Pakistan no match for Kohli's team: Indian media

 

Pakistan no match for Kohlis team: Indian media
Fans in Surat celebrate India's win over Pakistan on Sunday night. (ANI)

Mumbai - "Another World Cup, same old story," was the headline used by The Times of India, the country's biggest selling English newspaper.

By Reuters

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Published: Mon 17 Jun 2019, 11:20 PM

Last updated: Tue 18 Jun 2019, 1:25 AM

'No Match' crowed the front page of an Indian newspaper on Monday as local media celebrated the national cricket team's one-sided World Cup victory over arch-rivals Pakistan.
India extended their unblemished World Cup record against their neighbours to 7-0 after Virat Kohli's men secured an 89-run victory via the Duckworth-Lewis method on Sunday in a stop-start match that drew a massive global audience.
"Bragging rights intact as India make it 7-0 vs Pak," the Hindustan Times newspaper said in a front page headline.
"Another World Cup, same old story," was the headline used by The Times of India, the country's biggest selling English newspaper.
Organisers received nearly 800,000 applications for tickets at the 23,000-capacity Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester to watch the former champions, who only play each other in global tournaments because of their soured political relations.
The nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours have gone to war three times since independence in 1947 and cricket matches between the two countries are considered among the most intense sporting rivalries on the planet.
Another conflict nearly erupted earlier this year after a suicide car bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed 40 Indian paramilitary police. In retaliation, India launched air strikes on what it said was a militant base in Pakistani territory.
The match drew fans from across the world, including Ankur Bajpayee, a 39-year-old telecom executive who took a 16-hour flight from Johannesburg just to attend a match he hopes would not be a washout.
"I landed here last night and going back tomorrow," he told Reuters before the start of the match.
"I've prayed for three things - the match should happen, India should win this match and they should win the tournament. I'm sure all three wishes will be fulfilled."
Bajpayee will return home with two of them fulfilled. 
 



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