In pics: India in celebratory mode after win, TVs smashed in Pak

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 16, 2015 08:06 IST

After holding its nerves throughout the day, India witnessed spontaneous outburst of revelry late in the afternoon as the cricket crazy nation launched its World Cup campaign in style by thrashing Pakistan by 76 runs.

As the arch-rivals clashed in distant Adelaide on a Sunday, Indians mostly stayed indoors and remained glued to television sets resulting in largely deserted streets.

Following the victory, scores of young bikers wearing patriotism on their sleeves zipped through the city streets waving the tri-colour with gusto.

From drawing rooms to the country's frontiers, celebrations erupted across the nation as India.

Cricket fans distributed sweets and burst firecrackers, while many came out on roads and danced to the beating of drums as soon as Mohit Sharma took the last wicket of Sohail Khan to seal Pakistan's fate in Adelaide.

The jawans of the Border Security Force (BSF) deployed along the International Border in Jammu also celebrated the victory of team India by distributing sweets among themselves.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a wave of congratulations for the Indian cricket team by tweeting,"Congrats Team India. Well played. We are all very proud of you."

President Pranab Mukherjee in his message to Indian captain Dhoni, said: "My congratulations to you and all members of the Indian Cricket team on the victory in the first match of ICC World Cup 2015 against Pakistan."

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Silence descends on Karachi after defeat to India

An eerie silence descended on Pakistan's biggest city after its national cricket team was annihilated.

Dubbed as 'war without the guns' the passionate Pakistani cricket community including former players, pundits, critics and fans were left disappointed and dejected after watching Misbah-ul-Haq and his men fail to stop the Indian juggernaut against them in World Cup.

Since the wee hours there was an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation for the match here as boys and girls dressed in the traditional green shirts went around blaring horns and playing songs before finally getting down to watch the live action.

Big screens were installed at closed and open spaces as fans converged to watch the match.

In the distance one could hear horns blaring and at times even celebratory gunfire during the match when Pakistan did well.

But these times were few and at the end of the match it was the same old story for the fans.

"Now we have to wait for another four years to try to end this jinx. Yaar what is this team... didn't they realise the importance of the occasion. Look at how Dhoni and his players remained focused," an irate cricket fan Sabrina said in the upmarket Clifton area.

There was a grudging admiration for Virat Kohli in the cricket discussions taking place at pan shops, coffee outlets and tea stalls as the roads which were supposed to be filled with fans celebrating remained deserted even after the match.

"It is really disappointing at how the team let us down today. You wait for a long time for this match and I just feel so bad for the fans who prayed for success," Pakistan's former opener Mohsin Khan said.

Not surprisingly angry cricket fans vented their anger on social networking sites with Ahmed Shehzad, Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal the target of most digs.

Fans wasted no time in highlighting the mistakes committed by Pakistan in the match including Kohli's dropped catch by Akmal.

There was though no violence reported from any part of the city.

The reason for this could be that today's match was the first for both teams in this World Cup.

These feelings were echoed by Baba Gulzar who runs a popular video outlet in Clifton.

"Chalo abhi World Cup baqi hai and if we play well we can still beat India in the semi-finals or final," an ever optimistic Baba said.

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Angry Pak fans in Karachi smash TV sets

Angry with their team's defeat at the hands of arch-rival India in a cricket World Cup match, Pakistani fans came out on the streets here and smashed their TV sets to express disappointment.

A Pakistani TV channel showed visuals of people taking to streets with TV sets and smashing them to pieces to show their anger at the Pakistan team's showing.

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