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Richmond Hill Residents Swept Up in India-Pakistan Cricket Match

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One of the most anticipated sports matchups around here had nothing to do with basketball and brackets, as for many Queens residents, it was all about the wickets.

Cricket fever was contagious in the Indo-Caribbean neighborhood of Richmond Hill as people stopped their workday and spilled into the bars to watch India vs. Pakistan in one round of the 2014 T20, a major international tournament.

In the end, it was the Indian fans at Singh's Roti Shop who had a lot to celebrate.

Many were glued to the television for hours, but the time went quickly for these guys, who barely moved.

Cricket viewer: The game, and just like 1-2-3. The time passes like...
Boone: Yeah, because a lot of, that's the big knock for Americans, that it takes too long.
Cricket viewer: I know. (laughs)
Second cricket viewer: Cricket has been Americanized in that it is packed for television and for people with short patience.

"India played a wonderful game," said another viewer. "I love it. I love it. They beat Pakistan by seven wickets. Beautiful game, man. That's the game we love."

It's a game that takes a lot of watching to really understand.

A few Pakistani fans were in the shop at the start of the match, but by the end, we couldn't find any, which led to some trash-talking.

The trash-talking is expected to continue on Sunday, when India is scheduled to play again, and they will be taking on a team that's dear to my heart.

Cricket viewer: Sunday, India playing the West Indies.
Boone: Oh boy, I can't support you on that. I'm from the West Indies.
(Crowd laughs)
Cricket viewer: I am from the West Indies. Sorry.
(Crowd laughs)
Boone: Oh, now you are. Is it because India might lose?
Cricket viewer: No, no, no, I'm supporting India, but I am from the West Indies.

The match is expected to draw a large crowd.

"That is our number one sport, so that, we have a passion for that," said one viewer.

Especially since many of these guys grew up playing the game.

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