Pakistan erupts with joy after Twenty20 win

Published: Monday, June 22, 2009, 9:28 [IST]
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Pakistan erupts after T20 win

Lahore: A trouble-torn nation erupted into celebrations as Pakistan scored a sensational victory against Sri Lanka in the second edition of T20 World cup at Lords on Sunday.

Pakistan achieved a modest, 139-run target for the loss of two wickets with eight balls to spare to win their first major trophy since 1992, when Imran Khan led them to victory in the 50-over World Cup in Australia.

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From street corners in crowded cities to the remote village, people danced in the streets late night after following the match played in London.

As Pakistan scored the winning run with Shahid Afridi at the crease, people danced with joy, lit firecrackers and celebrated by distributing sweets.

"We are proud of our team as they gave us a rare moment of joy," said Mohammad Kalam, who watched the match at Laore.

Former pakistan player Ramiz Raja said the win would help lift the gloom besetting the war-torn country.

"This is the greatest moment in Pakistan cricket, greater than 1992 because people (are now) in gloom and previously had nothing to cheer about," said Raja, a member of 1992 team that beat England in the Melbourne final.

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Pakistan has been hit by civil unrest and its army is fighting an increasingly deadly insurgency in the North-West Frontier Province.


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