On November 11, Australia faced Pakistan in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup, winning the match by five wickets. The match sparked a flurry of activity on Indian social media. A video of a man dressed in the Australian jersey chanting ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ began circulating widely.

Zee Salaam shared this clip in a November 11 article as visuals from the T20 semi final match. The outlet has since updated the article, but an archived version of the original can be accessed here. Zee Salaam claimed that a fan was cheering in support of India, with slogans like ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ during the Pakistan-Australia match.

Zee Salaam also posted a tweet claiming the video was recent.

Ravi Ranjan of the RSS tweeted the clip as well. (Archive link)

Several other users also amplified the video and accompanying claim. (Link 1, Link 2)

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Fact-check

Alt News performed a keyword search and found a January 2021 video posted by a YouTube channel called Daily Diary News. This confirms that the footage cannot possibly be from the recent semi-final match.

ScoopWhoop had reported on the video in an article dated January 19, 2021. It was shot during a match between India and Australia held as part of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. An Australian man in Brisbane’s Gabba Stadium started chanting slogans in support of India. The article features a few tweets containing the footage.

A few other users also tweeted the footage back in January 2021. (Link 1, Link 2)

Fact-checking portal Boomlive had also published a report on the video. To sum it up, Zee Salaam falsely shared a 10-month-old video linking it to the recent Australia-Pakistan T20 World Cup match.

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