Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > Features > Moments in history >

ICC World T20 championship 2009: Pakistan rout Sri Lanka at Lord’s to emerge supreme

Pakistan World Cup 2009

The Pakistan team which won the 2009 ICC World T20 Championship final against Sri Lanka © Getty Images

On June 21, 2009, Pakistan became World T20 champions by comprehensively thumping Sri Lanka by eight wickets at Lord’s. The win came as a soothing balm to the battered souls of Pakistani fans after the Lahore attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team and suspension of international cricket in the country. Sarang Bhalerao revisits a defining moment in Pakistan cricket history.

The sight of Imran Khan lifting the World Cup 1992 in Melbourne is part of Pakistan cricket folklore. For the next 17 years there have been ecstatic moments, talented players have come and gone, resourceful youngsters have promised a lot but another major world title eluded them.

Problems: The dope attacks, mysterious death of cricket coach, the indifferent performances of the team, the administration being in the news for the wrong reasons. To compound the matters, the Lahore bus attack on the Sri Lankan team came as a devastating blow to Pakistan cricket. The International Cricket Council (ICC) banned hosting of any internationals in Pakistan. The Champions Trophy 2009 was shifted to South Africa from Pakistan.

A streak of inspiration was needed from somewhere, for desolation was intrinsically linked with Pakistan cricket. The resplendent moment came when Shahid Afridi sneaked a leg-bye off Lasith Malinga. Afridi raised his arms. It was ‘Mission Accomplished’. It meant a lot to a nation who had had endured all that they did. The nation was over the moon. What gave people immense satisfaction was the manner in which Pakistan won the final match. No hiccups. Throughly professional.

Shahid Afridi

‘Mission Accomplished’… Shahid Afridi signals Pakistan’s triumph in the ICC World T20 2009 final © Getty Images

Before the match there were numerous discussions about how to contain Tillekaratne Dilshan —easily the batsman of the tournament. Mohammad Aamer, a 17-year-old prodigy, was unfazed bowling to Dilshan. The first ball was not a warm-up ball by any stretch of imagination. It was a sharp bouncer. The barrage of bouncers continued, presenting Dilshan with a challenge. The moment Dilshan accepted the challenge he was caught in a trap. A weak pull shot got the top-edge which was caught at short fine-leg. Sri Lanka’s run-machine contributed nothing.

Abdul Razzaq bowled a probing line and length. He was rewarded with three wickets — Jehan Mubarak, Sanath Jayasuriya and Mahela Jayawardene. Afridi didn’t give an inch; Saeed Ajmal’s variations confounded the batsmen while Umar Gul’s pace kept Sri Lankans on their toes. Gul, whose mastery with the reverse swing befuddled South Africa in the semi-final, got his only wicket of the match bouncing out Chamara Silva.

A seventh wicket unbeaten stand of 69 between Kumar Sangakkara (64 off 52 balls) and Angelo Mathews (35 off 24 balls) offered a glimmer of hope for the island nation. Yet, the total of 138 was not what Sri Lanka had intended at the start of the match.

The hero of Pakistan’s run-chase was Afridi, who had scored three-ducks in the tournament. At Lord’s, Afridi’s sole aim was taking Pakistan to the total of 139 without any jitters. Sri Lanka hoped for a comeback after the fall of Shahzaib Hasan’s wicket. At 63 for two in the 10th over, the game was even. But Afridi never let the bowlers get on top of the situation. He rotated the strike and employed controlled aggression —proof of the uncharacteristic restraint is Afridi’s first boundary, which came off the 20th ball of his innings.

When Afridi finally navigated through the turmoil in his mind and conundrum of toning down the aggression, he looked assured and took Pakistan to the target. There was a sea of green Pakistani flags at cricket’s Mecca and the Pakistan players joined the celebrations, running around the ground with the flags.

Pakistan team doing a lap of honour

The Pakistan team doing a lap of honour after winning the ICC World Twenty20 2009 final © Getty Images

“This victory comes as a morale booster for a nation beset with political and economic problems,” said Imran Khan.

Rameez Raja said the 2009 triumph was greater than 1992 win.

Pakistan’s President, Asif Ali Zardari, congratulated the team and announced an award of Rs 1 million for captain Younis Afridi. The rest of the squad became richer by Rs 500,000. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said “I will myself greet the team at the PM house.”

The waves of  joy engulfed Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad and all parts of Pakistan. The victory meant a lot for the beleaguered nation. It was the best thing the cricket team — ambassadors of Pakistan could have done — bringing smile onto the faces of the people of the nation.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 138 for 6 in 20 overs (Kumar Sangakkara 64*, Angelo Mathews 34*; Abdul Razzaq 3 for 20) lost to Pakistan 139 for 2 in 18.3 overs (Shahid Afridi 54*, Kamran Akmal 37) by 8 wickets.

Man of the Match: Shahid Afridi

(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Sachin Tendulkar — the greatest batsman of India

Sachin Tendulkar: A timeless fairytale

Sachin Tendulkar: The child, the father, but sexy? Not quite

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore RR vs CSK 2014 Sanju Samson Sunrisers Hyderabad

PCB change Muhammad Akram’s role from bowling coach to national selector

RCB need 18 off the last 2 overs against KKR

RCB lose Virat Kohli bust stay in control against KKR

Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh keep RCB ahead in chase of 151 against KKR in Match 11 of IPL 2014

RCB keep up the run rate in chase of 150 against KKR in IPL 2014

Sachin Tendulkar given out off a wrong replay on his birthday in IPL 2011

Happy birthday! A bouquet of CricketCountry’s best Sachin Tendulkar features

Sachin Tendulkar – The century of centuries in tweets

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Vic Gundotra, Google+ head leaves company

Are Himesh Reshammiya and Yo Yo Honey Singh overconfident about The Xpose?

Live Score Update, IPL 2014, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Bangalore 123/3 after 16 Overs

Samsung denies slashing Galaxy S5 price in India, price shoots up on Flipkart

Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega promo: Anu Malik-Farah Khan return to small screen with their signature shayaris!

Tamil Nadu polls witness interesting incidents

Also on cricketcountry.com