When Pakistan were about to play Sri Lanka in the final of the WT20 at Lord’s in England in 2009, they had an undue pressure upon them of not repeating the history. 10 years and one day ago from the WT20 final, Pakistan had played another World Cup final against Australia at the same venue which they lost. They hoped that history did not repeat itself. But more than just hope, they needed to play their best cricket.
This was not the best period in Pakistan cricket either. It was only three months back that Sri Lankan cricketers were attacked in Lahore and Pakistan was now considered as an unsafe nation to play cricket in. It was indeed a difficult phase for the cricketers who were not going to play enough international matches in their country in future.
For Pakistan, this was their second chance in two years to lift the WT20 trophy. They had missed out in 2007 against the arch-rivals India. There was plenty to play for Pakistan in that final game against Sri Lanka on June 21, 2009.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, were also looking forward to the final as they wanted to move on after the Lahore attacks. A WT20 win could be the best possible gift they could give to themselves for coming out of a death-like scenario. Also, Sri Lanka had faced enough criticism of failing to perform in ICC tournaments.
More than just a game of cricket, it was the test of temperament and mental toughness for both the sides. In the end, it was the Younis Khan led Pakistan who passed the test. Due to Mohammad Amir’s brilliance with the ball and Shahid Afridi’s all-round display, Pakistan lifted the WT20 in 2009. With the World Cup trophy in their hands, Pakistan was proud to have beaten the top teams around the world and more importantly, the history of losing the World Cup final at Lord’s.