New Delhi: The spot fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League seems to have had little impact on the enthusiasm of cricket fans as there was a huge crowd for the eliminator match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at Ferozeshah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday.

A Delhi and District Cricket Association official said around 33,000 spectators enjoyed the game in the 45,000-capacity stadium.

"We are here just to enjoy good cricket. For us, it doesn't matter what controversies are going on off the field," said Akhil Harsh, who has been a regular at Kotla in this IPL season.

The Qualifier I between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at Kotla on Tuesday also witnessed a good turnout. The sixth edition of IPL has been hit by controversy after the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players - S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested on spot fixing charges on May 16.

Tuesday also saw Sahara owned franchise Pune Warriors pulling out of the cash-rich league besides announcing that the group will not sponsor Indian cricket team after the current contract with the cricket board expires in December.

(Agencies)

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