All of us managed to wrap up the day’s work by 5pm and strolled in to Ethos. A cricket semi-final was not a game to be missed, under no circumstances. I gave no second thought to my plans of skipping the Spanish class despite knowing that the game could well end in my side being eliminated. Obviously, these games are given a higher priority. I watched all other games too thanks to some free online streaming, which on one incident led to the banning of my account for 48 hours. So, Ethos was the place, packed with a group of cricket lovers, mostly from Pakistani origin.
All rose in respect when the national anthem was played on the huge TV screen in the cafe area of the gym. The place was half full, at this time. The game started with a flurry of runs and the noise at Ethos echoed the position of Pakistan in the match. There was excitement, emotion and anger.
As the match progressed to its nailbiting end, the place was packed with people, all eyes glued to the screen and mouths discussing tactics and prospects - some uttering obscenities in disgust which usually resulted in a burst of laughter.
The end was delightful and a surprise winning performance from Pakistan made the day for all.