Pakistan becomes the 'Badshahs' of T20 world

Written by: Rajesh Krishna
Published: Sunday, June 21, 2009, 22:57 [IST]
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Pakistan wear the T20 crown

They were segregated, humiliated and condemned by the so called 'bosses' of world cricket.

The world cup assured to them was withdrawn, no one was ready to tour to their country, no-one invited them for any series. Cricket pundits scoffed at them when they came to the T20 world cup.

But Pakistan cricketers didn't gave up, they didn't lose heart, because they were proud of their cricket credentials. And, now they have given a fitting answer to the cricket bosses who tried to alienate from the cricket world. They have done what they can do in cricket. They are the now the champions of t20 world cup.


Victorious Pakistan cricket team could give some cheer to a country that is going through a difficult phase. It is also a slap on the face of terrorists in Pakistan who tried to eliminate cricket from the country.

It was Shahid Afridi magnificent 54* (39) helped Pakistan to beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets to lift the second Twenty20 World cup at Lords on Sunday.

Former captain Shoaib Malik made 24 not out during a match-winning partnership of 76 for the undefeated third wicket.

Pakistan, runners-up to India in the final of the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa two years ago, ended Sri Lanka's unbeaten run in the tournament with style.

Chasing a modest target of 139 Pakistan achieved the target with 8 balls to spare.

Kamran Akmal provided a good start as he scored 37 off 28 balls. He was stumped by Sangakkara at the bowling of Jayasuriya. His innings consisted of two boundaries and two sixers.

Shahzaib Hasan 19(23) was the second man to go as his attempted slog sweep is skied into the air, leaving Jayasuriya at short fine leg to take a simple catch. He scored 19 off 23.

Earlier marvelous fight back headed by Sri Lankan captain Kumara Sangakkara steered his team to 138/6 in the finals of T20 world cup at Lords on Sunday.

Sangakkara played captains knock of 64 from 52 balls to take his team from a disastrous position to a respectable total for Sri Lankans in the finals.

Lankans were 70/6 at one stage, but Sangakkaras partnership with Mathews changed things for Sri Lanka. The last over produced 17 runs. Matthews who scored 35 from 24 balls hit 3 boundaries and a sixer.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Sri Lanka were off to a worst possible start as they lost their inform batsman Tilkaratne Dilshan for a duck.

Dilshan failed to scoop one out and handed a simple catch at short fine leg.

Pakistan struck again when Razazaq dismissed Mubaraq for a duck in the second over of the match. Jehan Mubarak is was dismissed for a duck after a leading edge loops up high into the air leaving Shahzaib to take another easy catch.

Lanka suffered yet another set back when veteran Jayauriya was bowled by Razzaq in the for 17. Razzaq who was for six and boundary by Jayasuriya in a over took his as he bowled Jayasuriya in the over.

Things became worse for Sri Lanka as Razzaq finds the edge of Jayawardene (1), who was looking to flick the ball down to third man but instead guides the ball straight into the safe hands of Misbah-ul-Haq at slip.

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Sangakkara and Charmara Silva tried to steady the Lanka with a 37 partnership, but Pakistan star bowler Umar Gul broke this partnership by sending back Silva for 14 runs.

Afridi joined the party when he he bowled a wonderful delivery out of the hat to beat Udana all ends up. The bowl shattered the stumps of Udana for who just scored one runs.

Abdul Razzak who ended with the figures of 3/20 was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers. Afridi, Aamir and Gul shared one wicket each.

Tillakaratne Dilshan was declared as the Man of the Series. He is also the leading run-getter of the tournament with 317 runs.


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