Pakistan crushed Sri Lanka by 8 wickets to win the World Twenty20 final at a sell-out Lord’s on Sunday. This is their first major triumph in winning a title after a hiatus of 17 years.
Pakistan last won an official multi-nation tournament in 1992 when Imran Khan’s team lifted the One Day World Cup by beating England in the final at the Melbourne cricket ground in Australia.
In the T20 final at Lords, Seamer Abdur Razzaq claimed three wickets as Pakistan bowled and fielded aggressively to restrict Sri Lanka to 138-6.
Shahid Afridi hit an unbeaten 54 off 40 balls and former captain Shoaib Malik made 24 not out during a match-winning partnership of 76 for the undefeated third wicket. Pakistan made the winning run with 8 balls to spare.
Pakistan, runners-up to India in the final of the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa two years ago, ended Sri Lanka’s unbeaten run in the tournament with style.