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Pakistan lift World T20 Cup, beat Sri Lanka

LONDON: Pakistan have become the Twenty20 champions defeating Sri Lanka by six wickets in the hard-fought final of the World Cup 2009 here at Lord’s on Sunday.

Chasing 139, Pakistan achieved the target with four balls to spare with Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik were at the crease.

Afridi made 55 from 40 balls with two sixes and two fours while Malik scored 24.

Shahid Afridi’s knock proved crucial in Pakistan’s win, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, ICC World Twenty20 final, Lord’s, June 21, 2009

Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)

Partnerships – Pakistan innings
Wkt Runs Overs RR Player Player Start End
1st 48 7.1 6.69 Kamran Akmal (37) Shahzaib Hasan (10) 1/48 (7.1)
2nd 15 2.0 7.50 Shahzaib Hasan (9) Shahid Afridi (5) 1/48 (7.1) 2/63 (9.1)
3rd 76* 9.3 8.00 Shahid Afridi (49) Shoaib Malik (24) 2/63 (9.1) 2/139 (18.4)
Highest partnerships in the match
Inns Wkt Runs Overs RR Player Player Start End
2 3rd 76* 9.3 8.00 Shahid Afridi (49) Shoaib Malik (24) 2/63 (9.1) 2/139 (18.4)
1 7th 68* 7.0 9.71 KC Sangakkara (30) AD Mathews (35) 6/70 (12.6) 6/138 (20.0)
2 1st 48 7.1 6.69 Kamran Akmal (37) Shahzaib Hasan (10) 1/48 (7.1)
1 5th 35 6.0 5.83 LPC Silva (14) KC Sangakkara (19) 4/32 (5.3) 5/67 (11.3)
1 3rd 24 2.2 10.28 ST Jayasuriya (16) KC Sangakkara (8) 2/2 (1.3) 3/26 (3.5)
2 2nd 15 2.0 7.50 Shahzaib Hasan (9) Shahid Afridi (5) 1/48 (7.1) 2/63 (9.1)
1 4th 6 1.4 3.60 DPMD Jayawardene (1) KC Sangakkara (5) 3/26 (3.5) 4/32 (5.3)
1 6th 3 1.3 2.00 I Udana (1) KC Sangakkara (2) 5/67 (11.3) 6/70 (12.6)
1 2nd 2 0.4 3.00 J Mubarak (0) ST Jayasuriya (1) 1/0 (0.5) 2/2 (1.3)
1 1st 0 0.5 0.00 TM Dilshan (0) ST Jayasuriya (0) 1/0 (0.5)


Semi-finals Pakistan

Pakistan hit back and it hit back hard and at the receiving end it was injury-plagued New Zealand. Pacer Umar Gul was on rampage. The lanky Peshawar bowler haunted the Kiwis and reverse swing the ball like crazy. He took five wickets at the expense of six runs in three overs to skittle New Zealand out for 99, much to the awe of Daniel Vettori. The New Zealand captain went on complaining that ‘I have no idea how it’s done.’ The hard job was done and Pakistan now had to beat Ireland to book their semi-final ticket which they achieved it with much ease. Confident in their approach, their top-order fired again and batting first set 160 for the Irishmen. This time it was off-spinner Saeed Ajmal’s turn to have a go with the leather. Ajmal took four wickets for 19 runs, as Pakistan roared into the semi-finals. Pakistanis may have played little cricket in the past eighth months but you cannot take the sublime skills of the sub-continent players for granted.

World Twenty20 Cup 2009

18 Jun,2009 4:30 PM GMT | T20I 1st Semi Final South Africa Vs Pakistan Trent Bridge, Nottingham

ResultPakistan won by 7 runs

NOTTINGHAM: Pakistan defeated South Africa by seven runs in an exciting finish in the first semi-finals of the World Twenty20 Cup 2009 here at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Thus, Pakistan have qualified for playing the final and they will play either Sri Lanka or West Indies on Sunday for the title.

Shahid Afridi shone with bat and ball to win the Man-of-the-Match award. He first smashed 51 from 34 balls and then grabbed 2-16 with his leg-spin as Pakistan successfully defended 149-4 to restrict the favoured Proteas to 142-5 before a sell-out crowd at Trent Bridge.

Pakistan, runners-up to India in the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa two years ago, await the winners of Friday’s semi-final between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Sunday’s final at Lord’s.

Afridi plundered eight boundaries, including four in succession off Johan Botha, after Pakistan elected to bat on a wicket that slowed down as the evening progressed.

Veteran Jacques Kallis made a brave attempt to take the South Africans home, striking seven fours and a six in 64 from 54 balls, but the other batsmen faltered against the spot-on attack.

South Africa made a steady start in reply as openers Kallis and Graeme Smith reached 40 by the sixth over.

Smith failed to make use of an early chance when he was dropped by Umar Gul as he skied a return catch to Mohammad Aamir after making 10.

Afridi, coming on to bowl in the seventh over, struck twice in four deliveries when he bowled Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers to make South Africa 50-3 in 8.3 overs.

Afridi and fellow-spinner Saeed Ajmal, made runs hard to come by, and when the dangerous Gul came on to bowl in the 14th over, South Africa needed a further 77 from 42 balls.

Kallis and JP Duminy raised South Africa’s hopes by adding 61 from 53 balls for the fourth wicket, but Ajmal broke the threatening stand by having Kallis caught in the deep in the 18th over.

Duminy remained unbeaten on 44 from 39 balls but the task of needing 23 runs in the last over bowled by Aamir proved too much for him and Mark Boucher.

It did not matter at the end that Pakistan, who were 120-3 after 15 overs, failed to build on the early advantage and managed just 29 runs in the final five overs.

Pakistan had made a frenetic start, racing to 28 off the first 15 deliveries but at the cost of two wickets.

After Kamran Akmal had taken eight runs in Dale Steyn’s first over, Shahzaib Hasan fell in the second over for zero when he miscued a big hit off left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell.

Akmal struck a six in Steyn’s second over, but fell off the next delivery as he top-edged a pull to Morkel at mid-on. Akmal made 23 from 12 balls with four boundaries and a six.

Afridi, promoted to number three, swung Kallis for two fours in one over as Pakistan reached 47-2 by the time the field restrictions ended after the sixth.

Afridi brought up his half-century off 33 deliveries after slamming off-spinner Botha for four consecutive boundaries in the 11th over that realised 18 runs.

A desperate Smith turned to slow bowler Duminy in the 13th over and struck gold first ball as Afridi holed out to mid-wicket.

By Richard Sydenham

NOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters) – India are well equipped to retain their World Twenty20 title if they can withstand the pressure of being defending champions, Anil Kumble, the country’s highest wicket-taker in test and one-day cricket, said on Monday.

“They can defend it but the pressure is on them this time as champions,” Kumble, who retired from international cricket in November, told Reuters.

“Last time, the expectation was not that high for India or even for the format. But they have since played two IPLs (Indian Premier Leagues) and expectations are high.”

India began their defence with a comfortable 25-run win over Bangladesh on Saturday at Trent Bridge and have a final group match against minnows Ireland on Wednesday. They are seeking a second successive title after beating Pakistan in the 2007 final.

“They are a fantastic side,” said Kumble, who is in England as a television pundit.

“They have got some great hitters who are very intimidating for opponents, have good variety in their bowling with off-spin, left-arm spin, left-arm swing from Zaheer (Khan) and the right-arm pace of Ishant (Sharma). So there is plenty of surprise and quality in the team.”

Kumble, 38, claimed 956 wickets in both test and limited-over formats during his 20-year career.

His only playing commitments now are with Bangalore in the IPL. He took five for five in one match in April and helped them to reach the final.

Kumble is contracted to play at least one more edition in 2010 and the Champions League in October.

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