Indian cricket fans who gathered at an open-air big screen to watch the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand were left “sad and disappointed” after their team lost. Virat Kohli’s team crashed to an unexpected 18-run defeat at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
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In what is one of cricket’s biggest rivalries, India thrash Pakistan at Old Trafford in the World Cup.
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