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Black Market Blitz: Nine Arrested for Selling Illegitimate Tickets Outside Raipur Stadium Ahead of IND vs NZ ODI

Nine persons were arrested for allegedly selling tickets on the black market ahead of India’s second ODI against New Zealand at Raipur’s Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium. City Police have made nine arrests in the previous two days, according to authorities.

Indian cricket fans often travel hundreds of kilometres merely to see their favourite players and would go to great lengths to see a live match. Meanwhile, the first-ever international match has been set at Raipur’s Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.

According to The Indian Express, police officers nabbed and recovered over 66 tickets from persons selling tickets on the black market in the Civil Lines, Pachpedi, and Thana Ganj districts. On Thursday and Friday, police officials discovered that the accused were selling a ticket for INR 500 for INR 1500 and a ticket worth INR 1000 for INR 5000.

Following a scare in the first ODI, Indian bowlers responded with strong spells in the second encounter. After faltering on his choice at the toss, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bowl first. Both sides are unchanged from the first high-scoring ODI, but Raipur is turning up to be a bowlers’ game.

In the opening over of the innings, Mohammed Shami took out Finn Allen for a duck to give the Indian squad a flying start, and the pacers subsequently ran riot. With just 15 runs from 11 overs on the board, New Zealand hitters are failing to form partnerships. Shami made the most noise with two wickets, while Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur each took one.

After a 12-run victory in the first ODI in Hyderabad, India now leads the three-match series 1-0.