LAHORE: Cricket fans, a day earlier, witnessed the destruction of one of the strongest batting line-ups when the underdogs New Zealand crashed the hot favorites India by 18 runs to book their place in the final fixture of the World Cup 2019.
Needing just 240 to reach Sunday’s final, two-time champions India were undone by a dismal start to their run chase.
Unable to cope with the pace bowling of Matt Henry and Trent Boult, India were reduced to 5-3, 24-4 and 92-6 before their Ravindra Jadeja-inspired late revival set up a tense finale that ultimately fell short.
Kohli was one of the India stars to flop as he was dismissed for one alongside Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, who also only managed a single each.
As Kiwis shattered the Indian World Cup dream, social media flooded with the congratulatory posts for the black caps. Naturally, New Zealanders were happy as they have come closer to the trophy for second successive time. But more than the winner country, the triumph was celebrated in the other corner of the world – Pakistan.
Pakistanis, who accused arch-rival India of deliberately losing to host England in order to oust green shirts from the mega event, exploded the social media websites with memes.
The Current electrified Thursday morning with a nashta meme.
Apparently, PSL Memes Walay could not control their excitement.
Jis raat India world cup se bahar hua, us raat tum nay kya kiya?
Le Pakistanis: pic.twitter.com/Hq2b05nL0w
— PSL Memes (@PSLMemesWalay) July 11, 2019
‘Major’ Adnan Sami out. ‘Major’ Williamson in.
Mission acomplished 🙏🙏
— MR Furqan (@Mrr_furqan) July 10, 2019
Kiwi skipper added fuel to fire as he thought “240 was enough to put pressure on India”, the team which featured the likes of event’s highest run-scorer Rohit Sharma and world’s number one batsman, Virat Kohli. Well, he was right, wasn’t he?
— SportsGridUK (@Sportsgriduk) July 10, 2019
For journalist Ihtisham-ul-Haq, Dhoni’s run out was the moment when Pakistan “won the World Cup” – or felt like it.
The moment when Pakistan won the world cup 2019. pic.twitter.com/apb6nqMXUD
— Ihtisham ul Haq (@iihtishamm) July 10, 2019
“Suprise by NZ,” wrote the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor, who never misses an opportunity to troll the neighbors.
Congrats Team New Zealand.
A scintillating win to reach ICC WC Final. Team reflected spirit and sportsmanship carried from a great nation with moral values.@jacindaardern@BLACKCAPS#ValuesMatter#SurpriseByNZ
— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) July 10, 2019
Former English cricketer Michael Vaughan stole the show with ‘spot-on’ tweeting.
If only India had a couple more Bits & pieces cricketers …. !!! #CWC19
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 10, 2019
Calling his life “sorted” after being blocked by former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar on Twitter, Vaughan now wanted the commentator to unblock him.
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More than anywhere else in the world, the Indian loss was celebrated in occupied Kashmir.
— Syed Ali Geelani (@sageelani) July 10, 2019
Wapas ghuma lo bhai https://t.co/vVMRfuZwCg
— Tempest (@ColdCigar) July 10, 2019