Twenty20 World Cup 2009 June 18, 2009

Afridi's kiss takes Pakistan to Lord's

Pakistan's talisman was the difference
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"I just blew him a kiss," smiled Shahid Afridi, when asked about his on-field exchange with Jacques Kallis. It was a kiss that sent Pakistan to Lord's, as Afridi won an old-fashioned battle of allrounders.

Afridi decided to spread the love as he killed South Africa's chances of lifting this World Cup.

Pakistan's talisman was the difference. A fact agreed upon by both captains, thousands of spectators at Trent Bridge, and millions of viewers at home. Halfway through this tournament Afridi changed his approach to batting. Encouraged by his captain, he has decided to take a couple of sighters instead of launching immediately into a reckless assault.

Younis Khan's greatest trick has been coaxing the best out of his unpredictable matchwinner, especially as they have clashed at times in the past. In the last three games Afridi has produced a complete all-round game, and the results leave Pakistan standing tall.

This was by no means a perfect performance from Pakistan. Some of the batting was slow, especially in the last five overs. But credit should go to South Africa for excellent death bowling, and the pitch blunted the most extravagant strokeplay.

In the field, Younis introduced Fawad Alam at a perplexing moment, and misjudged the number of overs for Umar Gul. But these gambles paid off for Pakistan's captain, fortune was with him.

Yet Younis has made his own luck. He has encouraged a determined and aggressive attitude, something that caught South Africa off guard. In the past, Pakistan have struggled against South Africa, largely because Pakistan have been mentally beaten before a ball has been bowled. This may be only Twenty20 but Pakistan's attitude made a palpable difference.

Behind his smiles, Younis is determined to win this World Cup for his country and especially for his embattled North West region. He and his team can hold their heads high. They have made hundreds of millions of their fellows very proud. A semi-final berth was a pleasant surprise, a final appearance is beyond expectations.

This is a sweet moment for Pakistan's long-suffering fans, who passionately follow a team that often produces frustration but sometimes conjures magic. Nobody swings more sharply between frustration and magic than Afridi. He epitomises Pakistan cricket.

Today Shahid Afridi was magic. Pakistan fans will hope the spell can last another three days.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • deemis on June 21, 2009, 12:47 GMT

    An hour left starting T20 final, the two best performed teams are staying Vs.Both teams having their best winning strength though the team will clutch the trophy whoshows the strong nerves on the ground, I hope the thrilling match and awaiting fighting sides. Before the match starts for me the both teams are the winners but no loser.........!!! Best wishes for the players n excitting enjoyment for the fans .....GOOD LUCK !!!

  • Ejaz on June 21, 2009, 9:34 GMT

    It was team confidence which won us semi final. We expect the same in final and if all guys play to there potential they can role the world.

  • Owais on June 20, 2009, 17:30 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Hats off on the fact that noone was expecting you to reach finals. To me even this is big enough an achievement. I am also pleasantly surprised at so many good remarks from Indians supporting Pakistan. Thanks a lot. Over years, people like me have learned to ignore comments from people like Karan Singh. Good luck Pakistan.

  • mohd shafi on June 20, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    It was Afridi'd day n whenever he played a good knock Pakistan has won the game.I dont understand why Fawad Alam was given the ball in an important match. I request Younis bhai not to repeat the same in the Final.InshaAllah Pakistan wld be the Champions this tym.

  • mohd shafi on June 20, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    It was Afridi'd day n whenever he played a good knock Pakistan has won the game.I dont understand why Fawad Alam was given the ball in an important match. I request Younis bhai not to repeat the same in the Final.InshaAllah Pakistan wld be the Champions this tym.

  • mohd shafi on June 20, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    It was Afridi'd day n whenever he played a good knock Pakistan has won the game.I dont understand why Fawad Alam was given the ball in an important match. I request Younis bhai not to repeat the same in the Final.InshaAllah Pakistan wld be the Champions this tym.

  • Irfan on June 20, 2009, 16:13 GMT

    All friends ... just pray for Pakistan team !!!

  • brk on June 20, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    Well, Well , Well.

    Finally there is some josh, some junoon and some kaleja from Pakistan. A big Shaabash from India !

    Win or lose on sunday, play with full vigour. No shame in losing to this Sri Lanka team.(if you do). They are as full of of kaleja, junoon and josh.

    As an Indian, I am proud to be part of such a neighbourhood. so should all of us.

    We have a lot of tragedy among us all. Take this opportunity and celebrate the victory of the human spirit. We are human first and then only indian, pakistani or Sri lankan. Best of luck to both teams.

  • Arman Hashmi on June 20, 2009, 12:01 GMT

    Pakistanis have kept alive the historic tradition of fostering this magnificent sport of Cricket by introducing such exciting promising cricketers at young age-that later on are revered as the greats in the Sport. In the current edition of the T20 World Cup too they have introduced two of the most exciting talents in form of Mohammad Aamir, Shahzaib Hasan and Ahmed Shehzad. Now what Pakistan does not need to do; specially when it's unlikely that international Cricket would return to Pakistan any time soon, is wasting the talent that keeps popping up from no where. All three Amir, Shahzaib and Ahmed must be members of the regular side in order to be groomed. Very few people know that Shahzaib is also a wicket-keeper and I reckon him to be a good ready back-up for Kamran Akmal at least in the ODI's & T20. Like Like Amir, Mohammad Talha is also very promising and both have got the potent weapon of raw pace, I am sure that both would gradually master the art of swing & reverse swing too.

  • Shabeer Omer on June 20, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    it was a fantastic win for Pakistan. T20 is a game for a team who don't have any pressure , that was proved in 2007 by Indians , with out any hope India won the cup . As Younis mentioned after post match session pakistan also playing with out any pressure , they dont have nothing to loss ,they have to gain a lot... as simple as that , I Hope Pakistan will win this cup . Pakistan or Srilanka we the indians can relax that cup dont go out side Asia .. Hahaaa

  • deemis on June 21, 2009, 12:47 GMT

    An hour left starting T20 final, the two best performed teams are staying Vs.Both teams having their best winning strength though the team will clutch the trophy whoshows the strong nerves on the ground, I hope the thrilling match and awaiting fighting sides. Before the match starts for me the both teams are the winners but no loser.........!!! Best wishes for the players n excitting enjoyment for the fans .....GOOD LUCK !!!

  • Ejaz on June 21, 2009, 9:34 GMT

    It was team confidence which won us semi final. We expect the same in final and if all guys play to there potential they can role the world.

  • Owais on June 20, 2009, 17:30 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Hats off on the fact that noone was expecting you to reach finals. To me even this is big enough an achievement. I am also pleasantly surprised at so many good remarks from Indians supporting Pakistan. Thanks a lot. Over years, people like me have learned to ignore comments from people like Karan Singh. Good luck Pakistan.

  • mohd shafi on June 20, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    It was Afridi'd day n whenever he played a good knock Pakistan has won the game.I dont understand why Fawad Alam was given the ball in an important match. I request Younis bhai not to repeat the same in the Final.InshaAllah Pakistan wld be the Champions this tym.

  • mohd shafi on June 20, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    It was Afridi'd day n whenever he played a good knock Pakistan has won the game.I dont understand why Fawad Alam was given the ball in an important match. I request Younis bhai not to repeat the same in the Final.InshaAllah Pakistan wld be the Champions this tym.

  • mohd shafi on June 20, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    It was Afridi'd day n whenever he played a good knock Pakistan has won the game.I dont understand why Fawad Alam was given the ball in an important match. I request Younis bhai not to repeat the same in the Final.InshaAllah Pakistan wld be the Champions this tym.

  • Irfan on June 20, 2009, 16:13 GMT

    All friends ... just pray for Pakistan team !!!

  • brk on June 20, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    Well, Well , Well.

    Finally there is some josh, some junoon and some kaleja from Pakistan. A big Shaabash from India !

    Win or lose on sunday, play with full vigour. No shame in losing to this Sri Lanka team.(if you do). They are as full of of kaleja, junoon and josh.

    As an Indian, I am proud to be part of such a neighbourhood. so should all of us.

    We have a lot of tragedy among us all. Take this opportunity and celebrate the victory of the human spirit. We are human first and then only indian, pakistani or Sri lankan. Best of luck to both teams.

  • Arman Hashmi on June 20, 2009, 12:01 GMT

    Pakistanis have kept alive the historic tradition of fostering this magnificent sport of Cricket by introducing such exciting promising cricketers at young age-that later on are revered as the greats in the Sport. In the current edition of the T20 World Cup too they have introduced two of the most exciting talents in form of Mohammad Aamir, Shahzaib Hasan and Ahmed Shehzad. Now what Pakistan does not need to do; specially when it's unlikely that international Cricket would return to Pakistan any time soon, is wasting the talent that keeps popping up from no where. All three Amir, Shahzaib and Ahmed must be members of the regular side in order to be groomed. Very few people know that Shahzaib is also a wicket-keeper and I reckon him to be a good ready back-up for Kamran Akmal at least in the ODI's & T20. Like Like Amir, Mohammad Talha is also very promising and both have got the potent weapon of raw pace, I am sure that both would gradually master the art of swing & reverse swing too.

  • Shabeer Omer on June 20, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    it was a fantastic win for Pakistan. T20 is a game for a team who don't have any pressure , that was proved in 2007 by Indians , with out any hope India won the cup . As Younis mentioned after post match session pakistan also playing with out any pressure , they dont have nothing to loss ,they have to gain a lot... as simple as that , I Hope Pakistan will win this cup . Pakistan or Srilanka we the indians can relax that cup dont go out side Asia .. Hahaaa

  • Taslim Khan--BD on June 20, 2009, 11:22 GMT

    Pakistan played well and won agaisat south africa but their main task is ahead in the final against srilanka.Pakistan will have to send Dilshan back to pavillion as early as possible.toss will be the key factor.I think younis khan should bat first after wining the toss because chasing will not be easy against srilankan attack.Pakisatn is capable of playing mendis and murli.They will have to watch out mallinga because of his peculiar action.Batsman finds its difficult to play him because of his action.I read many people's article stating that pakistan went to final by luck but i think that is not true they played very well and i thing they got the best bowling attack.I hope pakistan will win. younis khan will lead the team well and will not make any mistake as he made giving fawad alam one over at a critial moment.I pray for pakistan to win as they did agaist SA.I would like to see them giving their 120% in that special match. Good Luck pakistan.

  • Mr>Moody on June 20, 2009, 11:00 GMT

    InshAllah green shirts will win

  • Tariq Ashfaq on June 20, 2009, 10:39 GMT

    @ Niraj Thanks Indian Dude. I am really glad to see your blog and putting some sense in your contryman Mr. Singh

    @Karan Singh

    No Doubt India is a good team, very balanced team but i in the end they are out of the competition and facing angry and amotional fans like you back home. The problem is meda make such a hype before the tournament and once you are out same ppl made fun of your heroes on National TV.

    Fluke no Fluke, we are in the finals. we defended a small total and beat a team like SA. India could not even beat them in a dead rubber game. Even a fluke like windies beated India .

    Please remember you can plan, you can be balanced but Cricket is a game of chance. You win some you loose some.

  • Furqn on June 20, 2009, 10:36 GMT

    Has any one noticed one thing. Pakistan lost 1999 world cup final exactly ten years ago on 20th June 1999. After exactly ten years we are going to play final at lords of international. After loosing 1999 final pakistan team has not been the same. It has not acheived much after that in international cricket and has been ousted from 2 world cup in preliminary stages.Offcourse we played last t20 final but didnt win it. Is this the end of 10 years long period of lingering as average team in international cricket. Is pakistan is to again become a powerful force in world cricket. Lets hope for the best

  • ABC on June 20, 2009, 10:21 GMT

    For karan Singh and all conservative indians - Results from blue indians would have been differents if you ve arranged same glamour/ bolly wood actresssss hugs n kissess for them.

  • Adil Badshah on June 20, 2009, 9:43 GMT

    AS All Buddy discuss every thing BUT THE POINT " giving over to FAWAD in crucial situation instead Gul or Shoib could Harmfull, that was a Blunder by Younis Khan. At the End that Was a Brilliant Success. (iT` mY sTylE)

  • Arman Hashmi on June 20, 2009, 9:35 GMT

    Pakistan must begin the analysis of the star performers of the Sri Lankan team in the T20 World Cup. Even revisit the areas which you deem covered-over & over again. The problem over here that I see detrimental to depth planning for a game like a T20 World Cup Final; is the unavailability of a Coach who could actually play a role like the modern coaches ought to. Intikhab Alam no doubt is a widely respected figure, however, I quite don't see him being able to play his part at all. Given our cricketing culture also, we need someone who is relatively younger & has more knowledge of the modern game-where winning has become a combination of science, strategic planning & fitness. A coach must be able assert his authority and command in the nets & as well as in the sessions which involve the key decision making process. We have our own pool where we can pick from. Appoint someone like Zaheer Abbas, Waqar Younis, Javed Miadad, Wasim Akram, Mohsin Khan as coach.My prayers with Pakistan always

  • Ali Imran on June 20, 2009, 9:00 GMT

    @Avinash - First do not support losers without reading his/her full post. Second as i said earlier such loser who can not digest their defeat are present at both sides and they are exceptional cases just to curse them and not to support them. For a moment after reading your post i felt it was Karan singh speaking. Any ways i am very happy many Indian supporting PAKISTAN and with all of theirs and others wishes & Prayers PAKISTAN will lift the cup. PAKISTAN Paindabad

  • Arman Hashmi on June 20, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    I strongly disagree with those who had termed Pakistan's Cricket just an art that had outlived its life-and that a new era has begun in which the South Africa was labelled as the future of Cricket with a fair bit of input from science,methodology & clinical trends towards the magnificent sport of Cricket. No doubt that Pakistan Cricket has been going through such a bad patch where they have ended up playing even lesser international Cricket than Bangladesh. Instead of showering praise on the Pakistani team, they have been quite busy in first pointing out the flaws in the team and then making an effort to cement those areas. Pakistan has had a long tradition of gifting the most sensational exciting young talent in Cricket to the world. Even in the ongoing T20 World Cup, Pakistani's have come up with 17 year old genuinely quick pace sensation Mohammed Aamir & the 19 year old swashbuckling opener Shahzaib Hasan, both of whom had played hardly any first class Cricket.Pakistan Zindabaad!!!!

  • Shahid on June 20, 2009, 8:06 GMT

    A strong belief and a solid commitment makes a team win these big cups. A commitment has to be supported by belief otherwise it stays shaky. I think a win against SA has given them this strong belief and I am dead sure their commitment is very solid now due to their wish to win it for BOB WOOLMER and supported by belief in their abilities after seeing off SA. I can just see that coming, when Younes Khan holding the trophy in his hands, will dedicate it to Bob in front of a full house and then I will also feel that we will have honoured Bobs commitments for Pakistan cricket. He was a great human and had those wonderful qualities, that even pakistani team who never had a single coach for long before having problems and grouppings against him, showed so much respect and effections to Bob. BOB you Still live in our hearts.

  • Muhammad Tariq on June 20, 2009, 7:23 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan ofcorse. Now where are those people who badly critised Younas Khan as a captain of Pakistan in T20 World Cup. Everyone should realise now that Younis Khan is a great criketer and a great man and can lead Pakistan Cricket Team in each format of the game i.e ODI's, Test and T20. Am i right...............?

  • Shahid on June 20, 2009, 6:09 GMT

    A lot of people praying for a Pakistan win. As a Pakistani, let me say one thing. Our heads are still hung in shame about the Lahore attacks on the SriLankan team. If ever there is a team that deserves to win this tournament more than Pakistan, it is SriLanka. I remember still with a lot of love, the outpouring of sympathy and understanding our Lankan brothers gave us right here on these forums on Cricinfo after those attacks that were the darkest days of Pakistan cricket. All SriLankans would have been right to vilify us, shun us and ridicule the Pakistanis, but they did not. Almost every single comment left by a SriLankan was one of support. Please Pakistanis, let us support team SriLanka just as vociferously on Sunday. They are our brothers, and it is the least we can do. We are known for our hospitality and we let them down terribly in Lahore. It is time to make it up to them. Support both teams with love, and do NOT be sad if SriLanka wins. They will absolutely deserve it also.

  • Syed Mouhid on June 20, 2009, 6:06 GMT

    Truly Amazing and heart warming it is to see many Indians supporting us. I think that is the more rational approach; support the team playing better cricket.

    Had India progressed further, and had Pakistan been knocked out, I would have supported India all the way.

    1st because I have tons of Indian friends in UAE. (and for all those extremists who have never been out of India and Pakistan, let me tell you the asian community in UAE and UK doesn't even give a damn to what our politicians are doing! We often forget that we belong to two different countries! So BOOOO you extremists!). 2nd because they are an Asian nation. And 3rd I love the Indian batting lineup! Sehvag and Yuvraj are just wow!

    I just hope Our team goes on and wins the Cup. It means a lot more to this nation, than words can ever explain!

    I thank all the Indians for their support. Peace. Pakistan Zindabad!

  • sultan on June 20, 2009, 6:00 GMT

    myself an indian..... a deccan charger.....proud to see afridi perform so well.....INSHALLAH pakistan wins THE FINAL.....i hope afridi vl be back in the deccan team in the next ipl......

  • Wasim Ul Haq Qureshi on June 20, 2009, 5:40 GMT

    I never expected Pakistan to win this semi final and that too against the team like South Africa. But they somehow managed to do that. Without taking anything away from Pakistan team, I thought they were fortunate in two aspects in this match. First of all they played on the pitch which was more favourable to Pakistan than to its rival team. Other thing was the toss. Before this match I believed that Pakistan could defend the score of 150 or more against South Africa but never thought that they could manage a score like that. Most of the credit for such above average batting performance goes to Kamran Akmal (as usual fearless) and Shahid Afridi (unusually responsible) and not to forget Shoaib Malik, who I suppose contributed to the calm and calculated innings of Shahid Afridi. Besides this I thought Shoaib Malik read the pitch very well. That was one factor for his good partnership with Shahid Afridi. Although he would have loved the score of 160 or more but 149 was not too

  • Aftab Amin on June 20, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    Grats Pakistan,

    I must say it is a big surprise that the national team has made it this far. I was happy that they made it to the semis. But after all i am human and now want more. I want to see the cup shine in the pakistani sun. I love cricket especially when subcontinent teams perform. I hope all the problems we have will soon go away and that pakistan india bangladesh and sri lanka can enjoy progress peace and harmony. Heres wishing you all the best do it for US!!!!!!

  • Samir, India on June 20, 2009, 5:05 GMT

    Well its heartening to read some sensible comments amidst the usual rabble rousing....

    Good luck chaps, We indians are in a fix now.

    As a nation, our relations with srilanka are better ... but you are brothers...

    Who do we support??

  • Khurran Khan on June 20, 2009, 5:02 GMT

    Not agreeing w/ bringing M. Yousef and Ran-Naveed to 20/20. Folks they TEST players so if they gonna come back for sure not to 20/20. Imran Nazir he is predictable swing his bat like a basball. All other TEAMs will read him as well they are reading SALMAN BUTT. I think we need keep an eye on the future not to look back .Razzaq is an exception though. Tanvir is an asset he just need to get back in form soon. Good Luck my TEAM even though w/ no IPL, less cricket then bangladesh , no world cup and no criket back home you are still #1. CHUCKH DE PATHEY. MASHALLHA . Khurram from TX:USA

  • Ibrahim Khan on June 20, 2009, 4:59 GMT

    I was just reading the newspaper(JANG) and Younis Khan has clarified that the reason for not giving Umer Gul his last over was due to the sprain on his neck

  • Fawad Khan on June 20, 2009, 4:54 GMT

    It is interesting that Afridi has become an overnight sensation. I was looking at some UK papers and they are full of praise for SKA. There is not doubt that his performance was a sweet combo of bravery, Intellegence and shear will but honestly I think that the guy who won us the game was Umar Gul. I will never ever forget those two overs that he bowled. MY God! To bowl five, almost perfect yorkers in an over, under so much pressure and that momment is absolutely breathtaking. Had he not bowled those two overs, SA was the winner. Afridi batting and bowling were amazing but what Umar did was something that I have not seen before.

  • ramesh on June 20, 2009, 4:41 GMT

    I am a die-hard indian supporter. However, I cannot but help admire the Pakistani team for coming out of the dumps and performing creditably. The final with Sri Lanka will be absorbing and we will get to see some top class cricket. Along with India, Pakistan is probably the only other team which can handle the mystic spinners of Sri Lanka. Meanwhile Mr.Karan Singh, please mature and learn to enjoy the game. This time, as much as I hate to admit, India did not deserve to be in the finals.

  • Mansoor Ali Khan on June 20, 2009, 4:19 GMT

    Afridi is like black tiger in the jungle. He will attack teams when they think they are safe. He adds enthusiasm and urge for victory in their fellow team members, always positive towards things whether he is in good form or not these kind of players always boost the moral of team and get the best out of them. so being a pakistani i love whether he is batting or bowling because he always gives us the hope. Some bad decisions are made by the captain younis khan in the match against S.A and one of them is giving an over to fawwad alam when the other two bowlers are doing great otherwise he did everything fine. I think fielding should be improved and inshallah we will win. :)

  • mislam on June 20, 2009, 4:06 GMT

    My choice for the final is the following: Open with Akaml and Fuad Alam. Then Misbah, Afridi ,Younus Khan, Razzaq, Butt, Malik, Then Bowlers. Give two explosive opener, then pair a hitter with a good technician. Pakistan's captaincy was below par at the semifinal compared to most captains at this level. I hope he learns a lesson form the fact that you can not experiment with a player in a 20 over game or as many saying trying for a break through. At 16th over of the game checking run rate is more important than taking wicket. How can a captain make such mistake? Younus should consult his vice captain. Practically speaking, Srilanka is a more balanced side with much better fielding. It will be very difficult to beat them. Pakistan has to have a better plan and play a much better game than they played with South Africa to win. A 50/50 chance at this stage. Good luck to two Asian teams. M. Islam from USA, a non pakistani.

  • Abhishek on June 20, 2009, 2:23 GMT

    Lets hope Pakistan wins. Best wishes to them , they deserve to win the tournament.

  • Khurram on June 19, 2009, 23:48 GMT

    Great performance by Pakistan. I hope Pakistan wins but if they lose i am still happy since they come from no where and are in Final.

    Also i am suprised and also happy same time that many indians supporting Pakistan. Thanks :)

    Also I dont like beahvior of Indian media towards Indian players when India lose.

  • Adnan Mavia on June 19, 2009, 22:27 GMT

    I am just posting here because of Indians. Its really Heartening to see so much support from Indian fans. If we keep on motivating and encouraging each other then world is ours no one can stop us. Once again thanks to all Indian brothers and sisters. Keep on praying for the final :) SUB-CONTINENT ZINDABAD.

  • Muhammad Ahsan on June 19, 2009, 22:14 GMT

    Thanks for all the Indian , who wrote all Positive things about Pakistan team. It is a good and kind jesture.

    Pakistan Cricket of Thursday, and aftermath of winning bring the joy. Younus Khan clearly understand how important this victory for us. He has got the same passion for Victory as Imran khan had in 1992 for Cancer Hospital.

    This time, WINNING is much crucial, because Pakistanis are loosing hope.

    This cricket team gave HOPE to PAKISTANI people. We will win the world cup 2009. AMIN.

  • sanjeev on June 19, 2009, 21:35 GMT

    my last comment continuing from my earlier blog, toss will be the key becaue both pakistan and sl can defend any total even they can defend 130's or 140's, both the team are not good chasers either although it can change by the brilliance of afridi misbah or younis khan. Pakistan have to be sharp in the field, as i mentioned the surface will be a dry used surface so that will be like sub continental wicket lets hope there is no rain. Pakistan should open with afridi then misbah at one or two down and get Razzaq to bat in the last 7-8 overs. well done Pakistan team. Adios as of now

  • sanjeev on June 19, 2009, 21:26 GMT

    Toss will be the key, well Pak has to catch bull by the horns they got to open the bowling with Gul, he is a class bowler, pakistan has to think get the best batter out either jayasurya or dilshan, dilshan preferably. Pakistan has to do rational thinking, SL have just 4 main batters Jaya, Dilshan, Sangakara and Jayawardena, they got to get them out cheaply. While batting I guess let Afridi open the innings to take full use of first 6 overs field restrictions wink wink. If he scores 50 runs Pak wins. Pakistan have the upper hand in batting dept, let Misbah come one or two down, we saw him in last t20 wc wat a class player he is. Pakistan should not take much risk against three w (murali, malinga, mendis) score 6-7 runs of those 12 overs and try to score as much as possible from other 8 overs. Afridi should open because the surface will be a used surface less bounce becaus ladies finals will be held there, so Pakistan will have to do little thinking and they can lift the cup. Thanks

  • Arman Hashmi on June 19, 2009, 21:12 GMT

    Pakistan's entire think tank must now get their acts together for one final shot at the title which the Nation so badly needs as a reprieve!!!! A strategy must be devised how to play Mendis, Muralidaran & Malinga, all possible scenarios and outcomes of a game in progress must be taken into account and the batting orders should be debated. The core of the discussin must revolve around our batsmen and their skills being preidentified as to which one of them can play Murali and Mendis better and who can play Mendis better. As far as the bowling is concerned they must watch the video's of Dilshan's batting to identify the areas and line/length to bowl at Dilshan and in fact every Sri-Lankan batsman for that matter. Pakistan with all their zest and vigour that they have gathered must roar in the finals to tell Mr.Sngakarra that Pakistan is just not a team that is capable of causing an upset if they beat Sri-Lanka in Super 8's tie. It's just that Mr.Sngakara is about to learn it the hard way

  • Arman Hashmi on June 19, 2009, 20:59 GMT

    Shahid Afridi has returned to form in herculean manner; which is a hallmark of Pathans when they are are to prove themselves; they usually do it with a vengeance. People who has ruled out Afridi out of the sport must now be biting the dust themselves. Over here, I must also praise and appreciate the perception of Younis Khan as a Captain and the support that he had lend to Afridi. With Afridi being back in form and Umer Gul simply being meteoric paralelled by none given his current form and rhythm; Pakistan seem to be now well on course to clinching the title, for which they were virtually not in the reckoning at all. I wonder if the Cricinfo's match preview comments labelling Pakistan's Cricket as an art of the past versus South Africa being projected as the Cricket's future augmented with science and method-has done the trick for Pakistan. Pakistan should field the same team in the finals with the only exception of Fawad Alam & play Ahmed Shahzad as a batsman in the middle order.

  • Faisal on June 19, 2009, 20:43 GMT

    I want to say thanks to all the Indian supporters, and ask all hate mongers from both sides to look for some love and compassion in their hearts. Yes we can come together if we just put aside old difference and learn to respect each other.

  • Billy on June 19, 2009, 20:38 GMT

    Thank you INDIAN supporters for your well wishes... i prayed that India would also reach the final then it would be a dream come true.. but fantastic 2 c that Pakistan are in the final once again after their laughable performances in the group stages.

    I will be chanting DIL DIL PAKISTAN at the top of my voice come Lords on sunday.

  • Voice on June 19, 2009, 20:19 GMT

    I just came back to say a big thank you to all the people from India and other nations who've wished our Team Pakistan the best and complimented them on their efforts. Really appreciate it, guys. May there be peace, justice and love all around the globe.

  • hassan on June 19, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad!! God bless the land of the pure ...sohail tanveer shud play in the final in place of fawad...P.S:i nearly had an heart attack.

  • sanjeev on June 19, 2009, 19:32 GMT

    well continuing from my last comments, i am highly impressed by few of the comments made by pakistani friends but am sad by few comments made by other as i wrote earlier india have won many matches outside india notably wb series, eng, wi,nz,sa even pakistan they won odi series against lanka 2 times so if few guys think that india cant play outside india that is wrong. pakistan is playing well and this time it thiks they will play Sl a mouthwatering contest on the cards both sides loaded with good spinners still for me afridi holds the key for pakistan and dilshan for SL, mendis, murli, jayasurya on one hand and umar gul,afridi,yunus on the other..interesting contest all the best pakistan

  • Ramlah on June 19, 2009, 19:31 GMT

    I am so happy we have made to the finals and I so want the cup to get back home, we have suffered a lot during the past years, cricket has almost died out in our country,winning the T20 world cup would bring the glory back for sure.

    All the best team Pakistan!!!! Our prayers are with you all!!

  • kamal on June 19, 2009, 18:45 GMT

    Looks like, it is going to be a Pakistan-Srilanka final. I would love to see this match up. It will be a tough battle. Pakistan need a good opening pair, the new fellow is shaky. Malik should open with Akmal to give some stability at one end. Then Afridi,Razzaq,Younus,Mesbah and Alam. May even try Alam to open. Younus need to improve as captain. He is a good player but need better judgement at critical time. Consult with Mesbah, Afridi, Malik. Chance of win 60% in the final if fielding is good. Srilanka is a very good team.

  • Shakib Ahmed on June 19, 2009, 18:42 GMT

    I really didnt expected pakistan will semifinal.. but they made it.. then they reached final.. it was really amazing.They just shows the world they are real fighter... they can any time from behind..Inshallah we will rock again in final.

  • Saif aly on June 19, 2009, 18:42 GMT

    Pak did the un-thinkable against a strong springboks side. With all the wrong stuff going on back home, this win was match made in the heavens. Pak lost the 2008 tourney to India due of strategic miscalulations by Pak batsmen. However, this time around even though they lost to England, SA, and India in the earlier rounds, they analysed their mistakes and corrected them before the next match. Younis Khan has become a good captain/strategist. However, giving the ball to Fawad Alam rather Umar Gul was a big tactical error that should NOT be repeated again. We can't rely on just 1 person to produce the match for us - Shahid Afridi. We need whole team to participate as one and one for all. Pak should build on this young team. I saw that Pak has more support in Sharjah, UAE and England where there is a large contigent of Pak expatriots. Even though this will deprive Pak cricket fans back home a chance to see it live, so long as this team produces results, it should continue playing overseas.

  • Arun M on June 19, 2009, 18:41 GMT

    I see that Windies are already 3 wkts. down for a paltry 8 runs. So looks like another subcontinent final. Though disappointed with our (India's) poor performance and unbelievable loss by 3 runs against Windies (with still 5 wkts in hand!), I am really excited about SL and Pak in the final.

    Pakistan had a disappointing loss lost time around. Afridi is magnificient. A win to team Pak will be a much needed shot in the arm. Good Luck guys. Go, win!

  • Khalid Malik on June 19, 2009, 18:06 GMT

    I belong to Pakistan and fan of cricket. I think we should admire whoever wins Pak, Ind, Aus or any. Enjoy the cricket. History tells that both Pak and Ind are great cricket teams. Players of both teams have proved their abilities home and abroad but there are times when one seams to be stronger and other little weaker. So don,t be jealous and point fingers on others, enjoy the game. Thanks to Indians for their admiration to Pak win.

  • AIMNOV on June 19, 2009, 17:58 GMT

    InshAllah we will win the tournament

    I love Pakistani players winnin or loosing i dont care about it, what i care about is Pakistan playin' well n thats it...

    againts NewZealand and against South Africa we played Briliantly..

    i pray and i wish and i know PAKISTAN will win the cup INSHALLAH.

    Proud Pakistani.

  • Krish on June 19, 2009, 17:51 GMT

    Hello: Great performance from Pakistan team under the circumstances. You always had talented team and your fast bowlers have always been in the worlds top bowler list. So I am looking forward for an exciting final. Some people blame BCCI.In my opinion BCCI is correct. We must recognize that safety of players is more important than cricket itself. I am sure Pakistan Cricketers will be back in IPL in the next edition. If BCCI wanted to kill Pakistan Cricket, why would they signup Pakistan cricketers in the first place. In fact cricket boards are the only bodies in India and Pakistan that work together since 1987. Why no one recognize the joint effort by the 2 boards. It is easy to blame anyone. Just look into the reason why IPL was shifted to SA in the recent edition. Again it is to do with safety. Had they taken the decision earlier, I am sure Pakistan cricketers would have been there in IPL. As a fan of cricket I want them there and I want them to earn well. Good Luck!!!!

  • Sandeep on June 19, 2009, 17:47 GMT

    I am an Indian cricket fan and usually when India crashes out the teams I support are Sri Lanka or Pakistan just becoz these three teams have some glorious unpredictability about them. Which makes them a hoot to watch when on song and heartbreaking otherwise and either ways gives the fans a lot. I hope both of them get to finals and plays one hell of a match. gud luck

  • Wajahat Khan on June 19, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    Pakistan Zindaabad...! Congratulated to all Pakistanies to have a win like this. Shahid Afridi, We proud on u.. We were saying again n again that he should have to come on top of the order and he does well in last 3 matches. No doubt on his bowling. He is the best t20 bowler of the world with Gul. Saeed Ajmal, you have showed your abilites to bowl. You will get a lots of wins for Pakistan in near future, thanks for coming pakis team.Umer Gul, Wah Yaar... What a bowled...there is no any bowler who can bowl 10 yorkers in 12 his 12 bowls..! Shabash lion..We beat Africa which was the Hot Favourite..! I don't agree with AZ who wrote up that we got just 29 runs in last 30 balls. The credit goes to africans who were death bowled well and no one could play big shorts on that like pakis did in final overs..! What a played pakis.. Carry on in final.. I request to 16 millions pakis peoples that please pray for our team..We will win the trophy inshaAllah..! Pakistan Zindaabad...!

  • Mr.FR on June 19, 2009, 17:32 GMT

    @ Karan

    Dude before u said anything nobody was attacking ur team like wat they are doing now comon man y did u do something like this and i'll have 2 agree with a poster saying people like u r the reason y pak and india cant be on good terms. hell man i knw thousands of pakistan's supporting india when our team was out of any event i do tht 2. Why do u have 2 bring in so much negativity and ill-mannered feeling into everything!!!

  • MrFR on June 19, 2009, 17:20 GMT

    Karan Singh man its unbelieveable how a loser like u can have the nerve of showing ur frustration the way u r now. LOL Indian team didnt perform well coz they had too much!!!! hahaha wat an alibi man get a life u soar loser ur actually saying u win some and u lose some dude wat did India win??? when Pakistan beat hollan massively u said it was a fluke whn it beat new zealand u said it was a fluke and now after south africa u say its a fluke dude! seriously take a hike and get a life while ur at it!!!! Pakistan team tried outta their witts and finally got rewarded for their hard work true we might be un-organized but we'r still better than a drama queen of team like India. Im still laughing on tht add tht said "Yeh cup kahin nai ja raha" hahahahahah hush Indian hush!!!

  • Ali on June 19, 2009, 16:59 GMT

    It's heartening to see SO MANY indian fans back Pakistan. Thank you all! I wish our boards and politicians had such a big heart as well. A Proud Pakistani

  • ladla on June 19, 2009, 16:57 GMT

    First of all,I am a proud Pakistani.Every breath i take away from my home land takes a breath away from me.Indeed i have not much to celebrate now a days.So bravo Younus and Co for providing me with a smile and a cheer.Zindabad my beloved Pakistan that your sons have defied all odds(so far).The fact of the matter is aside from natherlands and irelands Pakistan have faced a lowest amount of cricket in the cricket playing world.You know your indians and your S africans and your aussies and kiwies and your lankans and so on and so forth.All of em have seen a plenty of international cricket and had an opportunity to test there skills in different levels of this great sport.But my boys have been starved and yet my boys are in final after choking the perfectly scientific Soth Africans(per osman shumsuddin).So lets Bhangra boys and girls that David had beaten goliath yet once again,Once again the man has beaten the machine,one again it's the Heart.i'm out

  • Navi on June 19, 2009, 16:46 GMT

    Not sure if you guys noticed that through the season that THE MAN it self Younis Khan has changed his slow game to keep his pace as per 20/20 when his team mates weren't producing. Big high five goes to Captain!!! keep it up and YES 20/20 is just a fun game,,,,, cheers

  • Arbab Daud on June 19, 2009, 16:44 GMT

    There is one honorable moment in the history of Pakistan Cricket, the 1992 world cup trophy lifted by the one and only Imran 'Khan' and now i can see this trophy lifted by our ever smiling Younis 'Khan'. I was pondering that for Pakistan, there must be a person with a 'Khan' in his name to lift the trophy. What do you think?

  • Adnan Wadud Khan on June 19, 2009, 16:38 GMT

    "The harder you work , the luckier you get".

  • Desihungama on June 19, 2009, 16:30 GMT

    Shoaib Haroon -

    Adding to your comments,

    Maybe next time they could open with Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif?

    And Thank you all the Indian fans for a great support!

  • Faisal on June 19, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    I AM ONLY POSTING HERE TO THANK A LOT OF INDIANS WHO ARE CHEERING FOR PAKISTAN. I THINK ITS TIME THAT WE RECOGNIZE EACH OTHER AS GOOD NEIGHBORS AND NOT LET A FEW POLITICIANS AND NEWS SITES TO EXPLOIT OUR EMOTIONS. I HAVE MANY COLLEGUES, WHO ARE INDIANS AND THEY CONGRATULATED ME FOR THE WIN. SO PEOPLE HAVE GOOD EMBEDDED IN THEM AND NO ONE NATION IS BAD BY NATURE. HOPEFULLY TIME WILL COME THAT WE WILL BE FRIENDS AND NOT ENEMIES.

    THANKS AGAIN TO ALL INDIANS FOR CHEERING. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.

  • Mehdi Singapore on June 19, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    Well done boys.You definately make us proud.Just one more win please.All our prayers are with you. BEST OF LUCK.

  • AZ USA on June 19, 2009, 16:21 GMT

    Well, like any other thread this became the India Vs Pakistan. I agree with someone's comment above - India has moved beyond Pakistan, it is time Paki's to do the same. BTW, I am a Paki...

    Good luck to our team in the finals...

  • Ali Imran on June 19, 2009, 16:20 GMT

    @Niraj Sharma & Koushik Biswas – Don’t worry bro we know such “losers” (Kiran Singh) are always exceptional cases and present at both sides. Thanks for you wishes to PAKISTAN, We will keep the Cup at home - Je Ho PAKISTAN

  • Rohit - India on June 19, 2009, 16:17 GMT

    I think this win would help not only pakistan cricket but also pakistan as a whole nation to bring the smile of the people, who are already suffering due to few idiots...

    This us ur moment man...so enjoy this :-) wish Pak team all the best... good luck...

  • Umair on June 19, 2009, 16:16 GMT

    10 men Pak successfully beat South Africa and Younis Khan

  • ADNAN ( NJ)... on June 19, 2009, 16:14 GMT

    MANY CONGRATS TO PAKISTAN TEAM AND ALL THE PAKIZ AROUND THE WORLD SO PROUD TO BE PAKISTANI... AND ALSO I WOULD TO THANKS TO SOME OF OUR INDIAN FRIENDS WHO SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT FOR US.. THANK YOU GUYS WHO LEAVE THE GOOD COMMENTS AND SUPPORT INSHALLAH WE WILL WIN .. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • misam on June 19, 2009, 16:05 GMT

    Grade assignment for the win: A+ for Afridi, A for Akmal,Gul,Malik,Ajmal,B+ for Amer,B for others except Yunus Khan. He deserves a F for his poor decision not to use 4 overs for Gul but use Fuad. A real poor captain.

  • Syed Jaffar Hasan on June 19, 2009, 16:04 GMT

    I was a little surprised to read this article. I think Kamran Abbasi has gone out of his way to praise Younis. No doubt he is a world class player and the best captain we have from the available players, but his captaincy was not good in this match. This is not the first time I have noticed Kamran unfairly praising Younis. I wasn’t expecting Kamran Abbasi to be that biased. We all like Younis but I would expect Karman to be fair in his analysis.

  • Furqan Hussain on June 19, 2009, 15:47 GMT

    Congratulations to All Paki friends & Army played against SA. It was overall a good display but the sad thing is that everybody is taking it as under-performance of SA rather than a brilliant performance(Which is)from Pakistan. I dont know why there is such discrimination.India is out they are finding excuses that they are still best by the comments getting from all around the globe. Pak is cruising bcoz of star players not Player, definitely Afridi did a great job but what abt Akmal's inning? Shoaib malik's support in middle? Afridi got 2 very very good wickets, what about Ajmal's gr8 bowling? umar guls economical balling? & the important Aamir's wicket? count them all is this an individual performance or a team effort? We should encourage them for such a support. Without support you can't win games as SA lost, Kallis was there without support of others. Think over It Pls..what this cricket world want to say!Srilanka did all bcoz of mendis & Dilshan but all team gets praised Why??

  • Shahid on June 19, 2009, 15:44 GMT

    Great Job Younis and Co...Afridi is the most unpredictable but most devastating weapon in pak's armoury.. hopefully he'll keep his form in the final..all the best pakistan

  • Shaka on June 19, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    First up I want to congratulate the Pakistan team for bringing some much needed happiness to our lives! Secondly, I can't understand the attitude of some Pakistani supporters. YK didn't make a mistake, he took a calculated risk by bowling Alam. SA had tried that with Duminy and succeeded so clearly YK thought it might have the same surprise element for us. It didn't work but it wasn't a disaster either. Also replacing Alam would seriously imbalance our team. He along with Malik is one of our best fielders and regularly saves runs. He would also have gotten two players run out if Amir had taken the ball cleanly when Boucher was miles out of his crease. Also we definitely shouldn't be considering Salman Butt he might score 20 odd quickly but he was dropping everything in sight and misfielding all the time. Also Sohail Tanvir has been off form and unfit for a while now.

    Guys just relax and enjoy the final with Pakistan winning of course!!

  • mirza on June 19, 2009, 15:37 GMT

    @ Niraj Sharma great comments. I hope people like Karan will learn from Niraj (highly doubted though)Niraj you are not the only one who thinks like this way. Most people from India and Pakistan have the same point of view as yours. lets hope this T20 will bring both nations together and Pakistan wins the World Cup InshaAllah to give people suffering in Pakistan and All over the world some thing to cheer about

  • majzub on June 19, 2009, 15:37 GMT

    @ Amjad hahaha... that sreesaanth thingy you wrote was hilarious ( Read DUMB). you dont judge a bolwer on the basis of his attitude/celebrations. If thats the criteria than Richard hadlee would be the Greatest bowler in the history of cricket (according to your criteria) and Dennis lilly would be second worst bowler right after sreesant. :P

    btw i m Lahori

    @Amjad GET A LIFE :)

  • venkat babu on June 19, 2009, 15:35 GMT

    Hi all,

    I am an Indian, india is out of the tournament, pakistan played better cricket and they are in finals. Just see this as game and appreciate whoever wins for their efforts. somebody from Pakistan wrote about the taunting memories of Imran's 1987 team and wasim's 1999 team. my friend, take any major tournaments, 1985 Benson and hedges final, 1985 sharjah cup, 4 World cups from 1992 to 2003 India have beaten Pakistan. so please see the records and speak

  • Zulfiqar Ali Kazmi. Atlanta, GA on June 19, 2009, 15:32 GMT

    Superb efforts from Pakistan. I do agree with some of you that Younis and Inti, the coach, need to sit together and plan properly so that they don't make the same mistake of missing a Gul's over or trying Alam when there were quite a few options available. Additionally, I must say that Younis's choice of Aamir for the last over was not an ideal one. I know he bowled well earlier but someone with the experience of Razzaq should've been the choice. Thank God SA had 23 to score in the over, otherwise the result would've been different. Whoever wins the second semifinal shouldn't matter to Pak, as both SL and WI are equally dangerous, but a concerted and well planned effort will definitely get them through. Good luck Pakistan. InshAllah we will win.

  • faisal on June 19, 2009, 15:31 GMT

    pakistan did great and a slap on the face of cricket pandits. i think afridi should come at No 1 position and he opens the inings and hits some 6's and 4s its always great but even he gets out early on it's not a big deal in this T20 format so he should open the inings.

  • SHAK (Los Angeles) on June 19, 2009, 15:28 GMT

    To our indian fans who are supporting Pakistan team as real sport fans and Desi Fans. I say, Thank you for support. To some misguided beaurocrats in indian government and BCCI, who wants to take away Cricket and Isolate pakistan from big events i.e. IPL, ICL and WC and champions Trophy. I say, THANK you for giving Pakistan the opportunity to prove you wrong and slap you on the face. If mumbai attack happend in India, it was not because of Pakistan cricket or players. These events happen because of disorganized Security apparatus in India. This does not show pakistan has one exceptional apparatus. But, what i want to convey to Real Cricket lovers in Pakistan and India. Cricket should be beyound POLITICS or daily events. It should not go up and down like stock market. This is what bring us together. Insha-Allah we will bring this WC20/20. Look at the bright side, it will remain in subcontinent.

  • Samhouse on June 19, 2009, 15:19 GMT

    "The boys are back in town" - Now that was a game. Enthralling stuff from start to finish. Most other nations would have stopped giving a man like Afridi (and he is a man now years on from his youthful badaboom) a chance years ago. Only in Pakistan can a professional athlete so inconsistent become such a hero.

    Well done!

  • Tariq on June 19, 2009, 15:18 GMT

    Razzaq's return was a decisive event in Pakistan's resurrgence. The sooner the PCB can get the remaining ex-ICL players specially Rana Naved, Mohammed Yusuf and Imran Nazir back into the Pakistan XI, the stronger will be Pakistan's hold on world cricket.

  • Shahid on June 19, 2009, 15:17 GMT

    I love these INDIAN brothers and thank them for their support. Believe me it gives a good feeling BECAUSE I myself have been so big fan of Indian cricket and those heroes like Tendulkar and Dravid who have no national boundries. Hope we were neighbours like The white man nations do and could solve all our issues peacefully and remained to have hand in hand. We just need more these souls.

  • Farrukh Mushtaq on June 19, 2009, 15:15 GMT

    Pakistan done great job infact more.lala gul ajmal are on their best. Now best of luck to pakizz for the final I am sure they bring cup for us.. InshAllah!! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Abbas on June 19, 2009, 15:13 GMT

    Hi Everybody, Its delightful for all pakis funs, but work have been not done fully. Inshallah our Pakis player give there best and hopefull for a great win. I read all the comments untill now of date 19th June where All are critisizing Younis Khan for miscalculation in overs, It was not like that Gul came at 14th over to bowl instant of 13th over which he bowling through last 3 games. From the end were Gul start bowling, wind is blowing left to right, which Gul not getting help for reverse swing, Captain has realised and change the end. For that he wants to bowl one over from Fawad Alam, which was consider 50/50 decesion, Frist 3 balls gone for 3 runs & another 3 balls went for 12 runs, The matter is why Younis choose Fawad only. Because he thought Malik is not suitable in this situation, You have seen Malik & Younis having any personal difference, which i notice in Newzeland match. Younis misfield malik ball, and the after younis want to set the filed & malik ignoring him. So think

  • raj krishnan on June 19, 2009, 15:10 GMT

    Congrats and best of luck for the finals.Guys like Afridi and Gul are extremely exciting.In the finals ,Pak should bat first and they can easily win the cup. Good wishes again from an Indian admirer.

  • Farrukh Mushtaq on June 19, 2009, 15:09 GMT

    Pakistan done great job infact more.lala gul ajmal are on their best. Now best of luck to pakizz for the final I am sure they bring cup for us.. InshAllah!! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Adnan on June 19, 2009, 15:08 GMT

    Well played pakis. The nation needed that performance badly and all the best for the final. I am pleased to see the rational comments from indians and I really appreciate that. As a pakistani we should do the same as I felt bad at the early exit of India from the WC as they are a very good team.

  • Masud on June 19, 2009, 15:06 GMT

    Spectacular job by Afridi! and extremely well supported by the rest of the team. Impossible to beat this SA team without performing in all three areas of the game. Afridi played a masterful game and the rest of the team delivered on all fronts!

  • jahangir khan on June 19, 2009, 15:04 GMT

    3 changes that Pakistan and younis khan need to make if pakistan wants to win the world cup are: #1 Drop Fawad alam and bring sohail tanvir(more experince) #2 keep afridi at the top of the order #3 Make sure that gul gets to bowl all 4 of his over

  • taz on June 19, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    congrats to Pakistan excellant win ,but i still think there is room for improvement in our batting order.As good a fielder Fawad Alam is that can not justify his position in the team(if he was a Jonty Rhodes maybe),i would love to see Ahmed Shazad also included at no 4 after Afridi as he is also capable of clearing the boundary rope.If these top four are given the license to play attacking cricket then 100 runs after 10 overs is gettable .... and if it doesn't come of then we still have 5.younis, 6.shoiab, 7.misbah,8.razzaq to bat ,with gul,amir and ajmal as the bowlers.

    So come on Younas bhai drop Alam( unless he his related intihab Alam ..lol) for Ahmed Shezad and lets take the fight to whoever we face in the finals.

    DIL DIL PAKISTAN

  • Farhan on June 19, 2009, 14:50 GMT

    As a pakistani fan the way Pak beat SA was with a winner's attitude. They came and intimidated SA which NO other team had no so far...they looked fearless, batting or bowling. If they keep this up for one more game inshallah they can win the cup. I would also like to say its really nice to see indian fans appreciate a deserved celebrated victory against a tough team like SA. Lets stop the ignorance going forward and talking trash about each others countries and teams. Its time now, we are all passionate cricket lovers some time our teams win sometimes they fail. India's team is a really good one, but they didnt perform like they have before this time. Lets stay humble as Pakistan fans and just appreciate talent whereever it is. I would like to say, PAK needs to improve in batting more. This is the 2nd or 3rd time they havnt started fireworks in the last 5 overs. THIS is critical to setup a big score and put pressure with pak's bowling attack. They need to fire off in the last overs!

  • Moyez Khan on June 19, 2009, 14:45 GMT

    Great job Pakistan!!!!!!! you have made us all proud.. Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!!!!

  • Awais Khan on June 19, 2009, 14:37 GMT

    Great simply Geart Performance from TEAM PAKISTAN! ONE MORE TO GO N THEN ITS ALL URS!>.............

  • Ahmed Chowdhry on June 19, 2009, 14:35 GMT

    Afridi was magnificient and Pakistan as a team were awesome. All that remains in one match. Come on boys lets bring that cup home now!!!

  • Farhan on June 19, 2009, 14:32 GMT

    As a pakistani fan the way Pak beat SA was with a winner's attitude. They came and intimidated SA which NO other team had no so far...they looked fearless, batting or bowling. If they keep this up for one more game inshallah they can win the cup. I would also like to say its really nice to see indian fans appreciate a deserved celebrated victory against a tough team like SA. Lets stop the ignorance going forward and talking trash about each others countries and teams. Its time now, we are all passionate cricket lovers some time our teams win sometimes they fail. India's team is a really good one, but they didnt perform like they have before this time. Lets stay humble as Pakistan fans and just appreciate talent whereever it is. I would like to say, PAK needs to improve in batting more. This is the 2nd or 3rd time they havnt started fireworks in the last 5 overs. THIS is critical to setup a big score and put pressure with pak's bowling attack. They need to fire off in the last overs!

  • Noman on June 19, 2009, 14:31 GMT

    Conrats to all paki fans. I just want to say one thing..Please stop criticising fawad ALam.He is really a great cricketer.Why we forgot his performance in last semifinal against newzealand in 2007 when he gave us early breakthrough.So please pray for him that he could perform well in Final with bat.bowl and in fieldin because he is acrobatic in field. Good Luck! Younis Bhai

  • Hopelessly Devoted on June 19, 2009, 14:29 GMT

    Rejoice fools, make merry, and be happy; I was once one of you. I shall not watch the final; I am too old and can not suffer through what this team is capable of doing.

    What will you all say and do when your talisman holes out to long on .. first ball?

    What will you do when your captain makes decisions that do not make sense; just so you can't say he's not animated enough.

    How long will you idolize movie stars with perfect long hair who choose to throw away careers (of others too, not just their own) instead of using God given talent to make lore.

    Don't get your hopes up too high; your brothers have perfected many ways to wrench your soul out on any given perfect Spring afternoon.

    Alas I put my spurs up a few years ago; luckily I found alternate means of joy and pride. I can't help but feel sad for the millions who do not share my luck; those who live for this team and die for this team.

    Oh, go and rejoice; I know you feel invincible today. Just don't forget the Kleenex Sunday

  • Mian Gul Muhammed on June 19, 2009, 14:29 GMT

    I am one of those people who really beleive on logic and rationality but not emotions. I hate to see Indians and Pakistnis in these blogs fighting with each other. I know Pakistanis like to blame every thing on Indians and Indians do no favours to Pakistanis either. What is wrong with us? We have the same roots but the reality is that Pakistan is a seperate country now. I have got so many Indian friends and always had over the last 25 yers. Guys we need to grow up and accept the realities. As Pakistanis we need to realise that we can not blame our own wrong doings on India and Indians need to understand that we are a seperate nation and deserve to be treated as one. Lets forget about what happened in the past and not play in the hands of these polticians who play with emotions of millions of inncocent ppl. Lets support each other and eliminate poverty from these two great nations who got so much potential to propser propvided they spend money at the right places not on army.

  • Zaki Haider on June 19, 2009, 14:28 GMT

    After the series against the Aussies, it was eminent for Pakistan to show all the world that they are not IRRELEVANT and cricket world is simply incomplete without them...I have read many comments that Pak have won becuase of its bowling only...I am surprised that does this really matters?? bowlers are a part of your team, what is bad if they contributed more than batsmen and people might have forgotten that bowling has been our trait - dont you remember Wasim & Waqar ruined complete batting line up!!!!

    Just enjoy our victory and dont be over critic about Pakistan. Yes, I do admit that SA deserved to be in the final but its not the matter of deserving - its who play better cricket in that particular day! I am amazed to read "santosh jagdale" comments...I reckon you to please go and watch your players in IPL and get excited coz thats the best place your players fire...

    After their match against the dutch, Pak has played some astounding cricket which could win the final for Pak:)

  • Shahid on June 19, 2009, 14:20 GMT

    Well we should thank South Africa as well for they choke again. 149 is nothing for a team like SA, but they are officially a choke master. I am 100 percent sure if Pak were chasing 149, we will be all out on 120. I would give credit to SA whole team for letting us win.

  • gully.the.yorking.bully on June 19, 2009, 14:15 GMT

    two things:

    1) for you guys, calling for alam to be replaced by butt or even tanvir, let me remind you that he is probably the sharpest guy in the outfield. the runout in the 20th over was world class. good fielding is an important part of an aggressive gameplan (which is pakistan's natural game). plus the boy is handy w/the bat. as someone already stated, let's not freak out over his one over (i personally think it was a thoughtful piece of captaincy)

    2) from reading the comments, it seems pakistan cricket has serious following in nepal. is this accurate?

  • Voice on June 19, 2009, 14:13 GMT

    Pakistan have indeed done their nation proud. Afridi was undoubtedly spectacular yesterday and let's hope he'll keep up the great work, Umar Gul is one of Pakistan's brightest stars, Fawad Alam and Shoaib Malik are great in the field, Younis Khan is getting better as a captain but he should NEVER repeat the blunder of cutting Umar Gul's overs and have Alam bowl a surprise over, Kamran Akmal is awesome and it was nice to see him almost in tears when he got out. It does seem like this cup means a lot to our boys by the way they play in the field, and it's amazing.

    God bless our team. Hope the cup'll be theirs. All our prayers are with them. InshAllah, we will have a reason to celebrate this Sunday. InshAllah, our stars will shine the brightest in the final.

  • Sohail Iqbal on June 19, 2009, 14:11 GMT

    By the way, did anybody notice that all the Pakistani players had sunglasses yesterday during the match! And more surprisingly, it seems that they all bough them together in bulk as everyone was wearing either the black or the red colored sunglasses...LOL!!! Pakistan was on top of its game yesterday and this is what they do best! Put the runs on the board first and then tighten the screws when the other team is chasing through Afridi, Ajmal and Gul! They just need to repeat what they did against SA. Win the toss-->bat first-->Score around 160+ --> Put pressure on the chasing side via Afridi, Ajmal, Gul and spinners!

    Its as simple as that! InshALLAH, we will win

  • Salman on June 19, 2009, 14:04 GMT

    @santosh jagdale No doubt Sachin tons of runs, centuries, class act etc everything. But if you want to compare inzi with sachin then compare how many match winnings innings played by inzi and sachin. I bet if i could remember perhaps might be one and only from sachin or two. But inzi since 1992 he has played so many match winning innings and let Pakistan to win until the last ball ofcourse not by getting out at crucial times and let the team to lose like sachin. Sorry but its a fact about him

  • HaMmy on June 19, 2009, 14:01 GMT

    Karan Singh, please dont display a typical indian mentality here. your players like herbajan and yuvraj were literally dancing in the worldcup 2007, you have gained fame in the world cricket by t20 worldcup you won, now you are saying pakistanis havent got standards??, please learn not to be jealous by your rivals victory, dont display your sense of narrow mindedness when you lose after lots of expectations and team with nearly zero expectations performs superbly, just like india did last time. if you have so much trouble with this cricket format, dont bother playing next world cup again and make official statement that IPL is a mere fun and waste of money and time and you dont embrace the world title that was granted to you!!

  • raja on June 19, 2009, 13:56 GMT

    No doubt it was a splendid display by both teams with Pakistan raising their head sky heights :-)

    wct20.blogspot.com

  • Zeeshan Ali on June 19, 2009, 13:50 GMT

    Mr Nagraj Gollapudi, where are you. With this victory of Pakistan you have take back your words on 'aura of unpredictability has to come to an end' dtd 07June09. No one can write off Paki Power. They are slow starter and deliver when it is required the most. Great Victory for Pakistan Nation.

  • Yasir on June 19, 2009, 13:48 GMT

    Bring home the cup boys! You have made us proud. You cannot imagine the energy and passion in us right now, you have bought smiles on our faces after a long time. Do it one more time guys! One more time.... Pakistan zindabad....Inshallah we will win

  • Aseem Akbar on June 19, 2009, 13:48 GMT

    Well done Pakistan,A great team effort,especially from Afridi,Akmal,Aamir,Malik Younus.Younus need to sharpen his skills as we almost lost the match by his miscalculation.Wish Cricket Pakistan all the best in the Finals,CHAK DE PHATAY

  • k.khan on June 19, 2009, 13:45 GMT

    Job well done ! Younis Khan remind me of Imran Khan. Full in command. we NEED to stop commenting on Fawad alam one over. I am sure he did that for a reason. Good Luck in Final

  • waseem on June 19, 2009, 13:42 GMT

    Afridi we love you, you only concentrate on ball initially and then hit the ball. You the only who gave us the feeling, joy hitting consecutive boundry. you can hit 6 six in row or even more...capable of making 200 in oneday and 500 in test and 150 in T20. Now a days you should take time to watch the ball initially and after gaining the confidence by making some run you can hit the ball in any match from very frist ball but now a days you need to take time for settel. Take time to hit Ajantha and Murali, you can beat both in a good way if you keep cool initially and not try to hit very frist ball. Khuda teri madad kare......

  • Zain Roomi on June 19, 2009, 13:42 GMT

    PAKISTAN IS ALIVE AND WELL. PAKISTAN PAINDABAD, PATHANS ZINDABAD

  • Enum on June 19, 2009, 13:42 GMT

    Yesterday's match was like a dream come true. Shahid Afridi has definitely got to be the key performer on Sundays final! All our prayers are with the team, winning the semi-final brought so many smiles on the faces of all the already grief-struck Pakistanis, winning the T20 world cup and bringing the cup home will be more than just a victory for us. Go greens go! Make us proud! Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Khurram Mahmood on June 19, 2009, 13:41 GMT

    As many of you would say that bringing Fawwad Alam into bowling attack was a foolish decision, I totally disagree with it. Younis Khan is a brave and intelligent cricketer and lead from the front. His all decisions were very well calculated risks. Taking risk creates opportunities. When Younis Khan observed that spin bowlers are creating more pressure on Kallis, he brought in Fawwad. Decision would have created a few opportunities in case of miscued shots but it didn't.

    I thank Kamran for writing about the mental toughness that we saw in this game. I am a big believer of it. I believe in this area Pakistan has to get stronger.

    Last but not least, give Pakistan team a bit of margin of error. Dont start criticizing, if they make mistakes. Be realistic, dont we all make mistakes somewhere somehow. Enjoy the final game. Win or lose, I need a greatly fought final.

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on June 19, 2009, 13:37 GMT

    Now the choker tag intacts. The atmosphere and situation is like repeat of 1992 when Pak was defeated in all the warm up games and still Imran Khan was able to lift the cup. It is all about the flexibility of batting line up and how dramatically Afridi was being used is good. In the interview he said that he either wanted to open the innings or one down i.e. he fought for his position and it works. Really first four when struck would have been out if it was not the power play. So, he could better utilize power play. He is now a confident man and as he says " Inshallah" it means a lot and may be able to lift the cup and man of the match award man of the series. Let us give him free hand. He has the strenght, desire, passion and after all talent. It is how the coach and captain uses his talent. May be Intikhab Alam will be the man for Pakistan who will be the partner of both the World Cup Winner of the Pakistan Team. Inshalla.......

  • Younas on June 19, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    BOOM BOOM AFRIDI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A very well team show. Well played Pakistan and I hope they play with same unity and enthusiasm . Very pleased to see Afridi on top and in form. I think Younis Khan didn’t make a mistake brining Fawad Alam. He is a good all rounder and think he should be given chance up in batting too. If he could grab a wicket or two everyone would be praising YK and his move but it happens in cricket, that’s y cricket is so exciting any thing can happen on any minute. YK knows cricket very well and I think whatever he do is good for our team. Promoting Shahid Afridi, Brining Razzaq after 15th over (unfortunately he didn’t click) but they are good moves. But one thing which I didn’t like is leaving behind Misbah. I think Misbah should come before YK. YK is not a hitter and at death overs we need hitters like Misbah Razzaq and Fawad Alam. Very well done Pakistan. And very very very Well done AFridi and Gul. “ALLAH DALA BARAY DARKA” is a dua for them in Pushto

  • bohurupi on June 19, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    Thanks Kamran, very good comments. Great win, no doubt, riding on the shoulder of Afridi though. One thing, throughout the tournament Pakistan batting was awful. They never posted a challenging total. Its the bowlers who have come to the rescue over and over again. Pak batting must click to show the fireworks if they wish to clinch this trophy. And Fawad Alam! Why is the team in the first place? Why not include Salman instead? He can open or may come one down. Salman at least has some fireworks in his batting.

  • Laeeq Qazi on June 19, 2009, 13:27 GMT

    Well played pakistan. Really well played. I wish Misbah and Yunus also perform in Final but also suggest that whether we win or loose, we should just support our team. Thanx to indians for their congrats and well wishes.

    Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Wajid on June 19, 2009, 13:25 GMT

    We have another chance to win the cup.

  • santosh jagdale on June 19, 2009, 13:23 GMT

    i think pakistan should enjoy this success . as an indian i would like to clarify few things here . sachin tendulkar is the only batsman from asia to score thousands of run in australia. while pak great inzamam haq has failed completly in australia.

  • Dipankar Sen on June 19, 2009, 13:23 GMT

    Heartiest congratulations to the Pakistan team-it was great watching them beat SA against all odds.Afridi's coming to batting 'form'couldn't have been better-timed.Am an Indian expat in Zambia -admire Younis enormously for his sportsmanship &gentle,fun -loving nature but my humble request please promote Misbah-ul-Haq above yrself or even Razzaq.South Africa missed a trick y'day by not promoting Albie Morkel up the batting order just like India messed up with Yuvaraj&Yousuf Pathan.Indeed ,as Younis commented about it already,it would be a fitting tribute to Bob Woolmer ,if Pakistan wins the final on Sunday&how apt that Shahid Afridi is playing a stellar role now as Woolmer was especially fond of him-remember watchiing an interview where Woolmer said that Afrid didn't know himself how brilliant he was.

  • pathan on June 19, 2009, 13:22 GMT

    Has it really taken 15 years to knock any sense into Afridi? Finally he has taken a few balls to settle in and then start a measured assault with good cricketing shots. But why on earth has it taken so long? We have all been screaming, crying, shouting, bellowing this for years and years.... thats the most perplexing thing in my mind. Has he finally accepted that he is a senior player and has a big responsibility?

  • Mr.Moody on June 19, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    ICC [led by BCCI] tried hard to keep us away from cricket so that we can become a team like zimbabawe but they forgot that here in pakistan we have a very strong cricketing culture which no-one can take it away from us. keep roaring like tigers green shirts!!

  • Adnan on June 19, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    I am a Pak fan and would love to see pak bring the World Cup home. But in the back of my mind i am scared if SL makes it to the final. It might be the repeat of T20 cup final played in Toronto where SL made home quite easy.

    Good Luck Pak!!!!!!!

  • Salman Aziz on June 19, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    it is not a "talisman" it is not luck. It is by the Grace of God that David has slain Goliath again.

    Lets not bring luck to the pitch!

  • Munir on June 19, 2009, 13:15 GMT

    Everyone has said everything about the win. But my happiness was marred by Younis. If anyone could recall the momeents after the last ball or rewind the clip, you will find hardly any different between the facial expressions of Smith and Younis. Though one was a loser and the other was a winner. His handshake with Afridi gave me a shock. I don't think everything is fine in the dress room.

  • Syed Ahmed on June 19, 2009, 13:14 GMT

    Now if pakistan go and take the title home it would be a slap to all the people who have critized the team and questioned it for many years. I really don't have any expectations but I hope the pakistani team doesn't forget that their job isn't done yet and they have 1 more tough match.

  • Arun M on June 19, 2009, 13:14 GMT

    We are so happy for coming out so strongly after all the adversities they have faced and are facing. Great Effort! Hope they will go all the way. Good Luck.

  • Kamran Ansari on June 19, 2009, 13:10 GMT

    Proud to be a Pakistani In the beginning of the tournament We would have never thought that we will be playing in the finals of this 20/20…. but heads of to the team Pakistan they really make us proud… Well done and good luck in the finals more then 160 million people’s prayers are with you…… INSHA ALLAH VICTORY WILL BE OURS

  • Noel Dsouza on June 19, 2009, 13:07 GMT

    I am a indian but yesterday I was supporting Pakistan to win the match and reach the finals.

    it was so heartening to see Umar Gul bowl his yorkers.Pakistan came into this world cup without a lot of match practice and not too much cricket so it was a good achievement to reach the final.

    Both West Indies and Sri Lanka are my favourite teams but I would love to see an all asian final.

    Hope to see Sri Lanka in the final against Pakistan.

  • Salman on June 19, 2009, 13:06 GMT

    Atlast, a sweet moment for Pakistanis all across the world! However, Younis must replace Fawad Alam with Sohail Tanveer as Sohail is also an all-rounder (provided hes match fit)plus Fawad hasnt performed well in the tournament so far. Anyhow,, its a great win and lets hope that luck favors us on sunday as well :)

  • Umar Bilal Lilla on June 19, 2009, 13:06 GMT

    Best of Luck "Team Pakistan"

    Hope this success will bring some happiness and smiles on nation of 160 million who are desperately waiting for something to cheer togather.

    Inshallah , the Green Shirts will do it for us.

  • faizullah khawaja on June 19, 2009, 12:58 GMT

    great win by pakistan. it was an awesome afridi performance. we must also look at our mistakes. 1. batting i think misbah should have come ahead of yunis and razak even malik. 2. bowling it was too late to try alam. he should have been given a chance in earlier matches. gul should have bowled all 4 overs, and let amir bowl the second last and gul the last over.

  • Theossa, Pittsburgh on June 19, 2009, 12:57 GMT

    Let me clear something here, Gul was bowling against the air, gave up 10 runs in his first over, and realized that from the other end he would get more swing and pace so he had to switch end and consequently lose an over. Why people blaming Younus for that? That’s why I say we have this emotional fan base who voice hoo haa at everything without getting their facts right.

    Great win! it was basically Afridi who turned South Africa into submission. A truly spectacular display of all round performance, he did credited Younus for confidence in him and persuading him to play his shots after getting his eyes in. Omar Gul was brilliant with his deadly suffocating Yorkers, absolutely wonderful to watch. Pakistan played slow in the last 5 overs but it was because great South African bowling, they gave nothing away and even the fast bowling murderer Razzaq was unable to hit boundaries. It wasn’t his lack of form because he was in prime form during domestic series. One should remember the

  • Rafay on June 19, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    Bring the cup homeeee guysss we are counting on you. Spectacular display of cricket by the whole team. We have one the most gifted teams in International cricket. Just lacks the passion and confidence.

    I hope Pakistan team comes up even better in the final and become the T20 champs Inshallah.

  • gully.the.yorking.bully on June 19, 2009, 12:52 GMT

    the past almost 24 hours have felt like a dream. well done, lads...you have made us all very, very proud!

    also, a note of appreciation for all the good wishes from the neutrals, especially the indian supporters. thanks for proving that karan is a bitter minority (and frankly, i personally know a few pakistani fans who spew the same nonsense against the indian team). thankfully, ppl like them are a tiny minority.

    all in all, well worth calling in sick ; )

    let's bring 'er home on sunday, boys!

  • AD on June 19, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    We needed this as a nation. We need that final too. Looks like the 11 need it badly also.

    Heartning to see so much support from Indian fans, our brothers from across the border :)

  • Sanjeev on June 19, 2009, 12:49 GMT

    This was something i was hoping for from the moment India were out of the world cup. I've always supported Pakistan in all matches except for the ones played against India. I cant help it :) There is something about Pakistan that i always love. Love to see them play.Their unpredictable nature and the talent that they have. I only wish its a Pak vs SL final and let the best team win and i wish it is Pak. Cricket unifies people in both these countries and i only hope that this brings happiness and hope to the people of both Pak and SL. All the best guys!!! you deserve more than the cup :) We indians are with you...Atleast the ones i know!!!

  • usman khan on June 19, 2009, 12:46 GMT

    I wont be going to say anything in response to Karan as i think his own countrymen have done the job better than me but will try to make few things clear. First of them is that Pakistan played better cricket and outclassed South Afrcia in every aspect of the game. the Pakistan's display of cricket against south africa was one of the best in the recent past by any team. At the start i was too afraid a bit looking at the strong african team and at the start which Pakistan had to this tournament.But everything changed for me upon seeing the Pakistan batting. Every Pakistani batsman was playing as if he know that Pakistan is going to win. there was no pressure at all. Every one was much more confident than ever, the first sign of success. Not only Afridi, but all the batsmen played absoultely great. in the bowling too, everything was to the mark and all the bowlers were on the money right on. IT WAS AN ASTONISHING TEAM EFFORT THAT TOOK PAKISTAN TO THE FINAL.

  • Safrican on June 19, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    Congratulations to the Pakistan Cricket Team. SA is in mourning today, but the better team won on the day. And Pakistan WAS the better team last night. No matter who they face in the final, my suppport will be for Pakistan.

  • usman khan on June 19, 2009, 12:44 GMT

    I wont be going to say anything in response to Karan as i think his own countrymen have done the job better than me but will try to make few things clear. First of them is that Pakistan played better cricket and outclassed South Afrcia in every aspect of the game. the Pakistan's display of cricket against south africa was one of the best in the recent past by any team. At the start i was too afraid a bit looking at the strong african team and at the start which Pakistan had to this tournament.But everything changed for me upon seeing the Pakistan batting. Every Pakistani batsman was playing as if he know that Pakistan is going to win. there was no pressure at all. Every one was much more confident than ever, the first sign of success. Not only Afridi, but all the batsmen played absoultely great. in the bowling too, everything was to the mark and all the bowlers were on the money right on. IT WAS AN ASTONISHING TEAM EFFORT THAT TOOK PAKISTAN TO THE FINAL.

  • Shan on June 19, 2009, 12:42 GMT

    Great win by Pakistan...lets give some credit to YK. True his decision to bowl Fawad could have cost us the game but that's what we want from the csaptian..take risks..If by chance Fawad had taken a wicket in that over than all of us would be praising YK for the move. In any case, I agree that he miscalculated Gul overs...Gul wanted to change the end and instead of giving the next over to Ajmal he should have carried with Gul..but then Ajmal took Kallis wicket...

    As for the batting is concerned..I think we did just fine..another 10-15 runs would be great but you have to give credit to SA bowlers..they bowled just great especially in the last 5 overs...What we need to realize as fans that some time it is not possible to hit even if you have wikets in hand coz bowlers are just that good...Umer Gul does the same thing to opposition in every single game.

    Again Good win...lets bring the cup home Boys!!!!

  • Nazibul Islam on June 19, 2009, 12:42 GMT

    Pakistan can produce quality player every year but for the unstable management of Pakistan the players can't click so regularly, yet Pakistan has not got any perfect replacement of Injamam, Sayeed Anwar, Ameer Sohail & Mohammad Yousuf. What now need for Pakistani cricket to creat a better management team to run the cricket board. They shouldn't recruite any army officer as a chief of PCB. Army officers are not democratic, their priority is their personal ego.

  • Sarmad Khan on June 19, 2009, 12:38 GMT

    Afridi, you are Great. You have made us Pathans proud of you. Keep up the good work

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Irfan on June 19, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    i wud just say ... it is the greatest semi-final win for Pakistan after that 92 semi-final win ... Gud luck Pakistan ... We will win this T20 inshaAllah !!!

  • sharif on June 19, 2009, 12:30 GMT

    Al Hamdulillah,a match won by power.... we showed at last what we can do if we want to do it. Younis Khan should not repeat his mistake again if he wants to lift trophy for us.A ball before alam's over long off was up in the circle. And the next 6 balls were not Alam's mistake but a captain's. Any how semi is finished and we have to play with same power in the final. A complete copy of WORLD CUP 1992........ INSHALLAH

  • Mohammad Jamal Khan Saddozai on June 19, 2009, 12:21 GMT

    AlhumdoLILLAH to see Pakistan reach their second final. I hope and believe that they will lift the cup and bring it to a nation who is so divided in all fronts. Cricket is the only thing that unites us as a nation. I am glad that the Pak Cricketers are taking this as an ego matter, for this cup belonged in Pakistan and due to the security issues it went from Pakistan. Being a Muslim we have to look at the positive aspect of all this and I am glad it was out of Pakistan, now there will be a hunger to get the cup home. We are one win away, but whoever comes will be having butterflies in their tummies. Pakistan is inconsistent but I liked Younus' outburst on Aamir in the last over, it showed how much it meant to him.

    Bowling Fawad was not a bad option, if I was Younus I would have done the same, because a bowler like Fawad is a bluff, and Pakistan had enough runs on the board to bluff.

    This cup is important for Pakistan Cricket, we were cornered and it is time to conquer.

  • Ladi Bulanda on June 19, 2009, 12:19 GMT

    Afrdi great up the order Misbah also need at No.4

  • shahid on June 19, 2009, 12:18 GMT

    i have written previusoly as well that shahid needs to be at the top of order, also i dare to say that Razzaq should be up in the order and shoaib mailk, misbah and younis should follow all the hard hitting batsmen as the aim in the twently twenty is to blow away the other team in first 6 overs and you can always rely on batsmen like younis and misbah to ,fawad alam,reserrrect the situation if every body at the top fails ,which will be rare in twenty overs,

  • sunil on June 19, 2009, 12:16 GMT

    we all pakistan cricket supporters here in Nepal are enthralled by yesterdays win ... Afridi ,the charm that he carries with him in and off the field makes him the superstar among cricket fans out here.....so afridi, we wait one more blitzkrieg innings from u ...and do ur country and us proud amid the dark clouds surrounding pakistani cricket

  • imran on June 19, 2009, 12:16 GMT

    Great Win infact a spectacular win. To karan Singh: We Pakistanis are enjoying it and u lick ur wounds. India a balanced team? Is there any real fast bowler in ur team n don't tell me ishant sharma just click on his stats u will know atleast send him to Pakistan we will teach him how to bowl yorkers. But never mind atleast u have found a bowler who can bowl at 80mph after ages or infact for the first time.

  • roomi on June 19, 2009, 12:16 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and love my team but I am a great fan of Rohit Sharma, Dhoni and Yuvraj singh and was sad to to see them out of the tournament early but perhaps the over hype around the Indian team by the Indian India has put too much pressure on them.I still wish them well whenevr they play the likes of Australia or S.Africa. The Pakistani fans feel very frustrated by the "spin" on things and the negative press their team gets mostly by the World media and feel that this win against South africa is incredible in the circumstances (and despite being played down by some english commentators as a case of South Africa lost it rather than Pak won it...)It has lifted a whole Nation and showed the triumph of genius over the machine!

  • Aasd South Africa on June 19, 2009, 12:13 GMT

    Dil... Dil... Pakistan Jan...Jan... Pakistan, After such a long time I enjoyed this song as I enjoyed the way pakistan played the cricket for the diehard fans across the world regardless of their age,color and faith..... Geo Gulaah..

  • azad bhai on June 19, 2009, 12:13 GMT

    it was a great win but every one knows that pak will be defeated by srilanka in final.anyway great going

  • T.BUTT on June 19, 2009, 12:12 GMT

    Great perfromance but this also a slap on the face of BCCI in general and Mr Modi in particular who have been trying to isolate Pakistan and its cricket since Mumbai attacks,the biggetory and malice only brought shame for Indian cricket.I think Modi should be blamed for Indian aweful performance for staging IPL so close to World cup. Pak Cricketers has shown that money can't buy you the victories,only passion and hardwork bring out the success,Good on and well done Pakistan and best of luck for Finals.

  • Ali Imran on June 19, 2009, 12:10 GMT

    Ater so long time smile came on the faces of Pakistanis. We are not a nation who like the sound of bombs and killing of innocents, we ar just going through hard time, we'll bounce back. This T20 cup means too much to us, after so long time we will be able stand tall with chest outside and with proud..Yes thats the Pakistan and our spirit. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD - Long live prosper PAKISTAN

  • Muhammed Salman on June 19, 2009, 12:10 GMT

    Congrats to every supporter of Pakistan Team. This win reminds me of the 1992 World Cup in which Pakistan hardly reaches the Semi final spot and then it defeated New Zealand which at that time was unbeaten in whole tournament and Pakistan went on on to win the World Cup.

    It is said the History repats itself.

    Best of Luck Pakistan.

    Thanks Salman

  • imran on June 19, 2009, 12:06 GMT

    I was there at the game and the atmosphere was out of this world. every pakistani fan goin mad!! and after the game every fan started to enjoy themselves on the middle of the road! best day of my life!!

  • cricket thinker on June 19, 2009, 12:05 GMT

    Pakistan batting greatly rely on top 3. Kamran shazeb and afridi. They have to give excelent start so later our selfish players who cant even hit a boundry can score singles and be not out. pakistan batting has become a real worry, u need to be agressive and keep the run rate moving all along. If Pakistan Bats second then we need some miracles to win this 20/20. Misbah who? is he playing for his avg. this dude stop hitting and always slowing the pace with his singles. Malik bats like test cricket, both these players need to come at no.10 and 11 in finals.

  • Sajid Shah on June 19, 2009, 12:04 GMT

    Can't describe how I feel. Emotions are runnin high, as pakistan at times have been shunned by the ICC and there lack of cricket has been missed by me and millions of others. Afridi has now turned a new corner, when he was talking last night having taken the man of the match award he was at peace with himself and his love for the game was evident. It was a brillant display from one of the best cricketers in the world and lucky Pakistan have him. Come Sunday, the same team will come out with more hungar and desire to avenge the loss to india in 2007... So West Indies or the Sri lankans were not scared.. Where other faltered with South Africa pakistan eclipsed.

  • Dipankar Sen on June 19, 2009, 12:03 GMT

    Heartiest congratulations to the Pakistan team-it was great watching them beat SA against all odds.Afridi's coming to batting 'form'couldn't have been better-timed.Am an Indian expat in Zambia -admire Younis enormously for his sportsmanship &gentle,fun -loving nature but my humble request please promote Misbah-ul-Haq above yrself or even Razzaq.South Africa missed a trick y'day by not promoting Albie Morkel up the batting order just like India messed up with Yuvaraj&Yousuf Pathan.Indeed ,as Younis commented about it already,it would be a fitting tribute to Bob Woolmer ,if Pakistan wins the final on Sunday&how apt that Shahid Afridi is playing a stellar role now as Woolmer was especially fond of him-remember watchiing an interview where Woolmer said that Afrid didn't know himself how brilliant he was.

  • Aziz South African on June 19, 2009, 11:59 GMT

    The 'chokers' tag must be avoided in discussing South Africa's loss. It takes the gloss and shine away from an outstanding and professional Pakistani performance. It also has the effect of labelling Pakistan's win as a freak performace which really doesn't do justice to the effort we saw out there. South Africa did not have stage fright as some would like to beleive. Pakistan can compete with the best and this has been proven. From here, they can only strive towards excellence in all formats of the game and will continue winning the hearts and minds of cricket lovers worldwide. All that is needed is discipline, maturity, committment and the belief that you can be the best. You dont need a Psychologist to mentor you in your quest for success. Be positive in the face of adversity and half your battle is won. The diet of IPL cricket fed to the South Africans, Indians and Australians had no flavour on the BIG STAGE. Now PAKISTAN will get noticed. They deserve to!

  • ralston monroe on June 19, 2009, 11:59 GMT

    am so so happy to be getting cricket in usa when i left the country jamaica i did not know that i was not going to get cricket for the next 20 year until now i was driving my truck down the road going trough channel on my xm radio wen boom cricket i am one of the happy people in the world 20\20 in usa didnt know i would live to hear hope this will be going for a long time and hope 20\20 comes to atlanta soon or one day and can someone please give me the e-mail address for 20\20 cricket power by yahoo i cant seem to get it woodiefrsav@yahoo.com

  • Rao2002 on June 19, 2009, 11:54 GMT

    No wonder India is now a better team than Pak, but Pak played well and deserve full appreciation. Pls keep our dirty politics out of this game and learn to admire the best team, India or Pak. Wht can`t we Indians or Pakis think positive. Together we have lost more respect&friendship than gains..be friends and think positive.

  • Wasif ur Rehman on June 19, 2009, 11:52 GMT

    Although Younis Khan made some serious mistakes in semi final, but a win is a win.I hope he will learn as his career as Captain progresses. I pray ALLAH to help us in lifting the trophy on Sunday.

  • Zaheer on June 19, 2009, 11:52 GMT

    Great performance by the Pakistanis, SA didn't choke, as Smith said they were outplayed by the better team on the day. Lady luck was with Pak on the day and I hope she is with us on sunday too. As for some of the negative comments, it is good to have sport rivalary but do not stoop to the lower level and disgrace each others nationalities goes for both Pak's and Indians. Do not make sport to be your personal battle ground, the team which plays better on the day wins, be it India or Pakistan. As suggested several times, try to bring out the sporting nature out than the darker, hineous side of your life. Indiains dont get along with Pakistanis and Pakistanis dont get along with Indians (politically) the people of the countries arent violent, but politicians drive them to create barriers and divisions just so that they can sit in the parliments and fill up their bank balances. YK, well done, make us proud and celebrate humbly.

  • gautam vijay(sachni 4 lyf) on June 19, 2009, 11:51 GMT

    I ON BEHALF OF MANY INDIANS SYA SORRY 2 AL PAKSITANI FANS BCOZ OF KARAN SINGH...i am a die hard indian but am supporting paksitan i noe u may b surprised but afridi dn scahin r my all tym favs

    we wnat peace and ignore sum paagalo ke comments best of luck pakistan, india is wid u

  • syed shahzad Bukhari on June 19, 2009, 11:51 GMT

    Indeed a win which can lift our cricket and can proved despite being isolated, we are one of the best side at all times like Ozzies or Proteas and cannot be simply ignored. Inshalah after having that tough semis hopefully we make this final too in our name. At the end i want to praise south african cricket too, they are no doubt the best side of the tournament and deserved to be T20 champions,but hard luck to them in semis and all the best in future, indeed they are the best team currently in all forms of cricket world.

  • Mustafa Kamal on June 19, 2009, 11:51 GMT

    Congratulations Team Pakistan! To all my Pakistani countrymen, many of us are responding to Karan Singh's ridiculous comments, but nobody among us is appreciating the other Indians like Neeraj Sharma, Kaushik,baadal, Aniradha etc who are trying their best to separate millions of Indians from Karan Singh's fluke comments..... More Indians are cheering for us now than otherwise..... as told by my nephew in Uk that many Indians in UK are chanting PAK ZINDABAD slogans....!

  • srivathsan on June 19, 2009, 11:48 GMT

    VERY WELL DONE. Team spirit was there to see.Perhaps SA choked as is their reputation.Pakistan has proved that they can beat anyteam on a given day.There were short comings too.at 149, I felt pak. was 20runs short.It is their bowling which came to rescue as the target appeared gettable considering the batting depth of SA.Pak. in the last 5 overs were not up to. I was surprised that with so many wickets in hand & mibah to follow, both razack & yunis were not going for slog.It was not ideal.The margin of victory suggests it could have been other way also.This should be kept in mind for the final.When you have wickets why cant you go for shots at the end ?

  • Farhan sirhindi on June 19, 2009, 11:45 GMT

    if you ask me a single reason behind this success; that would be commitment. a weaker side on paper did it. Teams with expensive players tags left earlier, means alot. a lobby is making cricket more then a game, you will see alot of happenings at world cricket in future. if you remember Roman times, slaves fought in the erena and their masters watched it from the galleries. slaves values depends upon their strength and masters trade the slaves between them. If you look at the formats like IPL, you will remember the roman age, players are like slaves who have their price tags and their owners have rights to sell them. these poor slaves of modern times fight for their masters who watch all this with their families.

    This is the future of cricket

  • Rashid on June 19, 2009, 11:40 GMT

    Way to go Pakiz you make us feel proud here. Being living abroad for long time you give us a reason to smile. My prayers and best wishes are for the whole nation. INSHALLAH Final will be ours..Ameen

  • Amer Akhtar on June 19, 2009, 11:37 GMT

    For all Non-resident Pakistanis, who live and work side by side with Indians and other nationalities in different countries, these are the moments which we starve for. Thanks Younus & Team. You might never be able to understand how big a favour you have done for us ! I am going to an Indian friend's wedding party tonight. I can't find words to describe my feelings right now. Thanks Team !!

  • IFTAKHAR QURESHI on June 19, 2009, 11:36 GMT

    My Dear VIKAS,

    Thanks for the good words I just hope that you mean what you say. Bcoz the later part of you comments lacks not even fact but shows that you along with million others like you are the product of Television Believer... Unfortunately the few nationalist you referring are the product of our so call friends from south & north, would you believe me when I told you that most of the “few nationalists” are actually GOORKAH ‘s (The paid missionaries) disguise them self as TALIBAAN .

    Go ahead have your LOOSER league with out the two time finalist players ….. Good luck to you and your cricket … Don’t forget what goes around comes around,

  • imran khan on June 19, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    gr8 win, once again the tigers of imran khan roaring to lift t20 world cup. the players r giving their 100% and relly hope the luck to b on pakistan side..

  • Jalal Khan Sydney on June 19, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    To Karan Singh, Your words are disappointing and full of envy. Sorry you couldn't be in the final. See you next time. Go and practice 2020 in your IPLs. Bar us from them. We don't mind. We will still beat you in 2020. On to more rejoiceful matters, congratulations to Pakistan on their wonderful win. This match will go down in our hearts and minds as one of the most memorable. A match full of drama the whole way through. My heart was pounding the entire match. Congratulations to all supporters as well. I'm so happy for everyone. We all needed this lift. There is still work to do in Pakistani cricket but there is promise. A special mention obviously to Afridi, but I think we should all take our hats off to our rookie Mohammad Amir, who is bowling his heart out and playing for our country. He is a credit to our team and we all love his commitment and energy. Keep it up Amir.

    Everyone should have rasGULahs in celebration!!

  • majeet singh(indian) on June 19, 2009, 11:34 GMT

    luk, honestly plz dont regard karan singh's comment as a comment from the whole india. BILLIONS OF INDIANS ARE OUT HERE SUPPORTING YOU, YEH CUP AAP HI JEETENGE AUR ASIA HI MEIN RAHE GA PAKISTAN KI JAY HO(or is it paki zindabad)

  • tarik on June 19, 2009, 11:31 GMT

    Will someone tell our selectors that India lost their plot when Jadeja batted ahead of Yuvraj and the asking rate climbed against England and yet Dhoni defended his stupid plan and the Indian Coach used IPL as an excuse and fatigue from too much cricket. Now Pakistan is doing the same with Malik up the batting order and Alam bowling an over instead of Gul getting his four overs. Malik should be coming in after all the other power hitters who can keep the run rate ticking are back in the dugout. When the RR drops it put added pressure on the later batsmen. Just look at how many players have gotten out after playing dot balls.

  • Adnan Ahmed on June 19, 2009, 11:30 GMT

    Congrats to all and pakistani team its was a worth watching match and good to see happiness pakistanies faces i ll defend the decision of captain of pakistan regarding giving a over to fawad alam he tried to do the same thing which was done by smith earlier in pakistan inning given over to dumney and that cost wicket of afridi kallis was batting so well and could become threat for pakistan but that thing didnt work for pakistan thats unfortunate but no harm done we won the match and inshallah we will be victorious in final again i request to all pakistani nation for prayers.

  • hassaan ( yuni bhai u rock) on June 19, 2009, 11:28 GMT

    congratulations everyone. Thats the way to go. Enough has been said about pakistan teams performance. I am very happy seeing the level of sportsman ship among us cricket fans regardless of different nationalities. That is the way to go. Although every now and then I indian and pakistani dudes not been able to hide their personal grudges. Guys learn to accept defeat gracefully and cherish the win humbly. Give the credit to deserving instead of trying to vent out frustration. There is enough of sh** going on youtube where people from both sides of the border are spreading hatred against each other instead of admiring the cricketing heroics.

    Cheers everyone stay out of trouble wherever you are. All the eyes on Sundays Final now.

  • Imran Gheewala on June 19, 2009, 11:27 GMT

    Umer Gul shoul dcome in and bowl over number 12, so that if he is unhappy with his end, there is still time to change his end, and not lose an over, which is what happented last night.

  • Faizan Khan on June 19, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    Hey! Congratulation to all cricket fans! I think Pakistan should go and win this cup now. They were the only team out of the four semi finalist in 2007, who reached in semis and now they are in the final yet again. I think they have by far the best twenty20 record amongst all the teams. They were so close to winning the title the last time and now getting into the finals again is a big big achievment. Pakistan is one of the most fascinating side to watch.. their unpredictability always makes us wonder and watch thier games very closely. On thier day, they are too good to believe! every single pakistani child, woman and man is prayin for you "green boys" and no matter you win or loose, just put up a great performance like u did last time and make us proud! God bless us all !

  • Salman Ali Rai on June 19, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    Congrats to every Pakistani.......wow my heart is pounding with happiness bt at the same time m really nervous about the final result..Lets see can v do it this time.In 2007 I was in China and i bought special rights to watch the final and was defeated to death as i saw Misbah playing that 'scoop' bt nw cant believe we are in the finals again...ahh it would be Lord's this time...i hope we face WI in final because thay dont have good bowlers bowling in middle overs + they are not very good players of spin. I think that shahzaib should be replaced with ahmed cz shahzaib hasnt got a gud technique at all.have u guyz noticed how he plays the balls pitched on his legs....insted of flicking towards square leg ,the bat turns in his hands and he finishes playing it straight to the bowler...bt compared to him Ahmed is strong every where as we saw it against india as well in warmup match.....so put him in n go for the title Pakistan

    BEST OF LUCK TEAM PAKISTAN

  • Rajit on June 19, 2009, 11:22 GMT

    Supremely unpredictable is what Pakistan team is all about.This team was down and out much like the Pakistan team of 1992 world cup and now they are just a match away from a famous turn around of fortunes.They have got collective individual brilliance in the form of Gul,Afridi,Ajmal,Akmal and not to forget Younis Khan....i wont be surprised if Pakistan win this T20 WC becoz I reckoned them to be the favourites at the start of the tournament purely on the basis of their passion & unpredictability.All in all it is really commendable to feature in two consecutive finals in the most fickle format of cricket.

  • parag on June 19, 2009, 11:22 GMT

    though i m an Indian i congratulate Shaid Afridi. The fire he plays with is really amazing. inform ornot he is always a danger with bat and as a bowler he is really too much to handle. he has all the variations and his faster one is as deadly as a yorker from Wasim or Waqar. Buti think Lanka or W.I. whoever wins today will beat pak as pak has played their best or the best they can play. Only get Afridi and Misbah and the gameis yours. Mendis, Murali and Malinga, the three M's will distroy everybody else.

  • Shuaib Azhar on June 19, 2009, 11:21 GMT

    well deserved Victory by GREEN SHIRTS. PAK team played as a unit and brought home the victory. but we should rememebr one thing that cricket is BY CHANCE. so we can lose in FINAL as well. so if we lose than dont abuse the same team u guys r praising rite now. coz they will still b da heroes. no one thought they wud make it to da finalz but they did. one bad day can spoil it all. so dude whtever happens in da final we have to back our team LONG LIVE PAKISTAN

  • zaini on June 19, 2009, 11:17 GMT

    Congrats to all pakistani supporters, i was tearful when i read some supportive comments from our indian friends. we both side required this positive thought to overcome all misunderstanding between us. good luck for pakistan in final and best of luck to indian team to westindies

  • LUMS on June 19, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    We are enjoying, celebrating this excellent victory of our highly talented and capable team of cricketers who have proved their professionalism by defeating the world best t20 team (unbeaten) South Africa. This was a comprehensive victory of the team.

  • Israr on June 19, 2009, 11:14 GMT

    Great, great win. We shouted and cheered for Pakistan at home in London louder than our neighbours have ever done for Chelsea. How I would love to see Younus lift up the Cup on Sunday and give a message of peace and vigilance to his countrymen and how I wish to die for Younus if he can make it in Pushto............Do you read these comments, Younus? Please, please.

  • Malik on June 19, 2009, 11:12 GMT

    It was match between two teams with desperate wishes; Pakistan was desperate for something to cheer about and South Africa desperate not to lose at the end! Sadly, it did, again.

  • sree on June 19, 2009, 11:10 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan. Fantastic performance by the whole team. Its all coming together at the right time for pakistan. As an indian fan, i hope its a Pakistan v Sri Lanka final! P.S. I am sure the Paki players will be back in the IPL 3.

  • Kalyana C Eranki on June 19, 2009, 11:08 GMT

    Never thought I would find myself supporting Pak, but today I really wanted them to win. For Pakistan, this won't be just a tournament victory. It will be a healing balm after everything that has happenned to their cricket recently. I hope that Pak will go onto win the tournament (even though I like SL too). All the best guys !!!

  • Andrew Curmudgeon on June 19, 2009, 11:07 GMT

    Excellent win by Pakistan. South Africa were very full of themselves, but stuck to the old routine of trying to bludgeon their way through cricket matches instead of playing fairly and squarly. Afridi's kiss to Kallis should be taken as a farewell. The big fellow can take up Sumo wrestling and continue with his advertising of deoderants.

  • malik on June 19, 2009, 11:07 GMT

    At last something to smile about.....

  • Dil Dil Pakistan on June 19, 2009, 11:05 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan! Play with spirit and devotion and lift the nation.. we need you..

    A note for indian fans..i was at Lords for pak vs sri lanka super eight match.. and was disappointed not by pakistan loss but the way indian fans booed pakistani players and shouted 'pakistan haey haey'. Supporting one team is understandable but being disrespectful/showing hatred to the other is highly deplorable. Show sportsman spirit, and love for cricket. there are fans of ganguly, sachin, sehwag in pakistan as there are fans of 2 W's and afridi in india.. cherish that and move forward.

  • Tariq Abdullah on June 19, 2009, 11:05 GMT

    OUT CAST of Cricket have shown the world, what they are missing! in view of every one playing Cricket, they could do without Pakistan in International Cricket . Today we have shown the world that anywhere there is competitive Cricket, it can not be competitive without Pakistan. May it be IPL, May it be Champions League, no one has right to decide who plays or not. You want a creditable and competitive tournament, don’t forget Pakistan. Today we have proved to the world that what ever the stage may be, we rise up to the occasion. We are facing tough times, but by the grace of ALL MIGHTY, we have come back STRONGER, and The World better LOOKOUT for Pakistan, WE WILL BE EVEN STRONGER. All players of our team deserve praise and applause for the hard work they have done. Everyone one had written us off, but we have shown that we are a team to reckon! We will give them a fight on Sunday, BUT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BELONGS TO SIALKOT STALLIONS ….

  • Dil Dil Pakistan on June 19, 2009, 11:03 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan! Play with spirit and devotion and lift the nation.. we need you..

    A note for indian fans..i was at Lords for pak vs sri lanka super eight match.. and was disappointed not by pakistan loss but the way indian fans booed pakistani players and shouted 'pakistan haey haey'. Supporting one team is understandable but being disrespectful/showing hatred to the other is highly deplorable. Show sportsman spirit, and love for cricket. there are fans of ganguly, sachin, sehwag in pakistan as there are fans of 2 W's and afridi in india.. cherish that and move forward.

  • emeye on June 19, 2009, 11:00 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad ... congrats to all ... be united and show that you've got courage and talent ....

  • Aizad Ali Rana on June 19, 2009, 11:00 GMT

    Mr. Vettori you are just jealous

  • raz on June 19, 2009, 10:59 GMT

    Indiand tried hard to keep pak isolated.. but they proved the fact that they are a reality and probably most talented( if not organised ).

    they brought reverse swing they invented doosra. and they gave cricket two ws .....

    what els eu expect...appreciate them

    and pls dont fight with each other

  • ISHR on June 19, 2009, 10:57 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, Congrats ! Trust me this success is a slap on the face of those who tried to corner Pakistan and Pakistan’s cricket for the last 2 years. Team Pakistan keep up the good work

  • Tariq Fazal on June 19, 2009, 10:57 GMT

    InshAllah We Will Win the Final...Ameen

  • Saad on June 19, 2009, 10:57 GMT

    Whether they win or lose in the final, they have made us proud.

    Hope for a great match at Lords.

    Indians can hate and criticize all they want, the fact is that Pakistan is in the final once again, Indian players are back home shooting for Reebok. Hope they do well advertising products.

  • mian imran ahmed on June 19, 2009, 10:56 GMT

    first of all its good to see pakistan in final,and it is good for pakistan cricket in the future.behind all thia is a bright performance shahid afridi,what great perfomer he is for his team.this is becauae of just signeficantly utilizing of him and the outcome is of pakistan win,afridi is always is a dangerous man of front,hope he will continoue his performance in final as will,another thing is of younis khan captancy,improving day by day,Gul is also perform his role well,if pakistan continoue his form in final so they will be winner,south africa in think take pak so light and the pak crush them very badly.lets see what pak done in final....but it was a very good semi final and people will remmamber for some time specially afridi performance........

  • Ali Wahaj Khan Zai,Tando Allahyar on June 19, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad Well done Pakistan!!! Absolutely brilliant. Lets make it one more! GO PAKISTAN!!!INSHAALLAH Pakistan win T-20 Cup

  • Tariq Abdullah on June 19, 2009, 10:54 GMT

    OUT CAST of Cricket have shown the world, what they are missing! in view of every one playing Cricket, they could do without Pakistan in International Cricket . Today we have shown the world that anywhere there is competitive Cricket, it can not be competitive without Pakistan. May it be IPL, May it be Champions League, no one has right to decide who plays or not. You want a creditable and competitive tournament, don’t forget Pakistan. Today we have proved to the world that what ever the stage may be, we rise up to the occasion. We are facing tough times, but by the grace of ALL MIGHTY, we have come back STRONGER, and The World better LOOKOUT for Pakistan, WE WILL BE EVEN STRONGER. All players of our team deserve praise and applause for the hard work they have done. Everyone one had written us off, but we have shown that we are a team to reckon! We will give them a fight on Sunday, BUT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BELONGS TO SIALKOT STALLIONS ….

  • Akhlaq Ahmad on June 19, 2009, 10:53 GMT

    Mubrooooooooook........

    There was nothing wrong wid Pakistani Bating in last five overs...Pakistani players tried their best. Anyother bateman or team wouldnt have done batter than that. Actually South african tampered the ball ...by trowing very short distantant throws with few bounces on the ground..as one of the commentator also mentioned in 10th or 11th over of their innings...as a result the ball became soft and with out any juice in it...If pakitsani team would have done so umpire might have changed the ball repeatedly...as they did in the match against Ireland

  • Sohaib Irfan Raja on June 19, 2009, 10:47 GMT

    I just wanted to say that, Both India and Pakistan have great teams but this time Pakistan is playing far more better than India. So cheer up my Indian Brother's, Way to go India and Pakistan.........

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kota on June 19, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Moiz on June 19, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    Yahoooooooooooo!!! Pakistan won, i always have been a proud pakistani,i dont mind them losing but not with out a fight. I surely miss watching a match with my dad whoz in dubai and i am here in london. it would have been great to see my whole family jumping in joy and surely miss a HUG!! Just one more win and it will numb the pain Pakistan is going through!!... Kuhi ko kar buland itna ka har taqdeer say pehla Khuda banda se khud poocha..Beta tere Raza kya hai!!.. It all happend because of Grace of Allah almighty!! Pakistan Zindabad!!!!

  • Zahid on June 19, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    Alhamdolillah great win. Giving Fawad the ball was an utter blunder. But Gul 3 overs....ahhh...the only reason I can think of.... Gul didn't get much of seam and also wind direction was not suitable for him from that end. So I guess Younis decided to have 03 effective overs from Gul instead of 04 ineffective ones. Allah knows well and Younis should be asked on these two issues. Regarding Geff Boycs comment, I think he needs to chk the stats. Younis is our leading run scorer (4th in overall standings) in the tournament and also with a healthy strike rate of 139 (Average 57) InshAllah Pakistan will win. Pakistan zindabad.

  • Asif Amin Afridi on June 19, 2009, 10:43 GMT

    Wow...History Repeat its self. 17 years ago we were in the same position facing the best team in that world cup " Newzealand " and a moment of brillianc from Inzi help us to Overcom that challeng and After 17 years we do the same to southafrica and this time the Hero was afridi. Credit to Younas for making a brave decision on sending Afridi on No 3. It was a brave Pathan Decision. Fawad Alam the guy who hardly bat in this tournment or ball but still show his metal in field. This guy was 150% man with austrailian Atituid. Proud of the Green shirts..One More Win and the Country will forget all pain they suffer during this year...One More Win...

  • J Khan on June 19, 2009, 10:41 GMT

    Congrats to the Pakistan cricket team. I thought they got there batting order just right finally. The flamboyance of Afridi and the safe batting of Malik was exactly the right partnership. Malik kept ticking the score along and Afridi dealing in lusty blows. Whats great is that pakistan have a very flexible batting order. Malik came in at 4 yesterday to avert a mid innings collpase, but had the score been say 100 at the loss of two wickets then Razzaq qould have strolled in at 4. Younus made a few blunders (Alam) but no one can go against his eagerness to win. Afridi looked like the one of past, up for the challenge. It was refreshing to see some good fielding from Pakistan, Malik leading the way with that pressure catch at long on. This side looked like one hungry for a world title, they managed to defend a total of 149, below the par 160. good luck to them in the final and inshallah they will bring the trophy home to a scarred nation.

  • Rathore on June 19, 2009, 10:39 GMT

    it was Pakistan's day, they played according to the plan, we still were like 10-20 runs short of our target, but the way PAK bowlers were performing i was certain that if we give 101% with ball & in fielding we will win & we did so... it was a team work every one played his role... they batted well, they bowled well they fielded well.. they really made us fans PROUD.. for those cricketing pundits .. cricket is our BLOOD no matter wat u say or predict u cant isolate us from international cricket bcoz he will keep on bouncing back with performances like these :)

  • ALi a on June 19, 2009, 10:39 GMT

    Many thanks to Indians who are supporting us and this is the sportsman spirit we all need. For Pakistan, luck does come into play when they play however many times I have seen that their luck supports them when they are determined to win. Having such determination, we are very much near. INSHALLAH coming sunday will be our day.

  • HaMmy on June 19, 2009, 10:39 GMT

    congrats to a splendid win against a tough side, they performed their best but we beat them, though we are through the finals and we have already defeated the toughest side of the tournament but we have made some crucial mistakes, like sending razzaq in batting when we already had fawad alam and misbah in the order, and razzaq didnt bat well, and i think making him play the five overs affected his bowling later. also fawad was given his first over in the tournament, nevertheless hes an excellent team mate, he fields well, hes so much spirited and he bats well, but giving him an over inspite of the fact he cant do it well at the very crucial moment was the biggest blunder. our pacers failed miserably in the first six overs, ajmal didnt pick some good wickets t the beginning, aside afridi, who did the damage in the beginning when we were desparately seeking more wickets, hope we come back well in the finals. one thing was yunous khan remained positive with excellent sense of leadership

  • Dreamwaver on June 19, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    The Mad Mystic Magicians..that's my name for the Pakistan team.I am an Indian, but can understand how hard its to be Pakistani fan.heartbreak one day, Ecstasy next...what a bunch.Younis isa emarkable guy..sees through the hype and retains his balance.Go Pakistan Go..for your benighted country and strike a fist against those who will gun down innocent people,including cricketers.I will be cheering for you.Millions of Pakistanis deserve to smile.Nobody can ignore you then. ..And will teach the world a lesson that its finally the heart and raw passion and talent that counts.All the Best..just two more days.Keep it going!!!

  • Zafar-ul-Hassan on June 19, 2009, 10:34 GMT

    There were tears in my eyes and i was full of emotions when our fellow country men were signing as single voice loudly "Dil Dil Pakistan" on Thursday and the team responded and backed up the hopes every Pakistani had about the way they feel. This win means a lot to the nation as we go through some of the toughest time in our history becuase of instability. It would be great if younis khan on Sunday dedicate this world cup win to the people of Swat, Our soldiers and All Pakistanis who somehow find reasons to get united with the game called CRICKET.

    God Bless Pakistan. Good Luck Cricket team.

  • ali mohsin on June 19, 2009, 10:32 GMT

    So proud of this team! You always need inspiring performances from particular individuals but every one in Pak team seems to be putting thier bit to wins. Good luck boys!!

  • MKA on June 19, 2009, 10:32 GMT

    today some talk a whole load of rubbish by calling them a fluke. Yes they may not be well organised most of the time. They might not be in the mood. They are just natural. They play more with their heart. & as no one is always in the mood, they are also not at times. But remember when they play India, they get in the "mood". Historically, many Pakistani cricketers ve been idolated in India itself, of course along with Indian cricketers as they r their own. But I can safely say that except Bedi & Sachin no Indian cricketer has ever received that status amongst the commoners in Pakistan. So pl do not bring out your hatred on this forum. Even with India's "super" performances over the last half decade ( the only time in its cricketing history), check out the head 2 head with Pakistan, you will find still some work to do. LoL and GL. Pl don't take any offense. Pakistanis also love Indian cricketers more than any other side after Pak and I thank again to Indians whove similar sentiments

  • Shani on June 19, 2009, 10:26 GMT

    Great win we r happy but still i had few questions about YK's captaincy poor calculations we lost 1 over of GUL and Fawad alam at wrong time and last over to Aamir instead of Abdul razzak who can also bowl reverse swing as well ..... Poor keeping from Akmal once again dropped AB Dev catch and gave away few runs

  • Mazeer on June 19, 2009, 10:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka never gonna let Pakistan win the world cup.Sri Lanka is the best 20/20 team in this world

  • PS on June 19, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    As a neutral it's always fascinating when Afridi comes to the crease, as he so often dances on the line between genius and madness. Superb performance yesterday though which was great to watch. To the Pakistan fans, who would you prefer to face in the final? Would it better suit you to play the weaker team in the Windies or remain underdogs to battle against probably the best team in the competition, in Sri Lanka?

  • M.Umair Yaseen on June 19, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    Watching this performance of Pakistani players, IPL is missing great talent by not including PAK players by not including them .. Inshallah Pakistan will win the world cup and give the whole nation something to cheer about.

  • Mian Gul Muhammed on June 19, 2009, 10:18 GMT

    Wasim Akram said once," every body is a very good coach in front of TV" and that's exactly what we are. Giving our judgement, ideas, tactis, what to do, what not to do. Cricket is a funny game where even one ball can change outcome of a match. Consider the pressure, a semi final, in front of 30000 suppoerts, millions on tv, how hard it is to get every thing perfect. A team like South Africa, who was planning over the last 2 yrs for this tournament, how could they go wrong? They are professional cricketsr, they know better than us. Lets not take their role into our hand, let them do their job. They know what they are doing and get paid to do. Good luck to Pakistan for Sunday and Inshallah we will win but I will still stick to my previous posts, PCB needs to run as Business enterprise, restructure the team, find talent at gross root level, coach them in academies and make Pakistani players to speak in English or with translator. Make them professionals not superstars. Good Luck

  • Ali Wahaj Khan Zai on June 19, 2009, 10:18 GMT

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD Well done Pakistan!!! Absolutely brilliant. Lets make it one more! GO PAKISTAN!INSHALLAH pakistan win

  • MKA on June 19, 2009, 10:14 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I thank 2 all Indians whove given rational comments. As 4 the irrational ones, pl remember 2 look at the bigger picture. U must not forget when Gavaskar used to open the bowling. Even ordinary clubs in cricketing nations had better opening attack. You had dead wkts & dead cricketers. You must admit that fast bowling in India and subcontinent has a lot to do with Imran Wasim and Waqar. All these master blaster batting at the top or at death must not forget Amir Sohail,Saeed Anwar Inzi Razaq & Afridi. These were the founders of this art in cricket. I fully agree that in the recent 4-5 years India has come a long way to be among the top teams. Full credit 2 them 4 that. But u must not forget that the craze & love of cricket that exists in India has also a lot to do with likes of Imran, Zaheer and Wasim. Kapil and Tendulkar were the only two who had contributed to the popularity of cricket in India in the real sense. But originally,the true contribution was from Pakistan &

  • Aziz South African on June 19, 2009, 10:09 GMT

    After yesterday's result, this would be my world 20/20 international XI. Dilshan, Kallis(c), Afridi, De Villiers,Bravo, Yuvraj, Akmal, Gul,Parnell, Malinga, Ajmal/Mendis

  • SALMAN AHMED on June 19, 2009, 10:07 GMT

    Paki were the brilliant at semi. Although there were some mistakes but overall it was great to see paki's back on track.

    Keep it up boys. Please bring this cup to homeland.

  • Ali Abid Tonky on June 19, 2009, 10:05 GMT

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !! Well done Pakistan. Afridi was brilliant and fantastic. Lets not get carried away. We have final to win and inshallah we will win it.In the final Inshallah we will do it this time and make us all proud. Being a Pakistani, I am naturally happy at this victory and am cherishing the applause showered by foes and friends over this winning team. Afridi has certainly proved himself as a fluke batter but what would you say about his bowling especially in the recent past. Hope your words would not be too bitter for yourself to swallow. And Pakistani team!!! If you are a grown up Indian, you must still be haunted in your dreams by Imran's team of 1987 and Wasim's team of 1999.And the last without Pakistan IPL incomplete.Weldone Pakistan

  • Amjad on June 19, 2009, 10:04 GMT

    @ Tahir

    I agree with you Tahir, that Indians celebrates it like they have conquered the whole world whenever they won a single game or a wicket.

    Specially I would like to narrate about the Sree Santh. The indian fast bowler and a dancer. did you ever see he don't have the respect for the senior crickter like Inzi, Ponting, Gibbs, Gayle, Hew showed the aggression like he had done something out of the world after taking any single games. This is so ridiculous.

    Please Indian what bowling is you still don't know. Look at the record of

    Great Wasim Akram Great Imran Khan Great Sarfraz Nawaz Great Waqar Younas Aqib Javed Shoaib Akhtar and Now Umer Gul

    did they ever react like sree santh???? Please reply all Indians.

    Remember the ining of Great Saeed Anwer 194. Did ever any indian is able to pass that score so far. work it buddy then talk.

  • omair@some comments on June 19, 2009, 10:01 GMT

    well!! i live in UAE.i really dont understand y do u hav 2 go wild at the teams losing or y is it difficult to accoept others winning.your attitude is more of the reactive people.this attitude won't take you or anyone anywhere.every1's a winner should be the attitude.and lets not get into records and other things.does it eva matter whether u had won or u lost the other day.NO it doesn't,coz the one whom performs well on the day wins.And being a muslim, the importance of neighbours should be understood.and i have majority of indian friends and many pakistani's too.Not because i do anything to have them as friends,just because they like the way i deal with them.on a day pakistan and india play ,i support pakistan and the day india plays against others i would always want them to win coz they are our first neighbours w/ resp. 2 Cricket.we can have fun;but lets not take down to hurting others.let's appreciate and break the barriers dat have been there since ages.Be a "change agent"

  • Vikas on June 19, 2009, 9:53 GMT

    'Hassan Fershori' I wish, if pakistan win the world cup. But, they way you are presenting stats shows that your scope is limited to India and focus on completing rather than doing national duty. I think that's your attitude to show your hatred and anti Indian(which I think is anyway taught in Pakistan academics). I think in past 8-10 years, typical Indian attitude has been changed to look at globally (thanks to economic reforms and govt policies and eductaion systems) and same reflects in the cricket field(10-15 years back Indian used to very happy defeting only pakistan but never mind defected by rest of the world). But now, generally most of the Indian can easily accept defete from Pakistan. But, would always love to win from rest of the world.That's why India-Aus series is defined as new riveraly rather than old India-pak riveraly. I think common India mentallity has been changed. Same think pakistan need to come out of current crisis. Wish, if you celebrate the Pak victory.

  • dr bhatti on June 19, 2009, 9:52 GMT

    thanks to all those who supported PAKISTAN all over the word.

  • Abdullah on June 19, 2009, 9:52 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has given me alot have heartbreak over the years but when they perform , they is no better side to watch. What happen's when Gul , Afridi , and Akmal fail. The others need to come to the party for Pakistan to win the final and Younis and Malik are undoing the work that Akmal is doing by slowing down the scoring rate . If they get it right , pakistan will be unbeatable.

  • HRehman on June 19, 2009, 9:52 GMT

    We have many 'Karan Singhs' among us pakistanis too but thankfully we have many many'Koushik Biswases'. people like Mr. Koushik Biswas are the real HOPE for the troubled humanity, Long Live 'Koushik Biswases'.

  • Armaan on June 19, 2009, 9:50 GMT

    mr karan singh your coment make me laff. Did you forget how you won the last world cup, you were in a similar stage of knockout as pakistan. As for pakistan its been so hurt badly because of BCCI ATTITUDE towrads ICL players. 16 of our national players who can easily get into trhe pak team, werent able to play. this pakistani team is a young one without the like of m asif, shoiab akthar, imran nazir, imran farhat, rana naved, azhar mahmood,. now if the indian team didnt have yuraj, zaheer khan, inshant sharma, sehwag, gambir, irfan pathan, my friend your team would get far. But the point is did lose one match it losed three in row, so wake up. plus you also got trashed in t20 by newzealand, and your t20 record was never better then pakistan, were the no 1 team, with the record. lol

  • Abdullah on June 19, 2009, 9:49 GMT

    I dont get how everyone on this forum is being so negative! Guys we just beat the best T20 team in the tournament! Thats all that matters...why pick on younis khan?? He has made the best decisions so far in the tournament which has gotten us to this point. Stop hating and appreciate this big moment in pakistan cricket! Pakistan is the only team to go to finals twice in a row! Go Pakistan!! One more time...InshaAllah!

  • Milan on June 19, 2009, 9:47 GMT

    i'm from Nepal $ a diehard pakistan fan. my exam is running but yet i watched the match till midnight. the success which came to them is what they deserve. i bet no team in the world can match Pakistan on heart beating, nail biting finish. i believe that over from Fawad Alam is a tactics from Younis. Smith also threw the ball to Dumini who get Afridi out. Who knows Afridi'd have hit him for 3 sixes and Pakistan'd have reach 170. In the semifinal against NZ in 2007 he is the one who got Mccullum out. But yesterday, Younis had many other options as well. So congratulation to Pakistan. I'm very happy but not celebrating as much. I'm waiting for that last punch from Pakistan that will make the team WORLD CHAMPION.

  • Nath on June 19, 2009, 9:47 GMT

    Great to see the team beat SA and enter into finals. I feel individual brilliance has big place in this kind of game (T20) and has proved that collective effort is not the only way to win. Hats off! Just reminded me of SA failing repeatedly on big occassions. My feel is that SA should be introspective and stop making public comments that they would like to defeat India or Indians over celebrated in 2007. Win is always win, loss is always a loss. Be humble to act in sport...otherwise you are not a sporting personality either by team or individual.

  • Abdul Majeed Malik on June 19, 2009, 9:45 GMT

    SA had made 130 on the same ground so pak score was not the par score and it was a collective effort.A direct throw from the boundry a good of kallis, a diving stop at third man all made it happen we didnt gave them twos that made the difference. Was it me or did anybody also saw 2 absolutely plumb LBW's not given by the same umpire during pakistan bowling.

  • Z Habib on June 19, 2009, 9:43 GMT

    I like the comments of Karan Singh, traditional stuburness, trying to satnd Indian team with australia in a loosing cause, all the jelousy came out...Keep biting ur nail man. You Indians thought you were the best after playing money laundering IPL...Enjoy IPL, not the world cricket..stay with Australia in a loosing cause.

  • HR on June 19, 2009, 9:42 GMT

    @Mr. Koushik Biswas: Cricket is only sport, its heartening to see it brings out the best of the human attributes, its people like you Mr. Koushik Biswas who are the real HOPE for the troubled humanity. Long Live Mr. Koushik Biswas.

  • IQBAL HAKIM on June 19, 2009, 9:38 GMT

    Great Win but a win on Sunday is required. Pakistan badly need a good opening partner with Akmal. They could use Misbah, who was the hero of the first T 20-20 world Cup. He is being wasted. Younis Khan apparently still thinks 20-20 is a fun cricket and this attitude may cost Pakistan the Cup. In Geff Boycotts words even my sister would bat better than YK in 20-20, not bowl Fawad Alam and underbowl Gul

  • zain on June 19, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    For once we can rejoice in the fact that pakistan have exceeded our expectation. Jai Ho (no pun intended for our indian bretheren)

  • Umair Huda on June 19, 2009, 9:29 GMT

    Thanks to Almighty ALLAH, This was a complete team effort, Congratulation to Pakistani nation and Pakistani team on their victory. I won't agree with Mr. Kamran Abbasi and I think Younis had a gamble by introducing Fawad Aalam and that does not paid off. Anyway a complete team performance that was and we are expecting the same in final from Pakistan. You win or lose you are ours Pakistani heros. Play and enjoy your cricket Insha'Allah we will win T20 final.

  • Adeel on June 19, 2009, 9:28 GMT

    Congrats everyone. Pakistan reminded the world that we are still the most unpredictable team and could loose to the weakest and won from the toughest. Well done. Lets not forget the mistakes Pakistan made after a win, as one learns from the mistakes. 1- Younis came to bat when we needed a hard hitting chap 2- Gul could not complete his quota 3- Field placing was not at par, at many instances during the match 4- Giving over first time in the tournament to the talented Fawad (whose career is being spoiled by playing him just to have his name in the team, but not given enough chance), when all aces had over remaining in their qoutas

    South Africa didnt make all these mistakes and still lost, and Pakistan made all these mistakes other than loosing a couple of catches and still won. This absolutely amazing.

    In the last three blogs myself and a few others have been asking to play Afridi as opener or in the top order, I believe someone heard us and the results have started to show up.

  • Hassan Fershori on June 19, 2009, 9:26 GMT

    India-Pakistan 59 test palyed 12 Won by Pakistan & 9 by India..117 Played 68 Won by Pakistan & 45 by India. Total Test by Pakistan:337 ;103 won 89 lost Total Test by India:430 ;99 won 136 lost

    Well played Pakistan....

  • Kashif Sehgal (Peshawar- Pakistan) on June 19, 2009, 9:25 GMT

    Who is the daddy...Amazing performance after being given tags of Rubbish pakistan, unpredictable Pakistan, well done Pakistan.. Very very proud of you.. Lets go one step further...

  • N Thaker on June 19, 2009, 9:25 GMT

    I am a hard core Indian supporter and today I wish to heartily congratulate the brave Pakistani team ,especially their captain Younis Khan who has marshalled his resources brilliantly and brought the best out of his team. His gentle nature and smile are so charming really which hides a steely resolve to perform for the pride in his country. I really respect his attitude a lot, a thorough gentleman, come what may.No one deserves the cup more than this team for millions of Pakistani fans who have been through such hard times in recent years.The team has a few mercurial players who are game breakers, a la Afridi, awesome performance when it really mattered. Go Pak go, only 1 more game, best wishes for Sunday final.

  • IQBAL HAKIM on June 19, 2009, 9:23 GMT

    Great Win but a win on Sunday is required. Pakistan badly need a good opening partner with Akmal. They could use Misbah, who was the hero of the first T 20-20 world Cup. He is being wasted. Younis Khan apparently still thinks 20-20 is a fun cricket and this attitude may cost Pakistan the Cup. In Geff Boycotts words even my sister would bat better than YK in 20-20, not bowl Fawad Alam and underbowl Gul

  • Hasan on June 19, 2009, 9:23 GMT

    Really appreciate comments of Aniruddha Gupta. People like karan sigh should learn from gupta. Regarding the comments going on who is a better team, well you have to admit that 4-5 years back there was no comparison b/w India & Pakistan. Pakistan was no doubt way ahead than India. But now you can say that Indian team is slightly better. But we will come back again INSHALLAH.

    Congrats to everyone on Pakistan's victory.. INSHALLAH they will win final too. Pray for them & Geo Pakistan :)

  • Asfand on June 19, 2009, 9:22 GMT

    Congrats to all pakistani fans and commiseration to the great SA team and its fans. Just one more to go and i would love to see Srilanka there, just dont want pakistanis to be complacent facing Windies. And ofcourse the best teams somehow brings the best of our players. I dont want some of our critics to call this an easy win as we should beat the two undefeated teams when it really matters. Insha Allah we will bring smiles home and ofcourse the CUP.

  • Faeek on June 19, 2009, 9:17 GMT

    I'm a South African but yesterday Pakistan made me proud for I'm a muslim 1st before anything else and reading all these bad news from Pakistan breaks my heart as a muslim. Well done Pakistan make your nation proud and make muslim brothers and sisters around the world proud

  • Ehsan Chauhdry on June 19, 2009, 9:15 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan, Congratulations Pakistan. I am Congratulating Pakistan Not only for Winning the Match in most methodlogical way along with brilliance in performance, I am congratulating them for Not giving Extras, If Byes and Leg byes can be ignored then Pakistan had given only ONE Extra, can you believe that One Extra from Pakistan and that unfortunate Extra came from Umar Gul, First Ball of his First Over in Wide. Looking on the broader picture the Margin between Pakistan's Gateway to Finals and Flight to CapeTown is 7 runs. If pakistan had given away those Extras Pakistan wont be in Final. Very Disciplined Bowling Performance, Highest Professional Attitude. Keep This Up till lights switched off at Lords on Sunday.

  • N Khan on June 19, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    Great semi-final T20 - exciting, tense and brilliance!

    Afridi is the man! He just needs to keep it up for one last game. Pressure is there but when you are discounted in this T20 World Cup, its good to prove the critics wrong.

    Team Pak deserve the world Cup they should have won in 2007!

    The last 5 overs of batting by Pak were hopeless tactically. Misbah should have come in before Razzaq. Big broad shoulder six hitter legend didnt get a sniff! well, maybe they are saving him for the final?

    Shahzaid struggled with a delivery before he got out to a insane shot next. I still think he will open in the final as Butt is too slow a scorer. Ahmed Shezad all but forgotten now. The middle order batters need to pull their socks up now.

    Afridi and Akmal have done a great demolition duty!

    Pak bowling is still superior stuff. In the last over, M Amar got one yorker wrong and turned it into a full toss that went for six, but he got the last 3 deliveries spot on

  • geeta gunjan on June 19, 2009, 9:11 GMT

    congratulations pakistan great victory by pakistani team we will pray for you pls keep this title in asia region pls dont post comments against pakistan because we have to accept the reality paskitani team is far better then our indian team

  • Bilal on June 19, 2009, 9:11 GMT

    Very well played by Pakistan. No doubt Afridi stood out but it was a team performance and hopefully they will repeat it again in finals.

    Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Musa Khan on June 19, 2009, 9:10 GMT

    Absolutly brilliantly. What a performance that was. The main thing is afridi suddently relised how to bat. Giving over in such a criticle time to fawad alam was just like to commit a sucide. And almost poor run rate in last 5 overs. They way they play for 1st 15 overs I was quite sure than can make at least 170+. Any how best luck younas eleven in lord,s. May ALLAH give Them vistory. At least we will have some reason to smile. Thanks

  • Sam Bhai on June 19, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    I think it's a little unfair that people are criticizing Younis Khan on the Fawad Alam decision. Yes, it didn't pan out, but his other gambles did: 1) Sending in Afridi at number 3 2) Giving Shoaib Malik an over (costing only 5 runs) 3) Bowling Saeed Ajmal in 2 spells 4) Bowling out Afridi early

    Yes, he made a couple of errors but he did right most of the time. And if Fawad Alam's had taken a wicket or given away less than 6 runs, Younis Khan's decision would have seemed like a masterstroke. I'm willing to accept the risks that Younis takes as long as he takes them. South Africa lost the game largely because of their regidity where Pakistan were willing to throw the planning book out the window.

  • Zak on June 19, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    I guess Umar did not get that late swing with the wind behind him in the first over, that must be the the only reason why Younus had two bowl him a over short to switch ends having brought him into the attack soo late

  • Talha on June 19, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    I will not say much. Congrats to the Pakistani nation.

    Yeh mera game hai, aur ye cup INSHALLAH yaheen aye ga

  • Viraf Khan on June 19, 2009, 9:04 GMT

    Lalit Modi - Pakistan would like to thank you for your foresight in keeping the Pakistan cricketers out of the IPL. It might have made the players & the PCB financially poorer, but by Sunday night, it could just make the nation wealthier.

  • Imran Haider on June 19, 2009, 8:53 GMT

    I think Pakistan is very lucky to win this match. very poor bating in last five overs and give 16th over to Fawad Alam and Misbah-ul-Haq didn,t bat was a blunder by Younis Khan. Well done Afridi, Ajmal and Aamer. Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik are not a T20 players but still pakistan is a very lucky to in the final.

  • Deepak on June 19, 2009, 8:51 GMT

    @Karan Singh: Come on Karan. We should now accept that our Indian team has lost and crashed heavily. Now, get up and dont be jealous. I hope that the cup will return to one of the asian cricket super powers. cheers!

  • Raja Khurram on June 19, 2009, 8:51 GMT

    I wonder if someone can forward my suggession to Younis Khan:

    The best strategy to utilize the batting potential of our team in T20 appears as follows: Send all the hitters up the order and try to get maximum runs in 1st 10 overs. We can send Ahmed Shahzaib, Akmal, Afridi, Razzak and Fawad. This will utilize the max. batting firepower. If these wickets fall, then Misbah, Younis and Malik should be good enough to see through the last 10 overs -

    The beauties of this strategy are: - Works whether batting 1st or 2nd - Max hard hitting power utilized - A safe strategy, not leaving stuff for the end - You dont wish and lament like SA that your best hitter didnt get enough chance ("Albie Morkel was padded since 11th over")

    This is similar to strategy adopted by Sri Lanka in mid-90's and it won them the WC.

    Remember - the wickets saved dont increase the team total!

  • KKNIAZI on June 19, 2009, 8:49 GMT

    GOLIATH is subdued, ART wins over SCIENCE. DARWIN evolved and HE created. The creation succeeds, The PURELAND wins and we are elated.

    Cheers, KALEEM

  • Kal Afsar on June 19, 2009, 8:49 GMT

    Reading the comments left by some readers it’s seems obvious that you people know nothing about cricket. You watch from your sofas and make judgement on players, tactics and captains.

    When in reality it’s far more difficult then people think. As a captain you go with your instinct, sometime it works other times it doesn’t. For example smith gambled on Dumminy it paid of and everybody said brilliant captaincy from Smith if he had gone for a few boundaries’s the reaction would have been the opposite.

    As for Pakistan not getting enough runs and Malik and Younis slowing run rate down that’s complete rubbish. All through this world cup teams have tried to go too hard at the end and ended up not getting anything. Scoring on that wicket was very difficult once the new ball was a few over’s old, even Afridi struggled when the new ball got a little softer. His strike rate is brilleint simply because of that one over where Botha bowled 4 half volleys’s in a raw which were brilliantly put to the sword.

    My advice to you guys trying playing the game and you will realise how difficult it is. It seems all too easy watching from home.

  • Rehan Shams on June 19, 2009, 8:48 GMT

    Well done Pakistan Team.We deserve to lift the cup now as we have come far away from blunders in the earlier part of the tournament.Alot of comments are giving stick to YK for bowling Fawad Alam.I think what you guys are not realising is that Younus Khan is very intelligent.It was a crucial time of the innings and Gul had to be bowled.The ball needed more roughing up.So he probably took two views on this:Hey lets roughen the ball up so why not use a rookie and let them go after him.Ok so if they score of him, it may be in fours or sixes.Very unlikely that they would have suceeded every ball.At the same time he could sneak in with a wicket or two.So it was beneficial to test Fawad Alam for Gul's swinging purposes in the next overs, which he did brilliantly.I think the tactics worked very well. Yes Fawad should not have gone for as many as 15 runs,but then again Younus wanted spectators to be on the edge of our seats.I certainly was!GOOD THINKING PATHAN. PAKISTAN YOU BEAUTIES!!!!!

  • Shoaib Haroon on June 19, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    Congrats and hats off to pakistan. Finally Younis listened to Afridi and sent him up the order. Technically Afridi likes to go hard at the ball and if sent in the Power Play overs, hes likely to score since even mishits from him will land in safe areas. Secondly GUL. What a bowler and what great control. I salute you. However Younis Misbah and Malik now need to get it going and score more than a run a ball for once. As to the remarks of some people who think the win was a fluke, I dont quite agree as the entire game was well thought out (except for the Alam blunder) planned and played by Pakistan. As regards to India and its performance, I couldnt find any excuse for 3 straight loses in the S'8 round with some of the best T20 batsmen in their side. Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Raina etc failed to perform. Fatigue or not, you cant always depend on Yousuf pathan and Yuvi to bail you out. Yes Pakistan hasnt been brilliant in the past 5 yrs but today is ours and we are proud of it.

  • Steve Grzesiak on June 19, 2009, 8:40 GMT

    Well, so much for Jeremy Snape's hurried assertion that South Africa are 'chokers no more'. The fact is that the last few months have been a massive wake-up call for a team that were so quick to believe their own hype that they forgot to consolidate their away series win in Australia and took Pakistan far too lightly, it seems.

    The fact is now that they have a massive psychological barrier to overcome that becomes all the larger with each major tournament and series disappointment they produce. Looks like Snape has a huge job on his hands.

    As for Pakistan, I'm pleased for them. After what their country has been through over the last year, and the rather blinkered suggestions made by Daniel Vettori, they really deserved this. They are difficult to like at times, as a neutral, with their constant in-fighting and disciplinary issues. But this was more like the Spirit Of 1992. However, surely there must be Pakistan fans out there wondering why they aren't like this more often.

  • waj on June 19, 2009, 8:30 GMT

    Pakistan showed great spirit and have again proved that they are a force to be reakoned with. They have shown great character and inshallah will go all the way!

  • Afghan Tiger on June 19, 2009, 8:30 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistani team and all the pakistani people. I am Afghan and since we don't have a cricket team i truly support pakistan. I think they did a great job today. they were sharp,brave and eager to win. Keep it up

  • Awais on June 19, 2009, 8:26 GMT

    Guys there is nothing wrong with Younis giving Fawad an over because Fawad is an allrounder and knows the art of spin bowling. This move could have come off. The only thing that goes against him was that he missed on Gul'e 1 over in the process. Had he given the ball to Fawad in place of Malik or even Aamer it would not have been a tactically wrong decision. So pleases criticize but criticize with logic.

  • Sujay on June 19, 2009, 8:22 GMT

    Terrific semi-final! I always thought if Pakistan get to 150, with their bowling, it would be tough for SA. The moment Smith got out, I thought SA were in trouble. And once Afridi had Gibbs and DeVilliers (one of the world's best batsman, in my book) I knew SA were in a huge hole! Pity for them. But I believe the C word is misplaced this time...they were just outplayed on the day.

    Looking like 1992 all over again! So hopefully, the Cup will remain in the Asian subcontinent!

  • Rehan Zia on June 19, 2009, 8:19 GMT

    I think one thing that has been overlooked is Akmal's pitiful performance with the gloves. He really should take more lessons from Rashid Latif.

  • Kunal Talgeri on June 19, 2009, 8:18 GMT

    On Thursday, Afridi was God... a truly awesome presence on the cricket field!

  • Zainab Khan Australia on June 19, 2009, 8:18 GMT

    @Karan: It's okay there is no need to defend yourself or India.. Just because they're out of the tournament doesn't mean they're forgotten! if anything they're remembered for the reason that most of the Indian players had so much practice with playing IPL just before t20 world cup :P so where did they go wrong then hey? All in all, India is def a strong team, and when they play good cricket they're great!.. Tough luck at T20 world cup however..No need to get emotional and say Paki team fluked their way to the finals.., this time it was Pakistan's turn and we have all the right in the world to celebrate! I also saw a lot of Indian supporters cheering for Pakistan yesterday in the crowd. This is just an example of when good cricket is being played the team has a right to be appreciated and so they were yesterday! Keep your cool guys.. Sab Chalta hai :P Pakistan Zindabad!

  • AQ on June 19, 2009, 8:17 GMT

    What a mercurial performance by Paki boys, from the captain to everyone was hungry to win, great spirit !!!. Pakistan could have won this match convincingly if few big mistakes under pressure was not made. More over SAF didnt choke this time, they played well but Pakistan played out of the skins. Overall Pakistan outplayed the favorites of this title. Inshallah we will see the same performance in Final as well.

    Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Rizwan Asghar on June 19, 2009, 8:12 GMT

    Karan Singh, I feel very sorry that your team "Team India" could not advance to knock-out stage. Now please stop criticising the team, which has qualified for the Final. Your comments are just baseless and show your frustration.

  • Rizwan Ramzan on June 19, 2009, 8:09 GMT

    Firstly, all praises are for Almighty Allah you granted his help in granting Pakistan victory over SA. It truly was a brialliant match. Victory/defeat is part of the game however it was so good to see Pakistan playing aggressively and with intent and passion,their brand of cricket that they were known for previously which made them the most feared oppenents through out the cricketing world. We all pray that inshallah in the final they play with the same intensity and passion, the rest is in the hands of the Almighty, there is no power and no strength except by Allah leave. salam to all.

  • mansoor elahi on June 19, 2009, 8:09 GMT

    Pakistan's reply to the terrorist who attacked Sri Lanka's team!! We wld not be daunted by you.

    Pakistan's reply to the World, who want to make them pariah's of cricket. Without our unpredictable brilliance the world of cricket wl b poorer!!

    And Pakistan team's reply to its fans!! Though we break yr heart sometimes, still no teams gives it's supporters as much joy and heartbreak as we do.

    Now, win the Cup, every citizen in Pakistan needs thier spirits to be lifted. You all know we are down, BUT NOT, OUT!!!

  • Sachin_Diehard on June 19, 2009, 8:07 GMT

    Many congrats to Pakistan team, and fans! Terrific performance to outplay mighty SA! Best wishes for the finals!

    PS: Guys, Pakistan cricketers individually, as well as your team, have a large number of admirers in India too (I remain a fan of the 2 Great Ws). On political issues, we may have different views, but in cricket there is no denying Pakistan's great natural talent. So do try to take the high road now...you don't have to abuse Indian cricketers to praise your team, do you? (Or what's the difference between you and @Karan Singh?)

  • Gulab on June 19, 2009, 8:05 GMT

    Salam Thanks to Allah and many many congrats to whole Pakistani nation. Yes the credit goes to Afridi for his sensible game. I am also not in favour of Younis decision to bring Fawad Alam in such important game for the first time as bowler. May be he was thinking at that time as Afridi did well so may be a leg spinner will be successful against SA. I am also against his decision to reduce the overs of Umar Gul who is they backbone of our bowling. I hope Younis will have also realised it. But also we should be thankful to Yunis, Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal due to them we are in Final. Please pray for the final and give full support to our team. We will win this tournament InshaUllah. If some one beat SA than there is no reason that it will not beat every other in the world. Thanks

  • Pranav on June 19, 2009, 8:05 GMT

    To my smallminded countrymen/women -- Karan Singh and Sheetal Gunjal: Bemoan India's loss if you will, as Indian fans, but don't grudge the Pakistanis their moment of celebration. I'm glad there are more messages of support from Indian fans here than there are from people like you. India will be great because of what India achieves, not because of what Pakistan doesn't achieve. And the applies to Pakistan too. Stop this petty-mindedness. I will be hoping Sri Lanka wins the tournament though (apologies to fans here), for the simple reason that their players have gone through a lot in the last few months.

  • T-bone on June 19, 2009, 8:02 GMT

    The decision to introduce Umar Gul in the 14th over was right on the spot. It was late enough for him to generate significant reverse swing and would have enabled Gul to bowl the last over. This is key. He was going to bowl the last over. What happened, and why Gul was not able to bowl his full allotment, is that he wasn't getting reverse swing from the end he was bowling from. The change of ends cost him an over - not, as many are saying, a miscalculation on Younis Khan's part. One person here commented that Gul be brought in the 13th over for just such an eventuality and that's a fair point. That Younis didn't should not be used to criticize his leadership but should serve to highlight the spectrum of nuanced decisions facing a captain and how the pressures of a situation can induce a less than optimum decision.

    Having said all that, nothing excuses the Fawad Alam decision. Had we lost, heads wouldn't have just rolled, they would have fairly hopped.

  • Rahat Baloch on June 19, 2009, 8:00 GMT

    Hi kamran, I don't really understand the mentality of our nation. We won the game and now they all are criticising YK's decision to bowl Fawad Alam. All the great captains go with their instincts sometimes it pays off some times not. Remember Dhoni let Jogindar Sharma to bowl last over 2007 20/20 WC. Remember Imran khan gamble of playing with two leg spinners in 92 WC semifinal. Sending Afridi to NO#3 of was also YK’s decision and I know that if Afridi would have got out cheaply we would be running for YK’s head.

    I watched the whole match and after 10th innings of SA I became confident that we are going to win this match. Well done pakistan.

  • Tariq Hussain on June 19, 2009, 8:00 GMT

    Hi All, my heart was in my mouth for most of the game, a feeling that i have not felt for a while with pakistan cricket. I felt proud of the boys, the boys play very well (as inzi used to put it).

  • Salih on June 19, 2009, 7:54 GMT

    Agree with Aziz from South Africa, i think Smith eleven should not be labeled at least this time as Chokers as mentioned by Smith as well they have lost against a better side. A side which was short of practice and right combination. Lets hope for a better show from green shirt in the final. Best wishes to Younus and his mate, their countrymen really need some movement of joy.

  • Mehr on June 19, 2009, 7:54 GMT

    Dear Indian Friends Thanks. My friends as some of our Indian friends have already criticized Mr. Karan Singh, we should close this chaptre. I hope that more people will think positively. I believe India is a good team but they couldn't perform well in this tournament. Alhamdolillah Apksiatn is performing well. Best of luck team Pakistan.

  • Siddharth on June 19, 2009, 7:54 GMT

    Well said Kamran...Afridi does indeed epitomize Pakistan's frustration-to-magic trait!

    Congrats to Pakistan fans! And good luck for the finals! (I think now Pakistan will be seen as the favourites)

    And Btw, maybe it'll surprise you, but many Indians are cheering Pakistan's team too!

  • Dr Asaad on June 19, 2009, 7:49 GMT

    It was a great victory by pakistan who played to their potential. If our openers do well than we should do well in the final also. Afridi should come as no 3 and Fawad Alam should come at no 4. with Pakistan it is a mind game and if our players can generate confidence for themselves than nothing can stop them from winning.

  • rizwan on June 19, 2009, 7:48 GMT

    Weldon Afridi.

    His general style of batting is very aggressive and attack oriented and has earned him the nickname "Boom Boom Afridi" for his fastest One Day International century just in 37 balls.

  • A Pakistani on June 19, 2009, 7:48 GMT

    I sat there in front of the TV for 3+ hours without blinking my eyes. My heart pumped at different beats after every ball. I jumped, cried and shouted on every four that was hit by Pak and every wicket that was taken by Pak. Its been long since I have had such a feeling for a Pak team's cricket match. Amazing match, amazing win and amazing feeling. I am sure same feelings were replicated by every Pakistani in the world.

    Great job Team Pakistan, keep the spirits up and bring the Cup. Do it for your-self, do it for cricket in Pakistan and most importantly do it for 160+ million people of Pakistan who are desperate to hear some good news related to Pakistan.

    Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Akshay on June 19, 2009, 7:48 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Awesome stuff by Afridi! But Gul was great too, and Ajmal and Aamir contributed well too. Bad luck for SA again...best team till the semis, but then running into a hot Pakistan bowling outfit, and Afridi's 'kiss of death!'

    One has to feel bad for the unfortunate Proteas fans...but I'm pretty sure SA are destined to win a World Cup sometime. Their current team is very talented and has achieved things that older SA teams couldn't (beating Aus in Aus). Their time has to come in a WC too.

    Good luck to Pakistan on Sunday! (PS: I believe the team that wins the toss will bat first...and win.)

  • Adeel on June 19, 2009, 7:41 GMT

    IK once said that cricket can be used to bring Pakistan and India closer. At that time I thought, too wishful thinking. However, it doesn't seem a wishful thinking as such.

    Many Indians in this forum regretted Karan Singh comments. Mumbai incident is not far, yet they are able to lift themselves up beyond it.

    Yes, cricket can bring these nations closer for a peaceful existence. However, there will always be some voices on both sides like Karan giving it a bad taste. Thanks to the Indians who showed maturity.

    Lastly, Afridi was the leading fugure but don't forget Gul, Ajmal and other team-mates efforts.

  • Hammad on June 19, 2009, 7:40 GMT

    Congratulation to Pakistan and all Pakistani's around the world. It was a great win last night and Pakistan play wonderful cricket to out class South Africa.The only reason i understand why Younis Khan give Fawad Alam one over is because he has been criticised of not using Fawad Alam bowling. Any ways if ends well everything is well. Good Luck Pakistan for the final.... Pakistan Zindabad.

  • FAISAL ZAHEER on June 19, 2009, 7:34 GMT

    Well Done PAKISTAN Younus Bhai kindly make your game plan before going into the field after 10 overs you get time to make your strategy so you should know which bowler will bowl and when and who is good in the lat 5 overs try to consult with misbah too as he is your assistant dont' be a dictator also why you are FAWAD ALAM as an opener this guy has scored tons of runs in T20s I hope he will perform bettr then Salman Butt also he know the art of staying on the wicket SHAHZAIB is doing well too. FAISAL ZAHEER NIGERIA ESCRVOS OFFSHORE OIL FIELD

  • MARLO on June 19, 2009, 7:32 GMT

    Well played Kamran Abbasi......... I see Kamran in AFRIDI, because Kamrans blogs are as much entertaining as is afridi's batting and bowling. THANKS TO ALL THOSE INDIANS WHO SUPPORTED PAKISTAN.

  • Armaan on June 19, 2009, 7:31 GMT

    Great win, Well done pakistan, plz do it in one more game plz....

    Almost all thing is going well for pakistan except last five over while they are batting. Yesterday is third time when they cannot able to consolidate in slog over. Really I can't belive they are score only 29 run in last five over with 6 wicket in hand, that is a problem area for pakistan in this tournament. Plz YK and Co. plz think about it and execute it in final.

    This time you have to win this t20 championship for your fans which waiting for this movement from long long time.

    best for luck.

  • irfan on June 19, 2009, 7:28 GMT

    Well done Green Force...Your one more win will give smiles to millions of people back home especially the IDP's and Pak Army Soldiers fighting for the sake of world peace.

    Don't repeat the mistakes in the next match please. We could have easily slipped away by Fadi's over yesterday.

  • Faisal on June 19, 2009, 7:23 GMT

    Enough with the congrates to the team and the nation. But the reality is CUP will make us more happier than this victory. we should come up with the better planning for the final. Younis did great job by introducing Afridi at No.3 but belive me guys when i saw Shoaib malik slow performance 39 off 35 ...... no man this is not t20 performance .... Younis just do a great favour to our nation ..... give Fawad alam a chance to come at No.4 he is a hard hitter I saw his batting on t20 pakistan he is much better hitter than Misbha, A shehzad , Shoib malik , Salman Butt and even you . anyways you are waisting him in the lower order . and you guys are waisting bowls in the middle order . its better you guys go down a little to support the any unpridictable situation and give this young gentleman a chance to show his better hitting . I saw his six against srilanka last year here in toronto he is a match winner hitter. with this sratergy you have nothing to loos but he will get better results in

  • Aniruddha Gupta on June 19, 2009, 7:22 GMT

    @Karan: This is Pakistan's day of glory and they should enjoy.. and why not.. they deserve it. As a fellow Indian I dont see what you are trying to prove here...when India wins it is everything but fluke and when Pakistan wins its fluke? I hope Pakistan shows the world that it is quality that matters and not quantitiy (IPL etc). And Karan: I wouldnt have posted here but for your comment... there is a time and place for everything.

  • Owais Faiz on June 19, 2009, 7:21 GMT

    Afridi - No doubt was the difference yesterday against South Africa. Botha was the main spinner for SA in whole tournament and it was Afridi who took 18 runs from his over and Smith lost his confidence on Botha. Afridi first shattered SA bowling plans by his aggressive batting and then the way he bowled 4 overs for 16 runs and 2 precious wickets. We all know how destructive Gibbs can be and AB Devilliers is in form of his life. I guess Yonus made few mistakes aswell the over which he has fiven to Fawad cost us 15runs, secondly he should have bowled out all Umer Guls 4 over as he is our main bowler. There is no point that one over was left by Umer Gul. I hope they will not repeat same mistakes in final and inshAllah we goona WIN!!!

  • jawad jahangir on June 19, 2009, 7:19 GMT

    i wonder why my posts are not being shown?it wasnt offensive at all or irrelevant from anywhere? what the hells wrong wiht u ?

  • Noman on June 19, 2009, 7:16 GMT

    Younis Khan has scored close to 200 runs in this tournament at a strike rate of 140 - only three short of Afridi's and several points ahead of Kamran Akmal.

    So instead of making general comments like "Pakistan's run-rate drops when YK comes to crease", we should give credit to Steyn and Parnell who bowled brilliantly in the final overs.

    By the way YK's strike rate, even today, was 133.

  • dani on June 19, 2009, 7:15 GMT

    great show younis n co especially mr afridi this inning was due....good to see them playing as a team....few days back there wr talks that mayb this is the end of cricket in pakistan but what a come back from team pakistan....INSHALLAH we will win the final....PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

  • Mark Jhon on June 19, 2009, 7:14 GMT

    Congrajution pakistan team....... @ Karan Sing. Kinldy try to learn good ethics..... always try to appriciate good team.

    Indain team didnt perform well, they can perform only in their home.... india try to destroy pakistan cricket, they stop pak players to particiapte in IPL, and not invited to pak team in 20/20 championship league. You can only jealous. pak play very well and deserve to win final. Pak has rich history in cricket so how you can say they are golly player..shame on your thinking. Your media present your playes in big picture, they are not supper star they are ordinary player... see to pak,they didnt play cricket sice last year,but how brillant they are performing..try to learn cricket from pak.

  • Sheethal Gunjal on June 19, 2009, 7:13 GMT

    I really don't think that Pak has won any series outside pak (excludign Bangladesh) in the last 4 yrs. Pak record against Aus in last 10 yrs is pathetic to say the least.I think they have lost all the 10 test matches against Aus(Including home matches also).

    @kamran Really suprised to see ur comments on Pak win. In ur earlier blog, u mentioned u never like T20 matches. Now, all of a sudden u started liking T20 matches!! b'coz pak has reached finals.

  • Muzammil Mohsin on June 19, 2009, 7:13 GMT

    Yeah! u r so right Kamran Bhai in saying that "Nobody swings more sharply between frustration and magic than Afridi. He epitomises Pakistan cricket" So true. Just few days back v all were abusing this team. But they have now showed the passion and attitude which makes us so proud. Wishing best of luck to Pakistan. Insha'Allah we will win the world cup. Just keep showing the same attitude and spirit and we'll keep winning more than losing coz we have the talent. JUST BELIEVE IN URSELF Go for glory BOYS IN GREEN. Our prayers are with you. JIYE PAKISTAN!

  • Faheem on June 19, 2009, 7:13 GMT

    I have got nothing to say, except these two words, "Pakistan Zindabad"

  • Sheethal Gunjal on June 19, 2009, 7:12 GMT

    I am INDIAN. I think Pak will win the world cup may be DESTINY too (Probably deserved to win due to starvation of cricket & things that happened in pakistan) . Some of the comments doen't make any sense. INDIA has not lost any SERIES until T 20 worldcup 2009 in the last 2 years. At present INDIA, SA & AUS are really strong teams. IF Pak has to challenge INDIA, then beat AUS in AUS(2001(Test Series1-1), 2008(VB Series), 2008 in India(2-0)), WI in WI (Test series1-0 in 2006. Should have been 3-0, but for rain on on 4th day when WI were followed On & In one test match INDIAN's were unable to take last wicket) ENG in ENG(1-0 in 2007)),SRI in SRI(2008 & 2009 ODI series), NZ in NZ (2009)(Both Test & ODI) and TOP of that INDIA has won T20 World Cup in 2007 ( Not a big deal since T20 is more of a lottery). Based on above Cricinfo facts, Pak is nowhere near to IND team. I really don't think that Pak has won any series outside pak (excluding Bangladesh) in the last 4-5 yrs.

  • khurram humayun on June 19, 2009, 7:11 GMT

    Mashalla stupendous performance by our cricketers may god help our nation in all aspects of life and give our country many more glories to celebrate ameen and inshallah. I loved the way afridi responded in one word INSHALLAH when naseer hussain asked if pak can win the final, our faith in allah like this can solve all our problems and we as a muslim should remember allah in all situation. Now guys lets see which team we meet in the final, whoever it is pak should not be complaicent

  • SA fan on June 19, 2009, 7:11 GMT

    congratulations pakistan! i'm backing you now that SA is out. pakistan cricket needs this, and it would be wonderful for world cricket to have them win given the troubles back home. good luck pakistan! take the title!

  • Abdallah Kaluma on June 19, 2009, 7:07 GMT

    Its true Afridi was on song and unstoppable that his heroics brought the mighty South Africans down back to earth into submission. Truly Pakistan needs to win this World cup for the 150+ millions. But that shouldn’t stop the management of the team from planning how to tame their would be opponents in the final. Runs dried up where it mattered most and in the last 5 overs when a total of 170 was in sight, and where big hitting was needed, a mere 29 runs were produced. Yunus should elevate Misbah who is a clean hitter of the ball than he is, and unless Misbah is brought up in the middle & of course before Younus himself, Pakistan’s totals will float around the 150s. Misbah can work out the 2 & 3s to perfection, and often has an eye on the bad ball to be hit for either a 4 or 6. I believe that Younus will do what he thinks is best for the team but Misbah should be given a chance up in the order as was the case in the last Twenty20 World cup for the rest of the batsmen to rally around him.

  • saadia on June 19, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    however hard they may try to isolate pakistan, the fact is world cricket is incomplete without pakistan....we are back with a bang

  • Aziz South African on June 19, 2009, 6:59 GMT

    Blow a kiss for Karan Singh... his posting doesn't merit a response. Pakistan were brilliant. They played as a team, and were not intimidated. Having played club cricket, I know how intimidating South Africans can be. You have to be smarter, and PAKISTAN played smart cricket. That was evident.

  • Murtaza Moiz on June 19, 2009, 6:59 GMT

    Guys! Don't give a damn to this good for nothing Karan Singh, he just wants some cheap publicity and it doesn't represent the Indian view as a whole.

  • khalid on June 19, 2009, 6:58 GMT

    not surprized though but its such a shame that our mentality has set to be so negative ,,, i mean pakistani mentality that in such an excellent allround performance from the whole pakistani team, we still pin point those couple of mistakes made by younis, why cant we see the brilliance of the man i think he is the best captain after imran khan and you can tell that by his confidence in the field i really congratulate him and the whole team for their performance it was absolutely brilliant.

  • Murtaza Moiz on June 19, 2009, 6:57 GMT

    Mr. Koushik Biswas: We know that mate, we know such elements do present every where, and like South Asians we also support the Asian neighbors too if there was any early exit to our team.

  • Waqar on June 19, 2009, 6:57 GMT

    Pakistan were impressive, although a few details need to be sorted out, like batting order and bowling order. I can see the reasoning behind Fawad Alam which is JP Duminy was not very comfortable against spin (and has not been throughout the tournament) and if Fawad could get half the kind of leg spin Afridi got, he would have been a master stroke. Unfortunately for Younis, Fawad could not deliver.

  • Aamir Qayyum on June 19, 2009, 6:56 GMT

    great win for pakistan but some poor decisions by younis khan 1)Misbah ulhaq was not on his number. 2)Fawad Alam:i think no need to play with fawad alam we should try one big hitter in place of fawaad because we have good bowling attack already any wayz good victory Pakistan Zindabad

  • Fahad Ahmed on June 19, 2009, 6:52 GMT

    An tenacious win with phenomenal effect.Both for the team and the Nation which has been deprived of the quality cricket.The madness has over power the professionals.The major difference when both the teams took field was the confident body language of Pakistan player.A big, big game, rated as under dogs coming into the game ,Pakistan showed their exuberance and the nerves to handle pressure when it matters the most.A characteristic of their very own.Now we need to hang on to dis epic display of team work as the job is only half done.Yes,Pakistan emerged as the true Champions deserving to get hold of the trophy for a handful of reasons. The situation back home, security threats that has virtually isolated them from rest of the cricketing world, and the dejected people who are indeed long awaiting for some cherished news.Inshallah we'll show that we are not ordinary people but a team having character, determination and courage worthy of Lifting the CUP.Good Luck Pakistan

  • dr kamran on June 19, 2009, 6:49 GMT

    Kiss of the day Afridi is also a player capable of rubbing the opposition up the wrong way. He is a confident character and isn't afraid of have the odd cheeky moment. After pulling Jacques Kallis for the second of two boundaries in three balls, Afridi blew the bowler a little kiss. Kallis was far from impressed and in his next over cranked up the pace. It may have been a kiss from Afridi, but there was certainly no love lost.

  • Asif Ali - Karachi on June 19, 2009, 6:49 GMT

    certainly its look like in this t20 world cup that this game is not only for batsmen, if you are a very good bowling pace and spin side you will be better than any other team like Pakistan (AFRIDI with slow & Fast spinning variations, AJMAL with his quality DOOSRA and sensational UMAR GUL with his perfect YOURKERS), South African although they loose semi final from Pakistan but they have metch winner bowlers like VAN DER MERWE, BOTHA, STYEN and parnel... and how can i forget SRI LANKAN bowlers (The Magician MURLITHARAN, MENDIS and Malinga... and this was the reason of the early exit of AUSTRALIA and INDIA they are the very best batting side specially INDIA. Australia dont have spinning attack to drop run rate after 6 to 15 over and India dont have best pace attack to stop runs in death over....

  • Murtaza Moiz on June 19, 2009, 6:49 GMT

    To Karan Singh:

    If your team was so capable so why it didn't qualify for the semis this time round, well Pakistan did played the finals last time and still this time they did too, so whose the consistent one, its just an mere excuse that India and Australia pave way for the teams like Pakistan and the West Indies. Aussies were beaten comprehensively from West Indies and the Lankans, you can't take that advantage from them, plus I think your team being the top seed team wasn't even deserved to be in the S8s as the teams you did play were the Irish and Bangladeshis. And if your team were so capable so why they weren't able to beat England, South Africa and the Windies, if your team was so capable it must have atleast defended its title, like Aussies have done for years for now. No offense but I must pity on your lame thinking

  • Awais Munawar on June 19, 2009, 6:45 GMT

    Loved Gul's spell and Afridi's performance..both with the bat and bowl..and the "kiss" was priceless" lolzzz

  • Ali on June 19, 2009, 6:43 GMT

    For Pakistan luck always matters. However everyone forgets that everytime Pakistan tries hard, luck is always on its side. Since Pak is trying hard now and nation is praying luck is on our side. INSHALLAH Pakistan will win the final. About Karan's remarks, it doesn't worth anything as it is coming out of an insane and a childish brian. Bet with me, you continue this approach and you keep loosing not only in cricket but in your practical life too.

  • PakiFan on June 19, 2009, 6:41 GMT

    I think the media has ignored, to some extent, the elements of team-effort and consistency exhibited by this Pakistani team over the last three games. No doubt Shahid Afridi was a stand-out, but the fact that Umer Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Kamran Akmal and young Muhammad Amir have carried their good works more or less perfectly into this, pressure cooker of a game, and that Shoaib Malik stepped up his game when it mattered most, has contributed just as much to the Pakistani victory. Not to mention a decent fielding effort (Fawad is great there) over the last three games with only a few blemishes here and there. And of course, there were no No-balls today!

  • usman khan on June 19, 2009, 6:39 GMT

    hey what is everyone talking about?? yes we haven't played a lot of cricket in the recent past... and yes we haven't even played ipl to get us geared up for this event like other teams... we have lost so many good players due to icl... i mean come on umar gul combined with the yorker bowling rana naveed would be awesome and not to forget the super hard hitting imran nazir(who is the best hooker of the cricket ball in this asian continent) up front with kamran akmal... that would be great....

    but my point is that we have been good in t20 since the start... we are at the top of icc t20 rankings... we are better equiped for t20 than anyother team... indian were lucky the year before the last one... we are the best t20 side even if we are depleted...

  • Avinash on June 19, 2009, 6:39 GMT

    Normally, I wouldn't post here because it just deteriorates into a Ind vs Pak forum. I can go to rediff for that, right?

    Nevertheless, all you folks climbing on Karan Singh need to take it easy. Also you need to just go back to some of Kamran's last two posts to see Pak fans commenting on how India's win was a fluke. All I gotta say is you are willing to dish it out, but not take it. Thats not correct, is it?

    Fluke or otherwise, India has a T20 WC win. Pak is welcome to win it this time because next time onwards obviously Oz will win and keep winning. Like the 50 over WC which India and Pak have won once each and end up getting soundly thrashed in recent years.

    I was happy to see SA lose yest though, they make the game so mechanical and dull.

  • IMAAD UD DIN on June 19, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    Last night's performance of brilliant Pakistan team just reminded me of ravi Shastri's comment "You cannot keep Pakistan offbooks or ignore them no matter what they will let u feel their presence" and they have done it so!. Despite indian lobbying to keep Pakistan out of international cricket, voting against Pakistan for world cup hosting even in UAE, not letting them play in IPL and last but not the least posing a lame excuse to drop Pakistan for T20 Champion's league, Pakistan came out promisingly and declared to the world that its impossible to ignore Pakistan. On the other hand where Indians were too confident due to their extensive match practice of T20 ahead of world cup, ended up blaming IPL to be the cause of their misery. Tough luck indians ... but the fact is "Yeh Cup to Chala Gaya"

  • dr kamran on June 19, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    ohh what a performance by pakis player amazing the good thing was that they had a self confindence and belief in them that they can send south africa home,on good ininning from any one player and pakistan would be through to the finals.all praises to pakistan players for putting up a good show. and plz all u indian people refrain from making any comment about paki player it was our maistake to gave u trophy otherwise u dont deserve that and now this a chance to take that back.i think u should have a go and organize a low standard another IPL thrice in a year or perhaps u should ended up playing only IPL.

  • Cricket fan on June 19, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan! Pak has always been my second favorite team for their exciting brand of cricket. Tit-for-Tat attitude shown by fans from both India and Pakistan is ridiculous. Pak clearly has a better record over India. But let us not berate each others' teams. Pak had a better team than India throughout the 80s and much of the 90s. Any neutral cricket fan would agree that India definitely is a better team than Pakistan at present. Unfortunately, we do not get as many Ind-Pak matches as we had in the 80s. BCCI is a greedy board and most of us Indians have no respect for this institution. But blaming BCCI/IPL for Pak's isolation is as absurd as giving credit to them for Pakistan's current successful run. Every cricket fan would like to see a healthy pakistan team. They have consistently produced unorthodox talent than any other cricketing nation and I hope they play with the same hunger in the finals and lift the title. Good luck.

  • Aftab Ahmed on June 19, 2009, 6:35 GMT

    As mentioned somewhere in todays comments by your editors, Afridi epitomises the maverick and chameleon like nature of Pakistani cricker.The most unpredictable of all teams, one day sublime and on another day pathetic. Lets cheer them for their efforts in semi-finals where they cheered a depressed nation and made us proud. Afridi was outstanding but all eleven in one way or other contributed to this heart warming win..jeevey Pakistan

  • dino on June 19, 2009, 6:33 GMT

    I'm just very very happy :) for Pakistan and Pakistani fans.

    Godspeed!!! in finals

  • Yasir Thanvi on June 19, 2009, 6:28 GMT

    This was surely one of the best performances by Pakistani Team after a long time. The moment Kamran Akmal hit 2 boundaries in the 1st over it was evident that this format is not just fun for Pakistan. The hereoics came from the man as unpredictable as his team Boom Boom Afridi... He played one of the finest innings he has for a long time now, well supported by Malik. Although they were 20 runs short atleast but the bowling was magical. Afridi yet again was bowling as if he is going to take a wicket every ball. Umer Gul's lethal consistent unplayable yorkers..... the catch of Jaques Kallis in the deep by Malik when he was looking dangerous.. Overall a brilliant performance by MEN IN GREEN. Just One more to go and if they perform the way they did in semis than they will be INVINCIBLE..!!!

  • Zuhair Abbasi on June 19, 2009, 6:26 GMT

    Let us also praise our batsmen for acheiving the target of 150. I was very confident that Pakistan bowlers are good enough to defend 150 and that is what they did. Afridi and Ajmal were superb. But let's not forget Umer Gul's contribution. He was at his very best. he probably bowled his best spell of the tournament without taking a wicket. Go Pakistan - face the WINDIES and crush them!!!

  • Murtaza Moiz on June 19, 2009, 6:25 GMT

    Like all other Pakistani fans I also want the winning T20 trophy be exhibited on the streets of Karachi Lahore...

  • Binod Gautam on June 19, 2009, 6:23 GMT

    being nepalese citizen i m proud to be a die hard fan of Pakistani cricket.This is the big win for pakistan and great day for fan like me.Afridi keep it up and make more beautiful sunday.All the best for all the players.Just onestep ahed the trophy is waiting for you.My all wishes for sundays final.

  • junaid on June 19, 2009, 6:22 GMT

    aggression shown by pakistan from the word go was superb started from kamran and lifted by afridis'kiss treat 2 watch that realy set the tone the way thy played was treat 2 watch n bowling was superb espically by gul realy u cnt c a a bowler bowling six yorkers on row excellent he s bowling like a machine evn the greats of wasim n waqar would nt hv bowled like he did it was treat 2 wtch rest no 1 cn dare 2 face pakistan nw bcoz all atitude has changed ths s all what s pakistan s best at real entertains of cricket badsaahs

  • ARIF YAZDANI on June 19, 2009, 6:21 GMT

    Watching this match was like watching Mohammad Ali and Joe Frazier throwing punches and counter punches at each other in the World Heavy Weight Championship fight. Both teams fought like true champions and gave everything they had to make this contest memorable and classic to the Cricket fans everywhere. Winning or loosing is a part of the game, but how we get their, can make the game boring or worth watching, and can make the teams proud of themselves even if they did not win. Today's game had all the elements that makes the game of Twent20 very popular. In the end I thank, on behalf of all Cricket fans, both the teams for producing this intense, exciting, and high quality Cricket. I hope that the Final will turn out as exciting.

  • Vishy on June 19, 2009, 6:20 GMT

    It was Afridi's day. South Africa played well but the Afridi magic put paid to their hopes. Younis Khan made all the right moves - bringing on Afridi to bat at No.3, bringing on Abdul Razzaq to bat when 5 overs were left (unfortunately Razzaq didn't shine with the bat) and using the right bowlers and bringing in Umar Gul to bowl the 14th over. The first puzzling decision he made was bringing on Fawad Alam to bowl the next over and it went for plenty. Another puzzling decision was not utilizing Umar Gul's full quota of overs. How can you miss out on that? Luckily they didn't cost Pakistan the match. I guess he will learn from it. Pakistan's fielding is still worrying and they should manage to hold to their catches. The bowling is awesome! What can one say about Gul - how he bowls yorkers at will! A fascinating final looms ahead on Sunday!

  • Sanjeev on June 19, 2009, 6:20 GMT

    Am an Indian and well Pakistan played brilliantly, Afridi is a good all rounder and the way they played they are favorites going into the final no matter whom tehy face WI or SL.

    @Amjad get your facts right, you wrote india only performed at home well you dont seem to follow cricket, India has defeated Pakistan in all world cup matches, India won 2007 wc India won in Perth johannesburg India have won series in England NZ and WI, india defeated Aus and SA in India besides India won series against SA in a 3odi series in England and India won triangular seris in Aus (2008) so get your facts right dude and what you wrote again (Their Best Batsman in the history is just keep making centuries against low profile teams) he has centuries against all countries in all forms of conditions so dont jump into any conclusion

    all the best Pakistan

  • Buoyant on June 19, 2009, 6:10 GMT

    Big blender by younis khan

    Now everyone is praising Pakistan for their victory last night. But during the match Younis khan made a big blender and Pakistan could have lost the match. Umar Gul started bowling the 14th over, 15th over was bold by Fawad Alam, he went for 15 Runs (This over should have been bold by Amir), in 16th over instead of giving ball back to Gul, Younis decided to let the Ajmal bowl 16th over (at that time Umar had 3 overs left and Ajmal 2). What happened by this miscalculation that the Ace bowler Gul was not able to complete his full 4 Overs (Ajmal bowled 16th and 18th over, while Gul bowled 17th and 19th) and last over was bowled by Amir, he went for 15 runes and he was very lucky that he was defending 23 runs in the last over. Pakistan could have won more easily, if younis had not made that huge mistake (16th over should have been bowled by Gul, then 18th and 20th, Ajmal would have bowled his remaining 2 Overs 17th and 19th). I wonder no one has pointed this.

  • Theena on June 19, 2009, 6:08 GMT

    Let's not forget Gul. His penultimate over was the final nail. To hear Wasim Akram in commentary gushing over Gul's skill was heartening - perhaps finally we have someone who could stake a claim to the timeless legacy of Wasim and Waqar. As a non-Pakistani, I hope there are a couple of more Gul-like bowlers in the factory line. It's time to give them a go instead of the prima donnas in Akthar and Asif.

    I'd love to see Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the final. It would be poignant to see two nations weighed down by civil strife go into the finals. The cricket would be beautiful.

  • baloch45 on June 19, 2009, 6:01 GMT

    Good job done Pakistan Team.

    Thank u NIRAJ and Koushik. Mr Karan Singh i always knew u were the only one of the type as described by all. Pakistan would like to face India next time in final and world will watch a thrilling cricket.

    Best of Luck India for next one.

  • Aamir Yunus on June 19, 2009, 6:00 GMT

    It was a team effort starting with Akmal, Afridi, Malik, Younis Khan, then M Aamir, Afridi, Ajmal, Gul, Fawad. They all contributed. One person's effort does not matter. Kallis score 64 and still ended up on the losing side cuz his team let him down. Pak won because there was a great team spirit and it was clearly seen on the field. Pakistan's moral is high and if they repeat 80% of today's performance, they can't lose. Good luck Pakistan.

  • Umar Rashid on June 19, 2009, 5:57 GMT

    Afridid did make a difference but it is a team game, i was there, now i will be at the final

    Umar

  • Zee on June 19, 2009, 5:56 GMT

    From the moment Pakistan took to the field yesterday they looked like a team on a mission, they just knew that they were going to beat South Africa. Clearly when the going got tough, the tough got going, Afridi in particular. For the first in a long time I enjoyed watching cricket which lately has become a real bore for me. The Pakistan team provided this spark which has been missing for a while now. I think Pakistan is the only country playing old school cricket and its good to see them beating teams fully backed by technology. I do hope they go all the way and win the T20 World Cup, for their sakes and their country. As put very perfectly by a cricinfo writer They may not bat, bowl or field well all the time, but sometimes, they do what can only be described as a 'Pakistan': that is, they bowl, bat or field spectacularly, briefly, to change the outcome of matches. You cannot plan or account for this as an opponent because Pakistan themselves don't plan or account for it."

  • DeadPinkOwl on June 19, 2009, 5:54 GMT

    Niraj Sharma, Thanks for all the support. I too have seen most of the Indian commentators rooting for Pakistan after India lost which is admirable. Rabble Rousers like Karan Singh just like to get noticed by saying controversial things. We have those types here as well. Best is to just ignore them and enjoy this beautiful game~!

  • Amitabha on June 19, 2009, 5:51 GMT

    I want to identify myself on this forum as an Indian and say that my wife and I were rooting for the Pakistanis right through the match. I like the South Africans too, I think they're excellent players but the talent and brilliance of the Pakistani players inspires us like few other teams can. I think Afridi was awesome but his role is being overplayed. Umer Gul's control, Akmal's explosive beginning, Aamir's stepping up the world stage, Younus's calm and positive attitude, Shoib Malik's solid fielding and stable batting, not to mention Ajmal's skill and determination with the ball all came together to make a famous victory possible. South Africa need not feel bad about this loss, and Graham Smith expressed this too, they were beaten by a side which came together and showed what is capable of.

    Last night's match enriched the game of cricket and the fraternity of nations that plays it. For that, I want to thank SA for being worthy losers and this Pakistan team for being worthy winners.

  • Fawad on June 19, 2009, 5:49 GMT

    Guys, let's stop harping on Karan Singh's dumb comments. Many Indians even in the comments above have been enjoying Pakistan's cricket and rooting for them to win after India did not make it to the semis. Everything should not be turned into uncivil bittenness. As a diehard Pakistan fan today was an absolutely fantastic day. Younis miscalculating Umer Gul's overs really annoyed me but today was his da. Even Pakistani fielding blunders did not turn out to be expensive.

  • NGD on June 19, 2009, 5:47 GMT

    Congrats! I am an Indian but since our team is out, am supporting Pakistan. Good Win!

  • waseem on June 19, 2009, 5:46 GMT

    pakistan zindabad, what a game.

  • Omar on June 19, 2009, 5:46 GMT

    Well done Pakistan!!! Absolutely brilliant. Lets make it one more! GO PAKISTAN!!!

  • Ali on June 19, 2009, 5:45 GMT

    I read somewhere "Art is the highest form of science" , magical Afridi proved that sport can not always be won by formulae. This is not to take anything way from South African, but I always think Australia and South Africa had brought so much predictably in this game , and they must be stopped. And who can stop them except the sheer talent and magic of sportsman like Afridi. Boom Boom Afridi..........

  • salman on June 19, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    The only blunder tht younis has done to give an over to Fawad alam i hope next time he will not do we know alam is gud bowler but as if he is not bowling from many matches so it is not good to give him over in crunch matches, It was delightfull performance we now really need this cup ...i am dreaming of 1992 Wc when i was kid we need this cup ..we need this rain fall after long draught to show the world wht we are capible of.. BOOM BOOM Afradi keep it up nation is proud of you.

  • Zaeem Azhar on June 19, 2009, 5:30 GMT

    Reading above i realized that many people , were talking about pakistan scoring just 29 of its last 5 overs . Well i wont say it was justified specially with 6 wickets in hand but it was hardly anything Razzaq or Younis could do . The south africans were totally brilliant with there death bowling ( remember even Gul gave 12 of 12 balls ) its pretty difficult to score of the yorkers and the south africans got everything in place ... Never the less i still cant figure out the reason behind bringing on fawad alam to bowl when younis could have applied more pressure on the africans by bowling another tight over and test razzaq in the situation .. Remember if god forbid gul has a bad day there is no one you could look upto .. Hopefully nothing of that sort would happen and Pakistan is gonna brng glory back home ... " Yeh Cup Hamara Hai "

  • Zainab Khan (Sydney) Australia on June 19, 2009, 5:29 GMT

    What a game that was..Kept everyone on the edge, at the end of Pakistani's batting innings, thought's on peoples mnd were 50 50, we all wanted those extra 10 - 15 runs that we couldn't get.. Nevertheless, our fantastic team was able to defend it! and that's what mattered in the end.. Afridi deserves the praise for this match, his clam, experienced batting is what has taken us to the final, and as Mark Anthony from Melb has stated we need 10 more overs off him, that is so true!

    It's all happening, apparently the streets of Pakistan just lit up! I saw on tv, people dancing, happy and to the extreme of giving out Meetayi!

    For all we know, PAKISTAN is one MORE step closer to take the title home back to our nation, where it's belonged this whole time! Inshallah. Go Pakistan!

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Mudassar Siddiq on June 19, 2009, 5:28 GMT

    Bravo! Aggression is the name of the game. Pakistan outfit looks totally different right from the word Go. And they clinged on to that. That makes the whole difference. We need a continuation of this positiveness. Winning or losing has no meaning

  • Tahir on June 19, 2009, 5:26 GMT

    This is the Pakistan Team we all been waiting to see in past couple of years... they look like one team with one aim only... made us proud ... and i loved the sight when they won the game and celebrated in most humble way without showing any insulting gesture for Proteas (like the indians do mostly !!! after they win a match or even get a wicket)... well done Pak Team well done Fans for their support... InshAllah this cup is coming our home !!! pray all

  • Asim Khan on June 19, 2009, 5:26 GMT

    Your point carries some weight Karan but you can't be called a true champion unless you ultimately lift the cup, no matter how well you play. Talking about flukes, remember 2007 twenty20 world cup final .. India had lost it completely and couldn't believe their eyes when Misbah made that mistake in last over .. now that's called a fluke!!

  • Hilal on June 19, 2009, 5:23 GMT

    It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog!

  • Amjad on June 19, 2009, 5:20 GMT

    We are Happay as a Nation and Waiting for the big news on Sunday.

    Inshallah After 17 Years Pakistan is going to be crowned again.

    Our Team has been in the final in the past like 1999 and then 2 years ago but we were up against the India and like SA they never passed the Semi Final Barier we never beat India in a world cup match nor in a warm up. But this time we are not up against the brilliance of Steve Waugh and nor against the Indians.

    As a Pakistan I am waiting for the Big Sunday. As a Pakistan I am just Happy.

    @ Karan Sing.

    Pakistan never been ordinary and this word can only be spoked by the indian who don't have any kind of ethics. Just look up at the indian team what they got. Indians can only perform in their home. Their Best Batsman in the history is just keep making centuries against low profile teams.

  • Mudassar Siddiq on June 19, 2009, 5:12 GMT

    Bravo! Aggression is the name of the game. Pakistan outfit looks totally different right from the word Go. And they clinged on to that. That makes the whole difference. We need a continuation of this positiveness. Winning or losing has no meaning

  • Abdur razzak on June 19, 2009, 5:12 GMT

    Ha ha my prediction was right, alhamdulillah! still some concerns in the log overs, pak managed only 29 in the last five where as normally they are renowned for scoring at 10 runs a over. Anyway things have shaped in to a very ood level & sunday at lords may be the day we will see an accomplished performance by men in green. Good luck pakistan.

  • Gohar on June 19, 2009, 5:09 GMT

    That performance makes us spell bound!! i was mesmarised by Afridi, he is a real Rockstar. We are waiting for that kind ov performance since a long. hope we can turn the table in final too and bring cup home. That will held our heads high. Again AFRIDI LIT THE FIRE!! ROCK ON AFRIDI!!!

  • Assad on June 19, 2009, 5:08 GMT

    This was the most emotionally draining match i have seen since the last 20-20 final....if this is fun cricket it certainely not fun to watch...it is 3 hours of nail biting tension...but what a game by Pakistan! Inshallah 10 more overs of afridi with the bat and the world cup is ours! Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Mark Anthony Melbourne - Victoria on June 19, 2009, 5:06 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan for making it to the Finals, considering the odds were stacked against them. The cricket Pundits can eat some humble pie. As for Karan Singh referring to Pakistani cricketers being gully cricketers, please look into the record books and you will clearly see where Pakistan stand head to head against India in all forms of Cricket. Making excuses for India's exit from the comp is pathetic!. Only a Team with character, determination and courage could pull of results like Pakistan. The Indian team unfortunately does not possess any of the above. Good luck Pakistan- Go for Gold!

  • Sunny USA on June 19, 2009, 5:03 GMT

    Yah Karan grapes are sour. Keep touting your balanced paper tigers and wish you similar success in future as well. Whatever Pakistan team achieved is more than what we have expected from them. P.S……… If you want to know who is theeeee biggest fluke, then read commentaries posted on cricinfo during last week or so. Good luck to you balance supporter of a balanced team…………….

  • aamir adam on June 19, 2009, 5:02 GMT

    mr Karan Singh disappointed to read ur comments. quoting the great man (tendulkar)"indian fans must become better losers".

  • Shairani on June 19, 2009, 4:58 GMT

    Congratulations to the Pakistani team, the fans and the whole country!! Afridiiiiiiii!!

    And @Karan Singh: hahahaahah!! :D Fluke or no fluke, we're in the finals, and you're at home apologizing to your fans! :D I'd rather have this! Pakistan Zindabad.

  • BaadaLCalifornia on June 19, 2009, 4:56 GMT

    KARAN SINGH: There was a reason nobody responded to your ignorant post in the beginning of this thread. There was no need to post it again and perpetuate the stupidity. There is an old saying “When you have nothing good to say, don’t say at all”. This would be the right time to practice that saying. I know you are having a hard time digesting this HUGE win for Pakistan but did you see any other Indian fans pollute this party? They are either cheering like a big sport or being quite which is totally acceptable. But you HAD TO open your mouth and say something meaningless. C’mon Paa ji,!!!

  • ALI ABID on June 19, 2009, 4:56 GMT

    Dear Karan singh,dont say our team is ordinay or fluke. infact indian is balanced on due to IPL's money games. they have killed the rivalry between teams has been lost due to IPL.killing instinct between australia and india is no more there bcoz of IPL.india came to super8 after beating IRELAND N Bangladesh and to all major teams they have lost. Pak team is not fluke infact they were disarray n now they r playing according to their strength. they r unpredictable and it is the killing instinct of pakistan since 1954. they playing 2 t20 finals which means they r better than indian team atleast who played 1 final n exit on another tournament at 2nd round that was courtsy of Ireland N Bangladesh too.

  • Roscoe on June 19, 2009, 4:55 GMT

    I'm a Kiwi & a big fan of Younis Khan as captain. He's following in the footsteps of his idol Imran Khan, but with a lot less talent than Imran had. And doing really well! He didn't deserve the ugly end to the Sri Lankan tour. Well done Younis!

  • Koushik Biswas on June 19, 2009, 4:50 GMT

    Stop it Karan Singh. What is it with you and Pakistan? Pakistan is the next logical, emotional and fraternal bond for every Indian after the Indian team's exit. Please do not hate us dear Pakistanis reading posts from the likes of Karan Singh - he is an exception, not the rule. Billions of Indians are supporting you now - bring the cup home! Yes, you can do it! Jai Ho Pakistan.

  • Wajid Naeem on June 19, 2009, 4:50 GMT

    I agree with you all, but one thing to highlight the death spell of Umer Gull, He has bowled a great spell at the right time and keep them well behind target. If in 19th over Umer concedes some more runs then match may be at stake for Pakistan.

    But Allah helped and we came safely home. Wishing Pakistan a Win for the Finals as well.

  • Blue Lake on June 19, 2009, 4:48 GMT

    Well done Younis and Co. Let's not put too much blame on him bringing Fawad. Had he picked a wicket or two all of us would have jumped up and down that what a great move by the Captain. Fawad is a youngster with a lot to prove as he hardly bat and bowl during the entire tourney. Younis should now give Fawad a batting chance chance by sending him up. I think Fawad could be a potential of a very handy alrounder if given chance. Rest is history. Afridi will always be Afridi and we just hope when his day comes it should always be crucial games.

  • Ash Zed on June 19, 2009, 4:43 GMT

    I salute you Karan Singh for your all negative comments. You comments show why India and Pakistan can not enjoy good relations. As long as we have people like you, pecae shall never prevail.

    Anyway, thanks for your negativity, such cooments make us even stronger than ever.

    GOD BLESS PAKISTAN !!

  • Teejay on June 19, 2009, 4:39 GMT

    Karan, The problem with India's team is that most of them are ordinary players but india makes every member of their team a superstar i.e on paper!!apart from Sachin, I don't think there is a consistent quality player in their team!!

  • Fahad on June 19, 2009, 4:38 GMT

    I had given up on afridi's batting years ago, its amazing to see that after all these years he has managed to bring some sort of method to the madness. That said we are still a weak batting side and you have to learn to chase as well. Relying on winning the toss wont take us far enough. I dont think South Africa choked this time around, they were beaten by a better team.

  • Junaid on June 19, 2009, 4:38 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad. Great work by Afridi, Akmal, Ajmal, Gul and Malik. Younis Khan nearly made a blunder by not counting Gul's overs and why the hell he was trying Fawad against Kallis. I hope Pakistan plays Srilanka in final. We would definitely like to win but if there was any other team I have supported after Pakistan than it would have been Srilanka. @ Karan Singh: Please don't start crying yaar. After getting beaten by Pakistan throughout 80s and 90s you are getting carried aways by a few recent wins. Itna gharoor...hmmm

  • Hassan Fershori on June 19, 2009, 4:33 GMT

    Reaching the finals twice is not a fluke. Revisit the stats guru; compare the win/loss ratio between India and Pakistan.

    Well played Pakistan………

  • tarik on June 19, 2009, 4:33 GMT

    I know the selectors do not read this column, but with the talent available Alam has no role in this team. I do not know what Younis was smoking to have given the ball to Alam at the expense of Gul's forth over. May be the man upstairs was watching out for Younis. They need to get the second opener in Shahzad Ahmed and move Alam out. They need the power hitters in the final. Look we have the five bowlers and then some, we need the fast scoring hitters and Misbah has yet to contribute. Good luck Pakistan. Bring the trophy home.

  • aflal on June 19, 2009, 4:29 GMT

    what to tell ectasic and exciting.wow brilliant afridi,artistic gul,cool shoaib,and brave younus won the match to pakistan.i agree younus made a very strange decision to give the ball to alam but it helped pakistan but tht already won the match to pakistan at the 19 th over.when afridi touches something it turns in to gold.he is a real champion.we love u pathan.u r the best bowler and a great spinner.wht a delivery to gibbs.i have seen him warne did the same to him in 99 wc semis.this is pakistan forum wht indiasns are doing here frustrated full of jealouseful posts.it was a beauty.the other important aspect in there win thy did hold there nerve till the very last moment,thy never seemed frightened by proteus.lalit modi shoul,d think his decision not to consider pakistanis for ipl.he is missing some gr8 cricket and some real tallent.pakistan zindabad.

  • Monis-Iqbal on June 19, 2009, 4:27 GMT

    I always believe in Pakistan.

  • Fraz Waraich on June 19, 2009, 4:26 GMT

    A great victory never the less .As so many people have mentioned the couple of blunders by Younis so no need to discuss them any more . "T20 isn't real cricket" has already been mentioned by Younis so persistent negative contributors to any Pakistan related forum should just shut their mouths now . Pakistan is the team on it's day as always . If Pakistan ever wins this cup then it might also open the doors of victories in other cricketing forms too . I think that the English and Australian boards have been biased towards Pakistan by not giving 5 test match series to Pakistan otherwise Pakistani team has had been far far superior than the medium pace'd sides of Srilanka , Bangladesh and India . Well cricket has changed and doesn't matter how but every one has to chip in some how to bring cups and victories home . As one can see the mediocre bowling line up of India has produced good results because their team management and game plans are far superior than any other team .Best wishes!

  • Aamir Khan on June 19, 2009, 4:25 GMT

    Cong Pakistan/Pakistani People and Pakistani Team. that was an amazing win against S.A. I Hope Shahid Afridi will continue his magic spell in final match on sunday.I wish PAKISTAN become the Twenty20 Champ. Pakistan should control the Xtras and dropping catches because these mistakes can cost us the Trophy.

  • Vikas on June 19, 2009, 4:24 GMT

    Dear Brother 'Javed Zarif Canada'

    Congrates to millions of Pakistanies to their march to Final in T20 world cup! I am great fan of Wasim Akram and Inzaman Ul Haq. I also wish, if Pakistan could win the final. However, for your comment, "You may isloate pak politically but cricket is in our blood you can't snatch it with the power of money." Well, you just need to grow up. Just apply some thoughts before saying anythging such sort of. Nobody is snatching cricket from you. It's your own few nationalists, who are responsible for attacking foreign teams. Why should India travel to Pakistan, when their attacks on foreign players. Who knows, there may be worst attack on India players than SL team You need to understand the impact of Mumbai blasts. It's your own govt., which denied their players to travel to India for IPL in retaliation. As far as politoical isolation is concerned, it happens when India's concerned are not addressed. You need to come to the ground reality.

  • Muhammad Asim on June 19, 2009, 4:22 GMT

    Brilliant article Kamran, I love the lines "Nobody swings more sharply between frustration and magic than Afridi. He epitomises Pakistan cricket."

    Very well said. I think this win is becuase of the prayers of the nation apart from the effort put-up by our team. I still feel, younis needs to improve his feild placement and bowling pan. There should be short mid-wicket and short-cover off and on. Also, yesterday, Fawad's gamble or mis-judgement in overs calculation could have cost us the match. If he took gamble becuase he though that there are plenty or runs to play with then he is wrong, the match was just almost one big hit away of being tied..anyway, everybody is wise after the event..let's hope Younis' team doesn't make these mistakes again. Gull should have bowled over no. 14,16, 18, 20th. All the best to Pakistan on Sunday. Inshallah we will win it..

  • qamar on June 19, 2009, 4:20 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, I am naturally happy at this victory and am cherishing the applause showered by foes and friends over this winning team. I must be gracious to overlook negative comments of some sick minds at this ocassion but I find myself helpless to comment on Mr.Karan Singh's remarks: Afridi a fluke player and Pakistan a fluke team. Afridi has certainly proved himself as a fluke batter but what would you say about his bowling especially in the recent past. Hope your words would not be too bitter for yourself to swallow. And Pakistani team!!! If you are a grown up Indian, you must still be haunted in your dreams by Imran's team of 1987 and Wasim's team of 1999. If you are a young lad, do ask your elders about the pain they still be feeling of those memories. As regards the "balanced Indian team", we acknowledge its recent record but request you to please dig in the record books and compare your team's record at home with that on foreign soil. Hope you will find it a real babe.

  • Niraj Sharma on June 19, 2009, 4:18 GMT

    @Karan Singh.

    My Indian friend sounds like a sore loser. His comments are in bad taste and show the lack of class this woman has. When we won the cup 2 years ago lots of Pakistanis congratulated us on the same forum. It was still a slogfest at that time and nobody called our men in blue gully cricketers. Karan spewing such moronic statements goes to show that he is hurting by India's loss and early exit from this T20 World Cup. I hope and pray Pakistan wins as it is a truly deserving side with its awesome talent and amazing energy and team work. I also hope that Karan completes his high school gets enough educated to have a bigger mind and moreover a bigger heart. Grow up Karan and praise the amazing Pakistani side. I hope Karan you get well soon my little friend!!

  • ADNAN on June 19, 2009, 4:12 GMT

    It was a great day for Pakistani cricket and for pakistani fans.All the guys looked united on the the field they were all in a good touch and finally the hard work paid off today and Almighty ALLAH got them what they deserved lets all of us pray for them that they win the final and bring the cup home(AMIN).TheY made us proud today .....

  • Mo Syed on June 19, 2009, 4:10 GMT

    Mr. Karan Singh, What embarrasment are you talking about? Pak went into the semi finals and beat an excellent South African team. The same team that beat you black n blue 2 days ago. India lost all the matches that it should have won. Most of your post screams "jealousy" at Pak's success. Your side might be "balanced" but when it mattered, they failed to show up. Why don't you "wonder" how to make your "baby blue champs" perform better next time. Peace out.... "

  • Sheikh Khan on June 19, 2009, 4:08 GMT

    This for me was the final....the win was so BIG that sunday's result now is irrelevant. U did us proud "Boys in Green".

  • mics on June 19, 2009, 3:58 GMT

    Karan Singh have a heart. I request all Indian fans to learn how to loose. In the last match it was Vittori who brought disgrace to the game by commenting foul on Umer Gul's bowling and now you are doing the same. Learn to appreciate and enjoy good cricket, whosoever play it.

  • wanderer on June 19, 2009, 3:24 GMT

    South Africa didn't choke in this game, they were beaten, simple as that. Not steam-rollered, not destroyed, just out done in certain areas and in particular Afridi the difference.

    The loss in and of itself will always be seen as choking but this was nothing like their previous capitulations. Twice in '99 they lost the game, Australia didn't win them, SA lost them. In 2003 they choked in chasing and a debacle. And this time there was no batting collapse, just faced some good bowlers, bowling at their best.

  • Najib Khan on June 19, 2009, 2:51 GMT

    Congrats to all Pakistan!! Let's pray and hope that we win the final on Sunday and celebrate all together. We deserve it after all the misery at hand. Boys, keep doing what you did and destiny is yours. This cup will be a great gift to all the IDPs in NWFP. From Malakand, Swat, Peshawar, Khyber Agency, to KOHAT,Bannu, DIKhan, our prayers are with the team and hope Allah answers to our prayers.

  • sami on June 19, 2009, 2:50 GMT

    Pakistan at their best can defeat any team and they have shown that today.Replying to comment by indian fan,India might be a balanced team but who is the team reaching second consecutive final.Why it is hard to accept for Indian fans that Pakistan got talent and classy cricketers.If it is a gully cricket why whole world is crazy and why IPL is trying to hold two tournaments in a year.Everybody was saying lack of international cricket will hurt Pakistan,now you guys are saying India played too much cricket.India was more lucky to win last time.After that they got beaten by Kiwis in T2O.India is more fluke team then Pakistan,that gave them chance to win last time.Indian fans should be patient they should not expect tukka again and again..

  • ali k on June 19, 2009, 2:43 GMT

    this is unbelievable. just a few months ago we were talking about pakistan being split into four parts. everyone in my class seemed to agree with that formula, since it somehow made sure we can have peace in the region.

    i wasn't too sure and today i know the reason. i wouldn't want umar gul and kamran akmal and shahid afridi to playing for different sides.

    we are all brothers.

    long live pakistan!!!!!!!!

  • Amjad Ali on June 19, 2009, 2:40 GMT

    Younas Khan DID NOT make mistake by giving a chance to fawad alam as he was the only bowler in the team that the proteas didnt face and havent seen of at all.. for the prized wicket of kallis he had to make this move and had he taken out kallis the whole of you would have been calling younas a genius for this..so guys be easy on the captan he is doing things in the best way..trust me he knows it..

    as for the umar gul's quota of overs, he changed him beacuse of the very strong wind. some body had to get that end. some bady had to deliver 6 balls against the wind and with the wind.. so its a common sense that he lost his over by changing ends.. but he did know that he has Aamer and Razzak backing up so why fear anyways?

    and yeah the spinners were doing great by then so i dont think we needed to panic and bring on Gul any earlier than that in this match..

    so Great work Younas..give him a breath boys.

    EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE BY THE TEAM..

    the REAL GREEN stood stall. we r the REAL GREEN

  • Karan Singh on June 19, 2009, 1:50 GMT

    Finally something to cheer about for ordinary pak cricket fans. Saving some national pride by playing their unpredictable game. And afridi, the biggest fluke player ever comes off at the right time. Or maybe it was the law of averages catching up with him and the team so a good show had to come after all the embarrasment. Coming to the indian team. Yes Baby blue indian team as they babied every team in the recent past. Some people are unable to face the new reality staring them in their faces. India are a much more balanced team. They have played way too much cricket recently and you win some and you lose some. India and australia went out early giving fluke teams like pak and WI a real chance. As most of pak players are gully cricket champs T20 should suit them naturally. what took them so long to perform is what makes me wonder. Pak are a good team but as i said earlier too they are disorganized and that actually is their strength. Enjoy it while it lasts boys!!

  • aurangzeb on June 19, 2009, 1:33 GMT

    I hope bravehearts ( Srilanka and Pakistan) are in the finals. When most of the Cricket world, refused to come to Pakistan to play, Sri Lanka stepped up to the plate. As far as today match is concerned, I would have given man of the match to Umer Gul and Afridi. Umer Gul restricted leading hitters of this tournament in the most decisive overs of the game. For Younis's miscalculation of Umer Gul overs and giving an over to Fuad Alam, Pakistan is always afraid of giving an unblemished performance because of "nazar na lag jai"

  • Javed Zarif Canada on June 19, 2009, 1:22 GMT

    Excellent stuff from Pakistan. Afridi merits a spot in any team by dint of his bowling alone and when he gets going with his batting a win is under pakistan's belt. As i expected earlier that a target of 150 will give pakistan a realistic chance. It is not easy to chase in high presure games. Nothing to take away from pak but why tossing of the coin almost decides every game. Cricket pundits should seriously moot this inherent drawback in this beautiful game. In limited overs especially if you bat first half of the game is already won unless you put up a very special bowling show like Pak did against NZ.May be two stints of 10 overs or something of the sort removes this unfair advantage. Supberp effort by pakistan today and lady luc was smiling on them as well as they managed a win despite a 'Patahn' decision by YK. Food for thought for Lalit Moody and some Indian diehards. You may isloate pak politically but cricket is in our blood you can't snatch it with the power of money.

  • Fun cricket on June 19, 2009, 1:21 GMT

    It is fun cricket and entertainment like WWE, thats y he gave over to Fawad, so rest of u can watch some fun cricket.Never seen in my life Younis was getting mad on some youngsters over there fielding. If Pakistani batsmen were unable to hit tight Safrican bowling then Same thing goes for South Africa.

  • Nadir Shah on June 19, 2009, 1:13 GMT

    I have one thing to say, " Don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion". (Coach Rudy Tomjanovic of Huston Rockets).

  • ahmad on June 19, 2009, 0:56 GMT

    Yes, I agree. Younis made mistakes in counting over numbers for Gul and introducing Fawad. But, I wonder, if anyone in the Pakistan camp like Misbah, Malik, or even coach on the bench informed him about these mistakes. If he did these things willingly, indeed it was a big gamble. He must not repeat it.

  • Usman on June 19, 2009, 0:54 GMT

    Well said. Even with the mistakes that Younus made, it shows the great character and courage of the man who looks very determined to win this for Paksitan. It was Pakistan's aggressive approach that put SA to sword. If it was the old Pakistan, after losing two wickets, they would have played out 5-6 more over before thinking to up the rate. Not this time as Afridi made his mark. I always had faith in the team from the beginning of the tournament when we lost to England. Younus is a brave leader who is not scared to make brave moves which is a good sign for Pakistan. No matter what happens on Sunday, Team Pakistan has brought a joy to this nation by defeating one of the best outfits of the tournament in a crunch game. They need to hold their nerve in the final to bring the ultimate joy to the sad people of Pakistan. We will back you Team Pakistan any where and every where no matter what the results are. Fans please be patient with the team. Go Team Pakistan !

  • Zakir Khan on June 19, 2009, 0:53 GMT

    that kiss was no simple kiss.that was infact kiss of death.when your top performer is in that kind of mood and ooze such confidence on the field than you immedietly know that he is there with a mission. Afridi kiss towards Kallis also mean that he was ready for the short pitched deliveries which was the down fall of the indians against proteas in the previous game. after despatching those two short pitch deliveries from Kallis to the boundry, it was Afridi's moment to remind them that they were up against a different set of players from the sub continent and that any short pitched stuff will sail to the boundry. in true sense it was Afridi's semi final. Afridi remained ''Laadla(beloved)'' of this nation for many years and today he repayed back that love in great style.we are all proud of his achievement.this team is going to repeat the 92 WC history.there are lots of similarities between these two events.one of the major is the ''Khan'' factor at the top.PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • jb on June 19, 2009, 0:51 GMT

    whether SL or WI come into final, given Pakistan's bowling strength they should win it inshallah as long as they bat first.

  • Masuud Qazi on June 19, 2009, 0:48 GMT

    Kamran, Younis changed Gul's end since the wind was against him from where he bowled his 1st over, and that's why he fell short of one over. Yes, he could've introduced him an over earlier (in the 13th as he does), par then at that time Ajmal and Afridi were going well and Afridi had to bowl the 13th since it was his last and he was in such great momentum. Some strokes work for captains, some don't. Lets forgive Younis for this since today he played the masterstoke of sending Afridi at 3.

    For Afridi. For all the sins and ills you've done in the cricket field over the years, I and this nation forgive you today! Of the 13 years I've seen you, this is the best you could be expected of today! Pressure cooker game, on which so much was on stake, you stood up and showed the world what a genius you are!

    And lastly, for the Proteas. We feel sorry for you today once again. You were the best till today par today you were up against THE GREEN ARMY who was firing!

    p.s. You will remain chokers!

  • Zakir Khan on June 19, 2009, 0:48 GMT

    that kiss was no simple kiss.that was infact kiss of death.when your top performer is in that kind of mood and ooze such confidence on the field than you immedietly know that he is there with a mission. Afridi kiss towards Kallis also mean that he was ready for the short pitched deliveries which was the down fall of the indians against proteas in the previous game. after despatching those two short pitch deliveries from Kallis to the boundry, it was Afridi's moment to remind them that they were up against a different set of players from the sub continent and that any short pitched stuff will sail to the boundry. in true sense it was Afridi's semi final. Afridi remained ''Laadla(beloved)'' of this nation for many years and today he repayed back that love in great style.we are all proud of his achievement.this team is going to repeat the 92 WC history.there are lots of similarities between these two events.one of the major is the ''Khan'' factor at the top.PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Asad on June 19, 2009, 0:44 GMT

    For all the people who had doubts on the ability of PAKISTAN. This performance is a slap on their faces. GOD WILLINGLY WORLD CUP IS OURS

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!

  • Masuud Qazi on June 19, 2009, 0:39 GMT

    This nation needed THIS! This is way more than what anyone expected of these lads and they've brought smiles, millions of them back home and overseas. It feels amazing to know Karachi etc were lost in the sounds of AK-47 and pencil bombs for the celebrations, not for blood hunting, for a change! It is very hard to put into words what I and the thousands of Pakistanis feel right now sitting millions miles away from home. This is emotional, this is heart pumping and this is divine blessing!

    And if 92' deja vu had to be done, this couldn't be a more better time. Already treated as the orphan of the cricket world, written off completely, coming back from behind and now facing the best and unbeatable team in the tournament, SA (Just like in 92' it was NZ) and a team itself that has hardly more than couple of super stars, mainly young guns!

  • Shafiq on June 19, 2009, 0:37 GMT

    ---And yes please, do not afffiliate this super performance only to individual brilliance---not only to Gul--as cullinan weeping like vettori on Super sports---or just to afridi's magic ---it was a team game at its peak---enjoy the roles of Ajmal, malk, fawad and razzad.....And wait for sunday---inal belongs to Misbah and Razzaq.

  • Umair Muzaffar on June 19, 2009, 0:28 GMT

    Attitude, attitude and attitude was all it took for Pakistan team to defeat the South African super machinery. Shahid Afridi certainly led the way.

    It was nice to see Mohammed Aamir roaring in with an attitude of his own. During this match Pakistan showed that anything can be achieved in Cricket only if you can destabilize your opponent.

    I have to admit that Younis Khan is good leader and he does command respect from his team and thus he can get the most out of them.

    Excellent showing … almost worth taking the day off!

    Hope for a repeat in the final!

  • Sarah on June 19, 2009, 0:27 GMT

    i hope they show that kiss again and again. Kallis did felt it as he was the highest scorer. Younis did goof up with Gul's quota of overs. i felt a little sad for the chokers, but this green team deserves more than the well-oiled confident protea machine. doesn't matter who they face in the final, this particular match was the deciding one.

  • Shafiq on June 19, 2009, 0:27 GMT

    Inshallaha, we will win this World cup..... we need it for pakistan cricket, for late woolmer, for a very talented but underestimated team, for people who have sacrificaed the most in this wa of terror. It is fitting that 3 pathans are the main architect of these victories---The penetratin Gul, the Venom of afridi and the big heart of younis.....! I hope after this mercurical performance, this consecutive WC T20 final appearance----IPL looks a circus, all those attempts to isolate pakistan from world cricket, seems jokes. Pakistan has to win this cup for the sake of cricket, the sports, I am waiting for a pak victory in a Final between to 'real' cricketing nations.... Pakistan and Westindies.

  • Karan Singh on June 19, 2009, 0:26 GMT

    Finally something to cheer about for ordinary pak cricket fans. Saving some national pride by playing their unpredictable game. And afridi, the biggest fluke player ever comes off at the right time. Or maybe it was the law of averages catching up with him and the team so a good show had to come after all the embarrasment. Coming to the indian team. Yes Baby blue indian team as they babied every team in the recent past. Some people are unable to face the new reality staring them in their faces. India are a much more balanced team. They have played way too much cricket recently and you win some and you lose some. India and australia went out early giving fluke teams like pak and WI a real chance. As most of pak players are gully cricket champs T20 should suit them naturally. what took them so long to perform is what makes me wonder. Pak are a good team but as i said earlier too they are disorganized and that actually is their strength. Enjoy it while it lasts boys!!

  • Paul on June 19, 2009, 0:20 GMT

    Well, it was great win, number of players played at their best. But I doubt Younis's role was as promising as were the others'. He made 2 big mistakes, one while batting, when he came in himself, he should have sent misbah, who can hit boundaries, fact is he himself is not a big hitter at all. This left us at least 20 runs short. Than as you mentioned the over to fawad, that was another crucial mistake, but I think Pakistan was too lucky that brilliance of Afridi, Ajmal and Gul covered it all.

  • Asim on June 19, 2009, 0:16 GMT

    First of all thanks to Allah,I am totally agree with you it was the afridi day he was with magic. InshAllah pakistni team will left up the 20 20 cup on sunady.

  • Zain on June 19, 2009, 0:05 GMT

    great win by Pakistan.Before the match my mind was saying South Africa but somehow my heart said Pakistan:)...Brilliant performance in almost every aspect...except for few catches the fielding was excellent specially the run out by fawad alam. Batting in the middle overs was gr8 but in the death overs the south african bowlerz bowled really well, we should give credit to them and the bowling was fantastic!!!Well umer gul is by far the best T20 bowler....one more game guyz....I hope Pak can carry this form in to the next game....

  • faisal on June 19, 2009, 0:04 GMT

    where are those guys who were saying come back at this forum after semi final coz they were sure that pakistan is gonna lose agast africa. i am anxious for their comments

  • Faisal Munawar on June 19, 2009, 0:00 GMT

    I don't have words to describe my emotions at this time. Looking at what is happening back home in Pakistan and looking at the show our boys have put on in the field, its fair to have tears of joy. Pakistan entered this tournament written off by everybody and to make things more complicated with a lot of new faces. But i would salute a Man like Younis Khan who despite his several misjudgments was able to find the head and tail of an undecipherable Pak team. He got the combos right in batting and in bowling. He might come up on the camera and call this fun, but he knows that we as Pakistani fans all understand that their is blood rushing and a heart raring to go for this Cup. I know how serious he is when he smiles.

    Afridi has become a Pak team Signature, unpredictable but when in mood, no one comes close in batting bowling or fielding. Afridi is a Pak Cricket Legend and will remain that way in the history of Cricket.

    My Salutations to the whole Pak Team!

    Pakistan Zindabad!!!!

  • ASIF on June 18, 2009, 23:50 GMT

    My salam to afridi for his brilliant magical allround display which shunted south africa out of the world cup.This is what happens when you give respect to your senior player by sending him up the order.In the last wc pak lost because malik did not use afridi properly.I still remember he opened against bangladesh & scored 40 off 12 balls & then he was sent lower down & pak lost.The best way to use afridi is by sending him in the top opener or one down doesn't matter.YOUNUS KHAN is utilising afridi to the utmost for which he should be appreciated.Now to the detractors of afridi who were writing letters that afridi should be axed after his 1st ball zero against india in the practice game afridi is among the few match winners in the pak team who should be played in tests as well & his average of 38 is better than malik,salman butt,faisal iqbal & many others.In fact in the last ten tests his average is 46 & he has taken crucial wickets & hence pcb should not overlook afridi for the tests

  • Saf Usman on June 18, 2009, 23:42 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Afridi was brilliant and fantastic. Lets not get carried away. We have final to win and inshallah we will win it. As fans let make the Lord's Cricket ground a intimidating place for the opposing team for the final. Inshallah we will do it this time and make us all proud. Pakistan all the way

  • Aziz South African on June 18, 2009, 23:24 GMT

    It's 1a.m. here in Johanneburg South Africa. Robin Janse, your comment on an earlier posting reflects your mentality that anything South Africa = consistency. What happened with the annihilation of Pakistan that you predicted? To Malay ...' watch out for Gibbs and Albie '... these guys got out before any of the Pakistan bowlers even started watching. Have something good to say considering that the Pakistan team are the orphans of cricket, starved of competitive matches and to come thus far, shows their unique character to fight the odds. How can you 'malay' even state that Pakistan bowlers are flukes? I am certain that you have no idea of the nature of quality bowling. Just ask the South African batsmen who were all at sea facing Ajmal, Malik, Afridi , GULS YORKERS, Amir and Razzaq. Well done to Pakistan. In the eyes of this South African. you were the better team in all disciplines! Malay and Robin Janse...acknowledege it that Pakistan overcame a GIANT and not a minnow as commented.

  • DeadPinkOwl on June 18, 2009, 23:22 GMT

    Well we've doneit. The unthinkable~! Pakistan without hardly any cricket for a year and a half (not even the IPL and Lalit Modi still trying his best to shut the doors on Pakistan by ousting them in from champions league), still when it comes to their favourite format they played like champions. If you look at the records Pakistan had the best win loss ratio amongst all teams even before the start of the tournament now its prolly even better after they are in their 2nd consecutive final. So there's a champions trophy of 20/20 going to take place in India without Pakistan even invited. Well call it whatever you like but without the players from best 20/20 team in the world it'll just be a CT in name~!

  • Salman Malik on June 18, 2009, 23:21 GMT

    What a great performance. Traded blow for blow -- just sensible cricket. Although Younis made a couple of blunders (ie introducing Fawad Alam at a critical juncture, and so losing out on Umar Gul's full quota), take nothing away from this side. Being in successive T20 finals none of the other teams can boast of. Whatever the result, Pakistan cricket has come a long way. I pray they are successful all this year...I vote Pakistan wins in Sri Lanka and Australia in Tests as well. Congrats to the country..Team management, PCB officials...and most of all our players who made us proud to be Pakistani tody.

  • Desihungama on June 18, 2009, 23:20 GMT

    I am not going to say much about the endeavour they displayed today. I will savor this victory for a very long time what may come Sunday.

    That said,

    Pakistan should now out reject any future offer from the CHAMPIONS-losers- LEAGUE which bunch of losers are going to get together and beat up on bunch of other losers. To heck with the ICC and world at large to try to isolate us. The only constant so far in both the Twenty20 World Cup is Pakistan. Beat that!

    And by the way it will be great to see just about ALL the players getting lucrative IPL contracts.

    Say what Afridi goes for $ 2 million?

  • Anawar on June 18, 2009, 23:18 GMT

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD ;-)"

    SNAP EAT YOUR WORDS. Never write up off.

  • Hassan on June 18, 2009, 23:15 GMT

    I think Pakistani team has done enough to secure respect of the world and shown millions of fans why we support our team. Anything more from here on would be a bonus and an answer to all the critics who want to isolate Pakistan cricket

  • saleem on June 18, 2009, 23:05 GMT

    Good job Pakistan. I was shocked when younus gave Fawad Alam the ball and Kalis hit a stunning six in that over, we all thought that was the turning moment.. that would be weakest link SA wanted..but Younis had a lucky day of his life that saved him. Thanks Umar gul for that great finish.

  • Sachin Fan, Florida, USA on June 18, 2009, 22:58 GMT

    Posted by: Sachin Fan, Florida, USA at June 18, 2009 1:27 PM

    I BELIEVE that Pakistan will win this match. There is no team right now as motivated, aggresive and dying to WIN than Pakistan. I am an Indian fan and its hard to support Pakistan, But the reality is that they are DESTINED to win this match !!!! So stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed coz I said so... :-)

    I KNOW I AM PSYCHIC !!! SPOT ON FROM EARLIER BLOG !!!

  • Naeem on June 18, 2009, 22:54 GMT

    One of the most thrilling games in this years competetion. Shahid Afridi was brilliant. kamran Akmal was fantastic. And there was great team work. Go Pakistan Go. Win it for Woolmer as Younis says!!!

  • Asad on June 18, 2009, 22:53 GMT

    Good job by Younis,Afridi,Gul and Ajmal. I still dont understand why in the world Fawad was given an over at crutial stage of the game.I believe most of the people who were talking rubbish about Younis captaincy are silent now. Also toss will be very important in the final. Lets hope world cup comes to Pakistan in a style.

  • fawad on June 18, 2009, 22:52 GMT

    i watch this game thinking by my self dont expect pak to win just dont lose to badly and it was one of my fav games to watch because it was pak bowling what makes them so good hopefully but dont count on it pak will winn but what ever happends if they just play whit passion i will be happy win or lose they should have a attidide like sri lanka love them asswell if that would be the finla pak will lose < but i hope sri lanka loses it tommorow !:P

  • Shahid on June 18, 2009, 22:42 GMT

    Oh dear Oh dear................... a small mistake of miscalculating Umar Guls overs had nearly made me sweat. And then bowling Fawad Alam for the first time when the pressure was at its worst. He should have been bowled in earlier matches so he could be ready for this. But afridis magic worked in bating bowling and fielding. But dont forget KAMRAN AKMALs quick 23 and SAEED AJMALs bowling and fielding. Great Great moment for cricket lovers in Pakistan. And it will be mistake not to mention UMAR GUL the super star og this tournament, he is Mr. Perfection and I hoped our other perfectionist SOHAIL TANVIR was doing the same as he was so much known for. Abdul Razaq'a arrival has really given a big confidence in bating line and his bowling is full of experience.

  • Adnan on June 18, 2009, 22:40 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan. This is why we support the Pakistan side through all the blood and tears.

  • shinday' on June 18, 2009, 22:36 GMT

    It was indeed one of Pakistan's best performance under pressure. Though Younis Khan's decision of bringing Fawad Alam that late in the innings almost change the entire complexion of the game but thankfully Gul's toe crushing yorkers combined with Aamir's gutsy bowling at the end sealed the game for us. We definitely have proved many critiques & so called cricket pundits wrong today. It was indeed a delightful performance by Pakistan in general & Afridi in particular that paved way for this wonderful victory. Godspeed Pakistan: )

  • Aziz South African on June 18, 2009, 22:35 GMT

    Salaams to all Pakistan fans, Juma Mubarak from a South African brother and congratulations to the Pakistan team for a FANTASTIC and EXCELLENT performance. I posted in comments of earlier topics that Pakistan had to bowl, field and bat better than S.A. This they did. As i suggested , Spin did bother the batters, Pakistan bowlers kept a good line not giving any width, Wides and no balls were non existent,singles were taken which kept the scoreboard ticking,S.A. spinners were put under pressure, AFRIDI ROCKED and Malik came to the party. South Africa did not choke but merely lost to the better side. Gibbs, Smith, AB and Morkel were removed early and Pakistan fully deserved their place in the final. Im looking forward to it and would be glad to befriend any of you who plan to visit S.A. for champions trophy in september. To @Noon, YOU WILL BE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED THAT ITS NOT ALL JUNGLE OUT HERE IN SOUTH AFRICA. Pakistan did everything right.barring the alam over. GREAT EFFORT!

  • Eesa on June 18, 2009, 22:28 GMT

    Magic magic magic!

    I'm hiking up a mountain tomorrow. I'll make sure I carve out Afridi's name on a rock at the summit!

    Thank you Pakistan for a memorable night!

  • Ahmad Goheer on June 18, 2009, 22:24 GMT

    A great victory for Pakistan ... one note for Yunus for the final, pls start Gul from over no. 13 and not 14, so if he asks for an end change or a bathroom break, you still have an over to spare to bring him back in to bowl his four overs ... and pls don't think you have given enough match practise to fawad alam to bowl in the final as well ... just these two, and if you boys do all the rest as is, will have us lifting the cup ...

    Two finals in a row ... is a big achievement, given no other team could even make semis for two in a row ... this one is won, next in west indies in 10 months time will prove us to be consistently best t20 outfit ... Mark these words today, we're playing the next final as well!

    What happens on Sunday will happen on Sunday ... but whoever of Sri lanka or west indies come through, we'll be going in favourites this time for a change!

    Well done, bawyz!

  • Gauhar Sharih on June 18, 2009, 22:23 GMT

    Today Pakistan's T20 team has made a nation of 160 million people, alongwith hundreds of thousands of ex-pats all over the globe immensely proud. We all know what a troubled year our nation has had to endure, and how a lack of international cricket has pushed our cricketers towards isolation. This victory therefore represents a great achievement for all Pakistanis. Well done boys, you have played entertaining cricket, you have beaten the most fancied team (SA) in the tournament with a majestic brand of cricket, you have conducted yourselves with dignity throughout, and above all you have given the nation something to smile about. Good luck in the final. Whoever we play, inshallah victory will be Pakistan's.

  • Touqir on June 18, 2009, 22:22 GMT

    Congratsss to All Brothers and Sisters...we have done it again.....Thanks a ton Kamran bhai, one of the best articles by you......INSHALLAH we will win this world cup...PAKISTAN ZINDABAAD..

  • Mirza Ibrahim Baig on June 18, 2009, 22:21 GMT

    Hats off to Shahid Afridi and the Pakistan cricket team. Younis and co. have made the nation proud! Let us hope and pray for the boys to bring glory to the country by winning this tournament! Keep praying for the Pakistan Cricket team.

  • immi on June 18, 2009, 22:18 GMT

    u can't believe the emotions n excitment goin through each of pakistani supporter..... u have made us proud!!!! each n everyone of u!!! just one more thing to say.... GO N GET 'EM TIGERSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!! paakkkkkkkiiiisssssssssstan kabhi na bhoolooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

  • Farhan on June 18, 2009, 22:11 GMT

    Kamran, I have never posted on your blog before, Im a pakistani team supporte and choose not to usually comment on every win over not so strong team. Today though was something special, I had no expectations from this team when they were thoroughly beaten By SA, India and then even England in the beginning. You nailed it on the head...What Pakistan did today, beating an unbeaten team like SA and more importantly the way they did it, can only be described as what Pakistan does on the day they have made up their mind to win. There simply is no other explanations for this complete unpredictability. I have a love/hate relationship with the team, I really felt even before this match started that this was their day. I hope they win the final now and show the world to never underestimate or even overestimate this team. Go PAK GO!! this is your world cup!!

  • Eyaz on June 18, 2009, 22:07 GMT

    Congrats to Pak nation ! This moment was badly needed to provid som relief to its people. I am really excited on this win and hope Pakistan gonna Rock in Final as well. Gud Luck !!!!Cheers on

  • Adeel on June 18, 2009, 22:06 GMT

    Cricket isn't for faint hearted. Congratulation to every supporter of Pakistan cricket team; also to those fainted heated who thought Pakistan will be packing off after Thursday semis.

    It was a battle against instincts and techniques. This time former is winner. The bad luck for the SA that Pakistan is different from other as it plays with instincts.

    Lastly, Umar Gul bowled very well in the death. Moreover, he was getting some reverse swing as well. His superb spell remind me of Wasim bowling at the death. I don't understand why Younis didn't use his four overs. Fawad Alam gamble just fell short of being a fatal error.

  • farhan on June 18, 2009, 22:04 GMT

    Lala is da best!.......Inshallah we will bring the cup home .........Pakistan Zindabad...:xxD

  • Shahbaz Ch. on June 18, 2009, 22:03 GMT

    Amazing stuff today from Pakistan. totally agree with you on all counts, Kamran. Afridi was really on song, head being put to use a little today :) esp in batting. while Gul was like ....super-human. I questioned his being a human to a friend after the match, and he cautioned me abt raising such notion lest Graeme smith gets an ear to it and does a 'la vettori' ("He ain't human, guys")tomorrow on hind-sight! :)

    but we need to be cautious abt getting over-excited. we made some crucial mistakes today: The strategy for last 5 overs was baffling; Proteas's death bowling was no doubt outstanding but still for younus and razzaq it was hit out or get out! i don't know what they were waiting for? The delayed start of gul's spell, preposterous selection of fawad for THAT over, and then suddenly changing gul's ends and putting a youngster Aamir in that pressure position, are all decision to be looked into. Flexibility to change gul's ends should have been kept in mind! Good Luck, PAKISTAN!

  • Naveed on June 18, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    Congrats Team Pakistan. InsAllah the Grace of God we will Win the Worldcup. We are just one match away to lift the cup. At this moment we must not have to loose. We have seen that now all the teams are sturgling to make runs on last five overs .I think now we must have to plan first 15 overs And have to make 150 in first 15 overs if want to make 200 or above so that we have no pressure on last overs. And I want to see pakistan to play fearless and aggressive cricket as they did today. Team Pakistan GO Ahead we are with you and praying for you.InsAllah We will win the worldcup. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Naheem Khan on June 18, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    Yes Mr Abbasi this was a good win

    I am still surprised to see Younus give Fawad his first over in the tournament when he had so many other options. That could have cost us.

    Well done Afridi and co.

    P.s it was nice to see emotion from younus at Aamir when he didnt back up showed how much it meant.

  • jilani on June 18, 2009, 22:00 GMT

    Ok, this may be it. Please please please all I want is one more trophy. Can we hang togehter for one more win????

    I am on the road but I will buy me a cable and watch the replay in the hotel room and screw the work I have get done tonight on the project.

    Ha ha ha

  • AZ USA on June 18, 2009, 21:59 GMT

    But what does it mean? if Afridi bats, Pakistan wins else we go home? What about the other 10 players, are they there to drink tea and watch Afridi bring them home? - what has gotten into the middle order batting - no strokes, no fire - 29 runs in 30 balls with 6 wickets in hand? This is a 20 over game, you do not get 5 overs to settle before you start hitting - 5 balls may be one too many to settle, specially if you are coming in to play after the power play. Younis and Malik look tired - as soon as they come the run rate drops like a rock. With such a batting line up to play until the 8th position, why do they play like that - beats me...and Younis, what was on your mind to give Fawad Alam the over? excuse me? that over could have very well changed the course of the game with overs from Razzak, Umar Gul and Shoaib Mailk to spare?

    Otherwise Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal were great today

  • Fahad Kamal on June 18, 2009, 21:58 GMT

    It was a fantastic win. When, as in the 'The Alchemist', your team "speaks the language of the universe", they are unbeatable. However, luck was on our side today. The Fawad Alam decision and the only utilizing 75% of Gul's allotment was foolish bordering on insane. Win or loss, the coach must, I repeat must, discuss this near fatal tactical blunder with Younis. Our nation desperately needs a win on Sunday. This win alone has brought more smiles than we've had in many years, and not just on the cricketing front.

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  • Fahad Kamal on June 18, 2009, 21:58 GMT

    It was a fantastic win. When, as in the 'The Alchemist', your team "speaks the language of the universe", they are unbeatable. However, luck was on our side today. The Fawad Alam decision and the only utilizing 75% of Gul's allotment was foolish bordering on insane. Win or loss, the coach must, I repeat must, discuss this near fatal tactical blunder with Younis. Our nation desperately needs a win on Sunday. This win alone has brought more smiles than we've had in many years, and not just on the cricketing front.

  • AZ USA on June 18, 2009, 21:59 GMT

    But what does it mean? if Afridi bats, Pakistan wins else we go home? What about the other 10 players, are they there to drink tea and watch Afridi bring them home? - what has gotten into the middle order batting - no strokes, no fire - 29 runs in 30 balls with 6 wickets in hand? This is a 20 over game, you do not get 5 overs to settle before you start hitting - 5 balls may be one too many to settle, specially if you are coming in to play after the power play. Younis and Malik look tired - as soon as they come the run rate drops like a rock. With such a batting line up to play until the 8th position, why do they play like that - beats me...and Younis, what was on your mind to give Fawad Alam the over? excuse me? that over could have very well changed the course of the game with overs from Razzak, Umar Gul and Shoaib Mailk to spare?

    Otherwise Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal were great today

  • jilani on June 18, 2009, 22:00 GMT

    Ok, this may be it. Please please please all I want is one more trophy. Can we hang togehter for one more win????

    I am on the road but I will buy me a cable and watch the replay in the hotel room and screw the work I have get done tonight on the project.

    Ha ha ha

  • Naheem Khan on June 18, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    Yes Mr Abbasi this was a good win

    I am still surprised to see Younus give Fawad his first over in the tournament when he had so many other options. That could have cost us.

    Well done Afridi and co.

    P.s it was nice to see emotion from younus at Aamir when he didnt back up showed how much it meant.

  • Naveed on June 18, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    Congrats Team Pakistan. InsAllah the Grace of God we will Win the Worldcup. We are just one match away to lift the cup. At this moment we must not have to loose. We have seen that now all the teams are sturgling to make runs on last five overs .I think now we must have to plan first 15 overs And have to make 150 in first 15 overs if want to make 200 or above so that we have no pressure on last overs. And I want to see pakistan to play fearless and aggressive cricket as they did today. Team Pakistan GO Ahead we are with you and praying for you.InsAllah We will win the worldcup. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Shahbaz Ch. on June 18, 2009, 22:03 GMT

    Amazing stuff today from Pakistan. totally agree with you on all counts, Kamran. Afridi was really on song, head being put to use a little today :) esp in batting. while Gul was like ....super-human. I questioned his being a human to a friend after the match, and he cautioned me abt raising such notion lest Graeme smith gets an ear to it and does a 'la vettori' ("He ain't human, guys")tomorrow on hind-sight! :)

    but we need to be cautious abt getting over-excited. we made some crucial mistakes today: The strategy for last 5 overs was baffling; Proteas's death bowling was no doubt outstanding but still for younus and razzaq it was hit out or get out! i don't know what they were waiting for? The delayed start of gul's spell, preposterous selection of fawad for THAT over, and then suddenly changing gul's ends and putting a youngster Aamir in that pressure position, are all decision to be looked into. Flexibility to change gul's ends should have been kept in mind! Good Luck, PAKISTAN!

  • farhan on June 18, 2009, 22:04 GMT

    Lala is da best!.......Inshallah we will bring the cup home .........Pakistan Zindabad...:xxD

  • Adeel on June 18, 2009, 22:06 GMT

    Cricket isn't for faint hearted. Congratulation to every supporter of Pakistan cricket team; also to those fainted heated who thought Pakistan will be packing off after Thursday semis.

    It was a battle against instincts and techniques. This time former is winner. The bad luck for the SA that Pakistan is different from other as it plays with instincts.

    Lastly, Umar Gul bowled very well in the death. Moreover, he was getting some reverse swing as well. His superb spell remind me of Wasim bowling at the death. I don't understand why Younis didn't use his four overs. Fawad Alam gamble just fell short of being a fatal error.

  • Eyaz on June 18, 2009, 22:07 GMT

    Congrats to Pak nation ! This moment was badly needed to provid som relief to its people. I am really excited on this win and hope Pakistan gonna Rock in Final as well. Gud Luck !!!!Cheers on

  • Farhan on June 18, 2009, 22:11 GMT

    Kamran, I have never posted on your blog before, Im a pakistani team supporte and choose not to usually comment on every win over not so strong team. Today though was something special, I had no expectations from this team when they were thoroughly beaten By SA, India and then even England in the beginning. You nailed it on the head...What Pakistan did today, beating an unbeaten team like SA and more importantly the way they did it, can only be described as what Pakistan does on the day they have made up their mind to win. There simply is no other explanations for this complete unpredictability. I have a love/hate relationship with the team, I really felt even before this match started that this was their day. I hope they win the final now and show the world to never underestimate or even overestimate this team. Go PAK GO!! this is your world cup!!