It was not the nail-biting final that might have concluded the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 in style, but that did not matter to Pakistan who handed over their country something as a savor in the middle of troubled times. From the time the top-scorer of the tournament, Tillakaratne Dilshan, got out on a duck, Pakistan had a strong hold on the match. Shahid Afridi, who surfaced as their dominant player, led his team with an unbeaten 54 in the 19th over, and it was left to Younis Khan to lift the trophy in what he later declared might be his last T20 International. This took place before a plethora of rambling supporters from Pakistan.
Sporadically the tension increased as the required run rate increased, but every time Afridi was able to manage the score with his experience. He hit consecutive balls for six and four from Muttiah Muralitharan in the 14th over, a calculated attack in opposition to a primary player. The trophy’s destination was locked when he hit a humongous six off Isuru Udana over midwicket in the 18th over. This was the moment when Sangakkara bet on one of his feeble bowling links. The six was followed with a boundary as well.
Shoaib Malik did his job with 24 from 22 balls in a match-grabbing position of 76 after Kamran Akmal went early back to the pavilion. The player knew they did not have to take any chances and played Ajantha Mendis better as compared to any other team as he went for his most costly spell of the event.
Being the model of consistency, Sri Lanka was caught by aggressive tactics off guard. In a stirring environment, Pakistan was on top of their form from the beginning as Mohammad Aamer used his inexperience with a smashing opening over. He bowled short at Dilshan in a clear plan. Dilshan was definitely discomforted by the method. During the fifth delivery, Dilshan made an effort to make a scoop over short fine-leg, but only managed to get out for a duck. He had virtually made all his efforts during the tournament at the shot and this was a bad time for it to not work.
T20 World Cup 2009 Final Scorecard
T20 World Cup 2009 Final Sri Lanka Innings
|Tillakaratne Dilshan||c Hasan b Amir||0||5||0||0||0.00|
|Sanath Jayasuriya||c Razzaq||17||10||2||1||170.00|
|Jehan Mubarak||c Hasan b Razzaq||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Kumar Sangakkara||Not Out||64||52||7||0||123.07|
|Mahela Jayawardene||c Misbah b Razzaq||1||4||0||0||25.00|
|Chamara Silva||c Ajmal b Gul||14||19||2||0||73.68|
|Isuru Udana||b Afridi||1||5||0||0||20.00|
|Angelo Matthews||Not Out||35||24||3||1||145.83|
|Total (Extras-6)||Wickets – 6||138||120||14||2||RR. – 6.90|
T20 World Cup 2009 Final Pakistan Bowling
T20 World Cup 2009 Final Pakistan Innings
|Kamran Akmal||st Sangakkara b Jayasuriya||37||28||2||2||132.14|
|Shahzaib Hasan||c Jayasuriya b Muralitharan||19||23||3||0||82.60|
|Shahid Afridi||Not Out||54||40||2||2||135.00|
|Shoaib Malik||Not Out||24||22||1||0||109.09|
|Total (Extras – 5)||Wickets – 2||139||112||8||4||RR. – 7.44|
T20 World Cup 2009 Final Srilanka Bowling
Result: Pakistan won by 8 wickets
Man of The Match: Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)
The last 5 overs gave 59 runs and if any tactics that can make a game reach till 138, it was Sri Lanka’s. On the other hand, early wickets were important and they did not materialize as Shahzaid Hasan and Akmal played wisely. The accuracy of Lasith Malinga and the wizardry of Muttiah Muralitharan and Mendis have offered wonderful entertainment in the tournament, but in this game could not perform the magic spell that was required.
As Malik and Afridi embraced mid-pitch after the victorious moment the emotion demonstrated what this victory symbolizes for Pakistan. They required this success most and maybe that drive was the boosting factor. The nation encounters difficult of renovation, but this win brought great joy and, expectantly, belief of a colorful future.