Twenty20 World Cup 2009 June 20, 2009

Go Pakistan, this could be your moment

 
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There is something about Pakistan's determination to put right some of the wrongs of the past, and lift the mood of the people back home © Associated Press
 

In 1999, Pakistan played thrilling World Cup cricket only to be crushed in the final by Australia at Lord's. In 2007 Pakistan came within an agonising 5 runs of winning the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup. In one fell swoop - a Twenty20 final at Lord's - Younis Khan's team can banish both those painful memories for Pakistan's players and supporters.

This is an unexpected opportunity. Few people predicted Pakistan could reach this stage. Cricket's perennial underachievers have overachieved in this tournament. They have already made their supporters proud. Against Sri Lanka they will again start as underdogs.

But if Pakistan play with the same passion, pride, and fearlessness that they have displayed in the latter half of the tournament then they have every chance of success. Pakistan play a strong Sri Lankan team, but the teams are evenly matched. A flash of genius from a player from either side will seal this match. Enter Shahid Afridi, a player with verve. This could be your moment.

Sri Lanka would be worthy winners too - and the dignity they showed after the Lahore attacks would be reason enough- but there is something about Pakistan's determination to put right some of the wrongs of the past, and lift the mood of the people back home, that is compelling.

Younis Khan's admonishment of Mohammad Aamer for failing to complete a run out when the semi-final was already won tells its own story. Afridi and Abdul Razzaq have the pain of a decade ago to ease. Many of the players watched India celebrate in South Africa two years ago. Above all, their countrymen have suffered on a daily basis for many months. Younis, Afridi, and Umar Gul are from the war torn North West Frontier Province. Pakistan have many powerful motivations to win this cup.

But the match will not be decided on sentiment. Pakistan may not have an Ajantha Mendis but they possess a more consistently powerful bowling line-up. Sri Lanka shade the batting although Pakistan are fast improving and must have one big score in them, surely? At least they will be confident of tackling Murali and Mendis. It was Lasith Malinga who undid them in the Super Eights match. Pakistan must play him with a clear plan. The last outing was panic-stricken.

It is always difficult to predict a Twenty20 match with certainty. But I am certain that Younis' team have been the best ambassadors that Pakistan has had for many years. They have not achieved this through politics or money. They have achieved this through their skill and passion on a cricket pitch and the joy and excitement that they have brought to this tournament. Changing the world's view of the people of Pakistan was harder than winning any World Cup.

Now for the easy part. Go Pakistan! Dil Dil Pakistan . . .

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

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  • Levitra on January 13, 2010, 3:56 GMT

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  • Shahid on June 23, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Its joyfull to experience Pakistan winning the cup, but since the day of finals I only have been thinking that how unfair it is on Razaq. Everybody write and talk of Afridi but tell me if Afridi didn't score 50 would other remaining 4 batsmen not have scored that anyway. But what if SL had not lost those wickets to Razaq. Tell us who is the real hero

  • Sharjeel H Vijdani on June 22, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan. We can do it. Ahmed Shahzad or minimum Salman Butt to replace Fawad Alam.

  • Sharjeel H Vijdani on June 22, 2009, 10:04 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan. We can do it. Ahmed Shahzad or minimum Salman Butt to replace Fawad Alam.

  • Vikram Maingi on June 22, 2009, 7:20 GMT

    Hi Sharjeel,

    The Pakis have already done it. They won the championship more than 10 hours before you had posted this message.

    Congratulations to Pakistan.

  • Sharjeel H Vijdani on June 22, 2009, 4:53 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan. We can do it. Ahmed Shahzad or minimum Salman Butt to replace Fawad Alam.

  • Mr.Moody on June 21, 2009, 19:15 GMT

    Congrats pakistan have won the T20 World Cup by the grace of Almighty Allah. Afridi is legendary all-rounder. green shirts have made us feel proud. well done sri lanka for great performance too

  • Kaiser Mukhtar from Hong Kong on June 21, 2009, 18:52 GMT

    Many many heartfelt congratulations to Pakistan team and Younis Khan for winning the T20 world cup. When he had clarified his views after taking over the captaincy that he wants to emulate the 1992 victory by Imran khan then everyone laughed about his comment as to how he could he bring out the best out of loosely knit Pakistan eleven. But what has he achieved today is even greater considering the undercooked preparations and starvation of international quality cricket. no team would have been so starved of quality cricket before going for world event in any sport and still managed to win it. It shows a Brave Heart of the contributors and is a message to ICC. They can no longer ignore such a force in FTP of ICC. Thanks and congrats to Pakistan team and Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi for bringing a great jpy to a beleaguered nation.

  • Muhammad Noman on June 21, 2009, 18:51 GMT

    Thats it. Pakistan have won...!!!

  • Ramlah on June 21, 2009, 18:23 GMT

    We have woooooooon!!!! And the gloryy is back to Pakistan!!! Thank you Team, Stay Blessed !! Pakistan Zindabad!!!

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  • Shahid on June 23, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Its joyfull to experience Pakistan winning the cup, but since the day of finals I only have been thinking that how unfair it is on Razaq. Everybody write and talk of Afridi but tell me if Afridi didn't score 50 would other remaining 4 batsmen not have scored that anyway. But what if SL had not lost those wickets to Razaq. Tell us who is the real hero

  • Sharjeel H Vijdani on June 22, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan. We can do it. Ahmed Shahzad or minimum Salman Butt to replace Fawad Alam.

  • Sharjeel H Vijdani on June 22, 2009, 10:04 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan. We can do it. Ahmed Shahzad or minimum Salman Butt to replace Fawad Alam.

  • Vikram Maingi on June 22, 2009, 7:20 GMT

    Hi Sharjeel,

    The Pakis have already done it. They won the championship more than 10 hours before you had posted this message.

    Congratulations to Pakistan.

  • Sharjeel H Vijdani on June 22, 2009, 4:53 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan. We can do it. Ahmed Shahzad or minimum Salman Butt to replace Fawad Alam.

  • Mr.Moody on June 21, 2009, 19:15 GMT

    Congrats pakistan have won the T20 World Cup by the grace of Almighty Allah. Afridi is legendary all-rounder. green shirts have made us feel proud. well done sri lanka for great performance too

  • Kaiser Mukhtar from Hong Kong on June 21, 2009, 18:52 GMT

    Many many heartfelt congratulations to Pakistan team and Younis Khan for winning the T20 world cup. When he had clarified his views after taking over the captaincy that he wants to emulate the 1992 victory by Imran khan then everyone laughed about his comment as to how he could he bring out the best out of loosely knit Pakistan eleven. But what has he achieved today is even greater considering the undercooked preparations and starvation of international quality cricket. no team would have been so starved of quality cricket before going for world event in any sport and still managed to win it. It shows a Brave Heart of the contributors and is a message to ICC. They can no longer ignore such a force in FTP of ICC. Thanks and congrats to Pakistan team and Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi for bringing a great jpy to a beleaguered nation.

  • Muhammad Noman on June 21, 2009, 18:51 GMT

    Thats it. Pakistan have won...!!!

  • Ramlah on June 21, 2009, 18:23 GMT

    We have woooooooon!!!! And the gloryy is back to Pakistan!!! Thank you Team, Stay Blessed !! Pakistan Zindabad!!!

  • Aimnov on June 21, 2009, 18:22 GMT

    congratulations to all the nation on this win... love you all :) Pakistan Zindabad

    and congratulations to srilanka aswell :)

  • Rakim on June 21, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    We won it,

    2009 Champions baby !!!

  • Gulab on June 21, 2009, 17:43 GMT

    Salam Alhamdolillah Finally our bowling and batting guns brought for us world cup. Congratulations to the whole nation and team and thanks to Allah. Enjoy these moments my great nation. We showed the people that it is not a fulke team it is energitic but they just need motivation for iginition. Thanks

  • Raj on June 21, 2009, 17:16 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan on a great win! The new World Champions!!!

  • Vikas on June 21, 2009, 17:16 GMT

    Congrates to all Pakistan cricket in behalf of all the Indians...This is your moment .so enjoy this success. Wish all the best for common Pakistani person and your cricket...:-)

  • Vikas - India on June 21, 2009, 15:46 GMT

    SL with 138/6, I think this is the best time for Pak to win world cup... Good luck and hope that Pak people would enjoy the victory...:-)

  • rapper on June 21, 2009, 13:55 GMT

    pakistan can win if afridi bat open and hitting sixes inshallah we can win if afridi plays allrounder razzak is also their to get pakistan to lift the trophy inzammam bhia rehna tha +yousuf bahi bhi experience we dont have but we can get ball out of the boundary ropes

  • rapper on June 21, 2009, 13:50 GMT

    pakistan has to win the cup so that we can get happy coz we loss 07 wc due to india makichut

  • Faisal on June 21, 2009, 13:39 GMT

    I LOVE MY PAKISTAN. AND I AM PROUD TO BE A PAKISTANI

  • Chohdry Amir Ali Sandhu on June 21, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    Pakistan will win this game by being agressive, Sri Lanka will win only if Pakistan try to be traditionalist.

  • Sarath on June 21, 2009, 13:14 GMT

    We would love to win but we love Pakistan also. Whosoever wins today, it is OUR win! Give your best! Good luck Sri Lanka and Pakistan...!

  • Khurram Javed on June 21, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    There are 100s of people commenting about who will perform, who should be the key, etc. Personally I feel it would be something different gona happen from both ends. Who knows Misbah or Mailk who had been quite would do something unexpected today, who knows Razzaq or Amir make the life easy for Gul by doing some serious damage in the early overs. And same goes for Srilanka, who knows Jayasuriya n Sangakara who had an average tournamant might shine. So my belief is we can't just look up for the performers of this tournamanet, as there could be something unexpecting oing to happen.....someone might steel the show whom we have ignored in our comments so far... :) But we must not let ourselves down even if we lose the final.....we have played a good cricket even though we had very less cricket in the past 18 months and on top no IPL practice for us. So WELL DONE boys, u have made PAIKSTAN pround out there :) INSHALLAH, YOU GUYS WILL MAKE US MORE PROUD!!!!

  • nadeem on June 21, 2009, 12:50 GMT

    What a Superb Spectacle awaits and i truly hope as a cricket lover that its an entertaining finale

    I dont mind so much after the last year who wins as much as surely its the sport and the people that matter

    Lovely sentiment by Sampath and as a pakistani fan find it fitting that the 2 most vibrant and entertaining teams are in the final

    Sri Lanka have played some great cricket and Pakistan have exploded into form and i think Lords Will be electric

    Enjoy

  • Shadab salahuddin on June 21, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    MY heart is Beating...Goes on Repeating..That Pakistan Will win The Match...INSHA ALLAH..GEO Pakistan..DIL DIL PAKISTAN..

  • hemz on June 21, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    I am an Indian, but will be cheering for Pakisthan! Go on and make me proud before I have a change of heart!

  • Haroon Afaq on June 21, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    My team for today's Final:

    1. Shahzaib Hasan 2. Salman Butt/Ahmed Shahzad 3. Shahid Afridi 4. Kamran Akmal 5. Shoaiob Malik 6. Younus Khan 7. Misbah Ul Haq 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Umar Gul 11. Muhammad Amir

    Go Pakistan GO

  • Ali Marghuz on June 21, 2009, 12:33 GMT

    we hope our team will do best in final, our prayers ara always for Pakistan, in every field of life. Its honour for Pakistan cricket and nation to reach final of T20, do it again Pakistan, as we did in 1992. Best of luck for Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket team, and tomorrow Pakistan will be T20 champion Inshallah. Dil Dil Pakistan, Jan Jan Pakistan.

  • Ayaz F. Farooqi on June 21, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    Salt has already been sprayed on many Indian's wounds by the extraordinary Pakistan's performance thus far. If they win the final, that will surely be real icing on the cake. Indians have tried their hardest to throw Pakistan out of the world map (not just cricket's) but Pakistan has not only managed to survive on both counts, but has surged forward with pomp and dignity. Message for the Pakistani cricketers: We all are extremely proud of you. Just play the final with the same same passion and pride as you have played the last three matches of the cup, and we will not be disappointed of you even if you are unable to bring home the cup. Bravo Pakistan Cricket Team! For the Indians: Sorry you weren't good enough for us to meet us at any of the knock-out stages of the tournament.

  • amran khan on June 21, 2009, 12:23 GMT

    i am hoppe and pray pakistan win this world cup.just a few tips ahmed shehzad should replace fawad alam , play your best Good luck Pakistan

  • alisha on June 21, 2009, 12:16 GMT

    best of luck pakiz.n best of luck afridi we need ur 4z n 6zzz

  • ZUBAIR ALAM, KSA on June 21, 2009, 11:59 GMT

    Today pakistan team has to deliver its best of best.

  • Zeeshan Ali on June 21, 2009, 11:54 GMT

    InshAllah Paki Power will Prevail today at Lords. Cheer Up Pakistani Supporters it will DIL DIL Pakistan today.

  • Saeed Ahmed on June 21, 2009, 11:43 GMT

    I;m a Pakistani. Any team who makes to the final, is great team. Final is final, let us enjoy the game, I'm confident its going to be a great game today. I love see Pakistan winning but if Sirilanka is winner, I will be happy, as Sirilanka is a friendly country. It is impressive that Sirilankans reacted very responsibly, when terrorist attacked cricketers in Lahore. Pakistanis are sad more than Sirilankans that this happened. Wish good-luck to both the teams.

  • dammgood on June 21, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    Lasit malinga vs Umar Gul....in pace department...i am dieing to see...best bowler in the competition...

  • Azeem Akhtar on June 21, 2009, 11:40 GMT

    May the best team win ....

  • Mohammed Hussain on June 21, 2009, 11:37 GMT

    I have seen many years tears shed off my family, whenever pakistan has lost. I really hope they win today, or I might quit watching cricket. Being an India, I still yell... Go Pakistan!

  • Umer Farooq on June 21, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    I believe the only threat will be Tillekeratne Dilshan. he is the most dangerous player of this tournament and can turn the game single handedly. Moreover, he plays a very very safe cricket. No chances given. He seeks 4s and not 6s a lot which is the key to his success. Pakistan should address this in the first 6 overs. I belive Guls's yorkers are the answers to his skills. As far the Mendis and Murali are concerned, Pakistan have faced them on quite a number of times so no worries playing them. Afridi, Misbah, younis, Shoaib and Akmal can handle them well.

    Boys take care of Dilshan only. And match will be in your pocket. I can bet if Dilshan falls in first 4 overs, there will be much less competition between the teams. Who wanna bet here? LOLz. Gud Luck Pakistan.

  • nazim ali on June 21, 2009, 11:24 GMT

    Although it would be great for pakistan to win and as a pak fan it would make me very very happy, however if Sri Lanka win I will not be angry, upset or sad as the sri lankan team dealt with the whol lahore incident with GREAT DIGNITY and did not say a bad word against pakistan, I know the likes of Aus, Safrica, England and the kiwis would have gone on and on about it non stop. So well done Sri lanka and I hope we a have a cracker today!

  • Touqir on June 21, 2009, 11:23 GMT

    Dil Dil Pakistan Jaan Jaan Pakistan... Inshallah we will win this world cup...I truely thanks all Indian Supporter for there kind words....and Mr Muthu....U R Day Dreaming!!! Stop Dreaming.......Live in Reality and Reality is that Today Pakistan Will Win........Congrats to all Pakistani Brothers and Sister in Advance... Pakistan Zindaabaad....

  • Sharjeel H Vijdani on June 21, 2009, 11:23 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan. We can do it. Ahmed Shahzad or minimum Salman Butt to replace Fawad Alam.

  • Syed Omair Hasan on June 21, 2009, 11:21 GMT

    Pakistan can only win if the other team has a pathetic day at the office, they have'nt beaten anyone fair and square as yet. So, if Srilanka play to their ability or for that matter, had any other team who lost to the pakis played even 60% of their abilities, we wouldnt be reading pakis saying all this. Talent has always been the strength of pakistan team and not laptop cricket, but now, this Srilankan team outscores them in that department too apart being having a methodical approach too. Well, anyhow, All the best to both of them for the final. Just one more thing....... 2007 20-20world cup was won by a wicketkeeper captaining his side for the first time in a major tournament. 2009.....which team hits common ground on this???

  • Rahul on June 21, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    i hope and i pray that Sri Lanka wins the Twenty 20 World Cup today! All the best to both teams! Go for it!!!

  • anas on June 21, 2009, 11:14 GMT

    i m a pakistani fan,, but i love all the sri lankans because they r our friends,,i love them bcoz of their attitude,, they r great,, gd luck to both the teams ,, so there r no loosers tomorrow

  • shahzad khan on June 21, 2009, 11:11 GMT

    we wanted something from Pakistan after loosing to south africa and india in warm up matches and loosing to england. i think since then they have given us too much and no matter if they lose or win the final.

  • taj from bangladesh on June 21, 2009, 11:10 GMT

    may ALLAH keep pakistan on top AMEEN!!!!i am a big fan of pak cricket team im alwayz with the team for support !!the way they played last couple of match if they play same like that as an unit im sure pakistan will be on top this time as well,,i pray 4 the team always to do best!!!all the best to all pak fan and team...in the end i ll say jeetega bhai jeetega pakistan jeetega

  • SOHAIB on June 21, 2009, 11:04 GMT

    INSHALLAH PAKISTAN WIN THIS WORLD CUP....

  • Adeel A. Shah on June 21, 2009, 11:00 GMT

    What if Afridi (& Ajmal) start their spells as early as from 4th over? They were the keys to dismiss the top 4 Lankan batsmen in the Group F match... Umer Gul with his death yorkers can finish the tail off afterwards...

  • dan on June 21, 2009, 10:49 GMT

    Cheesy at best. keep trying kam.

  • Rajesh on June 21, 2009, 10:42 GMT

    I am from India and the moment, India was out, I have been supporting Pakistan and I am very happy for them. Afridi on the pitch, with his finger up would be my best image from sports in the last couple of years. I hope Pakistan wins. But I am glad about Sri Lanka too. May be it is possible to share the trophy!!!! Well done Pakistan and Sri Lanka

  • nitish on June 21, 2009, 10:42 GMT

    i think,,,sri lanka should win bec of d way d dey were treated by terrorists in pak,,there pain will reduce by dis win sri lanka should win althogh pak hav played excellent game in tournament nd it wont be easy 4 both d sides

  • Steve on June 21, 2009, 10:36 GMT

    Man, it all looks so fixed...

    Pakistan being awarded Trophy as a consolation of being deprived to co-host world cup...

    ICC is a very good company and knows very well where to keep the cricket alive....

    My vote for Sri Lanka though.... Can't just withstand with team of nation supporting terrorism...

  • Wasim Ul Haq Qureshi on June 21, 2009, 10:34 GMT

    As the countdown for the Grand finale begins, I am starting to get more tense. No doubt Pak is an unpredictable team and it is better not to always expect good results from them. But my passion for Pak cricket team overpowers my common sense. So I always expect Pak to win any match against any team.T20 might be regarded as the batsman's game.But it is the bowlers who helped both SL and PAK to get into the finals.Top 5 wicket takers are from these two teams only.And I beleive that the bowlers only are going to decide the fate of the Grand Finale.For Pak, I think the biggest threat will be Malinga rather than MEndis and Murali. I agree with KAMRAN about tackling Malinga with some plan. I hope they have some in this crucial encounter.Regading Pak batting, I think Fawad looks like a waste in this batting line up.But I dont find any better replacement for him in this squad considering that he can be helpful with ball as well.I pray Misbah and Razzak will come good with bat this time. AAMIN.

  • Muhammad Noman on June 21, 2009, 10:33 GMT

    Both teams are equal. As a Pakistani we will definitely support Pakistan. But Sri Lanka are always second favorites of Pakistan.

    INSHALLAH Pakistan will win tonight.

  • rapper on June 21, 2009, 10:32 GMT

    i m adil_afridi82 in yahoo add me i see matches of pakistan 9 years before and i just see pak match for afridi he is the only best allrounder in the world + for pakistan . afridi have to be [promote up order if they had to get above 200

  • raj on June 21, 2009, 10:31 GMT

    pakistan go.................. n win

  • Hasan on June 21, 2009, 10:29 GMT

    InshaAllah Pakistan will win the finals. Even if Srilanka win's the game i wont be much disappointed as Srilanka is also good friend of our country. The thing which matter is good game of cricket. Love u both Pakistan & Srilanka. And hoping that Pakistan wins the final to bring some happiness for the people of the country after a very long time. Geo Pakistan & Dil Dil Pakistan. Yay CUP Hamara hay INSHALLAH

  • ahmed on June 21, 2009, 10:29 GMT

    Pray for Pakistani victory.The only thing we have to show is team work. InshaALLah we will win

  • Saad Naeem on June 21, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    As long as our boys put up a fight.....ANY RESULT IS ACCEPTABLE :)

  • Yasser Masood on June 21, 2009, 10:10 GMT

    Your post brings tears to my eyes. May Allah bless you for the good works and help our team achieve this feat. We all Pakistanis must make it a point to give due credit to our country and help it become what it can be. InshAllah. :)

  • Justice on June 21, 2009, 10:08 GMT

    Someone rightly said "Cricket is Life". The unpredictable Life in Pakistan lately has hardened us as individuals, the daily news punchline showing people dying does that to you and makes you expect less, yet we watch news everyday with a flicker of hope. Likewise Pakistan cricket with all its unpredictability has the same "Hope" factor attached for its fans.The fact is that Sri Lanka are a much better team just like South Africa and all we can do is expect little and "hope" for more. As a Prroud Pakistani I hope that Pakistan wins as it will definitely bring smiles to tension stricken people of Pakistan. Good Luck Both Teams.

  • Marlo on June 21, 2009, 10:03 GMT

    I wont mind SIRILANKA winning it though I hope for my country Pakistan to win the cup as they are second time in the final and deserve it. SIRILANKAN TEAM are real gentlemen and there responce to our shortcommings in Lahore was so friendly. I personly feel owing to them and that will I do to share their joys if they win the game.

  • Taslim Khan--BD on June 21, 2009, 9:58 GMT

    Pakistani players play srilankan bowling better than any other team specially spinners.They have to believe themselves that they could win.They have to be confident, although srilankans are playing good cricket they are not unbeatable.Today they have to outperform srilankans in every department.They have to attack srilanka from start of the match.Malik,Misbah,Afridi,Akmal,Younis,and Gul have to play well to beat SL.I pray for pakistan's win today.I hope they come out victorious.Good Luck Pakistan.

  • indian on June 21, 2009, 9:54 GMT

    Assalamualikum

    Dear fellow readers. This comment from an Indian is a tribute to all my Pakistani brothers, who have been braving the constant threat of terrorism each time they decide to get out of their homes. This post is a tribute to all those family members whose loved ones went out of their homes, to never return after any major attack.But more importantly this post is a show of solidarity to my fellow cricket mad neighbors that Pakistan has won the hearts of millions across the border, as well, through their mercurial yet brave march to the finals.Cricket unites people. Cricket brings people together. Cricket is the ultimate winner.

    I pray to Allah that this final victory gives our strife ridden neighbors one small yet joyful reason to forget their wounds.May a million prayers be answered today.

    May Allah make this world a better place to live.

    Amen

  • Syed Kashif Imam on June 21, 2009, 9:50 GMT

    I pray that Pakistan team wins and make all of us proud and happy , happiness which we need badly, though by reaching to final, they have already made us excited.... but even if Srilanka wins I wont be too much sad because they are our friends & rem it was Srilankan team who came to Pakistan when every other team was refusing, we owe them one, so I wish them good luck too. A word for Pakistani team, we love you all and our prays are with you always. Pakistan Zindabad!!

  • Musa Khan on June 21, 2009, 9:44 GMT

    Well we are just short only one decent win. Its not gonna be easy as you people know that sri lanka r in top gear now. Boom Boom Show Or a merical performance from any one players from pakistan side can put the ball in sri lankan court. Afridi should open the innings with kamran because he is a bit weak in spin chemistry. To win the final Pakistan have to dissmiss jaysuria,Dilshan And sangakara as soon as they can. And the key factor is that pakistan should not play defensive cricket.I hope Younas will not do any contagious experiment like he did in semi final by giving over to fawad alam. That was just like to commit sucide. Pakistan should play farelessly,positively and aggressively Just to give a reason to the people of NWFP to smile. We r Pakistani and in every harsh and tuff time we always BITE THE BULLET. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • maddy's dad on June 21, 2009, 9:43 GMT

    Go Greeeeeeen...

    I wish and pray that we do well in this game, outcome is not in our hand, we can surely work hard and give all that we can towards achieving the required results, rest depends on Almighty.

    I would suggest that instead of having Fawad Alam wasted (without bowling or batting), they should either let him bat up the order and give him a license to attack, it fails we will still have people to cover. Or, add another batter to the side, Ahmed Shahzad maybe.

  • Niraj on June 21, 2009, 9:42 GMT

    Undoubtedly Sri Lanka will win the finals comfortably. With the great batting line up along with the three best bowlers in the world Sri Lanka team is the best. Pakistan will not stand a chance against mighty LIONS. Sri Lanka will knockout Pakistan is style. May the Triple Gem bless the Sri Lankan team....

  • Hammad on June 21, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    Go Paki Go

    INSHALLAH we will win tomorow

  • Marlo on June 21, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    @Jogesh99 You may be right in case of Pakistan but the cause for the game lovers is lack of cricket and not UNCLE games as they are really getting used to them. But then who doesn't give that much importance to cricket in subcontinent, for some the hype is over and grapes are sour the others still sail with the flow. Was it the other way around, was your comment surely a different one.

  • Syed Imran Ahmed Bukhari on June 21, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    Pakistani team are unpredictable. But the time needs consistency. We know Pakistan can win WC, but the play should be fair. Like we see the teams do even for a single run victory, team like Australia & South Africa there effort were marvelous. It’s a final & I think both teams will do their best. I need more then the BEST from Pakistan because team India & Indian also watching this match & they won't want what we need this time.

  • IMRAN AHSAN on June 21, 2009, 9:33 GMT

    I Appreciated the words said by tharanga being a pakistani my favourite team is pakistan but if srilanka wins i will cheer also because after pakistan this is my 2nd favourite team.

  • sayed sameer on June 21, 2009, 9:28 GMT

    hi i am sayed sameer from india and i am not a fan of pakistani team and i start to hate them when they drop abdul razzaq from team he is my fevrite player and he is the best 20-20 player u can find in this world but the match against SA the bowling was superb for that i want pakistan to win this final for my best player razzaq c he is back in final and pakistan on high i am sure he will deliver tommorow he is dew for big thing in this tournament. allaha hafiz pakistan u deserve to be champion this time only

  • imran on June 21, 2009, 9:27 GMT

    This is for the team. Remember!!!16 crore people are with u praying for you.Win or Loose is one thing but please do not let us feel that you people standing under green flag didn't put in your best.Do it like fighters whatever the circumstances may be.......May God be with u

  • Faraz Haider on June 21, 2009, 9:24 GMT

    I am an indian but i am a vry big pakistani cricket fan but somehow i was reading the comments posted by my frnd Hasan cheema and it really hurt me by the way he said that the indian got a big slap on there face...He should know that we indian are too big for them and for reaching our face...he Mr.Cheema have to take Rebirth.....Bye! I love My India...!

  • Haseef Mohamed on June 21, 2009, 9:20 GMT

    Dear younis, Remember 2007 T20 world cup.last time match go to india. good luck for pakistan.

  • umar khan on June 21, 2009, 9:20 GMT

    i only believe if Allah has written the destiny to win this cup then no matters who is in and who is out.. even fawad alam could be hero or even the new opener could be the one..so just beleive in Allah and pray for glory...thats it.i hope DJ again plays that song in the ground..Dil dil Pakistan at the end...Allah khair ..

  • Haseef Mohamed on June 21, 2009, 9:19 GMT

    Dear younis, Remember 2007 T20 world cup.last time match go to india. good luck for pakistan.

  • abdul qadir on June 21, 2009, 9:17 GMT

    inshallah pakistan will win afridi will repeat his performance once again we r all hoping for the best

  • Rauf on June 21, 2009, 9:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka is a tough team this time around so it will be hard for Pakistan but if they keep their cool and execute their plan then they have a very good chance to win. A little luck won't hurt either.

    Pakistan team has achieved more then what anyone predicted at the start of this tournament... including myself so they are already winners in my heart even if they loose the final.

    Go pakistan!

  • Armaan on June 21, 2009, 9:11 GMT

    Play your best cricket in final pakistan

    best of luck.

  • Ali on June 21, 2009, 9:07 GMT

    INSHALLAH, Pakistan will win today. If our team works hard, show determination and play with passion, luck will be with us and INSHALLAH we will win. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • udana on June 21, 2009, 8:56 GMT

    good luck for the both teams you both deserved to be in the final hope we can watch a good game of crcket

  • Umair on June 21, 2009, 8:49 GMT

    @ khosh.. Salman butt will never be the right choice!

  • rai ally on June 21, 2009, 8:49 GMT

    its quarter to 10 here in london..wokeup on sunday early n gettin geared up to leav for lords..a funny thing happened yesterday..i went to buy some groccery n dat guy asked me r u pakistan..i said yes..he said wid a cheeky grin..tomorrow :D..he was a sri lankan n well i said..dude i admire ur cricketin talent but no hurdle inshallah can stop pakistan from lifting wat is dere ..de world cup..go team green..win it for pakistan..for all de things goin around in our beloved country..win it to replace tears wid smilez..scars wid joys..hater wid love.. am going to support u at lords wid all my strength.. Dil Dil pakistan

  • Umair on June 21, 2009, 8:47 GMT

    No way, again someone posted replace Fawad with Butt. Please man dont Fawad is gr8...butt is nowhere near Fawad's ability...

  • SR on June 21, 2009, 8:42 GMT

    Thank u to all +ve comments given by sri lankan fans. If pkaitsn win, I would request the President of Pakistan to recieve our players upon their arrival in Pakistan.

    My guts feeling is the Power Of Pathans will win the cup......

  • JH Khan on June 21, 2009, 8:38 GMT

    I m so proud of my team for reaching thus far....I will definetly support Pakistan to win the tournament but i dont mind the even if we lose, because Sri Lanka is always my second choice after Pakistan....They are true friends of Pakistan...May best team wins today's final.

  • Madhan Kumar on June 21, 2009, 8:32 GMT

    @Tharanga It really hurts to know that Mr tharanga and his sri lankan friends are happy when India loses, coz we dont feel the same way about sri lanka.

    I'm an Indian. We appreciate any team that wins a game as long as they play it in the right spirit. And when they do not we dont care and in fact would love if they lose coz thats what they deserved.

    This is not an argument with you Mr. Tharanga coz I respect your judgement and dont intend to question it.

    Its only that we dont want any bad feelings spreading around for no good reason. We all have our faults and these kind of things are not going to change it. But we can start to appreciate each other and benefit from it.

    Its long overdue that we start to understand each other. Lets hope that happens very soon.

    WE CAN DO IT.

  • ISHFAQ AHMED on June 21, 2009, 8:22 GMT

    Excellent work by Pakistan & Srilanka both. As a Pakistani, my second favourite team is Srilanka. They have got the same passion & Junoon which Pakis have got. When they need to win, they simply win. No matter what it costs them & how big the hurdles are. So for me, I would prefer Pakistan win but Srilanka winning also will not be that disappointing. GREAT JOB GUYS. Just six hours more & the match will start. I am eagerly waiting.

  • Umair Bashir on June 21, 2009, 8:22 GMT

    We need this one!

  • Muhammad Umair Jafri on June 21, 2009, 8:21 GMT

    I am a University Student living in Saudi Arabia. I have 2 Exams Today and 1 Tomorrow. But, I just waiting and waiting for the Final Today, full of Excitement and Energy. We as Pakistanis really do need this Win. Prayers for the Team.

  • muhammad yaqoob khan on June 21, 2009, 8:20 GMT

    Inshallah pakistan team will win the trophy.TT WC is not much away from the pak,team just one game to win. I wish best of luck tp pakistan team.

  • Imran on June 21, 2009, 8:16 GMT

    Insha Allah T20 will be ours it will be a big victory for us over those culprits who are trying their level best to isolate Pakistan from Cricket but our Cricket team has proved to this world that we are not afraid of anyone. We we have already made our point by going into the final and now it is a stage where we will become National Heroes. Entire Nation is proud of these players and every player in the side has shown it's real killing effect to the opposition. But we must be careful with Murali, Mendis and Malinga who should be dealt very carefully. Let's hope the Best will come out from this team which has been full of surprises for any opposition.

  • taj on June 21, 2009, 8:15 GMT

    go pak go and get the cum for ur well wisher!!!im very much confident that pak boyz ll do it for the nation and for their fan!!!i am a big fan of pakistan cricket team since i got to know wat is cricket i pray all the time for the team !!!though i am from bangladeh but i die 4 pak cricket and im sure ALLAH will fullfil our wish this time!AMEEN!!!!!in the end i can say ...jeetega bhai jeetega pakistan jeetega...AMEEEN

  • Malik Kamran from Barotha Attock on June 21, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    Only Just play with pride and passions. We are with u Pakistan team. you have to bring WC this time for us we still remember last year lost to India. BE Victorious Pakistan. We are praying for u. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Asif Ghouri on June 21, 2009, 8:04 GMT

    Insha`Allah Pakistan will win to please the whole nation and many others outside. This opportunity must not be missed. Plz do best coz pakistan need.

  • Shoaib Abbasi on June 21, 2009, 7:44 GMT

    No losers today, but Pakistan need victory for the sake of shutting BCCI mouth shut. We need victory to make our nation proud. We need victory to show the world that cricket without Pakistan is food without salt.

    DIL DIL PAKISTAN!!!

  • Khuram Paracha on June 21, 2009, 7:35 GMT

    Go Pakistan!!!! Stand up for the Glory. This time we will win InshaAllah. We have a gr8 record against SRI LANKA in world cup matches and our team is determined to repeat the history. Forget about what happened on 20th June 1999, this is a new match, new format, new opponent..

    Go Pakistan. We are praying for you

  • chandana DXB on June 21, 2009, 7:35 GMT

    Well... Pak need to win.. but SL Too..

    Best team will win the trophy.

    SL i prefered.

  • Syed Akif Shoaib on June 21, 2009, 7:32 GMT

    Come on guyz,, do it for your land, for your faith, for your pride. Do it for Bob. beyond that victory are the hearts of our nation and the hope of millions. forth! and fear not failure! for YOU are LIONS! Arise! Arise, Champions of the light! Bats shall be shaken! Stumps shall be splintered!! wrath is at hand! Victory is at hand! a dday, a GREEN day! Destruction! Control! VICTORY! ERE THE CRESCENT RISESS!!!!!....

  • Mohamed on June 21, 2009, 7:31 GMT

    I think Sri lanka is going to win the match, the same way then beat Pakistan in canada Cup T20. Sri Lanka currently in form has better bowling attack than pakistan, only week link is their middle order batting. If top oder click then they will win the cup. Anything around 150-160 is enough to defend the total with there bowling attack.

  • Arshad Mahmood Shakir on June 21, 2009, 7:29 GMT

    Team Pakistan.you have alreday won the heart of us.Now we want you to win this one match.Good Luck.

  • Atif Aslam on June 21, 2009, 7:26 GMT

    Afridi's another fastest century is not ruled out there...

  • Shoaib NIazi on June 21, 2009, 7:26 GMT

    It is great chance for Younis khan and co to prove themselves that they are true professionals in this game.Looking at their previous performensis,InshaAllah they can Easily beat lankans and can give proude and happiness to every Pakistani,,,,,,,InshALLAH

  • Gulab on June 21, 2009, 7:21 GMT

    Salam InshaUllah this will be a day for Pakitan. Both teams are equally balanced. Our prayers are with our team to bring a cup for our nation after lengthy and difficult time. Pray and see the result. Thanks

  • Avinash on June 21, 2009, 7:21 GMT

    Gotta luv some of you...why do you bring Lalit Modi and BCCI into this...sour grapes...no matter what happens today in the final...no one is going to Lahore or Karachi to play cricket...it will provide temporary respite...in the long terms there is still some misery expected...AND...stop obssessing what the indians are going to think...they each earn $!mill, while winning t20 world cup the team gets $250k...guess the pak team need money...since no one wants to play them. ...with love from India...

  • ganesh on June 21, 2009, 7:12 GMT

    I am an indian but am proud to be an asian to see two asian teams reaching the final. Truly pakistan have shown the passion which was lacking in other teams like india. Don't ever think that indians are enemies of pak. We cheer for pak also. Go pak go.

  • Haroon Afaq on June 21, 2009, 7:10 GMT

    Hummmmmm.....10 years ago, 20 June 1999, i still remember that day. Same ground, same world Cup Final, same energy, passion, enthusiasm..... but that day had turned to be as the most heart-breaking day of this Cricket loving nation..

    Now after 10 years, i am feeling the same enthusiasm, energy & passion, every1 is talking about the big final, and expectations are too high, heartbeats are getting higher & higher as the time passing on…..Passion is BACK, but can we delivered this time?? Can we stand tall & play the game with the same aggression & game plan??

    Gul, Afridi & Saeed Ajmal are the key bowlers…… Batting is still creating concerns & it can be a vital difference in between the Smile & tears… role of Fawad Alam is still undecided to me… isn’t better to drop him & select either Salman Butt or Ahmed Shahzad @ the top, so that Younus, Misbah & Malik can play most of Murli & Mendis?

    One thing is for sure that the nation is backing the team better then ever.

    Go Pakistan Go

  • Milan on June 21, 2009, 7:06 GMT

    think Pakistan will not change the winning combination but i think Fawad Alam is totally waisted in the line up. He is not getting many balls to bat and after the 15 runs over in the semi final, Younis might not risk giving him an over or two. So if Tanvir is fit then why not replace Fawad Alam with Tanvir? He can swing the new ball and can give a bang or two in batting as well. Anyway all the best to Pakistan team. We all pray for them to become the World Champions.

  • Faisal Niaz on June 21, 2009, 6:58 GMT

    I pray for the success of Team Pakistan. I just have to say that either they win the final or not, they already have won the heart of their nation. They put smile on our face after a long time. This is high time to tell ICC not to steal our right of hosting World Cup Matches. If situation dosen't improve, we can choose the venue of UAE. Good Luck Pakistan

  • liaqat on June 21, 2009, 6:44 GMT

    i am a pakistani so i will want my country to win.but i also like srilanka because they were the only team which played in pakistan despite many speed brakers

  • Haider Khan on June 21, 2009, 6:41 GMT

    It will be a nice contest indeed. I think both the teams are well balanced and it all depends on the day they play and their luck. God bless Pakistani team.

  • pardesi on June 21, 2009, 6:34 GMT

    Both teams have strong bowling.Both have jittery batting & SL might have a slight edge.We might see a low scoring game and chasing would be difficult.The team with positive attitude & body language will pull it off.Pak were not even expected to be in the final.They should play without pressure.If you win good, if not you still overachieved.Winning the toss is important.Win the toss, bat first and put up 135-140 which should be a good total to defend.Our weekness is in the mid overs when the runs dry up.We will have to tweek the bat order a little.Malik/Yunis/Fawad should be spaced out and plug in with Razzak/Misbah in between followed by Gul/Ajmal/Aamer. We will need a long bat lineup. After that sensible bowling and absolute perfect fielding should win this one for Pak.If we lose the toss then restrict them to 135-145 and then bat sensible.It might get close & interesting in the end.I expect a nail-biter,not that I have any left. Go Pakistan.U hav earned your place.Now finish the job.

  • sam on June 21, 2009, 6:33 GMT

    Asif ali,mean I am a cricket fan,What is that for it is a victorious muslims worlds?I am not a muslim but I love the game.If you think it is the muslim game you r bull shit.You learn from England.so do respect the game and love it? I love Pakistany TEAM.I really do love pakistany team but no muslims.

  • Muneeb on June 21, 2009, 6:33 GMT

    Good wishes for both the teams, As a Pakistani my first choice is definately Pakistan. But even if we lose from SriLankan side,I am sure our people will not show anger to our team. Sri Lanka is a good side, and above it, Pakistanis keep good feelings for Srilankans.This time, two great nations are in the final. Cheeeer up

  • M. ZAHEER on June 21, 2009, 6:22 GMT

    come on pakistan do it ham sab ki duai ap ky sath hai if u win this victory have to name of sawat victoms key of pakistan batting is kamran and afridi and bolling gul ajmal and afridi do it younas plzzzzzzz ham sab aik bari khushi celebrate karny ko bechain hai dica do india ko ky ham kisi bi tarah un sy kam nai hai allah ap sab ki madad kare ameenn:

  • Rizwan on June 21, 2009, 6:21 GMT

    There is nothing to loose... The Boys in Green have made us a proud nation already. Just play for fun, and if possible bring the CUP Home... If not... Boys you have dont your Part... THANK YOU PAKISTANI CRICKET TEAM FOR MAKING US SOOO PROUD...THANK YOU... THANK YOU.... THANK YOU!!!!

  • Raj Sattar on June 21, 2009, 6:19 GMT

    Pakistan will win, no doubt. They are mentally stronger than Sri Lanka & has more match winners.

    Watch out for Kamran Akmal, Afridi & Umer Gul.

  • Shahid Mansoor on June 21, 2009, 6:13 GMT

    We are going to play the final today.Inshah Allah we will win(Amen).I think Yunas Khan should replace Fawad Alam With Sohail Tanvir or Salman Butt. In both situations We will have a specialist bowler or batsman.this movement could increase the strength of batting lineup or bowling side.

  • Mudassir Anis on June 21, 2009, 6:09 GMT

    inshallah, Pakistan will win the final. but i firmly believe that Imran nazir should have been included in this side. he is a dangerously explosive opener and on his day can tear appart any bowling attack. All the Pakistan.......

  • Adnan Kayani on June 21, 2009, 5:56 GMT

    Go team Pakistan go. we all are praying for you. Make us feel proud of being PAKISTANI

  • Amir on June 21, 2009, 5:56 GMT

    I hope and pray that our team plays with enthusiasm and courage and give their best in the final. In my opinion, Win or lose is not that important as long as they fight to the last.

  • Hamza Zafar on June 21, 2009, 5:47 GMT

    I'm feeling very proud of my team as they have qualified for the finals, and I really hope that they bring the cup along with them when they return to home.

    For all the Pak team supporters who are interested in supporting their team can join us online on twitter and show their support. Details are available here: http://mhamzazafar.blogspot.com/2009/06/lets-support-our-cricket-team.html

  • Tahir Mehboob on June 21, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    Pakistan can win if they trust themselves and make shure that they don't play stupid shorts to throw away their wickets. And should nt be over confident due to the last wins they had Please try to play sensibly, Good luck!

  • Zia Matloob on June 21, 2009, 5:37 GMT

    Even though this a great opportunity for Pakistan the biggest danger is from within. Team captain should take advise from Seniors such as Afridi and Razzak. Its important that he doesn't repeat the mistakes he made in Semi final by using Alam at critical moment ( unfair to Alam as well) and also not using Gul's complete quota of overs. Gul should have bowled the last over. Aamir gave 15 runs in that over and one mistake from him could have changed the out come. I think he should bowl his regular 5 and if there is need the Malik should be used as 6th bowler. Also in batting like Imran Khan said they need to use Mishbah up in the order where he can do some demage.

  • Muhammad Islam on June 21, 2009, 5:26 GMT

    Insha Allah Pakistan will win this cup for all fans in Pakistan, for the sake of Cricket and above all for all those people who have suffered losses inside the country specially in Sarhad province. I salute all those heroes who have laid their lives to keep Pakistan on top in the country (Army officers and tribel fighters) and those police officers who have given their lives while protecting Sri Lankan team during the Lahore test. It is really great to see all the Pakistan team working hard and speacially the fielders backing up their bowlers. I hope they will play even better today and bring the cup to Pakistan. I request all the Pakistanis to pray for Pakistan and keep on saying the following Verse from Holy Quran "Nassrun Minal Allah-e Wa Fathun Kareeb" and INSHA ALLAH Pakistan will win this World cup. BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN ..

  • Bilal on June 21, 2009, 5:25 GMT

    Pakistan has finally got their batting line up right with Kamran opening and Afridi coming in at no. 3. It is a waste to have all your hitters batting towards the end you need to use them early since its only a a 20 over game.

  • Mudaser Iqbal on June 21, 2009, 5:16 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will win the world cup. They need to be self confidence and a lot of prays and motivation from Public of Pakistan.

  • Omar (Bangladesh) on June 21, 2009, 5:09 GMT

    The Best Line up for Pakistan Team Today Final should be 1. Shazzib, 2. Kamran Akmal, 3. Shahid Afridi, 4. Abdul Razzaq, 5. Misbaul Hoq, 6. Shoaib Malik, 7. Fowad Alam, 8. Younis Khan, 9. Umar Gul, 10. Ameer & 11. Saeed Ajmal.

    Then Pakistan will be Win Title Champion no duobt. Insha Allah Pakistan will be Win Final. Best of Luck Pakistan

  • Kamil Bakar on June 21, 2009, 4:59 GMT

    It will be an epic battle between Pak & SL. Both teams have their own exclusive strentghs. The climax of any tournament is always in the final match and not many teams able to absorb the pressure. Pak has been tagged underdogs by cricket pundits, but I'm sure this Pakistan is unlike Pakistan in 1999 world cup or 2007 t20 world cup. They will rise to the occassion and viva Pakistan ...

  • Sami on June 21, 2009, 4:58 GMT

    I doesnt matter now if we won or lost, we are the winners, i like the attitude and Enthusiasim with wich they played.

  • Asad Usmani on June 21, 2009, 4:54 GMT

    Inshallah .. Pakistan will Win today. And Pakistani Team will Prove they can do anything. My all best wishes and prayers for Pakistan Team.

  • Mohammad Nawaz on June 21, 2009, 4:40 GMT

    I have no doubt in my mind that have Pakistan is a good team and have all the charactertics of a wining squad. One day I was watching a TV program and a great player of his time Mr. Zaheer Abbass A captain of Pakistan sie was a guest comentator. A caller asked him a question, "can Pakistan beat Siri Lanka" Zaheer Abbass said why not and could not shed more light due to the shortage of time. To elaborate Zaheer's answer I would like to add a little bit more in his answer by saying that if Pakistan can beat an unbeaten team of South Africa why not Sri Lanka. Nothing is impossible and for everybody knows that this team is full of talents and is capable of despatching Sri Lanka back to pevillion too. Inshallah with the will of almighty God this team will beat Sri Lanka. I hope that all the members of the team stay calm, patient and thankful to the Lord for providing this opportunity to become world champion. The Pakistani Team did in the past and Inshaallah will do it again.

  • Schaa Rabbani on June 21, 2009, 4:29 GMT

    Hai Jazba Junoon To Himmat Naa Haar....No matters who win this Final but what I would like to see is the fight to last drop of the blood.As a nation both Lankans & Pakis have come a long way with curret bizzare situations happening in countries.Whoever plays best will win hearts worldwide & bring harmony to this asian region.I hope both Lankas & Pakis give us the best moments in our lives.Go Pakistan & Go Sri Lanka enjoy this FUN (relax) game.

  • Victor on June 21, 2009, 4:28 GMT

    2009 is the Year of Victory for Sri Lanka. Nobody can stop them.

  • Khalid on June 21, 2009, 4:21 GMT

    Thank you Tharanga. The sentiments are mutuial.

  • Mohsin on June 21, 2009, 4:19 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will win the T20 worldcup. May God bless our country and our team. Aameen.

  • Saleem Usman on June 21, 2009, 4:17 GMT

    For me Pakistan is already a winner for reaching the Finals. The team has given all it's supporters all around the world Joy and Happiness by playing with passion and pride. I have great respect for Sri Lanka and I always support them against all teams except Pakistan. Go Younis Khan and Co. , get that Cup and never stop smiling. Hats off to Kamran Abbasi for doing such a wonderful job.

  • Aleem Latif on June 21, 2009, 4:15 GMT

    Few tips for the team before match ... replace Fawad Alam with Ahmed Shehzad. Force Shoab Mailk and Razzak to play fast while batting ... Get 4 overs from Gul not 3 as last time ... bat 2nd and do the chase (we have a long batting line-up, especially after having Ahmed Shehzad at No. 7 or 8).

  • ShabbirsSheriff on June 21, 2009, 4:14 GMT

    Pakistan wins of loose does not matter much as Srilanka is our brother and a very good partner. Most important is that we have already won by conveying a very strong message to the cricketing world, this was the need of time. Good luck to both the countries. We in Toronto will watch the match in one big group enjoying the game and HALWA PURI.

  • Adeel on June 21, 2009, 4:13 GMT

    Guys hold it. It seems we are being overwhelmed. Nothing wrong with that, but in some relax manner. Moreover, this is not the end of the world.

  • Qasim Cheema on June 21, 2009, 4:07 GMT

    Thats right Sri lanka bowling is excellent , but can be easily compared to pakistan's. Afrida is comparable to Mendis in bowling as he has a lots of variations as well. Ajmal not as experienced as Murlitharan but still not far away. Gul at present is more accurate than malinga. Aamir could be easily compared to Mathews. I would say its a even contest in bowling.

    In Batting, i would say both sides are unpredictable, Sri-lanka has a slight edge because of strong openning pair. But If tomorrow Akmal , afridi , misbah or even razzaq any of them clicks, they can single handedly take the game away from Sri lanka . Looking forward to a very interesting Final tomorrow.

  • Aleem Latif on June 21, 2009, 4:06 GMT

    Few tips for the team before match ... replace Fawad Alam with Ahmed Shehzad. Force Shoab Mailk and Razzak to play fast while batting ... Get 4 overs from Gul not 3 as last time ... bat 2nd and do the chase (we have a long batting line-up, especially after having Ahmed Shehzad at No. 7 or 8).

  • dream weaver on June 21, 2009, 3:47 GMT

    Go Pakistan Go..from India with love.This is your moment to prove that sport is greater than hatred and violence.India is out,but you are there.Under the banter and disappointment,every Indian recognises the special skill and Magic of the Pakistani Cricketers...do it for your battered millions and the hopeless and the hunted.Good luck to SL too, but you ,Pakistan, for you and your late Coach Bob Woolmer..This is the moment to bury the ghosts of the Past.Cheers!!!

  • Bilal Niaz on June 21, 2009, 3:43 GMT

    Pakistan needs this win so badly as it was never the case before. As a nation we are waiting for years thats sumthing gud happens with Pakistan and what else it can be than a Cricket World Cup. Sri Lankans we love u too we are gr8 frnds, but cup is ours. InshALLAH...Cumon Team make us proud...

  • ameer on June 21, 2009, 3:41 GMT

    come on pak come on you are the winner, insha allah. allah always with you dont worry, just go and do it gratfully, effectively and aggressively.We are all expecting more n more from you. please please open your eyes clearly and do it merely. we r all expecting very very aggrassive effort from you guys. please fulfill your successive moments and dreams in our heart at night today. Ya allah, please give victory to islam to Islamians.] Actully i am from india but i have bn always supporting my brother packistanis, dont worry guys insha allah we will lift the cup 20- 20.

  • Nigel-P on June 21, 2009, 3:29 GMT

    What a Great Final. I am a fanatical Lankan supporter living in OZ. This is what dreams are made of. The two nations have always stood by and respect each other. We still remember in 1996 Pakistan helped Sri Lanka win the World Cup, as when the Westerners did not want to visit it was the Pakistanis who provided SL with much needed practice. The same goes with Pakistan, when others did not want to tour, SL always stood by our friend. This is a triumph for cricket where two gentlemanly nations meet in the final. The perfect result would be a Draw!!

  • Neil on June 21, 2009, 3:28 GMT

    All sense and logic says that Pakistan should have failed to make a dint in this tournament. However, when you consider that a 20/20 match can turn on a single freak catch or a miscued 6 over the wicketkeeper's head I think that Pakistan have every chance to win. Sri Lanka would indeed be worthy winners. They are a very complete side in this form of the game and at the moment they have the 2 best slow bowlers in the world in their team which is an incredible asset when sides are slapping the quick bowlers around. But, given the recent heartbreak of life in Pakistan or for that matter in Northern Sri Lanka it is hard to imagine a situation in which the morale of a whole country could be more transformed by 3 hours of sport. For the sake of the long-suffering ordinary people of both countries I will be hoping for a good tight contest. Although I'm an Aussie I can't think of 2 more worthy finalists. Good Luck. My head says Sri Lanka. My heart, like yours Kamran, says, "Dil Dil Pakistan!!"

  • ANSER AZIM on June 21, 2009, 3:24 GMT

    This is the time all Pakistanis should take an oaththat they will lift Pakistan victorious in other walks of life too. The game will be over in few hours but Pakistan needs its citizen to unite under the umbrella of oneness like their cricket eleven and under the sologans of Iqbal/and qaid. Unite and lead the rest of 1.5 billion muslims around the world. you have the talent and all the resources like your own cricket team.

  • Jawed Saleem on June 21, 2009, 3:15 GMT

    What a moment! Red-hot Pakistan hold the edge and momentum. Team Pakistan devastated the in-form South Aficans and steam rolled New Zealand recently while S/L were rather fortunate to have easy "freak" victory against W.I. Under pressure, Sri Lanka will crumble against red-hot Pakistan. Pakistan is playing with 6 Afridies and 5 Guls ! My gut feeling is Kamran Akmal will be "player of the match" and Mohd. Aamer will dismantle the Lanka batting ! In the end, both (Pak+S/L) will be "winners" ! After the turbulant events (past & on-going), 1) in Pakistan (esp. Lahore involving S/L team) 2) in Sri Lanka ( victory against TT ) its strange, bizzare that "the final" is being played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It will be the victory of "people's resolve" against extremists/terrorists ! Who ever wins, the victory should be dedicated to victoms ( all over the world, in Northern areas of Pakistan, in Sri Lanka and Mumbai! ). Jawed Saleem, Karachi

  • Master on June 21, 2009, 3:12 GMT

    Inshallah we will win the final.My heart says we will win.I hope our team will try to teir best to win this T20 cup.MY all prays for my team from the core of my heart.

  • Saad Tariq on June 21, 2009, 3:11 GMT

    Win or lose we will still love you, play your best Good luck Pakistan :)

  • Saad Rasheed on June 21, 2009, 2:57 GMT

    well wat i say is they Must feild well to get through the final with flying colours..

  • khosh on June 21, 2009, 2:46 GMT

    Pak should replace fawad alam with Ahmad Shehzad or salman butt and put him 4th in the order

  • Sampath on June 21, 2009, 2:30 GMT

    It’s a great time to watch. As a Sri Lankan we are waiting for one more victory. Anyway this is a great response provided by Pakistan team to who were trying to stop their cricket with Lahore incident. Also we are proud to say, it doesn’t matter, if Pakistan wins this, because it’s definitely help to forget the Lahore incident and build up their cricket.

  • Romi on June 21, 2009, 2:26 GMT

    I have believe in our team this time, they will win the T20 world cup inshallah. Pakistan Zindabadddddd

  • sami on June 21, 2009, 2:17 GMT

    INSHALLAH Pakistan will win.They just need little luck and to hold their nerves

  • Aamir Yunus on June 21, 2009, 2:05 GMT

    Someone suggested Salman Butt should play instead of Fawad. No way man. Fawad is a brilliant fielder and Butt is worthless. If Butt drops Dilshan once, it will be all over for Pakistan. We cannot afford dropping catches tomorrow. Butt has no place in this team.

  • ahmed on June 21, 2009, 2:01 GMT

    Great comments by Tharanga.i really appreciate your feelings no doubt our first choice is pakistan but we always hav a srilanka as a second choice,the way srilankan behave after the attacks in lahore we never forget,plus they came to Pakistan when no one was willing to come,even i m happy if we loose becz at the other side it will b srilanka.wish u best of luck.

  • sami on June 21, 2009, 1:39 GMT

    Only pressure will be decisive factor. Which ever team absorbs it will win. I pray to Allah for Pakistan success. No other country in the world needs it more. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Usman on June 21, 2009, 1:30 GMT

    Pak Vs SL does not have the same rivalry as Ind-Pak does but therein lies the reality. Even though as a die hard Pak fan, i would love to see the green shirts lift the trophy and win back smiles for the people back home, but SL as a neutral are a nice team to watch. It wont be a dreadful sight to see Sangakarra lift the trophy. Point is, the Lahore accidents showed Pak-SL frienship is bigger than conflicts and tragedies. may the best team win... GOOOO Pakistan !!

  • kamal shahid on June 21, 2009, 1:13 GMT

    Please for GOD sake, Yunis and Razzaq, dont try to play last five overs as if you are trying to darw a test match when you already know you have lot of batting line left. I still dont understand reason for that planning of making only 29 runs in last five overs when every teams wants to score over 10runs/over. Pakistan also has a reputation of making 10runs/over for long time. If they had scored 30 more runs then there was no threat of losing. Thank GOD that HE helped Yunis khan and pakistani team,otherwise Jack Kallis had taken the match away.

  • Yusaf Khan on June 21, 2009, 1:11 GMT

    I hope Pakistan wins but God forbid if we were to lose, I wont feel too bad as it will be to our brothers the Sri Lankans. Sri Lanka toured Pakistan when no other team was willing to do so and I will never ever forget this gesture. If Pakistan wasn't playing I would have been supporting Sri Lanka all the way to the final.

  • Syed Gohar Abbas on June 21, 2009, 1:05 GMT

    The day has arrived we were waiting for, just a few steps ahead, a little more determination, strong as ever backed up with all its nation, praying for their heros to win. Let us show to the world that we are stronger than ever no matter what happens. We love you Pakistan.

  • ateeq on June 21, 2009, 0:59 GMT

    i want to ask one question from Kamran that why Abdul Razzaq is not properly used as one down batsman. He has been doing well at this no in ICL and Pakistan's domestic tournament. Sending him at no 7 or 8 is not justified as he has no time to settle.

  • Anonymous Q on June 21, 2009, 0:40 GMT

    @jogesh99 man .. in my opinion, your 3 line comment is better than what all comments tried to write altogether.

  • Vijay on June 21, 2009, 0:38 GMT

    Pakistan may have the edge in presssure games but sri lanka are a very tough opponent to beat with the 3 M's Malinga, Muralitharan, Mendis and possibly matthews and Mahela and Leading run scorer dilshan.

  • Shahid on June 20, 2009, 23:53 GMT

    Dilshans wicket is key to it, don't give him 6 overs for that, let Gul bowl a couple of overs in the start. SL must have done some home work and main strategy has to be approach towards Gul yorkers. I think they will come forward to take him on full toss. And Pakistan must do the same and use a step forward to Malinga

  • Dimithri on June 20, 2009, 23:44 GMT

    I hope cricket will be the winner tomorrow....Sri Lanka and Pakistan have both undergone a lot this year and passions will be running high.I am off to watch a good game of cricket tomorrow at Lord's..As a Sri Lankan I will be supporting my team but if Pakistan win ,I will still be happy as I will know what it means at this given moment in time that we all need to come together as a nation ,unite and defeat the elements that are trying to destroy everything that is good. May the better team win.

  • Rizwan on June 20, 2009, 23:38 GMT

    Go Pakistan! Dil Dil Pakistan

    Inshallah, we will win the final this time. We are facing many problems in this country and this is the best time to give our beloved countrymen some joy. Go Pakistan Go.. Go get the cup :)

  • Afaq Khan on June 20, 2009, 23:26 GMT

    Hi Friends As a Pakistani, offcourse I would like to see Pak winning. But if Pak loose to SL, I will never mind it. As after Pak, SL is my beloved team. They r our true friends. Never forget they helped us in difficult times. As a nation we r ashamed to our friends what happened in Lahore. So no matter who wins. Its a victory for humanity & shame 4 terrorists. Good Luck to Pakistan & Sri Lanka. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Ananda Mahinkanda on June 20, 2009, 23:08 GMT

    I am a Sri lankan and wish a Sri lankan win. However, I have no problem with a Pakistan win too. We Sri Lanka have already a great sense of relief after eradicating terrorism. Pakistan is a friend and they need more cheer. As Sambit bal says, there are no losers tomorrow.

  • Irfan on June 20, 2009, 23:07 GMT

    Here is too all of cricket lovers, be it Pakistanis or Sri Lankans. Have a great game and may the best team won!!! Sri Lanka would be my choice if Pakistan were not in the Final so I am just looking forward to an exciting game!!!

  • arif on June 20, 2009, 23:06 GMT

    Go Green,go and get the cup. As its GO at Green, safeway, i believe the only safe and way forward is Green. Pak will win.

  • ASIF ALI on June 20, 2009, 22:51 GMT

    wow, great if pakistan can win it will be the most happiest moment in pakistan which will waiting for the nation in a very very long TIME, my best wishes to pakistan and plzz kamran akmal, shahzaib and other short pitch balls which u never connected properly make good scores to beat srilankan and our chicky bowlers all make good line lenth and get early break throughs and be postive INSHALLAH u can guys can win easily by A BIG margin "victory has hundred fathers but defeat as a orphan" so be victorious be wishes for all muslims in the world.

  • Atif on June 20, 2009, 22:43 GMT

    Chak de Pakistan!

  • fred Karmally on June 20, 2009, 22:23 GMT

    Pak wont win unless they use their heads and play their best cricket too. I shudder at the the thought of giving Fawad Alam another slow bowling over. What was Younis thinking .. he almost lost the game with that dumb move! and don't throw away your wicket Kamran.

  • sham on June 20, 2009, 22:21 GMT

    its great to see pak in finals again.i was very disappointed when u dropped the cup last time.u have come back strong against all odds.i wish u all the best to win this time.may god be on our side tomorrow.just handle the pressure well.i think u have 2 settle down with an opener.i suggest u replace shahzaib with shehzhad he is a good batsman and goes after bowling which will put pressure on srilanka opening bowlers especially the new pacemen isuru udana and angelo matthews.shahzaib is not impressive in the field.moreover sri lanka would found a strategy to get out him and it would suprise them shehzad opens.try to score more than 50 runs in the powerplays and post a total of 155.its defendable.

  • Haroon on June 20, 2009, 22:21 GMT

    I am just here to say thanks to my srilankan and indian friends for wishing us good luck. hopefully we will have a good final and wish very good luck to Srilanka and Pakistan.

  • Mohamed Imran on June 20, 2009, 22:15 GMT

    insha allah sri lanka will win tommorrow.... the great nation begins the journey. God bless sanga and co.

  • bohurupi on June 20, 2009, 22:12 GMT

    This a chance for Pakistan to prove its worth as a great cricketing nation. A chance for them to shrugg off all non-sporting pain,woes, worries and dishonor that almost isolated them in the cricket world. Win or loss, the cup will stay to one of the two great criket nations who had tremendously suffered or are still suffering from political unrest, terorrism, civil wars etc. But it is the criket which will emerge as the ultimately winner. Viva Cricket!

  • Arman Hashmi on June 20, 2009, 22:08 GMT

    My feelings are that Inshallah Taallah this time Pakistan would crown themselves as world champions-and more importantly re-assert themselves by regaining some of the lost pride. My XI for tomorrow would have only one change, it would be playing Ahmed Shahzad instead of Fawad Alam, if Younis Khan and Co. have decided that they are not going use Fawad Alam as a bowler. Now this itself needs some meticulous thought before reaching upon a decision, Anyway, it's a tough proposition.

    Any my advice to the Pakistani batsmen, that they are such good players of spin, please face Murali and Mendis with confidence, with Mendis just make sure that you don't leave your stumps unguarded and wait for the ball to come on to the bat. Try and walk a few steps down to Malinga or at least show some intent as it would unsettle his yorker length and help convert them into low full toss deliveries. Take on the field with such zeal, passion and hunt like hungry wolves, attack like a unit. All Duaas with you

  • Babar on June 20, 2009, 22:07 GMT

    Inshallah Pak will win the cup but batting line should be Akmal, shehzad , Afridi, Razaq, Fawadalam, Misbah, Younis, Malik etc... plz do this and we will win....

  • Shakib Ahmed on June 20, 2009, 22:07 GMT

    There is no doubt Afridi, Gul, Ajmal,Akmal,Younus are performing. But what happened to Malik,Misbah and Razzak? We need powerful hitting at the end to make a big score.Malik and Misbah were the star of last world cup. what happen this time. So far pakistan has perform beyond expectation.No matter what is the result,win or loose. I am happy for both. Inshallah we will beat lankans in final as always we did.Lets pray !!.

  • Muhammad irfan on June 20, 2009, 21:56 GMT

    InshAllah Pakistan will Win the World T20 Cup and give us some moments of joy... just pray for our team.. we are not here to crticize any player.. just hope for the better.. please bring the Cup home.. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Syed Ahmed Danish on June 20, 2009, 21:44 GMT

    As salam o aleakum to All Muslims and Pakis. Being a paki i want to see the winning moments i want to see the smiles on da faces of our suffering nation INSHALLAH we will win my Heart Is Saying That Mark my words people this Worldcup Belongs to us . I am feeling proud to be a paki really thanks alot Mr. Kamran Abbasi your article is a picture of true love for Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket . Our team is in great spark they are united they are willing to win this cup MASHALLAH they are putting their best to win this cup. We all are praying for pak nd Allah the Allmighty would not dissapoint us being a muslim i am having a dead faith, Pakistan needs you guys love pakistan from the core of your heart and work hard in every field to glow the name of our Nation.. Pakistan Zindabad Go Pakistan Go this World Cup is Our :) :)..Love u Pakistan beacuse you are our identity wid out you we are nothing

  • bhamshee on June 20, 2009, 21:29 GMT

    Best of luck Pakistan. I only have suggestion that may be try Fawad Alam as a opener for Shazaib Hassan.

  • faizan on June 20, 2009, 21:27 GMT

    del del pakistan ja ja pakistan del we can do it letz go guys go pakiz

  • Areeba on June 20, 2009, 21:24 GMT

    Hai jazba junnoon to himmmat na haaaaaaaar justjo jo karey woh chuyee asamaan mehnat apni hogi...pehchaaan kabhi na bhoolo..... sabki nazro main.... PAKISTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNN kabhi na bholo!!!

    GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN INSHALLAH VICTORY IS OURS!

  • Khurram Dawood on June 20, 2009, 21:17 GMT

    thx for nice comments from tharanga. It make me very happy :)

    1. Winner of T20 cup is Asian 2. Hope best team wins ( I hope Pakistan will be the best team ) 3. Pakistan playing in Final is big ting for us. IF Pakistan loose i will support them

  • JUNAID on June 20, 2009, 21:10 GMT

    comon pakistan do it,,,,,,comon suporterz,,,suport ur team da way we all suported pak in 1992....bring back dt jazba and junoon,,,,,comom pakistan do it for the nation and bring da smile to all the pakistanis aroundda world....we need it......

  • nazir jabarkheil on June 20, 2009, 21:04 GMT

    hello guys

    don't you worry, God knows why do I feel like that Pakistan will certainly win so InshaAllah we will win we will winnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  • Sohail rafique on June 20, 2009, 20:59 GMT

    Assalamoaliekum Kamran Bhai this is my first ever comment on ur site coz my heart wanted to share this delight with every1 u have said it plain n simple we have already won the hearts of every true crkt lover that we still r a force we have the stars whtever lalit modi n ind board tried to achieve has backfired srilanka r no doubt in gr8 form n they r the favrts 2morow as well but INSHA ALLAH when the final is over by the grace of ALLAH we will turn up winners INSHA ALLAH as for wht gul n afridi has done got no words for them it has been a delight to c them Younis as a captain is doing fine shahzeb should b persisted with he has talent so does aamir just needs few tips from the living legends WASIM n WAQAR wht ever happens i request to all pakistanis one thing that plz " Stand up Stand up for the champions for the champions stand up" ALLAH bless pakistan n Pakistan Zindabaad. INSHA ALLAH the victory is ours tomorrow.

  • Farhan on June 20, 2009, 20:56 GMT

    Its great to see positive comments from our sri lankan friends :) im a fan as a pakistani, sri lanka is a very strong team. Pak will need to once again fire all engines if this is to happen, they can do it, they did it and how against SA. First if they bat they DEF need to put a bigger total on the board, in the opening and in the end. Younis has been complaining how they are usually ending 15-20 runs short. This is it, no second chances esp with the batting firepower Sri lanka has. If they put on a 160 or even better 170+ score, pak has a really good chance if they do tight bowling and fielding like they did in the previous game. whoever wins I want to see a great match but for Pak like Osman said it would mean a lot to a lot of people back home. They could def use some good news about right now. Go Pak Go!!!

  • Faisal Malik on June 20, 2009, 20:48 GMT

    Younis Khan,the man from Mardan will be the mard-e-maidan today..Insha-Allah

  • Bilal Khan on June 20, 2009, 20:47 GMT

    Assalaam o alaikum! I think Pakistani Cricket team has already won our hearts,as a Pakistani i wish and pray that we win this worldcup for the sake of cricket in our motherland but neverthless Pakistan were starting this cup as underdogs and they beat SA in semis,that was the moment i have not seen Paksitani teams in that agressive mood going in the field,their body language was telling everything.Srilanka is my 2nd choice and luckily they are in the Final.Srilanka has shown sympathy and brotherhood to Pakistan they came in our country despite critics,and they left in sad way.Play Pakistan as we need this Cup.win and shut the mouths of those who are jealous of us,you have already won our hearts now take this cup with you and you will see whole Pakistan dancing and thanking ALMIGHTY ALLAH. pray all of you that may Pakistan win,offer nafals particularly for the victory of Pakistani team.. i cant wait to see this match... dil dil pakistan jaan jaan Pakistan!

  • HaMmy on June 20, 2009, 20:44 GMT

    all those pathetic statements by some journalistsand cricket enthusiasts that "Pakistan need it more than others" and "sri lankans deserve to win this title", i would only say to them that, pakistan deserves more to win this title not because ICC is being harsh at pakistan cricket and international cricket has been brought to a halt, but pakistan has performed with teeming talents and they have defeated the best team of the tournament that is proteas, pakistan is thriving with young talents and best pace and spin bowling has an edge on all the good teams. pakistan has the very best batting line up too, with misbah and shahid, n yunuos and malik and fawad and akmal but only it lacks good tactics and strategy, pakistan is equipped with a damaging weapons and theyll prove tomorrow!!!

    pakistan is not pathetic!!!

  • M Ibtisam on June 20, 2009, 20:44 GMT

    I recommend another article written by Osman Samiuddin. I think both of these, one by Mr. Abbsai and the other one, explains that Pakistan can defy any odds whether it is in Cricket ground or on Political front. What it requires is just one thing and that is the team effort, which I think our team has learnt, finally. Lets just finish this off on a winning note.

  • Farhan on June 20, 2009, 20:42 GMT

    Its great to see the comradrie between Pakistani and Sri Lankan fans. As long as both team play to their potential I dont care who loses or wins. The Sri Lankans were the only team to visit Pakistan when the rest of the world was bent on casting us out (and Pakistan has done the same earlier for the Sri Lankans) - and today the same two teams play final of the world cup held at the home of cricket. You cannot make a bigger statement than that to show how relevant these two teams are. Whatever the result - Pakistan and Sri Lanka are both winners!

  • so_so_fabulous on June 20, 2009, 20:41 GMT

    Proud to be Pakistani as always, been on cloud number 9 for the last few days. Come on Pakistan, 1 more victory!!!!!!!!!

  • shahab on June 20, 2009, 20:34 GMT

    insha allah, we will do it this time...the gloomy 99 and the stormy 07 are tee thingz of the past...its time to party at lords ,ameen

  • Zakir Khan on June 20, 2009, 20:30 GMT

    no matter whoever win the final tomorrow,one thing is for sure there won't be any loosers.this World Cup couldnt have asked for better ending than this.our team has already achieved what nobody was expecting from them.we are proud of our heros.at the same time like millions of Pakistanis I have developed immense respect and love for the brave Sri Lankan team after whatever happened to them in Lahore. being a Pakistani fan i believe we have developed the momentum which will take us to the victory stand.the players are charged up and from their body language it is quite evident that they will be very hard to beat tomorrow.they seem to be in the same mould as that of the 92 WC team when all the odds were against them and suddenly they pulled outstanding victory in the semi final and than they were unstoppable.hope they repeat the same again.our best wishes and prayers are with Pak team.best of luck guys.Pakistan Zindabad

  • noman on June 20, 2009, 20:30 GMT

    i hope so that pakistan that they will beat the srilanka on tomorrow. if they batted score of around 160 and make for the srilankan side.lets hope for the best.srilanka is not an easy side to play in the final they crush the west indies side. At the order kamran akmal, he is the backbone for paki if he batted till the 15th then it would be great chance for the paki side. but dont forget the srilankan team they really some really have some masterblaster in their batting line up. inshaallllahhh we will win this world cup this time n lift the nation up.

  • nomi on June 20, 2009, 20:28 GMT

    inshallaaaah this we will win this world cup n lift the trophy up for the nation. best of luck of u paki cricketers.

  • sania. on June 20, 2009, 20:28 GMT

    go go go go go go pakistannnn.come on shahid afridiiii ur jus da bestttt best of luck my paki team.every1 sayyy PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.al mu duaz wd u pakistan inshallah pakistan will winn

  • ahmed khan on June 20, 2009, 20:27 GMT

    hey one u guys have written at top dat ahmed shahzad or salman butt should b replace of fawad alam no wayyy man im not agree wid u fawab is much better den salman butt and ahmed shahzad,fawad alam is one of da best all rounder u can chek his domestic record he can field very well ,he can hit as well,he can bowl as well......so dis is da perfect team i hope dere is no changing in dis squad and inshAllah pak will win tomoz final.........

  • noman on June 20, 2009, 20:26 GMT

    i hope so that pakistan that they will beat the srilanka on tomorrow. if they batted score of around 160 and make for the srilankan side.lets hope for the best.srilanka is not an easy side to play in the final they crush the west indies side. At the order kamran akmal, he is the backbone for paki if he batted till the 15th then it would be great chance for the paki side. but dont forget the srilankan team they really some really have some masterblaster in their batting line up. inshaallllahhh we will win this world cup this time n lift the nation up.

  • Awais M on June 20, 2009, 20:20 GMT

    By reachin da finals they hv already made us proud in such difficult times of da country.people laughed us off at da start n luk wat they hv done. da spirit th pak team has now was da missin object over da past couple of years, tht fearlessness is wat suites our team best. inshAllah fatah hamaray qadam chomay gi!! way 2 go pakistan!!

  • Nadeem Kureshi on June 20, 2009, 20:18 GMT

    Great words Tharanga. Pakistan and SriLanka have been friends always and we have been supporting each other in hard times. We have common foes. The great gestures by Sri Lankans after the mischievous Lahore attack have won the hearts of Pakistani. Our friendship will live forever. Sunday match is between two friends, and we both are winners already.

  • Syed Muhammad Javed on June 20, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    I pray to the God, the Pakistan wil become the Champion of T20, after long time we received a good victory in semifinal against S.A. all the nation was very happy on the victory and await same performance, but if Pakistan will not success in the Final, but they fright to win, being a nation, we mus appriciate them, becouse in any game, one team must be runner up and one is the winner.

  • ati on June 20, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    its difficult but not impossible,and stranger things happened in cricket. the balance is hugely shifted towards lanka ,as they have 3 "mystery"bowlers ,bowling at there top and one batsman (dilshan) who is more efficient than any two pak batsmen . so there is very less chance for pak ,to continue to thrive. there is one hope that pak win the toss and give lanka ,a target near to 145-150. and if lanka bat first,lets hope they collapse and could only manage 120 or so.

  • haroon on June 20, 2009, 20:10 GMT

    should take fulladvantage of 1st 6 overs. like they did is semi.1st6 overs are important becz t20 people have learnt to bowl at depth. and mailk,misbah and younis are good players of spinners. and i beleive mendis will have a very hard time to bowl to paki becz he bowl very straight and no spin...Afridi and misbah can hit him very hard....Murli will be a bit difficult....YOUNIS and malik can sweep better for Murali to get boundries but key lies in the 1st 6 overs and they should bat 1st

  • Wajahat Khan on June 20, 2009, 20:09 GMT

    21st June 1999... Pakistan played the WC final and lost.....! Now after 10 years...! Same date, Same City, Same Ground, Allah given another opportunity to Pakistan to play another final, let's hope 4 de best! We will be winner this time with another KHAN :D i totally disagree with hasan raza and kiran azeem. Why you are looking for negative things? why? this is the best available team which is in WC Final. they r fighters. it's not necessary to show unavailable players, they all best. but this time we should to support them who brought us in final. Pakistan have world best players to play Murali and Mendis. Malinga, he is nothing, he can never be a Umer Gul, west indies have showed it in semis. We should to pray together for catch the trophy. InshaAllah we will finish the tournament to be winner. Aameen. We also shud pray for winning the toss which will b better for us. Pray 4 Pakistan's Victory... ALLAHU AKBER..PAKISTAN ZINDAABAD... PAYENDAABAD....

  • Abdul on June 20, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    Whatever the result tomorrow,Im proud of my Pakistan team because it ha given me a desperately-needed smile that will take ages to vanish :) .......and whatsoever,even if Pakistan lose I will be happy knowing that SriLanka,our closest friend in this much needed time have made it....Geo Pak,Geo Srilanka,Geo Cricket!!

  • Salahuddin on June 20, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    Why Shoaib Akhter? Pakistan's bowling was not consistant only because of too much focus on Shoaib who after the exit of Wasim Akram could not lead the bowling with exapmle. Even we forget about his all the wrong deeds he does not deserve a place purely in cricketing sense.

  • Mohsin Irshad on June 20, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    Come on Pakistan ..Get the trophy, a celebration is long due now

  • Faraz on June 20, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    I pray for Pakistan. Allah award us a victory we were denied two years ago. Gives us strength to win this event so that our nation has some thing to cheer which is going through crisis situation. Pakistan Zindabad. Allah-0-Akbar!

  • shahid on June 20, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    My team for tommorrow with batting order, Kamran shazaib razaaq afridi misbah younis shoaib fawad umar amer saeed

    razzaq qill not play spin better so he is better off in the beginning to give it a bang in case of collapse the yoounis,misbah,shoaib,fawad,can rescue the innings hopefully not needed at all.,. Good luck pakistan

  • rizwan on June 20, 2009, 19:56 GMT

    just wanna say guys ...Tu jeeway watan qurban tujhpe tan mera mun mera dhan" . guys we don have ny thing precious in this world except our motherland. just go atleast for this tym conquer the world!!!.to our team member Allah is with you just bow your head down and roar like a lion in the ground.u dont need nyone for your help except the Al mighty Allah.guys bring the cup coz we dont have a penny to loose now... best of luck .May God And only God be with you we dun need nyone else ..hamara Khuda hamaray liya kafiii hai....

  • badruddin savja on June 20, 2009, 19:56 GMT

    Oh Allah, please let Pakistan WIN this ICC WC20 FINAL at LORDS on Sunday 21th June 2009, they have suffered lots of ups and downs-politcally, in sports, economically and mainly in WORLD OF CRICKET.OH KHUDDA! OH ALLAH! If you think they deserve to WIN, pleade let them and HELP them to WIN this FINAL.With your help and BLESSINGS they have reached upto here, which NOBODY ever thought.MAULA I am not insisting you to do this, only PRAYING YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART THAT THEY MUST WIN & WIN,AMEEN AMEEN. VERY VERY BEST OF LUCK TO PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM. Dr Badru from CANADA

  • Sohaib on June 20, 2009, 19:55 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabaddddd.... InshALLAH we will Rock tomorrow inshALLAH

  • Faizi Khan on June 20, 2009, 19:54 GMT

    PAKISTAN AND SRILANKA BOTH ROCKZ...........!!

  • khalil on June 20, 2009, 19:53 GMT

    I think YK has become the Pivot of the team.In this short version of the game, you don,t have much time to adjust.Plan has to be prepared before hand.Good performance from only 1 batsman & a bowler can see you through.He needs wholehearted support both from within & outside the team.People may have talked too much about Inti but he has played his role in calming down the nerves in the initial phases.If Pak wins this cup,his contribution of bringing two cricket WC,s will not be matched for a long time.

  • Khurram- New York on June 20, 2009, 19:52 GMT

    It doesn't matter what happens in the Final. we are still winner and you guys made us proud because reaching to this point in this situation is a big achievement itself. All the best Green shirts. I am waiting for a reason to throw 1 more party. HIT IT :)

  • Shakir Azeez on June 20, 2009, 19:51 GMT

    All focus is on the 3M's. But we have a good wepon coming up. That's Isuru Udana. Insha allah tomorrow will be his day to prove himself to the world of cricket. As a sri lankan I need my countrymen to win this prestigous tournament as it means a lot for us. This win is for the people living in the north of our war ragged country. They would love to see the cricketers if they could visit them at those IDP camps. We also love the pakistani's who has been a good freind of sri lanka. You guys! are going through what we've been going throughout the last 3 decades. Your people would also wish the same a pakistani win! as a sportsmen let us all get together and enjoy the finals and let the best team that could hold it's nerve wins the game! Salams to all Shakir

  • Prasan on June 20, 2009, 19:51 GMT

    At the outset let me wish both teams all the best. Being a Sri Lankan my only wish would be a Sri lankan Win at any cost. The fact remains that if Pakistan players put their heads together a Win wont be an impossible feat.They have done it in the past. Its great to see an all Asian final. We wish the Pakistan team all the best.

  • Tanya Azeem on June 20, 2009, 19:50 GMT

    GO GO PAKISTAN!! DIL DIL PAKISTAN :) :) :) :)

    Insha Allah we'll win the cup & take it home for our beloved people, esp. those caught up in the violence in Swat

    GO PAKISTAN!! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!

  • moyez khan on June 20, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    i dont think anything else right now would make the whole nation more proud .

    go pakistan go go go!!!!!! & win this cup for all of us...

  • Waleed K on June 20, 2009, 19:45 GMT

    best of luck.This could be the moment Pakistani nation is waiting for,,while Pakistani team left to England for such a big tournament no one rate Pakistan into the final but they are in final. This Pakistani team is able to do anything and we expect one more victory from them. Go Pakistan Go and win the title. In the end once again I would like to tell them YOU WIN OR LOSE YOU ARE OURS. And a request to all cricket fan don't make your heros, Zeros in a day, Either its Srilanka or Pakistan. At the end Asian team is in Final which proved how much talent we have in Asia. GO PAKISTAN GO... ALL THE BEST IN FINAL TO MY PAKISTANI TEAM...

  • amal jayawickrema on June 20, 2009, 19:41 GMT

    This the moment we were waiting for. sri lanka has the upper hand on this final and i hope they will take the advantage of it.many times this two teams met in the final and always it was great to watch.and i am very proud to being sri lanken cricket is in my blood. we have a great reputation of winning final and we will do this time too.all i can say is go sri lanka go.and bring the pride again to mother land.all the best lions....

  • Waqar Omar on June 20, 2009, 19:36 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will win. As long as we have afridi no one can defeat us. Afridi is the true legend!

  • Suhail Yousafzai on June 20, 2009, 19:36 GMT

    I do not understand why Misbah is send so down the order. Being the specialist of T20 he should get a chance to bat much earlier, at least 2 down position. I think I would suggest Younis to give one over to Gul in the beginning to go after in form Dilshan and J'Suria, in the finals.

  • Zahid Khan on June 20, 2009, 19:32 GMT

    I've been to many Pakistan games around the world. The most disappointing for mr was the world cup in south africa. But i have never given up on the boys. Dubai, south africa, Pakistan, everywhere i have been, to support my home nation. But this time its not for me, not for the people of england, but the people of Pakistan. This nation has suffered so much in the last few years, that a victory in the final will inspire the people of Pakistan. Maybe a miracle could happen and the violence stop. The last time Pakistan won the world cup, i remember sitting in a mosque, in ramadhan and we all prayed for the teams success. I feel this is happening now. I pray that INSHALLAH Pakistan will triumph tomorrow and if anything put a smile on our nations face that tears of joy will drown our sorrows away.

  • Imran on June 20, 2009, 19:32 GMT

    I hope Pakistan will win the Final Inshallah with flying colors..

  • Ijaz on June 20, 2009, 19:31 GMT

    I request all the Pakistani nation to pray for the team and I hope Pakistan will play better cricet in a big game.... Best luch Pakista... Inshallah we will Win... Pakistan Zindabad

  • Lux Gurusamy on June 20, 2009, 19:26 GMT

    Kamran:

    I always liked your posts. but you are forgetting one thing about Pakistan. They too are chokers second only to SA. We all saw that in the game against SA. Pak almost choked but luckily they were playing the biggest chokers of all time.

    It is going to be Lanka's cup this year and read my post after the cup is in Sanga's hand.

  • usman on June 20, 2009, 19:21 GMT

    It will be great to see the contest between Afridi and Dilshan.Wow...they are touching the peaks.Does not matter who will be the victorious.I wish pakistan for sure and lankans are our favorites too after pakistan...if it goes to Srilanka no heart feelings and regrets.

  • Fayez on June 20, 2009, 19:21 GMT

    I'm a Pakistani and I support Pakistan but I just want to thank all the Sri Lankans for their good wishes. It feels good to know that the Lankans love the Pakistan team as well :)

  • usman on June 20, 2009, 19:20 GMT

    It will be great to see the contest between Afridi and Dilshan.Wow...they are touching the peaks.Does not matter who will be the victorious.I wish pakistan for sure and lankans are our favorites too after pakistan...if it goes to Srilanka no heart feelings and regrets.

  • Ballisingh on June 20, 2009, 19:16 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan! I am sure they can do it but it will not be easy..they will need some luck but they got the heart...Yunis and Afridi need to play big knocks..good luck

  • Baseer Ahmad on June 20, 2009, 19:16 GMT

    I hope and pray for Pakistan and inshallah they are the most deserved team , but they have to deal with Malinga , Murali and Mendis ,

  • shah faisal on June 20, 2009, 19:15 GMT

    Hi every one . As a pakistani wish to see pakistan this time on winning side .... Inshallah this time the trophy will be our ... But i respect the comments of THARANGA ( One srilankan added comments in this list) ... THANKS FOR YOUR LOVE WITH PAKISTAN , WE LOVE SRILANKA ALSO.

    NICE TO SEE " WHAT EVER HAPPEN TOMORROW WE ALL ARE WINNERS BECAUSE WE ARE ASIANS"

  • yasir-nisar on June 20, 2009, 19:14 GMT

    Inshallah we will be the winners we need it more then any one else,,,,,,, To all the people of my beloved PAKISTAN let's pray to ALL MIGHTY ALLAH to give us this victory and appeal to all great people of Pakistan don't lose hope be possitive think possitive pray for the team and let's pray that AFRIDI do it once more with bat and ball let's pray that GUL AJMAL YOUNUS AKMAL RAZZAQ and the rest of team give thier 100% Inshallah we will be the winners GO PAKISTAN GO THIS IS UR MOMENT. MAY ALLAH GIVE US THIS VICTORY AMEEN SUMA AMEEN.

  • Ramesh on June 20, 2009, 19:12 GMT

    Even though I am an Indian, I would love to see Pakistan win the final just because of the tremendous sacrifice they have given in order to reach where they are now. But cricket is going to be the ultimate winner. Let the team who play better win. It is a fitting rebuke to the people who tried to bring the game into disrepute to see the teams who were most affected by the unforgettable incident to be in the final. It is the victory for the spirit of love and togetherness on the forces of hate and discord.

  • Mr.Moody on June 20, 2009, 19:12 GMT

    Go green shirts and play like champions. don't worry about the outcome of the match. Almighty Allah is with you. InshAllah pak team will win

  • Jaafer Tayyar on June 20, 2009, 19:11 GMT

    Younis Khan as well as Sangakara should dedicate the final match to the martyrs of Lahore attack who sacrificed their lives in order to save Sri Lankan Team.

  • N Khan on June 20, 2009, 19:03 GMT

    Come on PAKISTAN!

    1..2..3...GREEN MACHINES ARE GO!!!

    Lords has always been a bogey ground for the favourites. In 1999 I recall Wasim Akram winning the toss nd deciding to bat first, even though he inspected the pitch and everyone (including commentators) said bowl first! They batted!

    Wasim had a rigid game plan, and didnt bend like the bamboo back then.

    Misbah in 2007 needed 5 runs from 4 balls, he could have gone for a straight bat six instead of a flashy backward scoop, he could even have played it safe with a trickle 4 to third leg. Sometimes those split second decisions are turning points in history. How many teams get a second chance to right the wrongs of the past?

    Pakistan have a God gifted opportunity to make things right, to bring joy and a new era of cricket to a ravaged country and all fans all over the globe.

    Pakistan have more to gain and a deeper desire to atain it, now matter how fun it is!

    Insha-allah. I will be wearing green to work on monday!

    Luv n respect

  • Basit Syed on June 20, 2009, 18:54 GMT

    We owe a lot to lankans. They toured our country when no body is willing to come. And invited us for a home series when we needed it the most. I will be happy even if Sri Lanka wins tomorrow.

  • Usman Iqbal on June 20, 2009, 18:54 GMT

    InshaAllah Pakistan will win the world cup. Let's pray that they do and we deserve it more badly than the terror hit lankan team. And guys I just wish the team remains the same and they should not change unless God forbids any of our players get injured at the final moments and as far as fowad alam is concerned so I think he really deserves the place in team because of his fielding and he really stops dome runs for Pakistan in the field and as far his bowling is concerned in the last match he bowled well. First three delvires go for three singles fourth one was miscued by kallis which went to the boundry by the luck of stroke and then inorder to stop kallis to charge him he bowled a full one and kalis took control of it and last one again kallis miscued to take double. If he could have taken the wicket then we must all be praising him. Anyhow it's history now and for me he deserves the place in playing 11 from the exsiting squad Anyways good luck Pakistan

  • jogesh99 on June 20, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    For once, cricket actually has greater significance to both finalists. Both nations have been devastated by internicine feuds sponsored by The Uncle who speaks with forked tongue, and promoted by their own leadership. Couldn't have asked for a better final.

  • Hasan Cheema on June 20, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    go PAKISTAN go yonis khan is a great captin and we missed imran nazir but i hope Razzaq will do the damage so hope for the best. a great slap on indians they tried hard to get pakistan cricket out of wold scenario by cancelling the tour and keeping pakistani players out of IPL. keep it up Pakistan INSHALLAH we will win

  • Basit Syed on June 20, 2009, 18:48 GMT

    combination of Intikhab alam and a Pathan seems to work wonders for us. It happened in 92 and now again in 09.

    INSHALLAH, we will win tomorrow. However, if we bat second then it can be tough. I would love to see Fawad Alam coming early, as it will be an out-of-box trick for lankans.

  • Madan Kumar on June 20, 2009, 18:48 GMT

    Its a sad truth that WAR and PEACE will always co-exist. But we can stand up and fight to earn that peace. Even though our goal would be the earning of that peace, we should not forget that our sanity is in the fighting.

    NO MATTER WHAT, WE STAND AND FIGHT.

    Come the final, regardless of the final result, the pakistan team shall walk with their heads high. And so can the sri lankan team.

    Such is the nature of the sport. SPORT is the one that best represents the humans(HOMO SAPIENS)than any other. And our cricket teams are the ones that best represent our countries than any other.

    This pakistan team's World CUP journey is a fight for the right cause. And they have reached the destination with true human spirit and have lit the nation with the light of hope. And that will glow for a long time to come.

  • irfan khan on June 20, 2009, 18:48 GMT

    The Lion who was written off has roared back ,in style .Pakistan has given the statement of the year to all the cricket playing nations out there that you cant keep us out of this .We were born to do this so watch us do it again .The mere appearance in the final is enough an answer to cruelty of ICC and IPL whose toyboys are back in their respective countries . Go pakistan Lions go and roar one more time , this time for the ultimate glory .

  • Rizwan Akhter on June 20, 2009, 18:44 GMT

    Toss is really the key! It is very important to win tomoro's toss.

    Both teams've got excellent bowling line ups, which r good enough to defend any target around 140.

    when batting second it is easy to score 50 of last 5 overs however when chasing 50 of last 5 overs is a moutain to climb..specially when gul,malinga,mendis and afridi is bowling.

    I bet whoever wins the toss wil bat first n is clear favourite to win the match. The par score at lords is 155. If Pak bat first they must score at least 145 to have any realistic chance of winning. If SL bat first Pak must restrict them below 130 to go favourites.

    I wish Afridi to open with Kamran Akmal as it will be easy for him to hit mathews and udana otherwise it would be bloody hard for him to hit malinga, murali and mendis.

    We already have 5 good bowlers (Afrid,gul,ajmal,amir,razaq,malik) who can bowl So F alam, I think we should've a specilist bat instead of Fawad, as he is unlikeley to bowl in tomoros crunch/presure match

  • Kashif Aman Ullah on June 20, 2009, 18:43 GMT

    I have never felt so emotional about a match for a long. Lets hope and pray for the best.

  • Fahad Yaqoob on June 20, 2009, 18:41 GMT

    I am scared, i am happy, i am confused, i am optimistic, i am pessimistic, i am hopeful, i am doubtful... Don't have words to explain my condition.. My heart, my mind, ,my hands.. All Praying for Pakistan.. May Allah help us in winning this time.. It's not just a game.. It's very much serious!!!!!

  • Usman Muzaffar on June 20, 2009, 18:36 GMT

    Going by how they have played so far, Sri Lanka deserve to win but Pakistan need it more. It's a cliché, but there will no losers tomorrow.

  • Saleem Fancy on June 20, 2009, 18:35 GMT

    What a change of Tone. This is the same Kamran Abbassi who had nothing good to say of the Pakistan Team when they lost to England.

    How times Change. I am glad to see you eating your Hat.

    Go Pakistan we are all with you tomorrow for the Final. Win or Lose you are still and always will be our Heroes. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Iqrash Khan, Nottingham on June 20, 2009, 18:31 GMT

    They have already done us a proud, defying all the 'Pundit's predictions that Pakistan are not gonna make to. Doesn't matter Win or Lose, I am proud of them, I am pround of myself because I am Pakistani and as its said..Hum hain Pakistan hum to jeetain gey..Haan jeetain gey..

  • Nasir Ali on June 20, 2009, 18:30 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will win, if we played with same passion and courage as we did against South Africa, then its difficult to beat Pakistan, and indian Player Youraj will be so disappointed, when he see Pakistan in final, because he was dancing, when Pakistan lost to Srilanka.

  • Irfan on June 20, 2009, 18:30 GMT

    I hope Pakistan keep the same winning team, although shoiab malik who is an excellent fielder and good bowler should be batting lower down the order after misbah and fawad alam. Hope we win tomorrow but if we dont theres no better team to lose to than Sri Lanka. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Kiran Azeem on June 20, 2009, 18:29 GMT

    Good luck to Pakistan. However, if Pakistan had the following 11 as the 20-20 team, we would be unbeatable:

    Imran Nazir Kamran Akmal Shoaib Malik Younis Khan Misbah Ul Haq Shahid Afridi Fawad Alam Abdul Razzaq Umar Gul Shoaib Akhter Mohammad Asif

  • Tariq Abdullah on June 20, 2009, 18:28 GMT

    In tomorrow’s final there is only one winner, that is the game of Cricket. Pakistan and Sri Lanka, both deserve to win. From our side, we should be happy even if Sri Lanka, wins. But then MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN!

  • Sami Syed on June 20, 2009, 18:28 GMT

    In my books, pakistan are living in the moment and not "this could be your moment, pakistan"... although winning the final would be a huge bonus and I do pray they win.

    However, there was no bigger match than beating SA and just the victory was amazing!!! They have already over-achieved and satisfied me a s a fan. However, they will go above and beyond by winning the final.

    SAMI

  • adnan,kilkenny city on June 20, 2009, 18:27 GMT

    I am very proud of being a pakistani,i have always loved cricket and my support has always been with pakistan,the sort of spirit and hunger to do well and achieve something for the country and themselves i have never seen it in a pakistani team before.I would like to salute younas and his team for showing the real sportsmanship and playing the game whole heartedly.My prayers are with pakistani team and i cannot wait for tomorrow to sit in front of my Tv and watch this exciting final. Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan.love you Pakistan

  • muthu on June 20, 2009, 18:27 GMT

    Sri Lanka will crush Pakistan...

  • Imran Zia on June 20, 2009, 18:23 GMT

    We have already achieved what was not expected but we must also not expect too much from them in the final. A finalist place is not dissappointing at all. What is needed is more hard work and a confident performance. Sanath jaysuria was nervous and jittery, Dilshan may have played his best innings. Same is for Afridi he will be in a lot of pressure and repeating such a performance seems impossible. Maybe it's Misbah's turn now to show some magic. Kamran Akmal will have a big role to play as he is in fine touch. Also Malik, Younis, and Misbah should play most of the deliveries from Murali and Mendis. Younis Khan, you have already made us proud!

  • Omer on June 20, 2009, 18:21 GMT

    All Mighty Allah just one victory just one time more we need it Our Nation need it whole Pakistan need it Plz bless us n make our Flag flying high....Ameen

  • Faridoon on June 20, 2009, 18:21 GMT

    As fans, we must remember that they boys have played beyond our expectations and hence, no matter what the outcome of the final, they deserve a heroes welcome when they return.

  • Wajahat Rajab on June 20, 2009, 18:19 GMT

    The team who bats first will win the tournament. Srilanka in most of their matches have set a target rather than chased one. That is the main reason why they have won so many matches in this tournament.

    For me the team who wins the toss and elects to bat first will take the cup home. Lets hope Pakistan's lucky stars keep on shining all day long tomorrow.

  • Hamid on June 20, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    I LOVE YOU PAKISTAN !

  • Umair Huda on June 20, 2009, 18:15 GMT

    This could be the moment Pakistani nation is waiting for,,while Pakistani team left to England for such a big tournament no one rate Pakistan into the final but they are in final. This Pakistani team is able to do anything and we expect one more victory from them. Go Pakistan Go and win the title. In the end once again I would like to tell them YOU WIN OR LOSE YOU ARE OURS. And a request to all cricket fan don't make your heros, Zeros in a day, Either its Srilanka or Pakistan. At the end Asian team is in Final which proved how much talent we have in Asia. GO PAKISTAN GO... ALL THE BEST IN FINAL TO MY PAKISTANI TEAM...

  • EAMiran on June 20, 2009, 18:13 GMT

    Let's keep things in perspective. T20 is a mickey mouse/gulli danda format of cricket and Pakistan is good at it (as are the rest of the sub-continent). We should not confuse success achieved in this format of the game with what should be our ultimate goal - world test cricket champs. T20 celebrates 4's and 6's no matter how they come,whether they be from top edges, chinese cuts, or agricultural hoicks to cow corner. Bowlers usually buy wickets because batsmen start slogging from the word go. Some skill involved there but not a whole lot. Entertainment - YES, cricket with a capital "C" - an emphatic NO! Having said all that - Yunus please tell your charges to CRUSH the Lankans!

  • Raj on June 20, 2009, 18:13 GMT

    I am really happy for people of Pakistan. This will really bring if not happiness at least a smile on their faces after the trauma of war they have gone/going through. Coming to cricket it great to see Pakistan team so hungry to win and playing together as one team. Especially players like Afridi, Gul etc (even with little cricket that Pakistan have played)have shown that talent combined with hard work always rules!!!!. The team has done an outstanding job till now I am sure they will go on to win the world cup this time. Finally one last thing world Cricket without Pakistan is food without salt.

    God bless everyone Raj

  • Irtiza Nazar on June 20, 2009, 18:12 GMT

    I think the mere fact that we're in the final, coming from a turbulent 1-2 years, is a win in itself. We won't be losing even if we did.

    That said, I think we should aim for the best, work out a game plan against Murali and Mendis, see through Malinga and score off Mathews. I'm sure Intikhab Alam is working on something like that, 'coz interestingly he was also the team manager/coach in '92 when we won it.

    Aaqib Javed needs to have a talk with the young Muhammad Aamer. I think in the last match against Sri Lanka the idea of bowling Jayasuriya into his body was perfect. But it also comes with a risk, as Jayasuriya showed, deliveries like those can be pulled if Aamer errs in length ever so slightly. For Dilshan, I think if we stick to the basics and choke him for runs, he will gift away his wicket, like he does in test cricket.

  • Ali Imran on June 20, 2009, 18:09 GMT

    DIL DIL PAKISTAN - JAAN JAAN PAKISTAN I am sure now no one can stop the Warriors to move forward they will play with full josh, emotions and They will play for the nation. GO PAKISTAN TEAM GO AND LIFT THE CUP WHOLE PAKISTAN NATION IS BEHIND YOU. Lets every one pray for them and wish them all the Best

  • rahees fayaz on June 20, 2009, 18:09 GMT

    Cricket for Pakistan is not only a game it is a next to religion. Yes we all love our cricket as much as any nation love sport, with all the trouble going on in Pakistan at this time we need a big news we need a big win that keep nation going as nation that give nation a motivation and some thing to look forward.

    Only few months back, I remember so well every one saying that Pakistan is finished as cricketing nation but this team came out very strongly. It is a fact that most of the player have not played much international cricket to come out of that state of mind it is a big achievement.

  • Raj on June 20, 2009, 18:09 GMT

    I am really happy for people of Pakistan. This will really bring if not happiness at least a smile on their faces after the trauma of war they have gone/going through. Coming to cricket it great to see Pakistan team so hungry to win and playing together as one team. Especially players like Afridi, Gul etc (even with little cricket that Pakistan have played)have shown that talent combined with hard work always rules!!!!. The team has done an outstanding job till now I am sure they will go on to win the world cup this time. Finally one last thing world Cricket without Pakistan is food without salt.

    God bless everyone Raj

  • zahid on June 20, 2009, 18:09 GMT

    gopakistan go we will win the cup this time the whole country are with you and we will all pray to god for your win inshaallah pak team will be the champion of world 20 20 tommorrow just one thing i hope affridi open tommorrow with akmal and pakistan win the toss as well

  • rehmani on June 20, 2009, 18:08 GMT

    its pakistan turn to win this world cup and pakistan will surely will win this world cup (inshallah) lets hope pakistan win this and fulfill pakistans last world cup dreams

  • malik sahib on June 20, 2009, 18:07 GMT

    Well said that pakistan have already won. their comeback, their spirit, their passion and their skill have result in such brilliance. Out of the 2, only 1 will emerge as winner but the journey from super eight to finale itself is a victory. one suggestion....... give the new ball to umar gul, if we get dilshan out early, the match will be in our pocket. sanath is not in the best of forms and mahila, sangakara and the rest lack the explosiveness. lets hope for the best.

  • Asim on June 20, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    Best of luck Pakistan for the world cup final....I sincerely hope and pray that you guys play with all you got, just like the semi's. Your achievements have already made pakistanis in the US VERY VERY proud. Long live pakistan. Dil dil pakistan.

  • "Dua go" on June 20, 2009, 18:03 GMT

    Slam.1st of all,thanks kamran bai for your loyal and lovely comments.May Allah give you taufiq to keep our player's passion high.Tomorrow is gona be our day again inshaallah.But,let me tell you games can only be won with the effort of every player not with only one player.So i would request to all of our friends,family,please do not relay on one player only.Also i ask captain younas pleaseeeee dont bother tomuch about losing cause we know you will win,inshaallah.May allah,make each and every supporter happy,with his mercy and blessings.Ameen

  • Asim on June 20, 2009, 18:02 GMT

    Pakistan u shud win for all those pakis who loves u.all those who are suffering terrorism.all those who are proud of u.

  • Rehan on June 20, 2009, 18:01 GMT

    GO GO GO PAKISTAN !!!!! I WILL CHEER FOR YOU TILL MY BREATHE GO TEAM MAKE US ALL PROUD =)

    !!! BEST OF LUCK !!!

  • Mahmood on June 20, 2009, 18:00 GMT

    go pakistan. inshallah we will win tomoro inshallah!!!

  • Shan on June 20, 2009, 18:00 GMT

    It is strange but I'll not be upset if Pakistan wins the final. Obviously being a Sri Lankan I want them to win but I'll not be heartbroken if Pakistan wins. Sri Lanka owe so much to Pakistan so it feels like Pakistanis are like our brothers. Let the best team wins.

  • Adeel sheikh on June 20, 2009, 17:58 GMT

    Go Pakistan ... I miss INZI ....

  • Nazibul Islam on June 20, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    It was really a painful loss of Pakistan in the t20 final 2007, even I can't forget that day when Misbah brought the match under grieve but left the match at the last moment. By winning that t20, India gone high in their performance for next 2 years, on the other hand Pakistani team couldn't play any mentionable cricket for last 2 years. This is the right time for winding up. This win can help Pakistan to forget the t20 final of 2007. If Pakistan can win this world cup, I am sure their team spirit will increase so high & they will do better in both ODI & Test cricket. Go Pakistan Go, we are with you; we don't want to remorse what we did in the month of Ramadan in 2007. Senior players have to use their experience and the young player should show their spirit of youth, in this way the task can be done easily.

  • mohammed usman on June 20, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    we all should pray for pakistan and it is important for pakistan to win because in the recent series they only lost

  • Usama Saleem on June 20, 2009, 17:53 GMT

    Ay jazba junnon tu himmat na haar, thats really proved by younis khan and his boys....doesnt matter we win or loss,you guys have made alot of people look fool, like qadir and other writers, who thought pak dont have a chance to qualify semis even. great work from afridi and gul along wid akmal and younis . and i think if i say its just becoz of a few guys that we r in final now. wat if all of them suddenly turn in form..trust me no body will be able to face these guys.. great captaincy from younis especially when he back his match winner gul in ball tempering controversy. thats wat all pakistani want you to be like guys...just go and win and be a hero for rest of your time.

  • waqas on June 20, 2009, 17:53 GMT

    for people saying do us proud .. the team has aleady made us proud .. their determination eagerness and passion has out done SA... no one gave us a chance to qulaify for Semis let alone playing the final itself. I wish the team best of luck ... hope they can do it again .. all i ask is to give their 100% again ... and then even if they dont win i will be there to Salute them .. this is probably the most joyous moment in the last 2 years of Pakistan nation .. Keep it up guys we are proud of you

  • Nadeem Saeed on June 20, 2009, 17:52 GMT

    Just like 1992 - Pakistan have made the final with the odds stacked against us. Sri Lanka are the form team and start as favourites. To win I feel we need to sort out our batting order. I would recall Ahmed Shehzad or Salman Butt as opener in place of Shahzaib Hasan who's technique looks a bit suspect. Kamran Akmal deserves to continue opening. 3 has to be the enagmatic Boom Boom Afridi. 4 Younis Khan. 5. Misbah. 6 Shoaib Malik. 7 Razzak. 8 Fawad Alam. 9. Gul 10. Ammir 11. Saeed Ajmal.

    Batting firt is our best option and Younis Khan can not make any mistakes with his bowling changes need to give full allocation to Gul, Ajmal, Afridi and the remaining 8 overs between the remaining bowlers.

    Dil Dil Pakistan lets win it for the nation. !!

  • Enum on June 20, 2009, 17:52 GMT

    Pakistan can definitely win the final if they play with the same passion. Afridi and Gul are the key players and I hope they deliver like they have done in the previous matches. The batting has to be much better than it has been in the previous matches, I hope Shazain and Akmal are able to put up a good partnership. Another thing that i'm hoping for is that Shoaib and Misbah play well, they have to play quick since the run rate usually drops when they are around!

    My prayers are with the team,and InshAllah we will win.. :)

    P.s I will still remain a proud Pakistani even if we (God forbid) lose the final :)

  • Taimoor Akber on June 20, 2009, 17:51 GMT

    All of our wishes & prayers is with the Pakistan team.i also suggest that butt or ahmed shazad should replace fawad alam.even if they dont come into play still you have a psychlogical feeling that you have a extra batsman who can chip in with useful 20 or 25 runs to atleast give some kind of safety in our batting department.

  • Insh on June 20, 2009, 17:50 GMT

    If Pakistan win the toss and bat first, put 150+ on the board they have got a great chance of winning it. Our hopes lie with Gul, Afridi, Ajmal and Akmal.

  • tharanga on June 20, 2009, 17:50 GMT

    I'm a sri lankan.. Tomorrow it the day!!!! Hope both team will play well and give a good game to us. As a Sri lankan My favorite team is non other than my motherland Sri lanka. So my 1st choice is Sri lanka. Even if by a chance sri lanka loose tomorrows match i'm not worried or sad. Because Pakistan is our second choice. over the years Srilankans 2nd choice is Pakistan because pakistan is a true friend of sri lanka. we Love Pakistan team. When Pakistan team beat India in any format of a game we as a sri lankan we cheer. we calibrate.. So for tommorow match we will cheer for sri lanka.. But we will also cheer for pakistan.. But there is only one winner. So it may be sri lanka or pakistan..

    wat ever happen tomorow we all are winners.. because WE ARE ASIANS !!!!!!!!!!

  • Emad Kirmani on June 20, 2009, 17:48 GMT

    No I think we should keep the SAME 11 that has won the last 3 matches, Fawad Alam should not bowl, but he hasn't gotten a chance to bat yet and I'm pretty sure he will deliver. Stick with Shahzaib, he's performed 2 out of three times.

    InshAllah Pak will win the cup!!!

  • usman on June 20, 2009, 17:46 GMT

    Reaching the final against all odds was a big achievement. Regardless of what happens in the final Pakistan team has to be congragulated . A couple of suggestions to improve their runrate . In the first 6 overs the runrate is too low . Shahid Afridi should bat at no:3 and if he falls early, Razzaq should be sent in with clear instructions to pick up the momentum. Pakistan have saved too many wickets at the end . Shoaib Malik and Misbah should be clearly instructed to hit the Ball regardless of the consequences. Yunus Khan is already playing and anchor's role . We do not need toomany anchors. If we loose too many wickets towards the end Fawad Alam and Umer Gul can still hit a few to keep the Run rate going. If we bat first we need to score above 175 to keep Sri Lanka under pressure .

  • Kamran Anjum on June 20, 2009, 17:46 GMT

    Go Team Pakistan. May ALLAH be on your side and helps you win this tournament.

  • feroz karmally on June 20, 2009, 17:44 GMT

    Just don't get Fawad Alam to bowl - Twenty20 is not the place for slow left arm spinners , and give easy 15 runs which can cost the game

  • zahra on June 20, 2009, 17:42 GMT

    ahmad shehzad should replace shahzaib hassan who is unable to handle pressure and fawad alam should play as he wakes pakistan up with his brilliance in the field...

  • Hasan Raza on June 20, 2009, 17:41 GMT

    The fact that Shoaib Malik made such a stupid statement at the end of the last World Cup 'First of all I would like to apologise....etc. etc.' means that I will be willing Sri Lanka to win this final.

    Pakistan have got to the final due to the fact that Australia and India had off days as well as injuries.

    Sorry but the bowling is the only high spot for Pakistan-Malinga will again cause problems for you.

  • nadeem khan on June 20, 2009, 17:34 GMT

    i want to say make strong policy to take malinga moving around stumps to disturb malinga and atke mendis to off side ame as treat botha in south african game particularlarly mendis ony have faster and dosra which can easily send out of ground to off side so take first two overs carefully tnen take charge beter to put target not to chase better to bowl two overs of shoib malik and finish last over should from umer gul

  • Tahir Rashid on June 20, 2009, 17:34 GMT

    Insha`Allah Pakistan will win to please the whole nation and many others outside. This opportunity must not be missed.

  • mohomed on June 20, 2009, 17:32 GMT

    Pakistan No Way Near to SRI LANKAS EXPLOSIVE OPENER SANATH

  • RAFI KHAN on June 20, 2009, 17:32 GMT

    Afridi,Gul,RAZZAQ N Kamran win it for Pak n all asians.u can bcoz u have the potentional.play like u peole play fearless n attacking cricket.INSHA ALLAH We will win we have full faith in ALMIGHTY.MAY ALLAH BLESS U GUYZZZ AMEEN!!!!

  • hammad nasir on June 20, 2009, 17:28 GMT

    yes, kamran you are right that pakistan team needs this cup more than anyone else. and to be honest, pakistan are not far behind srilanka anymore. yes, the 4 m's are the strong point of srilanks, but in three nwfp heroes in pakistan team, they are also not far behind. on the paper, pakistan looks strong. just imagine imran nazir and muhammad yousaf in places of shahzaib hassan and fawad alam!! isnt it fantastic? what a team, just hear!! nazir, akmal, razzaq, younis, yousaf, malik, misbah, afridi, ajmal, gul, aamir!!! and wait, asif is also coming for champions trophy. are we living in dream!! GO PAKISTAN, FUTURE IS YOURS!!

  • Ali Akbar on June 20, 2009, 17:25 GMT

    Go Pakistan Indeed. It is indeed impossible to fathom what a morale booster this small victory will be for the battered nation that is Pakistan. I had tear in my eyes as Pakistan's win against SA resulted in scenes of jubilation amongst all but specially those Pakistanis who have suffered the most during the past months and years. The people in refugee camps in their own country for got their troubles for a moment and danced in joy.

    Lets do it Pakistan! Do it for the Nation. Do it for those who have lost their homes. For those, caught up in a war not of their making.

    This win will not give them back their lost ones nor rebuild their lives, all it will do will bring smiles, and only for that, it will be wort it!

    Do us proud!

  • Azeem uz zaman khan on June 20, 2009, 17:25 GMT

    Pakistan you can do it keep it up!!!!

  • aftab on June 20, 2009, 17:23 GMT

    whatever is the outcome. for me Pak has won already so take it easy boys.. no worries

  • mehboob on June 20, 2009, 17:22 GMT

    in 92 pathan won us the cup and 2009 it will b other khan go pakistan go .win or loss we are the winners

  • Rocky on June 20, 2009, 17:15 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal and Afridi are the key. And hope they don't bring in Shahzaib Hasan. Better to open with Ahmed Shehzad or even the experienced out-of-form Butt. Some experience is needed here for sure to get past Mendis and Murali. I feel Pakistan has an edge over Sri Lanka when it comes to big moments. Good Luck Pakistan

  • Murtaza Moiz on June 20, 2009, 17:14 GMT

    Inshallah lets hope Pakistan wins this time.

  • Fahad Majeed on June 20, 2009, 17:14 GMT

    Great one Kamran. You just missed one point, during the game when the DJ kept playing Dil Dil Pakistan, it made the entire Pakistan, Notthingam, Canada, US, UK, Australia, Dubai (wherever the Pakistanis are) go crazy!!!...People were/are so happy...we celebrated all night dancing cheering for Pakistan..This moment of happiness will never be forgotten...Pakistan really needed it and I am sure we will win the World Cup! Godwilling (inshaAllah) :)

  • Shoaib on June 20, 2009, 17:13 GMT

    Yes, indeed GO PAKISTAN. Win one more match and be on the top of the world. Everyone knows, it wont be easy. Dilshan and 4 Ms (Murli, Mendis, Malinga and Mathews) stand in the way but Pakistan, being the most unpredictable side, can pul off another unpredictable good performance. Best of Luck Pakistan.

  • Gohar on June 20, 2009, 17:11 GMT

    Kamran, that is the moment which we have waited alot, we deserve victory this time. I request all the players to PLAY LIKE A BEAST !! and win it like a CHAMPION!! FEARLESS. I hope InshaAllah this cup is ours!!PAKISTAN ZINDABAD. InshaAllah if they arrive back victorious i'll be their at Airport to salute them. this will the revival of Cricekt.

  • Arbab Daud on June 20, 2009, 16:57 GMT

    Whether it is by a meager happenstance or a prosperous design, the two T20 world cups conducted so far has ended with South Asian teams shinning as the top two. Luckily for us, Pakistan has been in there both the times. Rightly said by Kamran Abbasi that the final outcome of the match at Lords on sunday, wouldn't be based on sentiments, but performance, while I would also add that sometimes the performance may come from a stroke of lady luck's magic wand. I hope something like that happen to one or two players of Pakistan.... But let's not hope that the cupid's arrow hit anyone in Sri Lankan team, because they had already been struck by the stupid's bullets back in March.

  • zaid_sl on June 20, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    i hope and pray pakistan win this world cup.just a few tips ahmed shehzad should replace fawad alam

    batsmen should move around(specially a step forward) against malinga

    against murali and mendis,they should cover the line of the ball

  • Niazi on June 20, 2009, 16:33 GMT

    Lets Pray! It seems a 1992 WC Remake with different characters but same story line!

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  • Niazi on June 20, 2009, 16:33 GMT

    Lets Pray! It seems a 1992 WC Remake with different characters but same story line!

  • zaid_sl on June 20, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    i hope and pray pakistan win this world cup.just a few tips ahmed shehzad should replace fawad alam

    batsmen should move around(specially a step forward) against malinga

    against murali and mendis,they should cover the line of the ball

  • Arbab Daud on June 20, 2009, 16:57 GMT

    Whether it is by a meager happenstance or a prosperous design, the two T20 world cups conducted so far has ended with South Asian teams shinning as the top two. Luckily for us, Pakistan has been in there both the times. Rightly said by Kamran Abbasi that the final outcome of the match at Lords on sunday, wouldn't be based on sentiments, but performance, while I would also add that sometimes the performance may come from a stroke of lady luck's magic wand. I hope something like that happen to one or two players of Pakistan.... But let's not hope that the cupid's arrow hit anyone in Sri Lankan team, because they had already been struck by the stupid's bullets back in March.

  • Gohar on June 20, 2009, 17:11 GMT

    Kamran, that is the moment which we have waited alot, we deserve victory this time. I request all the players to PLAY LIKE A BEAST !! and win it like a CHAMPION!! FEARLESS. I hope InshaAllah this cup is ours!!PAKISTAN ZINDABAD. InshaAllah if they arrive back victorious i'll be their at Airport to salute them. this will the revival of Cricekt.

  • Shoaib on June 20, 2009, 17:13 GMT

    Yes, indeed GO PAKISTAN. Win one more match and be on the top of the world. Everyone knows, it wont be easy. Dilshan and 4 Ms (Murli, Mendis, Malinga and Mathews) stand in the way but Pakistan, being the most unpredictable side, can pul off another unpredictable good performance. Best of Luck Pakistan.

  • Fahad Majeed on June 20, 2009, 17:14 GMT

    Great one Kamran. You just missed one point, during the game when the DJ kept playing Dil Dil Pakistan, it made the entire Pakistan, Notthingam, Canada, US, UK, Australia, Dubai (wherever the Pakistanis are) go crazy!!!...People were/are so happy...we celebrated all night dancing cheering for Pakistan..This moment of happiness will never be forgotten...Pakistan really needed it and I am sure we will win the World Cup! Godwilling (inshaAllah) :)

  • Murtaza Moiz on June 20, 2009, 17:14 GMT

    Inshallah lets hope Pakistan wins this time.

  • Rocky on June 20, 2009, 17:15 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal and Afridi are the key. And hope they don't bring in Shahzaib Hasan. Better to open with Ahmed Shehzad or even the experienced out-of-form Butt. Some experience is needed here for sure to get past Mendis and Murali. I feel Pakistan has an edge over Sri Lanka when it comes to big moments. Good Luck Pakistan

  • mehboob on June 20, 2009, 17:22 GMT

    in 92 pathan won us the cup and 2009 it will b other khan go pakistan go .win or loss we are the winners

  • aftab on June 20, 2009, 17:23 GMT

    whatever is the outcome. for me Pak has won already so take it easy boys.. no worries