Bengaluru, June 1: Bengaluru has proved to be a lucky sporting venue for Bengal. It was at the Kanteerva Stadium on Sunday that Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, India's oldest football club, clinched the I-League by drawing with Bengaluru FC by a late goal. [Mohun Bagan clinch I-League]
Mohun Bagan draw to win all-India crown after 13 years
The Bengal club needed just one point to win the championship and an equaliser from Nigerian Bello Rasaq in the 87th minute brought Mohun Bagan back into the match and gave them the trophy. It was after 13 years that Mohun Bagan won a national title since their National Football League (now defunct) victory in 2002. [Kolkata celebrates Mohun Bagan's I-League victory]
In 2014, KKR won its second IPL crown in Bengaluru; opponents' Wriddhiman Saha hit a century
Last year, Bengal had its moment of joy in Bengaluru when the Gautam Gambhir-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated the Kings XI Punjab in a high-scoring final of the Indian Premier League 7 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
The Kings XI had posted 199 for 4 wickets batting first, thanks to an unbeaten 115 off 55 balls by Wriddhiman Saha, the wicket-keeper from Bengal (yet again a moment to remember for Bengal's sports-lovers) but it wan't enough to stop the KKR from winning their second trophy in the annual T20 cricket carnival.
Bengal's icon Sourav Ganguly had hit his only Test double-century in Bengaluru
Yet another moment of joy for Bengalis in sports had come in Bengaluru in December 2007 when their icon Sourav Ganguly had slammed his only double hundred in Test cricket at the same M Chinnaswamy Stadium against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Ganguly scored 239 runs in 361 balls before getting castled by spinner Danish Kaneria. Though India couldn't manage a victory in that match but the double-century at the fag end of his career had made it special for India's former cricket captain who retired in October 2008.