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Pakistan reacts to defeat with anger
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September 24, 2007 23:59 IST

Minutes after Shoaib Malik's team lost the Twenty20 World Cup final to India in Johannesburg, angry Pakistani cricket lovers burnt effigies of Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi [Images] to vent their anger.

In yet another incident that revealed that people in Pakistan can be very unforgiving when it comes to conceding defeat against India, the incident occurred at a stadium in Lahore [Images] where the Asian Football Confederation tournament was being played.

In Karachi too, mobs gathered to raise slogans against the Pakistani players, particularly Afridi and Younis.

"What the hell! This is the second time we lost a match to India in the World Cup. Such a big match and such careless play from senior players like Younis and Afridi. It is so disappointing to lose like this to India," Kamil Butt said, as his friends engaged in animated discussion on the final in a fast-food restaurant.

Given the level of interest in the final, five-star hotels, fast food chains and small restaurants had set up television screens and arranged special Iftaar menus to attract crowds.

"We were so happy at half time because we restricted the Indians to just 157. On such a wicket, we were sure Pakistan will finally beat India in a World Cup match," complained Shakir, a student.

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