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    World T20 rewind: Afridi inspires Pakistan to glory

    In our build-up to the fourth edition of the ICC World Twenty20, we take a look back at the previous editions of the tournament. Today, a look back at the second World Twenty20 in England in 2009 when Pakistan overcame a poor start to win the title at Lord’s.Lord’s goes DutchIt was a mismatch on paper, but the result was one that got the second edition of the ICC World Twenty20 off to a memorable start, if not perhaps in the manner that the host country had in mind. At Lord’s on June 5, 2009 Netherlands consigned England to one of their most ignominious cricket defeats of all times, hitting the final ball of the match for two amid scenes of incredible drama. Having done well to keep England to 163, Netherlands’ batsmen did well to keep up with the asking rate with Tom de Grooth playing the innings of his life. It call boiled down to the last over from which Netherlands needed seven runs with four wickets in hand. The bowler was Stuart Broad, whose previous match in a World Twenty20 had ended with Yuvraj Singh flaying six sixes. Broad kept it full and straight from around the stumps, and Ryan ten Doeschate and Edgar Schiferli managed five singles. On those five balls there were four wicket-taking possibilities, with Broad missing two run-out chances and a catch and James Foster also spurning a run-out opportunity. Shiferli got a faint piece of bat on the last ball and set off for the single. Broad picked up the ball in his follow-through, turned and threw at the stumps. He missed, and the batsmen grabbed an extra run with the overthrow. Immediately the Netherlands dugout was cleared and Lord’s painted orange as a merry band of giant-slayers went delirious, backed by a 1000-strong Dutch contingent in the stands. Gayle force hits AustraliaWhen Chris Gayle flexes his muscles to their fullest, there are few bowlers who escape severe punishment. Brett Lee was not one of them on June 6 at The Oval. Chasing 170, West Indies were given a rousing start by Gayle and Andre Fletcher, the pair adding 133 in 69 balls. Gayle took a special liking to Lee, whose first two overs cost 24. In his third, Lee bled 27 as Gayle struck three huge sixes: one went out of the ground and into the adjoining Archbishop Tennyson School and another would have but for a tall building. Lee’s first spell read 3-0-51-0. Gayle’s 88 from 50 balls helped West Indies romp home by seven wickets with 25 balls remaining. The O’Brien brothers deflate BangladeshCarrying on the tone of the underdogs coming up trumps, Ireland beat Bangladesh at Trent Bridge on June 8 to storm into the Super Eights. In pursuit of 138 after Trent Johnston starred with 3 for 20 from his four overs, Ireland crossed the finish line with six wickets and ten balls thanks mainly to the O’Brien brothers, Niall and Kevin. Niall, a Northamptonshire player, injected the momentum into Ireland’s chase with three sixes in one over from Mashrafe Mortaza, after which he called for a runner due to cramps. His departure for a 25-ball 40 was followed by brother Kevin striding out and collecting 39 from 17 balls, with four fours and a couple sixes, are Ireland overhauled their target with ease. Nial was adjudged Man of the Match. All-round Bravo pummels IndiaAt Lord’s on June 12, Dwayne Bravo almost single-handedly overpowered India with 4 four 38 and an unbeaten 66 from 36 balls to take West Indies past a target of 154 with eight deliveries to spare. With the ball, Bravo’s four wickets helped stem India around Yuvraj’s 43-ball 67. He stared with the wicket of Gautam Gambhir and then added MS Dhoni and Yusuf and Irfan Pathan as India were kept to 153 for 7. When he walked out to bat in the eighth over, West Indies had just lost Gayle for an off-color 22 off 28 balls and there were still 112 runs to get. Bravo was away with two classy boundaries and never looked back, soaring to a career-best effort. Combining power with remarkable composure, Bravo never allowed India to close in. The winning runs came with a gorgeous six over extra cover, with Bravo holding his pose for the shutterbugs. Five-star Gul strangles New ZealandPakistan’s bowling was the major reason for their winning the title after a poor start to the World Twenty20, and in a spin-heavy attack the expertise of Umar Gul proved invaluable. His spell of 5 for 6 in three overs against New Zealand at The Oval was the best in Twenty20 internationals and set Pakistan up for a six-wicket win with 41 balls remaining. Entering the attack with New Zealand at 72 for 4, Gul removed Scott Styris and Peter McGlashan in his first over and in his second pegged back Nathan McCullum’s leg stump before nipping out James Franklin and Kyle Mills in successive balls. From 72 for 4, New Zealand were skittled for 99. Both captains were left stunned by Gul’s accuracy at the death overs. "I've never, ever seen someone reverse the ball after 12 overs. He managed to do that and that made a real difference,” said Daniel Vettori, a 13-year international veteran, while Younis Khan added: “It was a fantastic spell. If we can have a spell like that in every game we can beat every team in the world.”Afridi too much for South AfricaShahid Afridi kept his best for the semi-final and final, and what important efforts they were. In the semi-final against South Africa at Trent Bridge, the mercurial allrounder hit 51 from 34 balls batting at No. 3 and then suffocated the opposition with a spell of 2 for 16 from his quota. Afridi’s brilliance was stamped all over this match. He came to the crease in the second over after Shahzaib Hasan was dismissed for 0 and proceeded to contribute an aggressive innings that lifted Pakistan to a defendable total. It wasn’t just hit and giggle; he ran hard and chose the balls to hit. After a 24-ball spell without a boundary, Afridi targeted Johan Botha and hit 21 runs from the nine balls he faced from the offspinner. With the ball, Afridi spun a web around South Africa’s batsmen an assortment of goodies. Herschelle Gibbs was bowled by a slider in Afridi’s first over, the seventh of the innings, and in his next AB de Villiers was befuddled by a nasty skidder. That miserly spell chocked South Africa out of another must-win match and sent Pakistan to Lord’s riding on confidence. Dilshan drives Sri Lanka to Lord’sTillakaratne Dilshan was the tournament’s leading run-scorer and his best innings came in the semi-final against West Indies at The Oval, where his unbeaten 96 single-handedly set up a match-winning total for Sri Lanka. Where his batting team-mates struggled to find fluency, Dilshan drove, flicked and paddled his way to a 30-ball half-century. His placement and precision was unbelievable, and the manner in which he repeatedly pulled out the paddle shot staggering. No other batsman crossed 24; Dilshan hammered 12 fours and two sixes in his excellent innings while carrying his bat. West Indies were out of the contest after Angelo Mathews grabbed three wickets in the opening over. Dazzling Afridi delivers glory to PakistanAt Lord’s on June 21, Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets with eight balls remaining and it was Afridi who was at the center of it all. In the first half of the day his stingy spell of 1 for 20 helped his team apply the pressure on Sri Lanka, and in the latter his composure while batting turned what could have become a tricky chase into a cakewalk. His brand of legspin helped keep Sri Lanka quiet after they lost four wickets in the Powerplay, conceding just two boundaries in his four overs. Later, he again walked out at No.3 after Kamran Akmal had been given a start and coolly kept chipping away at the target. As against South Africa, Afridi chose which bowlers to attack. On this occasion he took a calculated assault on Muttiah Muralitharan, hitting the veteran spinner for six and four in the 14th over. In the penultimate over, a massive six off Isuru Udana was followed by a four off a high full toss, delivering Pakistan an emotional victory just months after they had been stripped of their hosting rights following the dreadful attack on the visiting Sri Lankan team.