abandoned due to rain. This 7 match series in which other than the Ranchi match, which at least began, the Cuttack crowd was robbed the pleasure of a marvelous game due to bad weather making a perfect foil that has been a countdown to Diwali, one of the biggest festivals in India.

This festival of lights, Deepawali, is celebrated all over India with great pomp and show.

The sparkling shots off the bats of illustrious batsmen of the likes of Virat Kohli, George Bailey, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson have lit up the skies under the floodlights at the various venues turning the games to become appropriate prequels to the glittering Diwali night.

As the ODI 2013 series advanced the home crowd lapped up the joy, thrill and grandeur that each of its matches ushered in to the run up to the New Year in the Hindu calendar.

The maddening fans of cricket in India have been busy in frantically worshipping their cricketing idols as India lost, won, lost the first three matches of the series respectively. Then there were two matches that were washed out, which each of the Indian players bore under tremendous pressure. In the sixth match of the series the Indian team played like a tiger having brought out of the cage, raring to go and pounced upon the Australian target of 350 with zeal to level the series 2-2.

Perhaps, after a long time the Indian audiences have been able to relish cricket with aplomb as their cricketers never lost out to the mental game that ensues during every match in an ODI series between two famous cricketing playing nations. It will not be an understatement to say that today’s decider will be a bigger draw than the preparations for the traditional custom of worshipping of the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, Laskshmi in every household.

It surely has put Diwali on the back foot with every Indian cricket fan waiting breathlessly to catch each ball of this scintillating game live at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore or via media.

There is the custom of sharing sweets before and during Diwali, which are specially made, bought and gifted on this very auspicious occasion. Well it is up to the Indian cricketing team to emerge victorious and make our sweets richer in their taste by enveloping us in an environment of fulfillment that rolls out of success.

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