The story of the match in your tweets

India v Pakistan, Champions Trophy 2013, Edgbaston

June 16, 2013

Noah called, please send ark

Nitin Sundar

India playing Pakistan in an ICC event. Cue, hype overflowing from every corner.

While every other TV channel and twitter feed trotted out the usual cliches, the BCCI went left-field with their opening line.

The green and yellow jerseys must have confused them.

Going by Misbah-ul-Haq's presser, Pakistan were playing for pride.

Dead rubber; Neutral game; Rainy day; Poor turn-out? Think again. The game was sold out, and access to the ground was affected by the crowds.

India bowled first, and got off to a top start with Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting Nasir Jamshed nicking into the slips early. Suresh Raina took the catch and gave Jamshed a raucous send-off.

Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez were nervous at the crease. At least it looked that way to most people.

Pakistan had begun to stabilise when rain stopped play after 12 overs. It wasn't a long interruption.

It was, however, Hafeez who perished first on resumption.

Kamran followed suit a little later as India's spinners began to assume control. The rain was back after 19 overs, and this time it really poured.

It was one of those frustrating breaks when the rain would let up every few minutes, and then resume. The eminent twitterati at Edgbaston kept the rest of the world informed with timely updates.

Thanks, that was very helpful.

Play eventually resumed, and the game was reduced to 40-overs-a-side. Virat Kohli came on to bowl non-descript leg-rollers

India's main bowlers had a good day, with the exception of Ishant Sharma.

Ravindra Jadeja continued to torment batsmen. He had Misbah bowled, and then trapped Shoaib Malik plumb in front. Shoaib's desperate review did not save him.

India made short work of the lower middle order, and before long, Pakistan's last man was at the crease.

Pakistan were dismissed in the 40th over for 165. The revised target for India was 168 in 40 overs - just enough runs to give the bowlers a chance.

However, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan began brightly once again.

India had rolled along to 47 for 0 in 8.1 overs when the rain returned.

India faced a revised target on resumption, and quickly lost Rohit to Saeed Ajmal. Before Pakistan could build on that breakthrough, it began raining for the umpteenth time in the day.

After a heavy, dispiriting squall, the clouds suddenly gave way to blue skies and a spectacular rainbow. Play resumed with India chasing 102 in 22 overs.

Shikhar Dhawan fell after strolling to 48 off 41 balls. Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik took India past the finish line to complete one of the more forgettable games between the two two sides.

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Posted by Arif on (June 17, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

"Rain stops. Mohammad Irfan just wiped off some clouds from sky with his hands." An epic tweet @ sir jadeja.I coudn't stop laughing after reading this.It took me a while to scroll down & read other tweets.

Posted by Gohar on (June 17, 2013, 1:47 GMT)

Hilarious.... even to a Pak-Crici fan!

Posted by Vinod on (June 17, 2013, 0:53 GMT)

like this page, match in tweets is seriously funny....Irfan wiping the clouds with his hands and the 'it does'nt get bigger than this' - -tooo good....keep em coming lad's...i mean keep 'em coming on ladd-ers....!:)

Posted by keval on (June 16, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

thanks you for these tweet pages. some of the comments in here are seriously funny

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 16, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

Not India's fault match was one sided....Pakistan were very very poor

Posted by Shueb on (June 16, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

This was one of the most boring IND PAK match that I ever saw!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 16, 2013, 7:47 GMT)


Posted by Mohammad Arif on (June 16, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

Taking positive out of Pakistan's Champions Trophy games is their consistency. Their scores always remained between 160 & 170, no matter how many overs they played.Umar Amin over Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shezad what was the management thinking. If Umar Akmal is someone who cannot manage to play in the team then throw him out of the contract why waste people's money. What about Azhar Ali is he there for only 3 Test a year? All this talent and Pakistan does not have a right arm fast bowler?

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 16, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

This is too much. They lost a game, this entire article consists of tweets sledging the Pakistani's in every way possible. It's a real pity, I don't recall my countrymen reacting that way when we beat India 2-1 IN INDIA. So this kind of stuff is unfortunate to read (I doubt this will be published TBH).

Posted by Joju on (June 16, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

lol @ Irfan wiping clouds from sky with his hands . Great collection of tweets. Keep 'em coming

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