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India vs Pakistan highlights: India celebrates, Pakistan heart broken

first_imgWith teary eyes, hoarse voices and heavy hearts, the fans left a mini-stadium in Karachi’s Khadda Market after Pakistan lost to India in the World Cup semi-finals.”We are heart-broken,” said Maleeha Siddiqui, a journalist who came to watch the match with her sisters, cousins and friends.”Our hopes were raised after India could not manage a huge score. But Pakistani batsmen stayed true to their reputation of collapsing in big games,” she said.Most people across Pakistan were livid with the poor show by the Pakistan batting line-up, not known for its consistency and ability to deliver in the face of adversity – at least in this World Cup.The two players that the Pakistani fans were the most unhappy with were Umer Gul and Shahid Afridi, one failing with the ball and the other not being able to live up to his ‘Boom Boom’ moniker.”He did not bowl as well as he did in the earlier matches and he was expected to succeed at least once with the bat but he did not. It is all so disappointing,” said Saba Fatima, who watched the match at the Khadda Market stadium along with colleagues. Many people actually left after Afridi got out.The mood was totally different earlier in the day. In the morning, thousands of fans at Lahore’s Qaddafi Stadium, dressed in Team Pakistan shirts with faces painted green and white, roared with jubilation and frenetically waved the national flag as Wahab Riaz had Virender Sehwag LBW.advertisementA wave of celebrations, with drums beating and national songs blaring out of public address systems, went from one end of the stands to the other as KamranAkmal opened the Pakistani innings with a boundary, punctuated briefly by a growl of disapproval as Muhammad Hafeez lost his wicket to a paddle sweep off Munaf Patel.With a lovely spring evening, Pakistani cricketers could not have asked for a more enthusiastic crowd cheering them on and better playing conditions than these except that they were not playing there.Instead of being where the match was actually being played, the pumped-up audience was watching the action on a giant screen on top of one of the stands. In all the big cities and towns across Pakistan, similar big screens were showing the match. In Karachi, the biggest gathering was at the Cantonment Stadium. In Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Quetta, everywhere arrangements were made for the public viewing of the match – in public parks, playgrounds, private clubs, streets, bazaars, restaurants, tea houses, food stalls and homes.last_img

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