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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Twitter erupts after India demolish South Africa

Howzzat. . . for a first-match win!!

  • Published 6.06.19, 8:42 PM
  • Updated 6.06.19, 8:49 PM
  • a min read
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Rohit Sharma, left, watches captain Virat Kohli react after being dismissed during the Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and India at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, England, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP)

Indian fans were in for a treat as India won by 6 wickets in their World Cup opening match against South Africa. Vice-captain Rohit Sharma was unbeaten at 122. So safe to say that his unbeaten score helped India chase down a 228-run target in 47.3 overs.

Indian captain Virat Kohli made only 18 runs but was full of praise for Rohit Sharma and other supporting batsmen.

The World Cup had some pretty dramatic moments with Bangladesh defeating South Africa and Pakistan defeating England in their respective matches.

India played two practice games ahead of the World Cup with the last one taking place on May 29 against Bangladesh.

India suffered a disappointing loss against New Zealand in the first practice match, but enjoyed a 95-run win against Bangladesh in the second warm-up match.

South Africa's batting and bowling were inadequate in the first two games, but surprisingly, their fielding has been below par too. Towards the end of the match, David Miller even put down a regulation skier from Rohit Sharma. South Africa have now registered three consecutive losses in the World Cup.

After the victory, Indian Twitter erupted in an outburst of congratulatory messages, fist-bumps and jokes. Former cricketers, and cricket commentators could hardly contain their glee at the clinical performance from the men in blue:

But what is Twitter without a few jokes. Some used Rohit's Herculean effort to mock arch-rival Pakistan's low score in their opener against New Zealand, while others roasted an uncharacteristically bad South African fielding effort:

Some helpful Twitter users were kind enough to point out statistical tidbits and career milesones:

Turns out even politicians are not immune to cricket fever. From a former BJP president to the current defence minister, politicans also took to twitter to congratulate the men in blue: