ICC World Twenty20 - Final

Pakistan v Sri Lanka

Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)

Aamer to open.

Tremendous noise and atmosphere, and a happy crowd. There's obviously patriotism in the air, but somehow less so than there might be if it were two other teams. Ian Bishop calls this the people's final, and I think that's just about right.

Here are the anthems. They're not standing intertwined like in the group matches, and Sri Lanka are roaring out theirs in good spirit followed by healthy applause from a packed crowd. Here comes Pakistan's, and we're nearly underway here.

It really is a wonderful atmosphere at Lord's. Cloudy but fine, and we're nearly ready for another electrifying innings of undefinable strokeplay from Tillakaratne Dilshan. About twenty minutes until the start.

It's only just occurred to me, but perhaps Shahid Afridi fans are in fact supporters of John Lee Hooker. "Boom, boom, boom, boom. I'm gonna shoot you right down, right offa your feet." Or not.

"I don't think I've ever seen Lord's looking quite this cosmopolitan," says Cricinfo's UK editor at the ground. Or so we hope. "There are green wigs everywhere and a frankly mental atmosphere. There even seem to be some MCC members in the pavilion, which is big of them. The embargo on flags and banners have been lifted, and today we might just reap the rewards."

2.30pm Younis Khan and Kumar Sangakkara receive a big cheer ahead of the toss. Kumar has won the toss and Sri Lanka will bat. "We just want to enjoy the day and see where we get to," he says. Losing the toss is "not a problem," says Younis, who is confident of chasing. Same side as against South Africa. Afridi at No.3? "Depends on the match situation."

A big thank you for the thousands of emails which have poured in during the last few weeks. We can't read them all, nor reply to many, but we love hearing from you. "I am a doctor," announces Dennis, "and unfortunately I'm on-call all day today. I will keep my eyes glued to the computer as I go back and forth treating patients. Thank you - great job." Good luck, Dennis, to both you and your patients.

Lots for you to read. There's the preview, a super piece from our Pakistan editor Osman Samiuddin and another from Cricinfo's editor, Sambit Bal, on why this match is less about the cricket, more the human spirit.

While you're waiting, join Cricinfo editors Sambit Bal, Jayaditya Gupta and Alex Brown as they discuss the final.

2.10pm In March, when Sri Lanka's players were airlifted from the Gaddafi stadium, few would have predicted that they would be facing Pakistan three months later at Lord's in the final of the ICC World Twenty20. And yet that is the poignant prospect facing us today. Welcome, one and all, to Cricinfo's coverage of the denouement of a tournament which has thrilled us from start to finish. I'm Will Luke, and George Binoy is alongside me to steer you through the final. We have a host of people at the match, too, and will have news of the toss in about 20 minutes.

0.1

Mohammad Amir to Dilshan, no run, a quick, sharp bouncer! That was seriously lively! Absolutely flew through to the keeper

0.2

Mohammad Amir to Dilshan, no run, another good one, more prodigious bounce - we saw plenty for the women's final a few hours ago, remember - and he cuts it, jumping back onto the tips of his toes and cutting it late

0.3

Mohammad Amir to Dilshan, no run, the third short ball in succession and he goes back, playing it very late - later than he'd have liked, I think. He's quite slippery, Aamer, and is certainly hurrying Dilshan

0.4

Mohammad Amir to Dilshan, no run, that could have gone anywhere! Went for a pull, it came off his body then via his bat and could easily have looped through to the keeper!

Well well - this is a startling first over. "He doesn't like it up im," Andrew says.

0.5

Mohammad Amir to Dilshan, OUT, goddim! He's out! Dilshan departs for a duck as he goes for that flicky pull-cum-scoop but mistimes it for once, and short fine-leg scurries to his left to take a fine catch

TM Dilshan c Shahzaib Hasan b Mohammad Amir 0 (3m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The roof's off at Lord's! This place is alive. Mubarak's at the crease now.

0.6

Mohammad Amir to Jayasuriya, no run, another short ball but quite nicely timed to backward point. A wicket-maiden in the final of the World Twenty20 - well, who'd have predicted that? Fantastic over by Aamer - just 17-years-old

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 0/1 (RR: 0.00)
ST Jayasuriya    0* (1b)      Mohammad Amir    1-1-0-1
J Mubarak    0* (0b)     

Razzaq now

1.1

Abdul Razzaq to Mubarak, 1 leg bye, cuts off the seam and bobbles off his pads to the leg side, and they steal a run. Younis isn't happy about it, angrily shouting at someone - Razzaq I think.

1.2

Abdul Razzaq to Jayasuriya, 1 run, edged just wide of the first slip - more prodigious bounce takes a thick outside edge of this good, off-stump line

Two slips in place now

1.3

Abdul Razzaq to Mubarak, OUT, got him! Pakistan have two! He came skipping down the wicket and tried to whip it through midwicket but the bounce did for him, and he got a leading edge to mid-off who steadied himself to take an easy catch

J Mubarak c Shahzaib Hasan b Abdul Razzaq 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

This is incredible. What scenes, what noise!

1.4

Abdul Razzaq to Jayasuriya, no run, calmly defended to leg

Calmness is what Sri Lanka now need. That, and runs

1.5

Abdul Razzaq to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, a fuller delivery flicked to leg. Neatly timed and in fact they'll get two

1.6

Abdul Razzaq to Jayasuriya, FOUR, on the off stump and he's got four through midwicket. Plenty of bottom hand in that stroke - a real shovel, a heave through the leg side. Not the prettiest of shots, but it's four nonetheless and four very important runs

End of over 2 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 8/2 (RR: 4.00)
ST Jayasuriya    7* (5b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-7-1
KC Sangakkara    0* (0b)      Mohammad Amir    1-1-0-1

2.1

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, worked to the off side. Calmly played

2.2

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, again Aamer bangs this in short and Sangakkara shuffles back, punching out to the off side

2.3

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, FOUR, short and pulled through midwicket. This could be four, the outfield is so quick here at this time of the year - and yes, it races for four, Sangakkara's first

Aamer's annoyed with himself, gesturing that he didn't mean to bang it in so short

2.4

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, FOUR, wonderful shot! Pure elegance and orthodoxy from Sangakkara. Wide and full enough to drive, so he just leant on it for four through extra cover

Glorious drive!

2.5

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, better. Back of a length, forcing him onto the back foot and he defends to point. Sharper, sparkier delivery

2.6

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, neatly defended to point

End of over 3 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 16/2 (RR: 5.33)
KC Sangakkara    8* (6b 2x4)      Mohammad Amir    2-1-8-1
ST Jayasuriya    7* (5b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-7-1

Right then. Here comes Razzaq

3.1

Abdul Razzaq to Jayasuriya, SIX, brilliant! A short-arm pull is absolutely drilled, right out of the screws and right into the Mound stand at midwicket!

3.2

Abdul Razzaq to Jayasuriya, FOUR, four more. Fuller from Razzaq, but his line is all wrong and Jayasuriya whips it from leg-stump down to fine leg. A real shovel, that stroke, but taking advantage of the misdirected line

3.3

Abdul Razzaq to Jayasuriya, no run, slower ball - 70.8mph - guided out to the off side

3.4

Abdul Razzaq to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a length and slower in pace, he nearly puts the batsman in two minds as he tries to pull but doesn't commit fully to the stroke, the ball meekly working its way to mid-on

3.5

Abdul Razzaq to Jayasuriya, OUT, bowled him! And Razzaq slips and is on the floor! On the off stump, Jayasuriya went for another shovel-pull but dragged it on to the delight of Pakistan. They have three!

ST Jayasuriya b Abdul Razzaq 17 (17m 10b 2x4 1x6) SR: 170.00

This is absolutely electrifying. 26 for 3 before the end of the fourth over. Good grief.

3.6

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, no run, outside the off stump, he goes back and guides it out to the off side

End of over 4 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 26/3 (RR: 6.50)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (1b)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-17-2
KC Sangakkara    8* (6b 2x4)      Mohammad Amir    2-1-8-1

Here's the bustling, lively Aamer for his third over

4.1

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, 2 runs, it's a little too straight and worked to leg with a flick of the wrists. Nicely played

4.2

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, 1 run, short and again too straight, allowing him to pull it through midwicket - though without the power he would've wanted, so they only grab a single

So then. Jayawardene, the former captain, on strike now. Hope you're all glued to your screens, from wherever you're reading

4.3

Mohammad Amir to Jayawardene, 1 run, oh that's good cricket by this pair, Jayawardene prodding it out to the off side and stealing a sharp single

4.4

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length and goodish pace - 82mph: quick enough - and it's defended on the back foot

No drives. That's his tactic it seems today. Nothing of driveable length

4.5

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, no run, again, nice line just outside off and too short to drive. Prodded off the back foot out to the off side

4.6

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller, but still short of a length, and prodded to mid-off for a strike-retaining single

End of over 5 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 31/3 (RR: 6.20)
KC Sangakkara    12* (11b 2x4)      Mohammad Amir    3-1-13-1
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (2b)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-17-2

5.1

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the middle stump, flicked to leg with wristy intent

5.2

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, no run, stroked out to the off side

5.3

Abdul Razzaq to Jayawardene, OUT, gone! Fourth wicket falls as Jayawardene attempts a cute back-cut but guides it straight into the gleeful hands of slip, who swallows it to his right with ease. Pakistan on fire!

DPMD Jayawardene c Misbah-ul-Haq b Abdul Razzaq 1 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

"The IPL destroyed India's tournament. The ICL has boosted Pakistan's!" says Andrew Miller

5.4

Abdul Razzaq to Silva, no run, fine ball on the off stump - good first delivery, that. No great pace, but no need for lightning pace when they're this accurate. Solidly blocked

5.5

Abdul Razzaq to Silva, 1 run, steps across to the off side and works it to mid-on

5.6

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara steps to the off side, whipping it off his leg stump. Dangerous tactic, but he does look in good nick and times it nicely

End of over 6 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 34/4 (RR: 5.66)
KC Sangakkara    14* (13b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    3-0-20-3
LPC Silva    1* (2b)      Mohammad Amir    3-1-13-1

Boom, boom. Afridi into the attack, and the crowd declare their undying love for the big man. Here he comes...

6.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, starts with one just outside off and it's carefully chopped to third man

6.2

Shahid Afridi to Silva, 1 run, flighted just outside the off stump and defended out to the off side

6.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, a touch of drift in the air but Sangakkara prods it out to the off side and they steal a single

While all around him fall, Sangakkara looks ridiculously calm as ever

6.4

Shahid Afridi to Silva, 1 run, short of a length, he skips down the pitch and flicks him to leg

6.5

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, press forward - Duncan Fletcher would be so proud - and drops it out to the off side

6.6

Shahid Afridi to Silva, no run, quicker ball, and extreme drift into the right-hander - the mark of a really gifted leg-spinner. Bat-padded out to the off side

A good over for Sri Lanka, that

End of over 7 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 39/4 (RR: 5.57)
LPC Silva    3* (5b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-5-0
KC Sangakkara    17* (16b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    3-0-20-3

So we'll have spin from both ends, as Ajmal wheels his way into the attack. He's had a cracking tournament too. He'll begin around the wicket

7.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, flattish and punched out to the off side. They think of two, but Sangakkara sends him back. A run-out is not what Sri Lanka need, frankly

Back over the wicket

7.2

Saeed Ajmal to Silva, no run, flat and straight, nudged to the leg side

7.3

Saeed Ajmal to Silva, no run, a touch of drift away from the right-hander, as is the off-spinner's wont, and it's cautiously defended out to the off side

Good line

7.4

Saeed Ajmal to Silva, no run, ooh, so close! Tossed up a little wider and it beats his loose drive. That was mighty, mighty close

7.5

Saeed Ajmal to Silva, FOUR, well, I think that's well played rather than edging it. Outside off and he opens the face, taking it out of the keeper's gloves. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on that

7.6

Saeed Ajmal to Silva, no run, slightly squared up, driving out to mid-off

End of over 8 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 44/4 (RR: 5.50)
LPC Silva    7* (10b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-5-0
KC Sangakkara    18* (17b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-5-0

8.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, down on one knee and slapped to cover. Timed the underwear off that

8.2

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, outside off, pushed to cover

8.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, nearly slips here, skipping outside leg and flicking to mid-on

8.4

Shahid Afridi to Silva, no run, good length, dropped it a little shorter as he saw him coming charging down the pitch. That's intelligent stuff from Afridi

8.5

Shahid Afridi to Silva, no run, how did that not bowl him! A quicker ball scurries through his pads and Akmal takes it behind the batsman's legs to his left! Mighty close

8.6

Shahid Afridi to Silva, 1 run, shorter ball is cut out to point but only for a single

End of over 9 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 46/4 (RR: 5.11)
LPC Silva    8* (13b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-7-0
KC Sangakkara    19* (20b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-5-0

Afridi is such a hustler and a hurrier. He romps through his overs; batsmen barely have a chance to breath, and he's really contained Sri Lanka nicely here. 46 for 4 after nine overs. Everything rests on Sangakkara now

9.1

Shoaib Malik to Silva, 1 run, swept off middle stump

9.2

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, outside off, whipped to short fine-leg but they do get a single

9.3

Shoaib Malik to Silva, FOUR, slog-swept and he'll get four! Deep midwicket and deep square-leg converge from opposite directions - this could be entertaining! - but midwicket misses it and it's four

9.4

Shoaib Malik to Silva, 1 run, skipped down the pitch and clipped to mid-on

So then, a good over thus far for Sri Lanka. Can they make it a big one?

Around the wicket

9.5

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, no run, beaten! Lovely delivery bounces and turns away from the left-hander. That was seriously close and a top, top delivery

Well taken by Akmal, too

9.6

Shoaib Malik to Sangakkara, 1 run, flipped to leg. Flatter delivery

End of over 10 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 54/4 (RR: 5.40)
KC Sangakkara    21* (23b 2x4)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-8-0
LPC Silva    14* (16b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-7-0

10.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, flicked to leg

10.2

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, on his legs and turned to the leg side

10.3

Shahid Afridi to Silva, 1 leg bye, faster ball, 59mph, and Afridi demands this is given out. But the batsman came charging down the pitch

10.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, FOUR, oh what a stroke that is. Stands tall, steps back to the leg side and strokes it beautifully through extra cover for four. What placement

10.5

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, FOUR, another shout for lbw as Sangakkara sweeps this - and he's got bat on it, too. Good over for Sri Lanka; Sangakkara's beginning to motor here

10.6

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, on middle, tucked to leg for another single and he steals the strike

End of over 11 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 65/4 (RR: 5.90)
KC Sangakkara    31* (28b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-17-0
LPC Silva    14* (17b 2x4)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-8-0

Better over for Sri Lanka. But look who it is now: Umar Gul. Big moment

11.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, on middle stump, Sangakkara drops it out to the off side and he really needs to get his skates on! And he does

11.2

Umar Gul to Silva, 1 wide, that'll be a wide. A fat one it was too - miles wide of the off stump

11.2

Umar Gul to Silva, no run, ooh and he feels for this just outside off! Not a great deal of movement - just a little bit of nibble away from the right-hander

11.3

Umar Gul to Silva, OUT, got him! Gul makes the breakthrough, whacking it in short and Silva tried to pull but completely mistimed it, the ball looping meekly to midwicket

LPC Silva c Saeed Ajmal b Umar Gul 14 (22m 19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 73.68

11.4

Umar Gul to Udana, no run, pushed out to the off side

11.5

Umar Gul to Udana, no run, quicker ball outside off and he plays and misses, feeling for it outside off! Sri Lanka look overawed and nervous, as well they might be at 67 for 5

11.6

Umar Gul to Udana, no run, another swing and a miss outside off

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 67/5 (RR: 5.58)
I Udana    0* (3b)      Umar Gul    1-0-2-1
KC Sangakkara    32* (29b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-17-0

12.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up on the off stump, clamps forward to defend

12.2

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, nudged out to the off side

Less than eight overs to go. Sangakkara's got to bat to the end, but when does he "go big?"

12.3

Shahid Afridi to Udana, 1 run, fuller and faster and pushed hard, powerfully, to mid-off

12.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length, turning back sharply on the off stump and guided out to the off side

12.5

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, back-cut out to point

12.6

Shahid Afridi to Udana, OUT, bowled him! Brilliant delivery drifting back sharply, beating his drive and the wrong'un skittles him. Outstanding from Afridi!

I Udana b Shahid Afridi 1 (4m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 70/6 (RR: 5.38)
     Shahid Afridi    4-0-20-1
KC Sangakkara    34* (33b 4x4)      Umar Gul    1-0-2-1

Well well. 70 for 6. By the way, we have photos trickling in from today's game: bottom-right-hand corner of this page. Or click here.

13.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, pushed out to the off side

13.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller, faster, clipped to leg. Akmal screams at Ajmal to get the ball in back in time. He's on fire, Akmal - tremendous noise all afternoon.

13.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, clipped to short midwicket

13.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run, good line on middle-and-leg, turned to the leg side

13.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, dances down the pitch to make it into a full toss before whipping it to leg

Sri Lanka's fans are subdued and slightly perplexed in the crowd. Pakistan's are, well, you can imagine: they're loving it

13.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run, good delivery but he turns it down to fine leg. Pakistan's won't mind the single as it keeps Sangakkara off strike

End of over 14 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 74/6 (RR: 5.28)
AD Mathews    2* (3b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-9-0
KC Sangakkara    36* (36b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-20-1

Sri Lanka somehow need to whack it like crazy in the final six overs. If they can just sneak up to 120, somehow, who knows how Pakistan's batsmen will react? Here's Gul, though he's currently deep in discussion with Younis. Slip in place

14.1

Umar Gul to Mathews, 1 wide, wide of the off stump and wided

14.1

Umar Gul to Mathews, 1 run, mistimed - beaten for pace really - as he slices it down to third man

Third slip would've swallowed that, if that helps you picture it

14.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the leg stump and whipped to deep midwicket. Just the single there though

Slip moves to short square-leg

14.3

Umar Gul to Mathews, no run, pulled to short midwicket but without really timing it. It's more of a guided-pull than anything aggressive

14.4

Umar Gul to Mathews, 1 run, that bent back in markedly on the right-hander, at 86mph, and again appeared to trouble him for pace off the pitch. It's hurriedly turned to square leg

Time for a four

14.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, down the pitch, driving to long-off but again for just a single

14.6

Umar Gul to Mathews, no run, on the off stump and again Gul gives him absolutely no width to play with. It's defended to leg

End of over 15 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 79/6 (RR: 5.26)
AD Mathews    4* (7b)      Umar Gul    2-0-7-1
KC Sangakkara    38* (38b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-9-0

So, here we are: the last five overs are upon us. Or more importantly, upon Sri Lanka. 120 or more must be the target. Around the wicket

15.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked to deep midwicket

Over the wicket

15.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run, skips down the pitch and tries to whack it to long-on

Around the wicket

15.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 2 runs, down the pitch and clatters it over midwicket, scurrying runs as though their lives depend on it. Akmal goes berserk behind the stumps

15.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 2 runs, flicked to leg - fine leg clears up and they scurry for two

15.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 2 runs, shorter delivery, slapped over the top. It appears mistimed - it's more of a wellied shot - but in fact he's placed it perfectly for two

15.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, swept crisply but without the placement

End of over 16 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 88/6 (RR: 5.50)
KC Sangakkara    46* (43b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-18-0
AD Mathews    5* (8b)      Umar Gul    2-0-7-1

Four overs to go; four more for Sangakkara's fifty

16.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, FOUR, and there is his fifty from 44 balls as he clips this beautifully over midwicket off his toes. Top knock

Well, all around him and fallen apart, but Sangakkara remains solid and resolute. With him rest Sri Lanka's hopes

16.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, attempts a pull but gets all tangled up, the ball squirting out to the off side

16.3

Umar Gul to Mathews, 2 runs, opens himself up and slices it out to deep extra cover. Nice shot, and the placement is good enough to grab two

This is better from Sri Lanka, better intent

16.4

Umar Gul to Mathews, 1 run, fuller delivery whipped to leg

16.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, (no ball) 1 run, full toss - very full indeed. Waist-height

16.5

Umar Gul to Mathews, 1 run, pulled to midwicket

16.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, FOUR, good shot! Top shot to a poor delivery, pulling this powerfully for four. Just too short from Gul

End of over 17 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 103/6 (RR: 6.05)
KC Sangakkara    55* (47b 6x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-21-1
AD Mathews    9* (11b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-18-0

17.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, down the pitch to this good-length delivery but he can't make anything of it, defending it on the front foot

17.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, steps to leg - bowler sees this and fires it in flat on the off stump, to which he cuts and nearly chops it on

17.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run, elegant flick to short fine-leg to get Sangakkara back on strike

Around the wicket

17.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, FOUR, shot! Brilliant stroke, taking a big step down the wicket and fairly slapping this wide of long-on for four. Powerfully struck

17.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, he's timed the lacquer off this! But straight to deep square leg

Sangakkara's beginning to middle it here. He's really motoring

17.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, FOUR, superb shot down the ground, and Sri Lanka's dug-out look a much happier camp. Wonderful shot, skipping down the ground and on-driving powerfully

End of over 18 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 113/6 (RR: 6.27)
AD Mathews    14* (15b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-28-0
KC Sangakkara    60* (49b 7x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-21-1

Sri Lanka are clawing back some of the initiative here - impressive effort in the last three overs. Sangakkara has timed his explosion perfectly. Two overs to go. 130 is in sight, and that'd be a seriously testing total

18.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara shows him all three stumps as he steps to leg, before squeezing it out to the off side

18.2

Umar Gul to Mathews, FOUR, four! Four more! Steps to leg and leathers it massively through the leg-side, all along the ground

18.3

Umar Gul to Mathews, 1 run, a bouncer pulled to deep square leg

49 from 34 for this pair

18.4

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, shows all three stumps before slicing to third man

And there's the 50 partnership between this pair, from 35 balls. Very gutsy performance and they're not finished yet

18.5

Umar Gul to Mathews, no run, brilliant yorker! Mathews can't do anything with that, other than clonk it back to the bowler

Gul's mis-judged his run-up and tries again. Here he comes...

18.6

Umar Gul to Mathews, 1 run, flayed to cover but just for a single, and Mathews is on strike for the final over. Not a bad result, that, for Pakistan

End of over 19 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 121/6 (RR: 6.36)
AD Mathews    20* (19b 2x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-29-1
KC Sangakkara    62* (51b 7x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-28-0

Here comes Aamer. He bowled the first ball and he'll bowl the last, too. No pressure, young fellow!

19.1

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, 2 runs, steps to leg and opens himself up, this goes miles in the air wide of mid-off. Younis gives chase but can't quite pull off a catch - good effort though!

19.2

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, FOUR, short, wide and sliced for four to third man! No stopping that! That's absolutely shot for four

Aamer knew that was a horrid delivery, angrily kicking the turf

Short third-man now in place

19.3

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, SIX, what a shot! A monstrous, massive heave over midwicket for the tournament's 162nd six. He absolutely nailed that!

19.4

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, 2 runs, better and fuller, pulled from outside off to long-on for a single to get Sangakkara back on strike. No! They take two. Well clearly Kumar's happy with Mathews in this kind of form, and why not?

19.5

Mohammad Amir to Mathews, 1 run, full, nearly a yorker, and pumped to mid-on. A rapid throw nearly flies for overthrows, but it's cleaned up

Righto. The last ball and Sangakkara's on strike

19.6

Mohammad Amir to Sangakkara, 2 runs, nice and full and smudged through midwicket

What a fightback that's been for Sri Lanka. They've set Pakistan 139 to win, largely thanks to Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews whose unbeaten stand of 68 has really given Sri Lanka hope after Pakistan had reduced them to 32 for 4. Join George Binoy to see how Pakistan get on in about ten minutes.

End of over 20 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 138/6
KC Sangakkara    64* (52b 7x4)      Mohammad Amir    4-1-30-1
AD Mathews    35* (24b 3x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    4-0-29-1
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Photos

Jun 21, 2009

Shahid Afridi pats Umar Gul on the back, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, World Twenty20 final, Lord's, June 21, 2009

Shahid Afridi pats Umar Gul on the back

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Jun 21, 2009

Pakistan fans ride a bus through the streets celebrating their win, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, ICC World Twenty20 final, Lord's, June 21, 2009

Pakistan fans ride a bus through the streets celebrating their win

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