Pakistanis brought their humour A-game to the Twitter pitch Sunday night and our timelines were consistently blessed with memes and hilarious commentary during the Pakistan versus India match. The nation will be celebrating Pakistan's historic win for many days to come, so in case you're in the mood to revisit match highlights to heighten the euphoria, here's a meme by meme recap of both the game and the cricket humour to keep your spirits soaring.
Pakistan's match against India was their first during this year's ICC Men's T20 World Cup. As you may recall, the team won the toss and decided to field. At this point, Pakistani netizens had no way of knowing the joy that awaited them. They were deeply wounded souls, fighting the misery of rising oil prices, inflation and the overconfidence of Indian cricket fans built over years of winning.
The game started and soon enough our weary (and wary) hearts skipped a beat when ace bowler Shaheen Afridi put Indian batsman Rohit Sharma out of the game with an LBW.
We all sat a little straighter in our seats when Afridi dismissed KL Rahul as well.
Other batsmen might have come and gone, but captain Virat Kohli refused to budge. By this point though, it had become pretty exciting (and satisfying) to see Kohli trying hard to boost India's overall runs.
For the time being, it looked like Kohli was succeeding in his efforts. There was a flurry of sixes and fours that strengthened India's position and the camera suddenly showed Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar beaming in the stands. It's safe to say that smile did not sit well with many Pakistanis. The actor soon became prime fodder for meme-makers, especially when Pakistan's chances of winning gradually became stronger.
Netizens were very pleased with bowler Hasan Rauf when he took Ravindra Jadeja out of the game. People didn't expect it from Rauf, but he delivered his A-game nonetheless and all his cricket mistakes were suddenly forgiven.
By this time, this is what our social media timeline looked like.
Our timeline went even more crazy the moment Afridi (finally) took Kohli out of the match.
Soon, it was Pakistan's turn to bat and let's just say, those were the sweetest runs we've seen Azam and Mohammed Rizwan make, ever. Azam was on fire, and his heroics were captured by memes everywhere.
Muhammad Rizwan was also the hero we had been waiting for our entire lives.
People were tense right up until Azam and Rizwan made those last two runs.
This was Pakistanis everywhere the moment we won the match.
Kohli might have given Pakistan a tough time but we couldn't help but adore the sportsmanship he displayed at the end.
We also loved the many moments of friendship we got to witness between Indian and Pakistani cricket fans.
Pakistanis were worried for their friends across the border.
Overall, the nation was quite happy.
In the end, we all turned off our televisions and went to bed with just one final thought.
That was a match for the history books and one we'll be telling our grandchildren about. We can't wait to see Pakistan go up against New Zealand on Tuesday. Good luck boys!