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21st June, 2009: Shahid Afridi Sets Up Pakistan's First Ever T20 World Cup Title

Cricketnext Staff |June 21, 2019, 12:42 AM IST
21st June, 2009: Shahid Afridi Sets Up Pakistan's First Ever T20 World Cup Title

The T20 game was tailor-made for an impact player like Shahid Afridi, and the big-hitting Pakistani batsman shined on the biggest T20 stage of all, as he guided Pakistan to their first ever T20 World Cup title.

This was also the first meeting between Sri Lanka and Pakistan after the horrific Lahore terror attacks when the Sri Lankan cricket team was targeted by terrorists.

A young Mohammed Amir got the better off veteran Tillakaratne Dilshan, while Abdul Razzaq who was coming back into the team after his Indian Cricket League (ICL) adventure, dismissed Sanath Jayasuriya. He went on to take three wickets.

Kumara Sangakkara's 64 and Angelo Mathews' 35 guided Sri Lanka to a paltry total of 138.

Pakistan did lose two wickets, but Shahid Afridi, who came out to bat at number 3 played some responsible cricket to guide Pakistan home without any further stutter.

Pakistan won the match by eight wickets, and went onto lift their first ever World T20 title, after losing in the inaugural final to India.

Here are the winners over the years:

2007 - India

2009 - Pakistan

2010 - England

2012 - West Indies

2014 - Sri Lanka

2016 - West Indies

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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