Just like James J Braddock, The Cinderella Man, no one gave Pakistan a chance of winning this World Cup. Reason being Pakistan had not played much cricket in the last 2 years, the 2 years when Twenty20 really took off. Pakistan’s players did not participate in the second edition of IPL as well, hence they were short on Twenty20 experience! Every player in Pakistan and India essentially grows up on Twenty20 cricket, as a batsman you just hit sixes and as a bowler you prevent the sixes, plain and simple. No one worried about Pakistan, no one knew Pakistan and hence they won, just like James J Braddock, The Cinderella Man.
Pakistan gets something finally
Pakistan as a country has been torn down in the last few years. With Taliban taking over a large part, terrorism getting rampant and even affecting cricket the country and its people needed something, and now they have something. A World Cup trophy!
I hope this revives cricket in Pakistan which has been affected a great deal by terrorism and ICL. Razzaq is already back with more to follow, Pakistan team will soon be back to its full strength and with the confidence of winning a World Cup behind them they can scale new hights.
Afridi booms again!
Big final of a big tournament, Pakistan is the biggest underdogs of the tournament, and Afridi’s batting form is also worse. But what does he do in the semi final and the final. Just simply play 2 match winning knocks.
54 runs from 40 balls chasing a low total is worth its weight in gold! Afridi has been sent on earth to play Twenty20. Two consecutive man of the series awards in the world cups! Amazing feat.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Scorecard - Final T20 World Cup (2009)
ICC World Twenty20 2009 - Final
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
Played at Lord’s, London (neutral venue), 21 June 2009 (20-over match)
Result - Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets
Sri Lanka innings (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
Tilakaratne Dilshan c S.Hasan b M.Aamer 0 5 0 0 0
Sanath Jayasuriya b A.Razzaq 17 10 2 1 170.00
Jehan Mubarak c S.Hasan b A.Razzaq 0 2 0 0 0
Kumar Sangakkara (C) (W) Not Out 64 52 7 0 123.08
Mahela Jayawardene c Misbah-ul-Haq b A.Razzaq 1 4 0 0 25.00
Chamara Silva c S.Ajmal b U.Gul 14 19 2 0 73.68
Isuru Udana b S.Afridi 1 5 0 0 20.00
Angelo Mathews Not Out 35 24 3 1 145.83
Extras (lb 3, w 2, nb 1) 6
Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 138 (6.90 runs per over)
Fall of wickets: 1. Tillakaratne Dilshan 0 (0.5), 2. Jehan Mubarak 2 (1.3), 3. Sanath Jayasuriya 26 (3.5), 4. Mahela Jayawardena 32 (5.3), 5. Chamara Silva 67 (11.3), 6. Isuru Udana 70 (13)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Mohammad Aamer 4 0 30 1 7.50
Abdul Razzaq 3 0 20 3 6.67
Shahid Afridi 4 0 20 1 5.00
Saeed Ajmal 4 0 28 0 7.00
Shoaib Malik 1 0 8 0 8.00
Umar Gul 4 0 29 1
Sri Lanka Batting
Watch cricket highlights - Pakistan vs Sri Lanka - the 2009 T20 World Cup Final.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka is ready for the final encounter of the ICC T20 World Cup 2009. Sri Lanka are looking very aggressive with their batting and bowling performance. In the last clash between these two side in the Super 8 Stage Sri Lanka won the match by 19 runs. Will they be able to do it again? or This time Pakistan will win the T20 World Cup 2009? Super 8