On this day in 2009: World Twenty20 rob Pakistan at Lord’s

Pakistan scored an unexpected triumph in the World Twenty20 tournament final on June 21, 2009.

And they did it in style, securing a comprehensive eight-wicket win over the favorites Sri Lanka at Lord.

After winning the coin toss and deciding to strike, Sri Lanka lost four wickets in the first six overs as they slipped to 32 for four.

Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi celebrates winning points (Anthony Devlin/PA)

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It took 68 points between captain Kumar Sangakkara and the all-rounder Angelo Mathews spanning seven overs to guide Sri Lanka to a respectable 138 for six.

Pakistan, beaten in the final two years earlier by India, laid the groundwork for their triumph by losing just two wickets in the first 10 overs.

Then, just as they started to slip behind the rate, Shahid Afridi got to the crease and hit 54 of 40 unbeaten balls to take them home with eight balls remaining.

A succession of terrorist incidents, including an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in early 2009, had seen international parties refuse to travel to Pakistan.

Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews misses a diving catch (Anthony Devlin/PA)

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Speaking after their victory, captain Younus Khan said: “Everyone follows Twenty20 cricket these days and now we are champions, it would be nice if we could get a home series.

“I would like all countries to come back to Pakistan. Everyone knows that the situation is not good but it is not our fault. We need home series because if there is no cricket in Pakistan, how can we motivate young people?

“I would say to the world, please come to Pakistan and play. I am very proud of my nation, I am a proud man and this win is good for all of us.

It took several years for international cricket to return to Pakistan, with Test action finally returning in 2019.

On this day in 2009: World Twenty20 rob Pakistan at Lord’s

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