Pakistan suffered an unforgettable five-wicket loss against England in the T20 World Cup 2022 final at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Pakistan only reached a below-par score of 137/8 while batting first after a sensational three-for-12 spell from English pacer Sam Curran. Pakistani pacers also kept their team alive in the chase but Ben Stokes played an unbeaten knock of 52 and it was enough for England to chase the target with six balls remaining.
This is another heart-breaking blow for the Pakistani fans, who witnessed their team losing in the final of the 2022 Asia Cup as well. The former pacer, Shoaib Akhtar posted a heart-break emoticon on his Twitter handle after the loss to express his feelings.
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Indian fans were quick to reply with mixed feelings to the former Pakistani pacer’s Tweet. Many celebrated England winning the coveted trophy due to the Indian team’s cricket rivalry with the Pakistani cricket team. Indian seamer Mohammed Shami also reacted to Shoaib’s Tweet with a cheeky dig. Shami wrote, “Sorry brother, it’s call Karma.”
It’s call karma 💔💔💔 https://t.co/DpaIliRYkd
— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) November 13, 2022
India suffered a comprehensive 10-wicket loss against England in the second semi-final on November 10 and missed out on facing Pakistan in the final of the tournament. After India’s shocking defeat, Shoaib Akhtar termed India’s loss came due to an embarrassing bowling performance and also stated that the Indian team doesn’t deserve to reach the finals.
Bring glory home guys. You can do it. pic.twitter.com/rHKHBG9R7D
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 12, 2022
However, the World’s quickest bowler responded to Shami with an impressive tweet which did win a lot of hearts. “And this what you call sensible tweet..,” captioned Akhtar by posting the tweet of India’s top commentator Harsha Bhogle who had lauded the Pakistan bowlers for staying in the game until the 19th over in a low-scoring encounter.
And this what you call sensible tweet .. pic.twitter.com/OpVypB34O3
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 13, 2022
Team India was always the favorite to win the marquee event and dominated the Super 12 group-stage round with eight points from five games. But Indian bowlers failed to defend the 168-run total against England in the semi-final clash as they lost the game by ten wickets and with four overs to spare.
Mohammed Shami conceded as many as 39 runs from his three-over spell against England and managed to take only six wickets from six innings in the tournament. His poor performances have drawn a lot of criticism from Indian fans who are demanding big changes to the T20I squad.