As India marks the 10th anniversary of its victory in the ICC World T20 2007, The Ring Side View looks back at the dramatic final against Pakistan. Nishad Pai Vaidya picks five forgotten big moments that helped India clinch the game.
The final of the ICC World T20 2007 is etched in memory for being one of the most dramatic in history. Arch-rivals India and Pakistan produced a thriller that presented the game’s youngest format in the best light. There are numerous moments from that final which are fondly remembered by the Indian fans such as Yusuf Pathan’s debut and six in the first over, Gautam Gambhir’s 75, Irfan Pathan’s Man of the Match Performance, Misbah-ul-Haq’s rear-guard action and lastly, the fateful scoop.
However, here are some of the forgotten big moments in a see-saw final that saw India emerge victorious:
Rohit Sharma’s quick-fire 30 not out
India’s innings wasn’t as belligerent as their effort against Australia in the semi-final. While Gambhir held the innings together and managed to maintain a steady run-rate, Pakistan’s bowlers kept pegging India back with wickets. At 111 for four in the 16th over, India needed the impetus at the death. In walked Rohit Sharma, who then crafted a 16-ball 30 featuring two fours and a six. He continued the charge after Gambhir’s dismissal and ensured India get past 150. Considering the margin, his contribution was worth its weight in gold.
Mohammad Hafeez drops Rohit Sharma on the boundary; palms it over for six
At 145 for five with five balls left to end the innings, Rohit hit one off Sohail Tanvir towards long-on. On the boundary, Mohammad Hafeez stretched and tried to grab it, only to palm it over the boundary for a maximum. Considering modern fielding standards, it wasn’t a very difficult chance and Hafeez could have done better. Rohit survived and India got six more. Guess what the margin of victory was: five runs!
RP Singh concedes eight in his first two overs and picks two wickets
Rudra Pratap Singh was India’s unsung hero through the tournament as he delivered crucial spells to help them defend totals. While his spell against South Africa stood out, it was in the final that he produced his best in the opening burst. In his first two overs, he conceded only eight runs, this after S Sreesanth’s first over had been carted for 21 by Imran Nazir. RP Singh first had Hafeez caught in the slips and then castled Kamran Akmal with a peach. In his third over, he conceded 13 but returned to keep India alive by bowling a good penultimate over.
Imran Nazir run-out
Pakistan were threatening to finish the game quickly with Imran Nazir going great guns. At 53 for one in 5.3 overs, they were in command and in a position to dictate terms to the opposition. However, Younis Khan called Nazir for a quick single. Robin Uthappa picked the ball and threw it to the striker’s end instead and found Nazir short. The game turned around for India with that wicket as Nazir had smashed 33 off only 14 balls.
India choke Pakistan for six overs to take control
From 5.4 (at Nazir’s fall) to 11.4 overs, India took complete control of the innings as they picked up three wickets (excluding Nazir) and conceded only 23 runs. Younis holed out to mid-on off Joginder Sharma. MS Dhoni also ensure that India bowled their overs quickly as he got one over from Yusuf Pathan. As India kept building the pressure, Irfan struck vital blows in the 12th over as he first dismissed Shoaib Malik and then had the dangerous Shahid Afridi caught at long-off. Those two wickets put India in firm control before the next sine wave.