The memories are still fresh. It feels like yesterday! The first ICC T20 World Cup final was won by India after defeating Pakistan by 5 runs. This was a historic moment as India lifted the cup at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa after 1983. The team led by Indian Skipper MS Dhoni made it possible to achieve the dreams of millions of Indian cricket fans.
India managed to score 157-5 after the end of their innings with the help of Gautam Gambhir’s 75 runs. On the other hand, rest of the batting line of the team was a disappointment with Rohit Sharma being the second highest player to score max runs, with a not out 30. Being the first to get back to the pavilion, Yusuf Pathan was dismissed for 15 runs by Mohammad Asif. He was followed by Robin Uthappa (8) and Yuvraj Singh (14). Umar Gul showed them the way back to the dressing room. Gul gave the best performance with 3-28. He also bowled Dhoni, who managed to contribute only 6 runs.
On the other end, Pakistan too encountered the same situation when in the first over Mohammad Hafeez was dismissed, and Kamran Akmal fell contributed nothing but zero runs. With a top score of 43 runs from Pakistan’s end by Misbah-ul-Haq, he made an effort to near the Indian total. But the dream was shattered when Irfan Pathan grabbed 3-16 with R P Singh’s 3-26. Pakistan was bowled out in the last over, falling 5 runs short.
Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat first. India managed to score just 40 runs with the loss of 2 wickets in the Power Play. The team reached the mark of 100 runs in 83 balls (13.1 overs) while it managed to get to 150 in 19.2 overs. Finally, by the end of their innings, the team managed to score 157-5. This was a moment to worry.
ICC T20 World Cup 2007 Final Match Highlights
On the other hand, Pakistan started its innings and 53 runs with the loss of 3 wickets in the Power Play. The team reached the mark of 100 runs in 97 balls (15.3 overs) while it managed to get to 150 in 19.2 overs.
India was able to achieve this feat under the leadership of Dhoni, who was the first Indian Captain to lift the cup since 1983. Irfan Pathan received the “Player of the Match” award for his outstanding 3-16 feat. On the other hand, Shahid Afridi grabbed the “Player Of The Series” award.
ICC T20 World Cup 2007 Final Match Scorecard
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Y K Pathan, 2.4 ov), 2-40 (Uthappa, 5.4 ov), 3-103 (Yuvraj Singh, 13.3 ov), 4-111 (Dhoni, 15.2 ov), 5-130 (Gambhir, 17.6 ov)
Did not bat: Harbhajan Singh, Joginder Sharma, S Sreesanth, R P Singh
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Mohammad Hafeez, 0.5 ov), 2-26 (Kamran Akmal, 2.3 ov), 3-53 (Imran Nazir, 5.4 ov), 4-65 (Younis Khan, 8.3 ov), 5-76 (Shoaib Malik, 11.3 ov), 6-77 (Shahid Afridi, 11.4 ov), 7-104 (Yasir Arafat, 15.6 ov), 8-138 (Sohail Tanvir, 17.6 ov), 9-141 (Umar Gul, 18.5 ov), 10-152 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 19.3 ov)
|R P Singh||4||0||26||3||6.50|
|Y K Pathan||1||0||5||0||5.00|
|I K Pathan||4||0||16||3||4.00|
India: G Gambhir, Y K Pathan, Yuvraj Singh, R V Uthappa, R P Sharma, M S Dhoni (capt, wkt), I K Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Joginder Sharma, S Sreesanth, R P Singh
Pakistan: Imran Nazir, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik (capt), Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (wkt), Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat
Man of the Match: I K Pathan (India)
Player of the Tournament: Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)
Well, rounding the whole match, it was surely a nail-biting game. The match was full of ups and downs for both the team and might have ended the other way around. But thanks to the skipper who had a major role in this win against Pakistan to grab the first ICC T20 World Cup. It was wonderful innings from both the ends and both the teams deserved a huge round of applauds for offering such a remarkable game.