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World Cup 2019: Sania Mirza congratulates Pakistan on win over England; gets trolled

It was Pakistan’s first win after 11 consecutive losses, including in a warm-up game versus Afghanistan.

Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza
Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ace Indian tennis player Sania Mirza certainly finds herself amid a dilemma whenever a cricket tournament of the magnitude of the World Cup is underway. Since it involves both India and Pakistan, Sania’s difficulty multiples. For she is the wife of veteran Pakistani batting all-rounder Shoaib Malik and has some sort of loyalty to her in-laws as well.

Recently, after Pakistan made a grand comeback to the World Cup by beating hosts England by 14 runs in a high-scoring game at Trent Bridge, the 32-year-old did not hide her happiness and congratulated Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men. It was just the game before that that Pakistan was comprehensively beaten by the West Indies after getting bowled out for 105. The Men in Green’s “unpredictable” tag was in use and Sania did not forget to mention that in her congratulatory tweet.

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However, she also got replies aplenty after posting her tweets, including those from the Indian fans.

Shoaib Malik picked the all-important wicket of Stokes

Shoaib, who is playing in his final World Cup, did not feature in the game against the Windies on May 31 but played against England. He did not score much with the bat (8 off 8) but while bowling, took the wicket of the dangerous Ben Stokes cheaply to hurt the hosts’ chase. Another veteran player in the side, Mohammad Hafeez was the Man of the Match on the occasion with his 62-ball 84 and a wicket for 43. It was Pakistan’s first win after 11 consecutive losses, including in a warm-up game versus Afghanistan.

Sania’s own country kicked off their campaign at the World Cup on Wednesday when they took on South Africa at Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Faf du Plessis’ side has lost two consecutive games and is in the hunt for its first points. After having lost out in two high chases against England and Bangladesh, the Proteas captain decided to bat against India after winning the toss. India’s Jasprit Bumrah started off well picking both the South African openers Hashim Amla (6) and Quinton de Kock (10) before Du Plessis chipped in with his bat.

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