India lifts Twenty20 World Cup

  JOHANNESBURG: India on Monday created history by clinching the inaugural Twenty20 cricket World Cup with a breathtaking five-run victory over arch rivals Pakistan in a summit showdown which saw fortunes fluctuating from one team to the other till the dying moments.In a nail-biting contest, the young Indian team scored 157 for 5 and then held their nerves to wrap up the Pakistan innings for 152 with three balls to spare to win their first major title in over two decades.It was an incredible display by the Indians who relied on superb teamwork to not only maintain their all-win record against their bitter foes in World Cup matches but end a series of giant-killing acts in a blaze glory.The large flag-waving gathering of Indians at the Wanderers burst into celebrations when S Sreesanth caught a dangerous Misbah-ul-Haq off Joginder Sharma to bring an end to the Pakistan challenge.The contest seemed to go out of India’s hands in the 17th over when Misbah-ul-Haq clobbered Harbhajan Singh for three sixes but Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s band of young warriors roared back in great style to eventually lift the coveted trophy and the winners’ purse of $49,000.

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