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No Devils at De Villa.

REMEMBER those days when cricketers would cry hard after losing a game? Well, now they just don't party -- that's the change the IPL has brought to cricket.

Saturday night was to be party night for the Delhi Daredevils at paceman Ashish Nehra's Hauz Khas Village restaurant, De Villa, but they went missing in action and it turned out to be a celebration till the wee hours for the Pune Warriors, with lovely looking ladies of different nationalities giving them good company.

Thanks to Dada's electrifying performance and astute captaincy, the Warriors had downed the Devils comprehensively, giving themselves a good reason to party.

And of course, Nehra, the host, is now one of the Warriors, so the official club lounge of the Devil became the watering hole of Dada's Boys.

For the journos hovering around for juicy tidbits, it was a long wait -- the Warriors trooped after two in the night and hit the bar without much ado, refusing to oblige anyone with a quote or a quip. With Nehra and his brother Bhanu, who runs the restaurant, playing the perfect hosts, Mithun Minhas, Robin Uthappa, Murali Kartik, Ashok Dinda, South African Wayne Parnel, and Aussies Callum Ferguson and Steve Smith just let their hairdown, and some of them danced the night away. The delicious canapes, which the players swooped upon, and the drinks that kept flowing like water kept eveyone's energy levels and spirits high at De Villa.

Nehra also showed his skills as an emerging crisis manager when he acted fast to soothe the ruffled feathers of an irate fan who had been stopped from speaking to him. It seems as though running a restaurant has taught Nehra a few other things other than bowling a good line and length.

After Dada's boys bushwhacked them, the Devils didn't dare to party

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Date:Apr 24, 2012
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