music played and fireworks filled the night sky.
Fans across the UK took to the streets to celebrate Pakistan’s huge win against India at the T20 World Cup.
Pakistan had lost all 12 of their previous World Cup matches against India.
However, that barren run was snapped in style on October 24, 2021.
Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi gave Pakistan a dream start, scoring two wickets inside the first three overs. He returned later to bowl out Virat Kohli.
India went on to reach a total of 151-7.
Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan gave Pakistan a steady start, before reaching their fifty partnership in the eighth over.
Pakistan was averaging 6.50 runs an over before accelerating in the 13th over.
Rizwan began Mohammed Shami’s 18th over with a six and two fours before Babar clinched his team’s massive victory with 13 balls to spare.
Pakistan’s win was India’s first 10-wicket T20I defeat.
Describing it as a “super victory” for Pakistan, Faisal Shafi, the Sports, and Events Editor at DESIblitz.com highlighted an outstanding left-arm fast bowler:
“The outstanding brilliance of Shaheen Shah Afridi was very falcon-like.
“His very powerful characteristics take me back to the famous couplet by Sir Muhammad Iqbal from his poem, Aik Naujawan Ke Naam:
“Nahin Tera Nasheman Qasr-e-Sultani Ke Gunbad Par, Tu Shaheen Hai, Basera Kar Paharon Ki Chatanon Mein.”
“Thy abode is not on the dome of a royal palace; you are an eagle and should live on the rocks of mountains.”
Former India international Yuvraj Singh weighed in on India’s loss. He also addressed Manchester United, after they were thrashed 5-0 against rivals Liverpool earlier in the day.
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 24, 2021
In the UK, Pakistani fans watched the big game at home and on big screens.
Afterwards, they were jubilant over the win and crowds took to the streets to celebrate the victory.
In Manchester, hundreds gathered along Wilmslow Road in Rusholme and had been celebrating since 7 pm.
Social media videos showed crowds of people along the Curry Mile, singing and chanting.
According to a witness, at one stage, an ambulance got stuck trying to navigate through.
The paramedics phoned for help from the police in an attempt to get through, but eventually, the crowd managed to manoeuvre the ambulance.
Crowds gathered in Derby. On social media, a video showed Pakistani fans with flags and cheering, with some dancing.
Meanwhile, music played and fireworks filled the night sky.
— Kajal Manshad (@kajolmanshad) October 24, 2021
Thousands of supporters gathered in London, blocking roads, chanting and lighting fireworks.
Fans also drove past in their cars, blaring music and waving the Pakistani flag.
Many supporters were heard praising the Pakistani team, especially Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi for their performances.
Celebrations across the UK as Pakistan defeat India in historic match pic.twitter.com/Sa3M7bKATI
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) October 25, 2021
Luton saw people playing the dhol while crowds followed them and danced.
Fireworks and dancing took over the streets of Birmingham, with crowds blocking the roads to celebrate their team’s historic triumph.
According to Geo News’ Murtaza Ali Shah, the celebrations are expected to continue for days.
After Pakistan’s historic victory, they are back in action against New Zealand on October 26, 2021.
India’s next opponents are also New Zealand, but that does not come until October 31, 2021.