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"I have watched almost all of the matches in this World Cup. I set my body clock so that I can get up and stay awake," said Raiyo Aspandiar, an engineer at Intel in Hillsboro. "They say there are two religions in India, cricket and Bollywood."
The Cricket World Cup final is one of the world's most watched sporting events. Like its soccer counterpart, the Cricket World Cup is held every four years and 2011 marked the first time two Asian countries competed in a final. According to the India Cultural Association of Portland, almost 10,000 Indians live in the area.
The small crowd at Swagat was not your typical beer-swilling collection of sports fans.
Some spectators at Swagat refilled their cups of chai five or six times throughout the night. "It's not like 'crack open a six pack' and watch the game," said Miten Bhatia, a US Bank branch manager who moved to the United States from Mumbai in the fall of 1998. "A lot of families watch cricket. I remember watching it with my grandmother."