Pakistan, on this day in 2009, won their first major title in 17 years when they stunned Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the high voltage clash in the World Twenty20 final at a sell-out Lord’s.
Before this, Pakistan’s only other official multi-nation tournament win was in 1992 when Imran Khan’s team lifted the World Cup by beating England in the final at the Melbourne cricket ground in Australia.
Pakistani Cricketers recalled the winning moments in their tweets.
Pacer Muhamamd Amir said: Beginning of my blessed journey, my 1st tour and we were world champions still gives me goosebumps. Can never forget this day. ALLHAMDULILAH for this always.
Beginning of my blessed journey, my 1st tour and we were world champions still gives me goosebumps. Can never forget this day. ALLHAMDULILAH for this always.. #21/06/2009 pic.twitter.com/T5ruALZEtq
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) June 21, 2020
Opener Ahmad Shahzad said:
Down the memory lane, one of the most cherishing moments of my career.
Life is all about “Learning” &winning the T20 #WorldCup 2009 under the captaincy of @YounusK75 taught me a lot about gelling together as a unit and ‘Creating History’.🇵🇰#PakistanZindabad pic.twitter.com/yArdwmXaV3
— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) June 21, 2020
Shahid Afridi hit an unbeaten 54 off 40 balls, his second consecutive half-century, and former captain Shoaib Malik made 24 not out during a match-winning partnership of 76 for the undefeated third wicket.
Fall of wickets Sri Lanka: 1-0 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 0.5 ov), 2-2 (Jehan Mubarak, 1.3 ov), 3-26 (Sanath Jayasuriya, 3.5 ov), 4-32 (Mahela Jayawardene, 5.3 ov), 5-67 (Chamara Silva, 11.3 ov), 6-70 (Isuru Udana, 12.6 ov)
Fall of wickets Pakistan: 1-48 (Kamran Akmal, 7.1 ov), 2-63 (Shahzaib Hasan, 9.1 ov)