HomeSportsCricket"Divided by England, United by England" Legendary Fan Reactions #INDvsENG

“Divided by England, United by England” Legendary Fan Reactions #INDvsENG

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England, after all, kept their hopes of progressing to the World Cup 2019 knockout stages alive by ending India’s 5-game winning streak with a comfortable 31-run victory.

Was it due to Rishabh Pant’s surprise entry into the squad? Was it down to the Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah’s underperformance with the ball? Or was it because of KL Rahul’s unceremonious duck that led to India’s downfall? Well the questions are many, but the answer is that India, for the first time in this competition, look vulnerable.

Knowing that it was a do-or-die match, English openers Jonny Bairstow (111) and Jason Roy (66) set the tone for the evening with some blistering performances with the bat. The Indians decided not review Roy’s suspected edge which proved to be a costly misjudgement in the end. The duo went on to register a cool 160-run partnership, with Bairstow hitting his debut WC ton. Joe Root (44) and Ben Stokes (79*) then performed well to ensure the hosts posted a challenging total of 337/7. While Mohammad Shami (5/69) ended the innings with a fiver, others failed to perform well.

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India were going to need a good start if they were to win the contest. And that is exactly what they didn’t, as KL Rahul returned for a duck. The resultant was that the duo of Virat Kohli (66) and Rohit Sharma (102) had to play cautiously, which indeed meant that the required run-rate went drastically up. Although Hardik Pandya (45) and MS Dhoni (42*) did try hard to speed things up, an outstanding English fielding and tight bowling came in their way. Ultimately, the team ended up at 306/5, 32 run short of the target.

The consolation for the Indian fans, however, was that arch-rivals Pakistan may not proceed to the semi finals as a result of the loss.

Twitter Reaction

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Nonetheless, as they always do, fans came up with some incredibly funny tweets to lighten up the mood. One of the major talking points was the fact that the Pakistan supporters were actually rooting for India to beat England (which would indeed liven up their hopes of the Knockouts). Here are some of the best Twitter reactions:

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Monish Gadiya is the Head of Content at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in Civil Engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.


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