Player of the Match
Player of the Match
402dThe Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran

India hold their nerve to win thriller

In front of a frenzied crowd at the Wanderers on Monday, India and Pakistan played out perhaps the best final ever seen in a major tournament

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

G Gambhir
75(54) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %67%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 26 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
6 0 15 4 23 6 5 16
Misbah-ul-Haq
Misbah-ul-Haq
43(38) 0x4 - 4x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 14 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 0 2 6 1 6 10 17

Best performances - Bowlers

IK Pathan
O4
M0
R16
W3
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
RP Singh
O4
M0
R26
W3
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

India , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

India won the 2007/08 ICC World Twenty20

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

First Session 14:00-15:20, Interval 15:20-15:40, Second Session 15:40-17:00

Match days

24 September 2007 (20-over match)

T20I debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

What a game this has been. Went right down to the wire. Can't ask for more from a grand final. The crowd erupts as the Indian support staff, coaching staff and remaining squad members charge onto the field.

The Indian players do a lap of honour as the Indian flags in the stands are waved. The players go towards the stands and pick up a couple of flags ... almost every one has a flag now as they do a lap around the ground.

The celebrations are still on as the Indians run around on the outfield. Disappointment for Pakistan but they've put in a real good show here. Misbah held his cool till the end, only making one mistake, trying to be a bit too cute in the end.

The organisers bring the trophy out onto the field as the Indians and Pakistanis congratulate each other. A brief moment of calm and the Indians are again celebrating on the outfield. Dhoni gives his shirt away to a young fan and is walking around bare-chested as Malcolm Speed, the ICC chief executive, comes around to offer his congratulations.

Stay with us and we'll bring you the post-match presentations just as soon as they get under way.

The players now make their way out to the middle from the dug-outs as it's time for the post-match presentation ceremony to begin. The Pakistanis are disappointed, desperately so, you can see it on their faces, and the Indians are elated.

The victors and the vanquished congratulate each other. Both teams were unfancied as the tournament began. Now they've played out a dramatic final where India's just about come out on top ...

The presentation begins and it is the match officials who come up first to collect their medallions - the umpires and the match referees.

The Pakistani players then come on stage, in alphabetical order, to receive their medals.

Shoaib Malik "First of all I'd like to thank people back home and the Muslims around the world. We gave our 100%," he says. "India have a strong batting line-up. We did well to restrict them to less than 160 but our batting didn't come through. The Indians bowled really well and we played some bad shots. That's why we ended up on the losing side in this game."

The Man of the Match award goes to Irfan Pathan who says: "It's a great comeback for me. I held my nerve and bowled in the right areas. The pitch was a bit on the slower side. It gripped a bit when I bowled slower balls. I tried to mix up the pace and keep things tight. In the end it could have gone any way. The bowlers all did really well when Misbah was batting well. We played as a team and we won."

The Player of the Tournament award goes to Shahid Afridi who says: "Winning and losing is part of it. But we played really good cricket. Congratulations to the Indian captain and the whole team. I struggled a bit with my batting but I concentrated on my bowling."

Mahendra Singh Dhoni "It's one of the things I will treasure for the rest of my life. I'd like to congratulate the boys and thank them for the response they have given me. No-one expected us to win and the way we played today we deserve a big celebration. Pakistan bowled really well today in the second half. But we knew we had runs on the board and we could bring some pressure on the batsmen. Bhajji was not 100% sure of getting yorkers in the death. I thought I should throw the ball to someone who really wants to well in international cricket. Jogi did a really good job."

The fireworks go off and the Indians celebrate wildly on the podium. New has just come in that the Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced a bonus of US$ 2 million for the team and a bonus of Rs 1 crore to Yuvraj Singh for his achievement of hitting six sixes in one over.

This brings us to the end of the live coverage of this final match of the ICC World Twenty20. It's been an absolute pleasure bringing this tournament to you. We hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. For the moment, though, this is Anand Vasu, your commentator, saying cheers and goodbye!

19.3
W
Joginder Sharma to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, India! It's all over here! Full and on the stumps. Misbah goes for the scoop shot over short fine-leg. That is a risky shot to play with only 6 needed from 4 balls. Straight up in the air and Sreesanth takes the catch. India have won by 5 runs in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20

Misbah-ul-Haq c Sreesanth b Joginder Sharma 43 (51m 38b 0x4 4x6) SR: 113.15

6 needed from 4 balls now

19.2
6
Joginder Sharma to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX runs, full-toss outside the off, that's not the place to bowl at this time. Misbah is cool as ice, lines this up and pounds the ball straight back down the ground. This is a baseball style home run. Such incredible hitting under pressure. You have to give it to Misbah

12 from 5 needed

19.1
0
Joginder Sharma to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, play and a miss, the tension mounts

12 needed from 6 now

19.1
1w
Joginder Sharma to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, short of a length and far outside the off stump, that one barely lands on the pitch. Nerves here for Joginder Sharma. Big, big wide. Easily called

13 needed from 6 balls now. This big final has gone right down to the wire. Misbah on strike.

END OF OVER:
19 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 145/9 (13 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.63, RRR: 13.00)

  • Mohammad Asif4 (1b)
  • Misbah-ul-Haq37 (35b)
  • RP Singh4-0-26-3
  • Sreesanth4-1-44-1
18.6
4
Singh to Mohammad Asif, FOUR runs, yorkr full and outside the off, Asif watches this one carefully and slices it away to the third-man boundary.That's a priceless boundary to end the penultimate over.
18.5
W
Singh to Umar Gul, OUT, Leg-stump yorker from RP Singh! That's just too good from RP Singh. Umar Gul plays all over this one and loses his leg stump. Fabulous bowling from RP Singh as this match heads to an exciting finish

Umar Gul b Singh 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

17 needed from 8 balls

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st2Imran NazirMohammad Hafeez
2nd24Imran NazirKamran Akmal
3rd27Imran NazirYounis Khan
4th12Shoaib MalikYounis Khan
5th11Shoaib MalikMisbah-ul-Haq
6th1Shahid AfridiMisbah-ul-Haq
7th27Yasir ArafatMisbah-ul-Haq
8th34Misbah-ul-HaqSohail Tanvir
9th3Misbah-ul-HaqUmar Gul
10th11Misbah-ul-HaqMohammad Asif

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

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BDESH21120.149
WI2020-1.233
Group B
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AUS21120.987
ENG21120.209
ZIM2112-1.196
Group C
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NZ21122.396
KENYA2020-8.047
Group D
TeamMWLPTNRR
INDIA21030
PAK21121.275
SCOT2011-2.55
Group E
TeamMWLPTNRR
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NZ32140.05
SA3214-0.116
ENG3030-0.7
Group F
TeamMWLPTNRR
PAK33060.843
AUS32142.256
SL3122-0.697
BDESH3030-2.031