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PTI  Mumbai, March 31, 2011
First Published: 12:19 IST(31/3/2011) | Last Updated: 12:22 IST(31/3/2011)

Bollywood brigade was all praise for Team India, which trumped Pakistan in a nail-biting thriller at Mohali to sail into the 2011 World Cup finals scheduled to be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2.

"INDIA beats PAKISTAN !!! Moves into the final with Sri Lanka. India breathes normally now..well played India, congratulations. The streets outside were jammed with revelers, screaming shouting waving the tri-color ... had not seen this in ages !! Now for the final (sic)," megastar Amitabh Bachchan wrote on  micro-blogging site Twitter.

While, son Abhishek said, "Well done Team India... Diya ghumake! MAA tujhe salaam......Aur SACHIN aapko bhi (sic)!"

Actor Akshay Kumar tweeted, "We are not just INCREDIBLE INDIA, We are OUTSTANDING INDIA as well.. Congrats Boyz, you have put billions of smiles across billions of faces (sic)."

Pakistani actor-singer Ali Zafar said, "Pakistan beat everyone's expectation by coming this far. Well played India. Congratulations. Great game to watch. God bless everybody."

Vijay Mallya said, "The Indian cricket team has managed wonderfully and peacefully to do what our Intelligence has failed to do-Keep Pakistan out of Mumbai!."

Actress Shilpa Shetty could not contain her excitement and broke down.. "INDIA WON...and I cried tears of joy! Class act by the Indian team, aggression with maturity, lethal combo! Deserve to be in the finals, fab job (sic)," she said.

Priyanka Chopra said, "Oh my god! What a show of class Team India! The world cup awaits you in Mumbai! Can you hear the unified sound of pure joy.. Indiiiiiiiaaaa (sic)."

Filmmakers Madhur Bhandarkar, Kunal Kohli, Shekar Kapur, Punit Malhotra, actors Dino Moreo, Rahul Bose, Kunal Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Konkana Sharma and Jiah Khan were among others who congratulated the Indian team for the victory.

Praise came in for the Pakistani team and captain Afridi as well for the effort and true sportsmanship.

"What made the game special was that both teams played with dignity (no mother-sister profanities). THAT'S the way to go India, Pakistan," singer-actor Meiyang Chang tweeted.

"Love the madness!!! Loadsa Indian fans wearing these T shirts!!! Wow! What a victory! Also met Shahid Afridi and his family, told him I thought Pakistan played with spirit, grace and all their heart," actor Vivek Oberoi said.

Actress Minissha Lamba tweeted, "Shahid Afridi so dignified. I hope one day I could invite him to my humble home for a cup of tea."

Indian Tennis player Sania Mirza, who married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, said, "Pakistan team proved many wrong by reaching the semi finals. Congratulations to them for a great tournament."

"Woww Afridi, great sportsmanship. He did win us over, charming," actor Dino Morea said.

Director Punit Malhotra says, "Saw the post match conference. Credit to Afridi for being so gracious, congratulating and wishing India the best. Truly a sportsman, a big heart."

"Afridi you were Brilliant you showed grace and dignity you won our hearts.. Good luck to you," actor Riteish Deshmukh said.

Priyanka added, "Well played Pakistan. You guys are formidable opponents. Be proud of what you've achieved in this World Cup."

Actor R Madhavan said, “The BEST part was to see the camaraderie and mutual respect between the two teams. Not long before the two nations feel the same. God willing."

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