Sunday, June 21, 2009

Live Blogging T20 World Cup Final: Pakistan Vs. Sri Lanka At Lords

Hello and welcome to Rs.5's coverage of the T20 World Cup final between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. As always, all times are local (i.e. Chicago).

8:34 a.m. Man, it's early. I was up not four hours ago. Let's get the dodgy feed up and running.

8:35 a.m. Um, ok. I'm staring at a screen with the DirecTV logo and Nelly Furtado blaring away. I'm assuming that the coverage will switch over. Soon.

8:36 a.m. Breaking news: U2's "The Sweetest Thing" is now playing.

8:39 a.m. I don't know if I'm completely awake because the radio play over seems to be talking about "toilet twinning", the country of Burundi and something about "adopting a commode". No, I'm most definitely still asleep.

8:41 a.m. While we're waiting, check out some cricket videos I posted that should get you pumped up for the final.

8:43 a.m. I'm giving myself five more minutes before pressing the panic button.

8:50 a.m. Give me a couple, will you?

8:51 a.m. Ah, excellent. Everything is as should be. Anyways, these are the teams that are lining up. For Pakistan, it's Shahzaib, Akmal, Razzaq, Younis, Misbah, Malik, Afridi, Fawad, Aamer, Gul, and Ajmal. For Sri Lanka, it's Jayasuriya, Dilshan, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Silva, Mubarak, Mathews, Udana, Malinga, Murali, and Mendis. Sri Lanka have won the toss and chosen to bat. Basically, we've already lost.

8:56 a.m. These Sri Lankan dudes need to drop the sixth fashion sense and drop the shades for their national anthem. So goddamn disrespectful.

8:57 a.m. God, Razzaq even does the anthem lazily. And what's wrong with Shoaib Malik's hair? Did he have a Cameron Diaz in "There's Something About Mary" episode?

8:58 a.m. Alright, we're all set here. I suppose if you're looking for omens, the last time Pakistan were playing a final at Lords...well, let me not finish that sentence.

8:59 a.m. Ian Bishop: "This is a people's final, if ever there was one." I'm getting kind of tired of this whole political turmoil angle to the final, to be honest. I get it. Leave me alone and let me watch the cricket.

9:00 a.m. Dilshan and Jayasuriya to open. Aamer with the first over.

9:00 a.m. Bouncer to start. Yeah, Aamer. Yeah.

9:01 a.m. Another short and pacy delivery, on target.

9:02 a.m. And another. "Definitely a plan there," says Waz, helpfully.

9:02 a.m. And another. Why don't I just tell you when it's not a short ball?

9:03 a.m. YEAH! Aamer gets Dilshan -- the tournament's batting star. Unbelievable start here! Aamer keeps it short, Dilshan tries to scoop it, doesn't get all of it, and Shahzaib takes a good running catch at short fine. That was a good catch under pressure. Sri Lanka in a spot of bother here.

9:04 a.m. Mubarak in.

9:05 a.m. Wicket maiden. "Perfect start for the Pakistan team," Waz tells us. He's pumped too, Waz.

9:06 a.m. And Sri Lanka are off with a legbye off Razzaq's first ball.

9:06 a.m. Ooooh. Jayasuriya edges Razzaq through a vacant second slip region. It's all happening. Two slips now for Mubarak.

9:07 a.m. And another! Sri Lanka in disarray here. Mubarak skies Razzaq trying to smack him through a light leg side field, catches a leading edge, and it's a safe catch from Shahzaib for the second time in a day. Wow, this is a real Pakistan circa 99 start from Sri Lanka here. 2-2 in 1.3. Sangakkara in.

9:09 a.m. Younis has two slips in for Jayasuriya too. The crowd is buzzing.

9:10 a.m. And Sri Lanka have their first boundary, as Jayasuriya flays Razzaq through the leg side. Massive inside edge, but there's just two fielders on the leg side. Wow, what a start. 8-2 after two.

9:11 a.m. Aamer really steaming in here. Nearly 90mph, and just back of a length. Hasn't given a run yet in his eight deliveries.

9:12 a.m. Arrghh. Too short, and Sangakkara short-arm jabs it for four.

9:13 a.m. And now through the covers. What a player Sangakkara is. You guys know he's a lawyer in his spare time, right? Anyway, we need him early. Like preferably now.

9:14 a.m. Just the two boundaries off the over, then. 16-2 after three. This is the key partnership for me.

9:15 a.m. Hah! Jayasuriya thinks its 1996, nonchalantly hoiking Razzaq over deep square for six and then flicking him to fine leg for four. How do you flick someone to fine leg from outside off stump?

9:17 a.m. Waz doesn't like the way Razzaq is running in. That makes 170 million of us, Waz.

9:18 a.m. Hahahaha. How lame is Razzaq? Jayasuriya plays on to his stumps, but Razzaq can't even celebrate properly, falling down before it even gets underway. Dork. Big wicket though. 26-3 in 3.5, and Jayawardene in.

9:20 a.m. And it stays at 26-3, with four overs gone.

9:20 a.m. Goddamn Shahzaib is slow. That shouldn't have been two. I love when our young guys can't field for shit.

9:24 a.m. Waz and Bishop have a discussion about how young Aamer is, and Bish asks Waz how old he was when he was started. "I was the same, seventeen, seventeen and a half." He neglects to mention this is in "Pakistan" years -- different metric for us. Anyway, 31-3 after five after an excellent over from Aamer.

9:26 a.m. Gone! One more! Bloody hell, Razzaq gets another! What's going on here? Jayawardene looks like he's giving catching practice to Misbah at a widish first slip, and Sri Lanka are in ALL sorts of trouble here. Razzaq, of all people, has wreaked havoc with three wickets. Silva in.

9:28 a.m. And a quiet end to over, 34-4 after the end of the power play. Afridi into the attack.

9:31 a.m. By the way, it's a final, so what counts as a "good" score changes to about 80% of the normal estimates. Sri Lanka will be able to defend anything in the 140 range, I think. That's probably what Sangakkara is thinking anyway. He's the key now, to state the obvious. Anyway, five from Afridi's first over, and it's 39-4 after seven. Ajmal into the attack from the other end.

9:37 a.m. Sorry guys, a couple of technical issues here. Anyway, short and sweet summary of the last couple of overs: spinners keeping it tight. Surprising, right?

9:38 a.m. 46-4 after nine. Afridi's given away 7 runs in two overs. Again, before the Pakistani fans out there get too excited, remember what I said earlier: you don't need a normal good score in a final. And if you don't believe me, ask England from 1992 or Australia from 1996. Ajmal taken off for Malik, by the way. Real brain-teaser, that one. Younis has done this a couple of times in the tournament: taken Ajmal off after one over, and giving Malik a go.

9:40 a.m. "They've got a lot of work to do here, Sri Lanka," says David Lloyd. Not if we keep fielding like this. We're leaking singles in the circle, and don't do too great a job on the boundary either.

9:42 a.m. I don't even know what language Akmal is speaking anymore. Anyway, it's 54-4 after ten. This pitch is taking spin, which again should be cause for consternation for us, what with Mendis and Murali in the wings.

9:43 a.m. Haha. Afridi appeals for an LBW and ends up next to the batsmen. Spirit of a quick bowler in a spinner's body, Afridi. Sangakkara cuts him for four in front of point before under-edging him to the fine leg fence. Some momentum here for Sri Lanka.

9:45 a.m. 65-4 after eleven. They've scored 19 in the last two overs. Gully into the attack. Key phase this.

9:49 a.m. YES! Gully gets a breakthrough just as Sri Lanka were looking to get off to a gallop. Silva pulls Gully, it gets too big on him, high up on the bat, and straight to Ajmal at midwicket. Critical wicket at a critical juncture, and Sri Lanka are 67-5 in 11.3. Gully, by the way, is fucking awesome. Udana in.

9:51 a.m. Slip in. Yeah, Younis. Yeah.

9:51 a.m. Some away swing for Gul. What a bowler.

9:52 a.m. Udana doesn't look like even touching Gul, and the over ends with a couple of whishes. 67-5 after twelve. How many do you think Younis will give him? I say one more, and then bring him back at the end. Unless he gets a wicket in the next over.

9:53 a.m. Sangakkara is just biding his time here. Moved on to 33, basically giving him half of Sri Lanka's score. "Key wicket" would be a negligently gross understatement.

9:54 a.m. And another, this one from Afridi. Udana looked completely out of sorts, it must be said. Afridi gets him with the drift, as he plays all around it. What a way to end another superb spell (1-20 in four). He just stands there and points up, relishing the spotlight. 70-6 after thirteen. What a performance this has been from Pakistan. Mathews in.

9:57 a.m. It was just the one over for Gul, as Ajmal back into the attack. "Everywhere you look there's a wicket-taker," says Nass.

9:58 a.m. I see that Saeed Ajmal has perfected his "Listen, Akmal, will you just shut the fuck up and let me bowl?" look. Record time too, it took Dani a couple of years to master that one. Anyway, it's 74-6 after another quiet over from Ajmal; fourteen gone.

10:00 a.m. Gul replaces Afridi. Slip in for Mathews.

10:00 a.m. Younis has six players in the circle. In the 15th over of a T20 game. What. A. Hero.

10:02 a.m. Keeping the slip in for Sangakkara. What. A. Hero. Squared.

10:02 a.m. No yorkers yet, just keeping it back of a length outside off. As Nass says, why bother with the yorkers just yet?

10:05 a.m. Excellent over from Gully. Fast and accurate. Pretty simple, really. 79-6 after fifteen. Ajmal to continue from the other end.

10:06 a.m. Ian Chappell thinks 120 will be a good total to bowl at. I'm inclined to agree with him, but they'll have to bat really well to get eight an over against our attack from here.

10:08 a.m. Three twos in a row. Aaarrgh.

10:09 a.m. 88-6 after sixteen, nine from that over. Importantly, Sangakkara retains the strike with a single off the sixth ball. Very clever player, Sangakkara. By the way, he has WELL over half of Sri Lanka's score (46/88).

10:10 a.m. And now he clips Gul over midwicket for four to bring up his fifty. Captain's innings and all that.

10:12 a.m. Two more. Why the hell isn't Gully bowling yorkers? Seven off the first three balls of this over. Dangerous times.

10:15 a.m. An expensive over, to put it mildly. 15 off the over, and Sri Lanka are suddenly looking pretty good. 103-6, with three overs to go. Gully didn't bowl a single yorker in that over, and I can't recall a single yorker from him all day. 130 is on.

10:17 a.m. And Sangakkara now flays Ajmal to wide mid on. This has been a brilliant innings from him. Could be a match-winning one.

10:18 a.m. And now Mathews charges and smacks Ajmal down the ground. Ten off the over, and it's 113-6 with two overs to go. Partnership is 43, and really, it came out of nowhere.

10:19 a.m. Alright Gully, I want six yorkers now. No messing about.

10:21 a.m. Wow. Mathews moves back and leg side, gives himself room to smack Gul to midwicket for four. This has been underwhelming from Gully, to be fair.

10:23 a.m. Eight off the over, which I'll take given there was a boundary off the second ball. 121-6 with 6 balls remaining. This has been an excellent partnership for Sri Lanka. Gully's four overs went for 29, by the way.

10:25 a.m. Aamer to bowl the last over. Come on, man. Finish strong here. Nothing over 130, yeah?

10:26 a.m. Mathews skies into no-man's land, and it's two.

10:26 a.m. And now it's four to third man, who's in the circle (somewhat inexplicably).

10:27 a.m. Six over midwicket. I have no comment. Score is 133, by the way.

10:28 a.m. Two yorker types, for a two and a one. Last ball coming up.

10:29 a.m. And a two to finish. Sri Lanka end up with 138-6 in their twenty overs. The partnership was 68.

10:30 a.m. Wow, what a disaster those last five overs were. They scored 59 when I thought that getting 40 would be tough. I clearly underestimated Mathews and overestimated us. Disappointing close there. I say, with their bowling attack, Sri Lanka are favorites. I'm not even doing the whole jinxing thing; it's a final, there's added pressure, the pitch is taking bounce and spin, and Malinga is impossible to get away. 6.95 an over might just prove beyond us. But we shall find out soon enough.

10:38 a.m. So some questionable bowling tactics (Gully's first yorker came in his fourth over) and some questionable field placements (third man up in the last couple of overs, though it should be said Younis has done that before and it's come off) leave us chasing about 25 more than we would have thought not too long ago. Also, Sangakkara played a blinder -- smart cricket mixed with aggresion and good old fashioned "good cricketing shots". Anyway, if we're going to get this, it's important our openers give us something. Akmal and Shahzaib to open.

10:41 a.m. So this is it. For all the marbles.

10:41 a.m. Forward defensive to start for Akmal.

10:42 a.m. And another.

10:42 a.m. Ahaha. Beautiful. Classic cover drive from Akmal, just threading the needle in a packed off side field. Solid start.

10:43 a.m. And now two through midwicket. Araam sey, Akmal. Araam sey.

10:44 a.m. An ungainly hoik toward square leg for two more. 8-0 after one over. Hey, just sixteen more like that and we're home.

10:45 a.m. Udana to open the bowling from the other end. Shahzaib facing up.

10:46 a.m. A wide down the leg side to start. Solid.

10:47 a.m. Shahzaib taps it down to third man for his first run as Udana settles in on a line. Akmal on strike.

10:49 a.m. Clever from Sri Lanka, as they pack the off side ring (six guys in all) and dare Shahzaib to hit across the line, where the two boundary fielders are (backward square and midwicket). Just the three of the over, and we're 11-0 after two. Malinga replacing Mathews straight away.

10:52 a.m. Just back of a length to start. Quickish too. We've scored three off the last eight balls.

10:52 a.m. Three off the last nine.

10:53 a.m. Slower ball full length ball for one. He's got all the variations, Malinga.

10:53 a.m. Shahzaib has no idea. None whatsoever. He's going soon, I might add. Next three balls, and Younis/Malik/Afridi is in.

10:54 a.m. Oooh. Slower ball yorker after the short/quick one. Just the one off the over, and we're slowing down here. 12-0 after three, with jut four runs coming off the last two overs.

10:56 a.m. Udana continues, and is worked through midwicket for two by Akmal. Next ball, he tries a crazy scoop. Leg-bye. Shahzaib, who has scored a grand total of one run, is on strike.

10:57 a.m. Oooooh. Shahzaib slices one and it goes high and wide, over the covers. Mathews running back, dives and nearly takes a blinder. Well, at least it's two.

10:58 a.m. And now it's four. Chinese cut to fine leg. Better over, this.

10:59 a.m. And Akmal launches a slower ball over mid on for four. Excellent over, as we score 14 off it. 26-0 after four, and we're back on track. Just keep it solid guys. Keep Malinga out, and target everyone else.

11:00 a.m. The plot thickens. Murali in early. Power play is still on, mind.

11:01 a.m. Haha Shahzaib has NO idea. Somehow gets one. This could get ugly if it lasts.

11:01 a.m. Half a mix-up there. Sensible guys. Sensible.

11:02 a.m. Dangerous times here, as Akmal edges Murali after charging. Gets two for his troubles.

11:03 a.m. Four off the over, and we're 30-0 after five. Required rate is 7.27.

11:04 a.m. Another change in the bowling, as Mendis replaces Malinga. 109 needed off 90.

11:05 a.m. Oooh. Akmal didn't pick that one. No question.

11:06 a.m. Nor that one.

11:06 a.m. He got that one. Leg down, bat across, and six over midwicket. Beautiful sound off the bat too.

11:07 a.m. And now a paddle sweep for two. Harsha is trying his best to jinx us, for the record. Bastard.

11:08 a.m. And a single to end the over. Nine off the over. Every now and then we get a good over to break the shackles. 39-0 after six. Really solid start, despite not playing particularly well (especially Shahzaib).

11:09 a.m. Mathews back into the attack, as the fielding restrictions are relaxed.

11:12 a.m. Goddamn. Did Akmal just sweep a fast medium bowler over square leg for six? Yes. Yes, he did. Brings back Moin-off-Donald-in-99 memories.

11:13 a.m. Meanwhile, Shahzaib is playing a different game at the other end, continuing to poke, prod, miss, and edge. Somehow he's survived. It's 48-0 after seven, with nine off the over. Jayasuriya into the attack, as Sangakkara looks for the breakthrough.

11:14 a.m. Well, he needs to look no further as Jayasuriya gets Akmal first ball. Dances down, misses it inside, and Sangakkara pulls off a smart stumping. Afridi in. How's this going to go, then?

11:15 a.m. Afridi taps it away to the leg side for one. "What's the world coming to? asks Harsha.

11:17 a.m. Just the three off the over, and we're 51-1. Rate required is hovering around seven and a quarter. Nass warns against leaving it to the end, and I agree with him.

11:18 a.m. Mendis back into the attack. This should be interesting.

11:19 a.m. Shahzaib doesn't pick Mendis, lifts his foot, and Sangakkara whips the bails off in a flash. Tough one for the third umpire, but it's given not out.

11:20 a.m. Bang! Shahzaib smacks Mendis down the ground for four. Needed that. Both him and the team.

11:21 a.m. And one more! Smacks Mendis over cover for four. Like I said, every couple of overs, we have a biggish over to release the pressure.

11:22 a.m. Smart placement from Afridi to finish the over, 12 off it. 63-1 after nine. Rate required drops below seven.

11:23 a.m. Murali back in, and gets the wicket. Shahzaib's painful innings is finally over, as he tries to slog Murali across the line and it loops up to short fine. Don't throw it away here, Pakistan. Just keep it ticking. You have them on the back foot. Keep them there. Malik in.

11:26 a.m. Malik drives to long on for one. Played an excellent innings on a wearing pitch against Murali and co in Sri Lanka in a test match in '06. Saved the game for us by batting over a day. Anyway, just the two off the four, and we're 65-2 after ten.

11:28 a.m. Malinga back into the attack. There hasn't been two overs from the same bowler from the same end in quite a while.

11:29 a.m. 72 from 58 is the equation as it stands. Sensible, guys. Sensible.

11:31 a.m. Two excellent bouncers from Malinga against Afridi. Just play him out, Lala. Play him out.

11:32 a.m. Just the four from the over, then. 69-2 after eleven. We need 70 in nine overs.

11:33 a.m. Jayasuriya back in, and Afridi smacks him down to long on for one.

11:35 a.m. Five singles off the over so far. Something's about to give.

11:35 a.m. Six singles then. 75-2 in twelve. 64 needed off 48.

11:36 a.m. Udana back into the attack. Think Afridi's going to go after this guy.

11:38 a.m. Excellent running from Malik. Makes a single a two. Brilliant. Five off three in this over so far.

11:40 a.m. Ian Chappell wants someone shot for changing the backing up law. What a cranky old fool he's become lately.

11:41 a.m. Eight off the over. 56 needed from 42. Nice and sensible, guys. Nice and sensible.

11:42 a.m. Murali back into the attack.

11:42 a.m. BANG! Afridi just smacks Murali for six over midwicket. He got a hold of that one, Lala.

11:43 a.m. One more! This time a four through the covers after giving Murali the charge. Acha now, calm down. We've got the runs for the over. Chill.

11:43 a.m. Chill he does, tapping it away for one. "This is a new Afridi with a bat in his hand," says Ian Chappell.

11:44 a.m. A single to end, giving us 14 for the over. 97-2 after fourteen. 42 needed from 36. Araam sey, bhai. Araam sey.

11:46 a.m. Mendis back into the attack. Chappell is trying his Harsha-jinxing-us routine. Stop it, yaar. Come on.

11:48 a.m. Sensible cricket gives us six from the over. 103-2 after fifteen. 36 needed from 30.

11:48 a.m. Two Lancastrians will be bringing us home in the commentary box: Waz and David Lloyd. Malinga back into the attack.

11:50 a.m. "How do you feel?" Bumble politely inquires. "I'm feeling very relaxed now," Waz assures us.

11:50 a.m. Don't know why the commentators think this game is over. 35 from 28 is not to be scoffed at, when ten of those balls are coming from Malinga (who's given away just 6 runs in 2.2 overs).

11:52 a.m. Brilliant bowling from Malinga. Star performer with the ball for Sri Lanka.

11:53 a.m. Only three from the over. 33 needed from 4 overs. Mendis back into the attack. "No mistakes now, Pakistan," says David Lloyd. I hear you bro.

11:55 a.m. Just one from the first ball.

11:55 a.m. Malik drives for another one.

11:56 a.m. Afridi and Malik both get another single each. Four off four so far. Need a boundary here, fellas.

11:57 a.m. Aargh Afridi wastes a full toss, just getting two when he could have gotten six.

11:57 a.m. Seven off the over. 26 needed from 18 balls. Malinga's over will be the key. Dangerous times here, as I said. It's getting tight.

11:59 a.m. Udana back in. This is the over, guys.

12:00 p.m. Two off the first ball.

12:00 p.m Afridi swings away to the leg side. Single, 23 off 16. Tight. Very tight.

12:00 p.m. Wide. Bless your heart, Udana.

12:01 p.m. Single to long on. Could have had two. 21 off 15.

12:01 p.m. Brilliant running from Malik. Gets us two. 19 off 14.

12:02 p.m. Oh yes, Afridi. Oh, yes. Picks up an Udana slower ball for six over midwicket. I groaned after he first hit it, I thought it was out. I was wrong. 13 off 13.

12:03 p.m. Oh, my. Full toss, above waist height, no ball, four. Oh, Afridi, you fucking beauty. Oh, Udana, you royal dumbass.

12:04 p.m. Single to finish. 7 needed off 12. 19 off that last over.

12:05 p.m. Malinga back in.

12:05 p.m. Malik hasn't hit a boundary yet, has he? In a 69 run partnership. Or am I wrong?

12:06 p.m. Single to start. By the way, Afridi got his fifty in the last over. Malik back on strike.

12:06 p.m. Glanced for four! Beautiful. I do the Afridi celebration by pointing at the W. She thinks I'm crazy and cute at the same time.

12:07 p.m. Single. Scores level. One needed off nine balls. And how appropriate that Afridi will score the winning run.

12:09 p.m. And a leg-bye to finish! What a performance! Unbelievable.

12:10 p.m. Bloody hell. This is Intikhab Alam's second World Cup triumph.

12:10 p.m. Wow. I don't believe we've done it. And what a non-Pakistani performance in the final -- cool, calm, collected and clinical. "Everything went according to the plan," affirms Waz.

12:11 p.m. Oye, Malik. You can take your helmet off now. What comical scenes here, as Manjrekar tries to shove the microphone in between his grill.

12:14 p.m. It bears repeating: the entire chase was very sensible, right from the start. Every time the rate looked to be getting away from us, we'd get a big over -- a 9 or a 14 or a 12. Always kept us there and thereabouts. This was a Bob Woolmer-inspired chase.

12:17 p.m. Did we just win? After getting thrashed by England and Sri Lanka not two weeks ago? England?

12:20 p.m.
Madrid, cabron, saluda al campeon! Ok, it's borrowed from another sport (and another language), but you know what I mean.

12:21 p.m. Afridi predictably wins the man of the match award. Nass calls him Boom Boom out of habit now.

12:23 p.m. Great interview, Lala. Well done. I like the giving-credit-to-Younis-and-Inti-and-Aaqib bit too. Very gracious.

12:23 p.m. Wow. Dilshan just stole Afridi's man-of-the-tournament award. Highway robbery, that.

12:27 p.m. I wonder if Younis is going to fail to credit his teammates, and mention his cancer hospital 17 times. Oh, wait.

12:28 p.m. All class, Sangakkara. All class.

12:29 p.m. Ten bucks says Sangakkara just made fun of Nass' hairline in Sinhalese.

12:30 p.m. Haha. I didn't even know Rao Iftikhar was in the squad until he got his medal. Excellent.

12:34 p.m. Is it just me, or does Nass really want to give Younis a hug?

12:35 p.m. Emotional scenes here. Watch the Youtube tomorrow.

12:36 p.m. Junaid Jamshed invades Lords. The crowd is singing along. What a moment. Hard to describe, really. I know I'm doing a crap job, but I'm trying my best.

12:39 p.m. Younis cloaks himself in the flag. What a man.

12:40 p.m. Hey, who let Salman Butt carry the trophy? Alright, alright, I'll stop being mean. Unbecoming, really.

12:41 p.m. To summarize, then: we got off to an excellent start with the ball, and simply didn't let Sri Lanka get away. We got so many wickets early on that they didn't know what hit them. But the Mathews/Sangakkara partnership brought them back into it, with Sangakkara playing an unbelievable innings, mixing caution with aggression. It was a trickyish total, and it was imperative we got off to a good start, which we did, Shahzaib's efforts notwithstanding. Every time the rate looked to get away from us, we got a big over to bring it back. Afridi played his second consecutive match-winning innings, and Malik gave him excellent support by rotating the strike intelligently and running hard. At the end of the day, we were the better team and were deserving winners.

Congratulations to the team and to all Pakistanis for this magnificent triumph. I don't need to go into what this means for us, because we are all well aware of what is happening in the country and to cricket in Pakistan.

So that's it from me. I hope you guys have enjoyed the coverage, and take care.


Anonymous said...

"Basically, we've already lost" Basically

Anonymous said...

"Basically, we've already lost" Basically

purpleworld said...

3 wickets early on..just can't believe it..go PAkistan!!

Asfandyar said...

can anyone point me in the direction of a good stream? Fuck knows I'm not going to watch this on Geo who decided to take a break after every fucking wicket.

No SS2 either cause Pakistani cable walas are massive douchebags.


Tazeen said...

Thank God, we get supersports in Karachi. I cant stand Geo Super and their touch condom ads every two seconds

humairahumaira said...

We win

FJ said...

6:54 pm (UAE time) Debating point: Gully bowls through and runs through the rest of the batting line up?

JDèé said...

Need to get Sangakara.

Pagal_Aadmi_for_debauchery said...

Gul was basically off today. Sri Lanka of course got away in the end. I thought they would not reach 100. Bad finish.
As usual, ab sab Allah Mian say duan mangey key Sri Lanka kay bowler andhay ho jayen....

Tazeen said...

I am praying for Shahzaib to get out so that Afridi can get in ... what a loser

JDèé said...

What's with Shahzaib?

Anonymous said...

I can't stand Geo Super because of the goddamn mascot's dance and the stupid music!

Momo said...

Yes. Yes. Yes!

Momo said...

Congrats Ahsan!
And Mubarak Sha everyone!
Am off now

Rabia said...


Junaid said...

Good performance. And a well deserved victory. Brought out the patriot in me. :)

FJ said...

Passion defines our instinctive flair. Hunger drives our tigerish defiance. Champions of the World we are.

Indophile said...

Great victory !! Congratulations to you all there here. Man an Indian news channel is talking to Shoaib Akhtar he will be mighty pissed off to miss this historic moment

Rohith said...

Great victory ... uncharacteristic at that!! Comprehensive team performance...

Hope this will in some way influence the June25 decision...:)

purpleworld said...

great job pakistani team..and u too ahsan!

Tazeen said...

someone should just go and kill Geo Super management. Their teen ka tadka video is disgusting ... Afridi and Younus Khan should sue geo super for an insane amount of money

Anonymous said...

Someone should kill Geo Super for that stupid dancing logo and song.. entirely ruined the moment of victory by drowning out the commentary

takhalus said...

"Pakistan? Turmoil in its national politics, turmoil in its cricket politics; no chance to prepare properly, no players in the IPL; a captain who didn't seem to care early in the tournament, no domestic cricket structure worthy of the name. If they didn't have talent, they'd have nothing. Of course, they do have talent, and so - sod Moneyball - they have everything." Gary Naylor

karachi khatmal said...

fuckkkk yeahhhhhh!!!!!!!!


oh my god that was fucking brilliant

you should have been on the streets of kaarachi tonight - oh whatta night.

quick highlights - the underpass is amazing with biker boys going insane, a 70 year old woman gave me the most emphatic victory sign ever, a million people blocking sea view to salute at the flag and burst into dance, beggars dancing on the streets, everyone dancing on the streets, a huge crowd dancing outside afridi's house, pakistani fm channels exhausting every pakistani patriotic song ever, and to all you haters out there--- GEO TO AISAY GEO TO AISAY!!!!!


PS to the madrid comment, let's just out and say it "Star Cricket, cabron, saluda al campeon!"

(Reason being that when i returned home hoping to catch some highlights star cricket was showing the final, from 2007... fuck them"

Q said...

Congrats Ahsan and rest of u at 5 Rs.. and everyone else too :-)

This victory feels great!

Ahsan said...

Congratulations to everyone. What a moment this is.

Thanks for reading the live blogs and commenting with furious regularity. It made the whole thing a lot of fun.