The pollution levels in Delhi have been a cause of concern over the past few months. The airborne particles and toxic chemicals that make up the smog disrupted normal life with experts declaring a health emergency in Delhi. Schools were also advised to remain shut for a few days in November, when the pollution levels were alarmingly high. The situation continues to remain grim and affected the cricket match between India and Sri Lanka on Sunday (November 3rd). It was the Day 2 of the third and final test match between the two countries, and India has been displaying their top-class cricketing skills while Sri Lanka was seen struggling – not just in the game but also due to the weather conditions. The Lankans soon wore a mask and were seen halting the play at regular intervals, and this didn’t go down well with the Twitterati.
In the ongoing series, the first test match was a draw. In the second test match, India defeated Sri Lanka by 239 runs and looks well poised for a victory in the third test as well. At the time of writing this report, Sri Lanka was trailing by 283 runs with 7 wickets remaining in the 1st innings. Not just the wins, but Indian cricketers also created a few records during this series. R Ashwin became the quickest bowler to take 300 wickets in Test history. Virat Kohli also became the first captain to score a hat-trick of tons in 3-match series. Twitterati opines that Sri Lankans wearing a mask and trying to halt play is a way to escape the humiliation of a possible defeat.
Here’s what the Twitterati has been saying:
The Indian batting order makes us proud:
Users accused them of fearing a defeat:
Humour on point!
Users were quick to take a dig at Sri Lanka’s not so impressive performance:
While most trolled the Sri Lankan team, many users also came forward and defended the visitors. Users tweeted pictures of residents of Delhi who are also spotted wearing masks, and argue that the quality of air is indeed poor and one can’t blame the Sri Lanks for pulling on their masks. Well, we just hope the smog doesn’t play spoilsport and we get to see team India winning this game. After the third test, the series between India and Sri Lanka also includes three ODIs and three T20 matches that will be played across India.