05:26 GMT09 March 2021
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): If social media trends are anything to go by, India came to a standstill on Tuesday, with over 100,000 tweets within two hours of the start of the semi-final match being played between India and New Zealand in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup.

    India which topped the tournament’s points table is facing fourth-placed New Zealand at Manchester, for the first time in the ongoing World Cup tournament.

    On Tuesday, India was forced to bowl first in the match, after New Zealand won the toss.


    The previous encounter between the two teams had been washed out in the group stage match at Trent Bridge.

    Meanwhile, Twitter was flooded with wishes pouring in from fans who were rooting for their team to cruise through to the tournament's finals.

    Politicians across party lines sent their messages through Indian Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju- many sending personal letters to the team. Celebrities were also cheering for the Men in Blue to win.


    Netizens also seem to be in a full-on world cup frenzy, with users posting amusing memes on how they were skipping work to get a glimpse of the enthralling encounter. #INDvsNZ had over 82k tweets and was by far the top trend in India.

    Even the metro signboards couldn’t be spared from the cricket fever.

    The Virat Kohli-led Team India seemed to have the blessings of all, from players who missed the cut for the World Cup final squad, to fans of arch-rival Team Pakistan.


    Meanwhile, a fan shared interesting footage of an Under-19 World Cup Match from 2008, underlining how uncanny it is that both Indian Skipper Kohli and New Zealand Skipper Kane Williamson were captains of their teams back then. India on that occasion managed to get the better of the Kiwis, with Kohli taking Williamson's wicket.

    The Finals of the Cricket World Cup will be in London on 14 July.


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