Afghanistan defeated Pakistan by three wickets at Bristol on Friday to win their first 2019 World Cup warm-up match. Batting first, Pakistan were dismissed for 262 in 47.5 overs, with Afghan spinner Mohammad Nabi taking three wickets for 46 runs. Afghanistan chased down the target in the last over, driven by Hashmatullah Shahidi's 74*(102).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received congratulatory telephone calls from leaders across the world including from Ms Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh; Mr. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, King of Bhutan; Dr. Lotay Shering, Prime Minister of Bhutan; Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal; Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of Maldives; Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka; Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia; Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Mr. Abe Shinzo, Prime Minister of Japan; Mr. Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia; Mr. Pravind Jugnauth; Prime Minister of Mauritius; Mr. Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan ; and Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel on the victory in the General Elections 2019.
Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the electoral victory under his leadership. Chinese President Xi Jinping noted the great importance he attached to the development of India-China relations and his desire to work with the prime minister Narendra Modi to take the Close Development Partnership between the two countries to a new height. President Xi Jinping also expressed satisfaction at the strong momentum of development in India-China relations in recent years with the joint efforts of both sides.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to his twitter to congratulate the PM, he said: Greetings from my heart, my friend @Narendramodi, for your impressive victory in the election! The election results are another approval for your leader and the way you lead the world's largest democracy. Together we will continue to strengthen our great friendship between India and Israel and lead to new peaks. Well done, my friend!
Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe tweeted: Congratulations to @narendramodi on a magnificent victory! We look forward to working closely with you.
Warmly felicitating the Prime Minister, the leaders expressed the view that the historic mandate reflected the abiding faith of the people of India in the leadership of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Expressing his gratitude for their compliments and good wishes, the Prime Minister said that the general elections embodied the strength of Indian democracy, which is the world’s largest. He thanked the global leaders for their cooperation in developing mutually beneficial bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation and expressed his desire to continue to work further with them in fostering even stronger ties.
The Prime Minister has also expressed his gratitude to several other leaders who have extended their felicitations to him over social media and other means.