result
Final, Johannesburg, Sep 24 2007, ICC World Twenty20
157/5
(19.3/20 ov, target 158)152
India won by 5 runs
player of the match
13y
• The 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

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Scorecard summary
India157/5(20 overs)
Pakistan152/10(19.3 overs)
Imran Nazir33 (14)
RP Singh3/26(4)

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, 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, 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
Joginder Sharma to Misbah, 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, 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 197 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 145/9CRR: 7.63 RRR: 13.00
Mohammad Asif4 (1)
Misbah-ul-Haq37 (35)
RP Singh 4-0-26-3
Sreesanth 4-1-44-1
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

17 needed from 8 balls

18.4
1lb
Singh to Misbah, 1 leg bye

short of a length and down the leg side, pull played and not a clean connection. The ball balloons down to the leg side and it's just a single

18.3
Singh to Misbah, no run

short of a length, outside the off, Misbah goes across his stumps and tries to heave the ball over the leg side, he misses and is struck on the pad. Loud shout for the lbw, turned down

18 from 10. Misbah on strike

18.2
1b
Singh to Umar Gul, 1 bye

short of a good length and on the stumps, the height carries the ball over the stumps, Dhoni fumbles it and the batsmen run for their lives to steal a bye.

19 needed from 11 now. Gul on strike.

18.1
1
Singh to Misbah, 1 run

short of a good length and outside the off, chopped down to third-man and a single taken

20 needed now from 12 balls as this game goes down to the wire

end of over 1815 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 138/8CRR: 7.66 RRR: 10.00
Misbah-ul-Haq36 (32)
Sreesanth 4-1-44-1
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-36-0
17.6
W
Sreesanth to Tanvir, OUT

Comeback! Sreesanth finally gets it right! A quick yorker on the off stump. Tanveer loses his off stump but he's got 12 from only 4 balls and done a fair bit. Can't expect much more than that from him.

Sohail Tanvir b Sreesanth 12 (9m 4b 0x4 2x6) SR: 300
17.5
6
Sreesanth to Tanvir, SIX runs

full and on the stumps, this is another bit of slightly brainless bowling from Sreesanth, the angle brings the ball in to the pads and Sohail Tanveer flicks superbly over square-leg for six. Cracking shot that!

17.4
1
Sreesanth to Misbah, 1 run

short of a good length and angled into the pads, worked away for a single through square-leg

17.3
Sreesanth to Misbah, no run

quick ball just outside the off, this one skids through, cut played and missed, through to the keeper

17.2
1lb
Sreesanth to Tanvir, 1 leg bye

short of a good length and on the stumps, play and a miss, struck on the body, the batsman pinch the leg-bye and Misbah gets on strike

17.2
1w
Sreesanth to Tanvir, 1 wide

full and down the leg side, Sreesanth comes around the stumps, this is a terrrible bit of bowling and is easily called wide

17.1
6
Sreesanth to Tanvir, SIX runs

fullish and on the off, Sohail Tanveer comes to the party here. He picks this one up and flicks it for six over long-on. That is a sweet shot!

end of over 1719 runs
PAK: 123/7CRR: 7.23 RRR: 11.67
Misbah-ul-Haq35 (30)
Sohail Tanvir0 (0)
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-36-0
Irfan Pathan 4-0-16-3
16.6
6
Harbhajan to Misbah, SIX runs

And Another! Misbah goes right back in the crease anticipating the full ball and times this sweetly into the stands over midwicket. That is a clinical hit from a very level-headed batsman

16.5
6
Harbhajan to Misbah, SIX runs

short of a length and on the stumps, Misbah lines it up and clatters it into the stands over midwicket. That is a spectacular shot, well planned and executed even better

16.4
Harbhajan to Misbah, no run

fullish and on the pads, clipped to the on side but Misbah declines the single, he wants to do this himself

Best performances - batters
Gautam Gambhir portrait
G Gambhir INDIA
75 runs (54)
8 fours
2 sixes
Control68%
Productive shot
leg glance
26 runs
2 fours
1 six
60154236516
Misbah-ul-Haq portrait
Misbah-ul-Haq PAK
43 runs (38)
0 four
4 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
leg glance
14 runs
0 four
1 six
1026161017
Best performances - bowlers
Irfan Pathan portrait
IK Pathan INDIA
O
4
M
0
R
16
W
3
ECO
4
RP Singh portrait
RP Singh INDIA
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
3
ECO
6.5
Match details
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesICC World Twenty20Pakistan tour of Kenya and South Africa
Season2007/08
Player Of The Match
Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan
Player Of The Series
Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi
Series resultIndia won the 2007/08 ICC World Twenty20
Match numberT20I no. 46
Hours of play (local time)First Session 14:00-15:20, Interval 15:20-15:40, Second Session 15:40-17:00
Match days24 September 2007 - day (20-over match)
T20I debut
Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf Pathan
Umpires
England Image
Mark Benson
Australia Image
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Daryl Harper
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Billy Doctrove
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle