It wasn’t the edge-of-the-seat final that would have signed off the ICC World Twenty20 in style, but that won’t matter to Pakistan who gave their nation a something to savour amid troubled times.
From the moment Tillakaratne Dilshan, the tournament’s top-scorer, fell in the opening over Pakistan had a grip on the match. Shahid Afridi, who emerged as their trump card, guided his team home in the 19th over with an unbeaten 54, and it was left to Younis Khan to raise the trophy in what he later announced would be his final Twenty20 international, in front of a sea of delirious Pakistan supporters.
Giant screens were put in place in the main markets of Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and Multan where thousands of men, women and children gathered to watch the final live from Lord’s in London.
The victory provided many back home with a welcome lift, given the Pakistan army’s fight against militant Taliban fighters in the northwest of the country.
Earlies, Younis Khan dedicated this game to his late coach Bob Woolmer. “We still miss him very badly. He was important to our cricket. He helped a lot of players and people. If we win I will be dedicating it to him. He was fantastic and I certainly miss him.”
Pakistan is now the Champions of the World!
Congrats to Everyone! Pakistan Zindabad!
Player of the match: Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)
Player of the series: TM Dilshan (Sri Lanka)