Even as Men in Blue suffered a massive defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval today, the cricket fans in the country seem to ave taken the defeat to to their stride by reacting maturely, a report by the Quint has said. After winning the toss, Team India captain Virat Kohli invited Pakistan to bat first. The men in green, who were considered underdogs in the match put a massive target of 339 runs for India to chase. However to India’s dismay, Kohli’s boys were bowled out for 150 runs in 30.3 overs
It was Pakistan’s major title win after 2009 World Twenty20 victory. The win also broke the jinx of not performing against India in major event, a PTI report said. On a good batting track, Kohli had surprised everyone by putting Pakistan to bat first. The decision which was prompted by Team India’s ability to chase, began on wrong note after a delivery from Jasprit Bumrah nicked by an edgy Zaman only to be called no-ball because of an overstepping. Zaman went on to score a century.
Pakistan batsmen took Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to task with the due not being able to take single wicket, the agency said. With no support from the pitch, their limitations were thoroughly exposed, the agency report said further.
Apart from Hardik Pandya (76 off 43 balls), none of the Indian batsmen were able show resistance against the Pakistani bowlers.
After the match, several Twitterratti, including celebrities, reacted on micro blogging site . Here are some of them.
Congratulations Pakistan. Worthy winners after a dramatic comeback to the Champions Trophy
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 18, 2017
Congratulations to the Pakistan team on winning the Champions Trophy. The better team on the day. Chin up team India, we still #BleedBlue
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) June 18, 2017
The champions trophy has been prove again that Short meaningful tournaments are the way to go ……… Some go on Far too long …. #CT17
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 18, 2017
Was not expecting that from Pakistan after their first game of the champions trophy ???? fantastic achievement and well done to @TheRealPCB ????????
— dawid malan (@dmalan29) June 18, 2017
— Muhammed Awais???? (@itzaw41s) June 18, 2017
Congrats Pak-played a helluva final????????Some brilliant teams hav lost finals recently..Juve,Cavs & now Team India-funky sorta season.. #INDvPAK
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) June 18, 2017
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Congratulations Pakistan on a really comprehensive victory today. Well played, deserved winners and a great result for Pakistan cricket.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 18, 2017