It was Lord’s, London on 21 June 2009. Pakistan and Sri Lanka were playing the final match of ICC World Twenty20 Cup. Green Shirts were led by the brave Younis Khan who was determined to repeat the history after 17 years when Pakistan had won the 1992 Cricket World Cup in Australia. History was also repeating itself in another way. In 1999, Pakistan had played the World Cup Cricket final on the same Lord’s against Australia on the same date, i.e. 21 June and it was also the same day, i.e. Sunday. However Pakistan lost that match.
Sri Lankan team was not an easy task as they had remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. Their wonderful players Dilshan, Singakarra (captain), Jaysuria, Murlydaran and Malinga were determined to keep their victories going on. But on the other hand, Pakistanis had the inner determination (جذبہ) that they had to win this most crucial match as it could be the most precious gift for a nation, which has not seen any happiness for a long time due to its fight against the terrorists. Our bowlers Muhammad Aamir, Ajmal Saeed, Umer Gul and Shahid Afridi did not allow Sri Lanka to make a big total who had won the toss and batted first. They scored 138 on the loss of 6 wickets.
Pakistan in reply lost only two wickets of Shazaib Hassan and Kamram Akmal, and reached the target of 139 runs in the 19th over. Shahid Afridi scored 54 runs and also claimed a wicket. He was declared Man of the Match. After this victory whole Pakistani nation came out on the streets and started celebrating this great success. By this achievement Pakistan has given a message to the whole world that we are the best nation who can win even in the time of crisis. I congratulate all Pakistanis on this victory and wish that we can get more and more achievements in the future.
Long Live Pakistan! پاکستان زندہ باد