Data from Twitter indicates that the social media platform had turned into an alternate battlefield during the semi-final match.
March 26 saw cricket enthusiasts tune in to one of the most anticipated matches of the World Cup - the semi-final between host country Australia and the defending champions, India. Though the latter lost, breaking over a billion hearts, the match generated a lot of chatter on Twitter.
It is important to note that, apart from the Sydney ground, where the match was being played, the other battleground for India (@BCCI) and Australia (@CAComms), fighting for the coveted cup, was Twitter, replete with hashtags, tweets and retweets from people across the country.
According to data released by Twitter India, the top tweets per minute (TPM) moments during the match were : 'Australia winning by 95 runs'; 'MS Dhoni's run-out at 65'; 'James Faulkner dismissed Mohit Sharma leaving India 232/9'; 'Aaron Finch dismissed at 81', 'Australia at 233/4'; and 'David Warner dismissed, Australia at 15/1'.
Further, the most mentioned players on the platform were MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and Mitchell Johnson.
Some of the most RTed tweets were from Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan, Brian Lara, Aamir Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Varun Dhawan, APJ Abdul Kalam, Harsha Bhogle and Michael Vaughan.