India beat Pakistan by 5 runs in first T20 World Cup final
The Indian team had defeated Pakistan by ball out in league matches before the final.
The Indian team lost only one match to New Zealand in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
New Delhi. September 24 is very special for Indian cricket. Exactly 15 years ago today, the Indian cricket team created history in South Africa under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Young Team India was then successful in winning the ICC T20 World Cup for the first time by defeating Pakistan (India vs Pakistan) in the final. The Indian team achieved this feat without the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble.
In the first round of the ODI World Cup played in the West Indies in 2007, the Indian team was defeated by Bangladesh. After this, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gave the responsibility of leading the young team India in the hands of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The prince of Ranchi i.e. Dhoni also did not disappoint the board. The Indian team was not being considered as a contender for the title in the tournament then. But Team India surprised everyone with its brilliant performance and won the gleaming trophy.
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Gautam Gambhir scored 75 runs
The Indian team had also defeated ODI World Champion Australia, including host South Africa, in traveling to the final. In the title match, Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first. India scored 157 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs. Gautam Gambhir scored 75 runs for India.
Misbah-ul-Haq devoured Joginder Sharma’s ball
Chasing the target of 158 runs, the Pakistan team lost the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez in the first over itself. At one point, Pakistan had lost their seven wickets for 104 runs. After that 4 overs were left. Although Misbah-ul-Haq was standing at one end. Pakistan’s hope of victory rested on Misbah. Misbah hit three sixes in the 17th over off Harbhajan Singh.
After this, Sohail Tanveer also hit two sixes off S Sreesanth’s balls from the other end. Pakistan needed 13 runs to win in the last over while their 9 wickets had fallen. Dhoni handed the ball to Joginder Sharma in the last over. Mid-pacer Joginder hit a six off the second ball of the over. Now Pakistan needed 6 runs off 4 balls. Joginder bowled the next ball on which Misbah tried to play a big shot but he could not succeed in it. This catch of Misbah was caught by Sreesanth near the boundary and the Indian team became the world champion by defeating Pakistan by 5 runs.
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 24, 2022, 06:00 IST