Jun 22, 2009

Pakistan crowned the ICC World Twenty20 champions

Nothing better could have had happened to a nation having lots & lots of trouble for about 3 years now. Younis Khan & his men did what was anticipated by neither the fans nor the critics. Beating the two undefeated teams in the semi-final & the final. It was a collective team effort, but the Afridi’s brilliance was simply a thing to look at. He was on the top of his game. Umar Gul & Saeed Ajmal were also keeping Pakistan in the race before Afridi’s brilliance. All in all a good World Cup. Nothing better than finishing on a winning note.

Pakistan Zindabad

Jun 19, 2009

South Africa vs Pakistan 1st Semi Final - Highlights

Pakistan Batting

South Africa Batting

Cricinfo Reports

The South African juggernaut was brought to a screeching halt by Shahid Afridi who, with a little help from his team-mates, dumped the tournament favourites out of the World Twenty20 and secured Pakistan's place in the final. Afridi put in an all-round performance of tremendous intensity, lifting Pakistan to a defendable total with an aggressive yet methodical half-century, before bowling a spell that left the South Africans struggling at Trent Bridge.

The clinical South African side, unbeaten in the competition, were favourites going in to the semi-final and their bowlers fought admirably to restrict Pakistan to 149 when, at one stage a total of 170 seemed on the cards. With the exception of Jacques Kallis, though, their batsmen failed to give the chase any sort of direction. They were suffocated by Afridi and the offspinner Saeed Ajmal and their inability to score enough runs during the middle overs left them with too much to do against the pinpoint accuracy of Umar Gul's yorkers.