India defeated Pakistan by 89 runs on Sunday at Manchester in the ongoing ICC Men's Cricket World Cup. The Men in Blue displayed a clinical performance against Pakistan, extending their run of World Cup wins over the neighbouring country to 7.
In the aftermath of the result, in a shocking display, Pakistan trolls targeted Sania Mirza over their nation's defeat to India. According to the netizens and a viral video online, Shoaib Malik who registered a golden duck during the match was spotted at a sheesha lounge with Sania Mirza and other Pakistani cricketers, in the lead-up to the crucial match. The trolls blamed Sania Mirza for his performance on the field during the match.
Netizens expressed their anger and wrote that having late-night parties and junk food a night before the match makes the athletes lethargic.
One user wrote: "Really disappointed with our so-called 'athletes'. I'm sorry no such thing as privacy when your celebrities out in the public & have such a huge match the following day. With such positions comes huge responsibility & eventually respect if your able to carry that through" [sic]
The trolls made personal attacks on Sania Mirza on Twitter.
While the visuals were going viral, Sania Mirza had hit back at the trolls and said: "That’s the video you shot without asking us,disrespecting our privacy even though we had a child with us?& got told off for doing so,& u came up with this crap?FYI ‘outing’ was dinner & yes ppl are allowed to eat if they lose a match!Bunch of fools!Try better content nxt time" [sic]
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But consequent to the match, the trolls have made a concerted attack to target her -
During the Pakistan innings, rain played spoilsport in the 35th over and the match had to be halted. The match resumed after almost 50 mins, and the match was curtailed to 40-overs and the target got adjusted to 302 on the basis of Duckworth-Lewis. Pakistan required 136 runs off just 30 balls, and the team fell short by 89 runs.
India now has a 7-0 record against Pakistan in the 50-over World Cup.
(With inputs from ANI)