Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pakistan deserves the T20 title

Before 10 years on June 21, 1999 Pakistan lost the final of ICC World Cup V/S Australia at Lord's. Exactly after 10 years they were once again in the final of ICC World Cup V/S Srilanka at the very same venue. But this time it wasnt 50 over game it was Cricket's shortest version 20-20. And the result was also different. Pakistan won the match against the Srilankans as they beat them by 8 wickets.
Pakistan came in to this tournament facing some tough and unusual situations. The team hardly played any cricket in the year.The team didn't do too well in the warm up games and in the group satge.But in the Super 8 round they won against Ireland and New Zealand. They faced South Africa,the favourites of the tournament in the semi-final and won against them. The final was against Srilanka against whom they lost in the Super-8 stage. But it was a new day. They forgot the past. They had some plans for every player of the oppsission team and they successfully implimented the plans. They believed in their selves and gave their 100% in the final and won the T20 World Cup at the Home Of Cricket at Lord's. Last time they almost clinched the victory from India at the Wanderers, Johannesburg but couldn't win. This time they didn't make even a single mistake in the final and became the World T20 Champions.
Pakistan taught the lesson that even in the T20 Cricket you need to play some sensible cricket and you need to get your basics right. Afridi and Malik batted very sensibly. They are the real champions. There is no doubt that the best team won the tournament.
Srilanka also played well in the tournament. Sangakkara led his side very well and played an excellent knock in the final but they couldn't win.

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