05:04 GMT31 July 2021
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): India registered their third victory in the Cricket World Cup defeating arch rivals Pakistan in Sunday’s encounter. The build up to the match was intense from both sides courtesy the prevailing tensions amongst the two South Asian nations.

    Former Pakistan Cricketer-turned- Prime Minister Imran Khan's advice to the country's skipper ahead of the Pakistan versus India match in the ongoing cricket world cup has evoked a wave of social media responses. 

    With Pakistan Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed not abiding by the prime minister' advice to bat first, the team opted to bowl and suffered an 89-run defeat on Sunday under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the rain-hit match.

    Pakistani supporters were visibly upset after their team's dismissal performance.

    With the Pakistan team batting second, they failed to chase a competitive target of 337 runs set by India, a section of the twitterati also took a dig at Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan who had posted a series of motivational messages and advice wishing his team good luck in the game.

    Other fans trolled him over his foreign policies with one user suggesting that he should put forward another peace treaty request to India following Pakistan's defeat in the match.

    However, amidst the trolling, there were also many who backed Khan for his tweets calling him a cricket legend and sharing the opinion that Pakistan's team would have won the match had the captain paid heed to Khan's advise.

    Under the captainship of Imran Khan Pakistan had won the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

    The build up to the match was intense due to the prevailing tensions between India and Pakistan of late. Since 2016, India has refused any initiative for bilateral talks, contending that cross-border terror has to stop before talks can begin.

    Relations between the two South Asian countries touched a new low this year in February, when 40 Indian soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir. It led to the Indian Air Force launching an air strike on 26 February in retaliation.

    The two nuclear-armed nations reached a near war-like status when Pakistan reportedly retaliated on the following day and brought down an Indian fighter jet.

    With the win, India has managed to maintain its undefeated streak in the tournament registering a third win as Pakistan conceded their third defeat, winning a single match in the championship.


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