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ICC Women's World Cup 2017, India vs Pakistan: Mithali Raj And Girls Are The New Social Media Darlings

The Indian women's cricket team is being discussed on the social media after they crushed arch rivals Pakistan in a Women's World Cup match on Sunday. The team has so far won all three of their league matches.

Bodhisattva Sen Roy |Cricketnext.com |July 3, 2017, 2:21 PM IST
ICC Women's World Cup 2017, India vs Pakistan: Mithali Raj And Girls Are The New Social Media Darlings

When the Indian Women’s cricket team finished their innings, what at that point looked like an inadequate 169 runs, Indian cricket fans had already started bracing for a Men’s Champions Trophy final style defeat. On social media, however, the buzz persisted.

The Indian team, led by a spunky and determined Mithali Raj, took to the field after the mid-innings break with a distinct plan in mind. By the end of the 10th over the ladies in green had lost four top batswomen for a paltry 20 runs.

Ekta Bisht turned one woman demolition squad as she sent 5 Pakistani batswomen packing while conceding only 8 runs. In the process she matched her previous best bowling figures (5/8) which was also against Pakistan!

Once the initial damage was done, It was only a matter of time before Mansi Joshi and the other bowlers ensured the Pakistani challenge stopped at only 74 runs. It was a victory, and a thumping one at that. If social media posts are believed to be an accurate gauge of social perception, then it seemed like the nightmare that was 18th June was a thing of the past.

Twitter Praise

Leading the trail of congratulatory messages on Twitter were everyone from former male cricketers to actors. Here is a look:

Captain Raj

The best tweet of the day was however from the captain Mithali Raj herself, underscoring a level of dominance that is yet to be matched by the much-hyped Indian Men's Cricket Team:

In fact, the Indian Women’s Team have an even better dominance record against the Irish women, where they have won all 12 games played so far.

Social Media Darlings

So far, social media outbursts on India-Pakistan clashes have been overwhelmingly reserved for when the Men meet. Occasionally the men's hockey team generate some noise. But this time it was different. Through the sunday, and more importantly through a day where the Men’s team were playing an ODI against West Indies, hashtags around the women’s clash dominated the conversation on Twitter.

Here are some numbers (please add the slides here in order:)

Tweets through the day Tweets through the day

Tweets by region Tweets by region

Tweets by gender Tweets by gender

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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