The group stage fixture between India and Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 was a huge game for both the nations. While in terms of result in this tournament, it may have been a dead-rubber, following Hong Kong's elimination after two straight losses, the fixture was still much-anticipated by the fans, given it was the first time the arch-rivals were facing each other since the final of Champions Trophy 2017.
Prior to the match, there was a huge build-up from both the ends. The Twitter handle of Pakistan Cricket Board, trying to take the upper hand before the contest on the field, reminded the Indian fans about the last encounter between the two teams, which they won in 2017.
The PCB had mistakenly spelt 'happened' as 'hepoened'. Upon finding this mistake, the Twitter users, especially the Indian ones, had a huge laugh about it.
One of the Twitter user brought out the 'Inshallah, boys played well' comment, which has been used to troll Pakistan over the years.
More than a year ago, the Men in Green (Pakistan) put one of their greatest-ever ODI performance in an ICC event to beat the Men in Blue (India) in the Champions Trophy final. It was a shock, surprise and what not, given India had run their opponents ragged when the two teams had met in the group stage round.
In the previous editions of Asia Cup, the two teams have been equally matched, though, in the 2016 competition, which was played as a 20-over format, India beat their neighbors on their way to a sixth trophy.
But in the 2018 edition, it is India that has come up trumps, at least in the first of a possible three encounters. Pakistan, in its opening fixture, beat Hong Kong in a convincing manner on Sunday. But when India played the same opponent on Tuesday, it was completely different story.
Without their star man and skipper Virat Kohli, the Men in Blue labored to 285 for 7 batting first. It was a par score on a track which had very little for the bowlers. For most part of Hong Kong's innings, it seemed one of the greatest upsets of all time was on cards.
The minnows made an exceptional start, and were 174 for no wicket after 34 overs. They needed only 112 runs in 16 overs, something which was very achievable in present times. But Hong Kong's inexperience showed, as they lost wickets at regular intervals before ending up short by 26 runs. For India, it was a win, and a place confirmed in the next round, yet, the result seemed more like a loss than a win. However, by comprehensively beating Pakistan, Team India have more than made amends.