Pakistan salutes 'awesome' Afridi

Published: Monday, June 22, 2009, 10:27 [IST]
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Pakistan salutes 'awesome' Afridi

London: Pakistan's super hero Shahid Afridi was hailed as 'awesome' on Sunday after he led his country to the World Twenty20 cup.

Pakistan thrashed Sri Lanka by eight wickets to claim their first major title in 17 years at a sell-out Lord's.

Afridi scored an unbeaten 54 off 40 balls, his second consecutive half-century, and former captain Shoaib Malik made 24 not out during a match-winning partnership of 76 for the undefeated third wicket.

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"It was a pressure match. When I walked out to the wicket I was thinking I have to stay until the 20th over," said Shoaib.

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"Shahid was awesome today and all credit to him. I told him to stay at the wicket and I will get some runs, that we can finish the game. He's a great cricketer."


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