The man of the match was Shahid Afridi
Runners-up last time, Pakistan went one better in the midsummer sunshine at Lord’s, winning the World Twenty20 by eight wickets with eight balls to spare. It was an emotional occasion for a side who have been disenfranchised by terrorism, unable to play matches at home, destined to roam the world in search of cricket to sustain interest and their development. No one, not even those who would have seen as cathartic a Sri Lanka win, will begrudge them their triumph in front of a fervent crowd, the noise of which will have disturbed the St John’s Wood Sunday for some hours afterwards.
Abdul Razzaq allowed the right balance for Afridi to do what he did.
Pakistan hit Sri Lanka very hard! Afridi knew when to take a chance. He batted really well. A brilliant ending to an outstanding tournament.
Shahid Afridi hit an unbeaten 54 to steer his side home along with Shoaib Malik, who made 24 not out in a match-winning stand of 76.
The final first award of the match was granted to stand up performer boom boom Afridi.
Shahid thanked Allah, he had injured his ankle but played very well.
Player of the tournament Sri lanka – T- Dilshan
WINNING TEAM IN ORDER:
RAUF IFTIKAR ANJAM
MISBAH UL HAQ
SOHAIB MALIKAHMED SHAAZAD
YOUNIS KHAN UNFLUENTIAL CAPTIN – VICTORIUOS
Afridi’s second successive 50 made sure Pakistan did not slip up in the final again to claim their first ICC silverware since Imran Khan’s side triumphed in the World Cup Down Under back in 1992.
PAKISTAN T20 WINNER STAND UP FOR THE CHAMPIONS