Abhishek’s All Stars Versus Virat’s All Hearts At Mumbai

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All the girls drooled over the stars whereas all the boys cheered their cricket idols…

Abhishek Bachchan's 'Playing for Humanity' collaborated with Virat Kohli Foundation to hold a charity football match which featured cricketing greats like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Bollywood actors like Ranbir Kapoor, ARK,and  Dino Morea. Virat lead the All Heart Football Club (The Virat Kohli Foundation) and Bachchan lead All Stars Football Club (Playing for Humanity).

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The match, entitled Celebrity Classico 2016, between cricketers team All Hearts and the film stars team All Stars took place at the Mumbai Football Arena in Andheri Sports Complex on Saturday. The purpose behind this initiative was to raise funds for those affected by the severe drought in Maharashtra. The brainchild for the event happened to be Aditya Thackeray, president of Shiv Sena`s youth wing Yuva Sena.

The All Stars was captained by Ranbir Kapoor and had players Aditya Roy Kapur, Shoojit Sircar, Raj Kundra among others. Actors like Dino Morea and Shabbir Ahluwalia who are known to be football fanatics were also part of the star team.

All Hearts was captained by Virat Kohli and had players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, among others. The newbies KL Rahul and Manish Pandey also found a place!

It was director Shoojit Sircar who scored the first goal for All Stars, while the second goal came from Ranbir`s trainer Antonio Pecora. For All Hearts, it was Yuvraj Singh and KL Rahul who scored the goals.

The grueling match between the film industry and Indian cricketers ended in a 2-2 draw, but actor Abhishek Bachchan said irrespective who wins and who loses the cause is the winner at the end of the day.

"A draw is as good as a win. At the end of the day, we did this for a great cause to raise awareness and funds for drought victims. It doesn't matter who wins or loses. The people we did it for win at the end of the day," Abhishek said.

"We’re very happy because the last time we played we lost by one goal. I`m very proud of Ranbir and the entire team. They played with all their hearts. We are very proud and honoured that we got the opportunity to play against the Indian cricket team," he added.

The screen favorite Ranbir Kapoor was caught saying "It`s been my favourite sport since childhood and we all took it seriously. We play every Sunday. We`re really happy that we can play for such a good cause".

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Some highlights of then most nail biting moments of the match:

All Stars 2-1 All Hearts | We are already into the 75th minute. All Hearts haven’t scored the 2nd score they have been desperately looking for. All Stars 2-1 All Hearts | Ajinkya Rahane has been benched in this game as well. He doesn’t seem to have enough luck in shorter formats.

All Stars 2-1 All Hearts | Virat Kohli gets the corner kick. KL Rahul gets under it and heads it above the post.

All Stars 2-1 All Hearts | Bad news for All Hearts. Yuvraj Singh goes off the field. He seems to be limping; huffing and puffing as well. Hope the injury isn’t serious.

All Stars 2-1 All Hearts | Arman Jain is down. Doctor’s checking him. Good to see the opposition worried about him as well. This is what sports does; brings everyone together.

All Stars 2-1 All Hearts | Arman Jain is down. Doctor’s checking him. Good to see the opposition worried about him as well. This is what sports does; brings everyone together.

All Stars 2-1 All Hearts | All Hearts have dominated the second half. They are itching to get the much needed 2nd goal. Oh, Yuvi misses a goal this time. Hits the goal post. He looks disappointed. Isn’t he on fire tonight?!

All Stars 2-1 All Hearts | Antonio Picora dodges KL Rahul and…. misses a certain goal. All Stars would have 3 up. Is it a costly miss? We never know, MS Dhoni has the knack of providing the impetus in the last minutes.

All Stars 2-1 All Hearts | Yuvraj Singh has made a foul. How often do we see this in the gentleman’s game? Oh, Yuvi looks furious. He doesn’t think it’s a foul.

All Stars 2-1 All Hearts | Virat Kohli gets a free kick. Can he do better than MS Dhoni? Oh, he kicks directly into the hands of the goal-keeper. All Hearts need just one goal to equal the score.

All Stars 2-1 All Hearts | Every time MS Dhoni kicks the ball, the crowd erupts in joy. Unquestionably, cricketers have been getting more support tonight. Indeed, cricket is in every Indian’s blood.

All Stars 2-1 All Hearts | The second half has begun. It’s a wonderful initiative by Virat Kohli and Abhishek Bachchan’s foundation.

All Stars 2-1 All Hearts | Oh, it’s Yuvi who is in the forefront of the rescue mission yet again. He scores the first goal for the All Hearts. There’s smile on MS Dhoni’s face. A much needed breakthrough for Team India. Like he does in cricket, will Virat Kohli go all guns blazing in the second half?

All Stars 2-2 All Hearts | Foul! Virat Kohli gets niggle. But he doesn’t back down. Opts to stay on the field. Mind you, India will tour West Indies for a four-match Test series. Captain Kohli needs to be in the pink of his health. All Stars 2-2 All Hearts | 5 minutes remaining in this entertaining contest. Scores are level. Both teams are hustling hard to score the 3rd goal. The crowd is on the edge of the seat.

All Stars 2-2 All Hearts | Goal! KL Rahul scores the equaliser. Shikhar Dhawan does well sneak the ball from the All Stars and smartly passes it to KL Rahul, who makes no mistake kick past the keeper. In cricket, we call ‘easy pickings’. 

We saw Sonakshi Sinha, Shilpa Shetty, Arjun Kapoor Zaheer Khan, Aditya Thackeray gracing the stands and dug outs to cheer their pals. The stands were also full of enthusiastic movie lovers and crickets’ fans alike that turned football followers this weekend.

All in all it was a 90 minutes of treat to watch!

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