The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recalled India’s historic 5-run victory in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 against Pakistan by a post on their official Twitter handle on Thursday on the occasion of its 13th anniversary.
India and Pakistan faced each other in the final of the inaugural T20 World Cup with the Men in Blue having seeded the latter in the bowl-outs during the group phase of the tournament.
What was the especially astonishing about the victory was that the Men in Blue lifted the trophy after their tragic first-round departure from the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup in West Indies.
In the game full of roller coasters ride, Gautam Gambhir had scored 75 runs off 54 balls with Rohit Sharma (30 not out off 16) as India set a target of 157 for 5 at the end of their innings. Umar Gul picked three wickets for 28 runs.
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The Pakistanis had failed to provide a good start as they lost their opening wicket in Mohhamad Hafeez with just two runs on board. All credit goes to the disciplined bowling efforts of Irfan Pathan (3 for 16) and RP Singh (3 for 26).
Pakistan’s captain Misbah-ul-Haq, however, kept country’s hopes alive and took the game deep. They needed 13 off the last over and MS Dhoni surprised everyone by bringing in Joginder Sharma to do the job. The Haryana pacer started the over with a wide before getting smashed over long-off in the second delivery. The tournament ended with Sreesanth’s famous catch off Misbhah-ul-Haq and India lifting the cup.
India 157 for 5 in 20 overs (Gautam Gambhir 75, Rohit Sharma 30*; Umar Gul 3 for 28) won against Pakistan 152 in 19.3 overs (Imran Nazir 33, Misbah-ul-Haq 43; Irfan Pathan 3 for 16, RP Singh 3 for 26) by 5 runs.