The previous three matches between arch-rivals India and Pakistan have all been one-sided. Whether it was the Champions Trophy 2017 group stage match, followed by the final, or the Asia Cup clash. They were not competitive. Though India did manage to win two of them, fans had to wait a long time for them to meet on the international stage. The neighbours barely play any cricket now, until and unless it’s a multiple-team ICC event.
Despite the home advantage for Pakistan (as they host teams in Dubai), their batting lineup was derailed by Indian bowlers. They could not really recover from the two early breakthroughs. Barring Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik, no batsman posed a threat to the fast bowlers and the spinners capitalised on that in the middle overs.
People who left their offices early to go home and enjoy India going head-to-head with Pakistan after more than a year were the most disappointed. The ones who brought the tickets were even more so.
Even though we love to see India be on the winning side, the only interesting stuff that happened during the match was on Twitter and the only threat that was posed to India was from Hardik Pandya’s injury.
Imran Khan said “If India will take one step forward , Pakistan will take two”
Kohli decided not to play against Pakistan, and entire Pakistan decided not to play against India.
— Mahesh Vikram Hegde (@mvmeet) September 19, 2018
Year 2099. World cup, India beats Pakistan for the 50th time.
100 yr old Pakistani Fan: “But the Champion Trophy Final in 2017…”#INDvPAK
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) September 19, 2018
When the match is too boring
— Babu Bhaiya (@Shahrcasm) September 19, 2018
That’s below the belt
— Rosy (@rose_k01) September 19, 2018
Hasan Ali had it coming
— Abhradeep Saha (@angry_rantman) September 19, 2018
There is still a match left guys
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) September 19, 2018
His haircut depends on the match’s result
Getting a haircut isn’t stopping cricket fans in Karachi from watching #INDvPAK!
— ICC (@ICC) September 19, 2018
Watching this on loop
After every defeat , Pakistanis satisfying their heart with Champions trophy win be like pic.twitter.com/bYVQcGWmGg
— BrainHumour (@orsunabhai) September 19, 2018
This is how we do it
— Bal Narendra (@hunt_bhai) September 19, 2018
— TEAM Rishab Pant (@TeamRishabPantt) September 19, 2018
— Master Blasters ™ (@TeamBlastersOff) September 19, 2018
Someone help him!
Feeling broken at the pathetic defeat of Pakistan against India, can’t even swallow the 5th slice of a large pizza. #INDvPAK
— Dr Saqlain Shah (@DrSaqlainSh) September 19, 2018
Even after a lowly score of 162, the Pakistan bowling lineup was expected to put up a fight. In the previous Asia Cup clash, Mohammad Amir did cause a few problems for the Indian batsmen before Virat Kohli made batting look like a child’s play.
Similarly, fans expected Pakistani fast bowlers to move the ball sideways and put up a fight. But the run-chase looked like a cakewalk for India. Well, all is not lost for fans waiting for the two giants to see each other on the field. They will lock horns again on September 23. There is even a chance for a third match if both the teams reach the final.