This day, that year: When Dhoni-led Team India lifted inaugural World T20 title
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Blast from the past! It was the night of the finals when Dhoni's men took on arch-rivals Pakistan in the inaugural T20 World Cup. The electrifying game was played in Johannesburg, South Africa, which India won by 5 runs in a close match.
India had scored 157/5 in 20 overs setting a good target against Pakistan. Gautam Gambhir (75), Rohit Sharma (30*) with bat took Indian to a fighting total. Irfan Pathan, RP Singh and Joginder Sharma were the star bowlers of the match.
The last over was filled with drama as Pakistan required 13 runs to win off the last six balls with Misbah ul Haq on strike. In the most tense moment, everyone was left stunned when Dhoni handed the ball to Joginder Sharma. He started off the proceedings full of nerves with a wide.
The first legal delivery was a dot much to the delight of the fans. The pendulum shifted in favour of Pakistan in next delivery as Misbah hit a six straight back off the bowler's head, leaving Indian fans in a nail-biting moment. We still the get goosebumps when we recall the next delivery that Misbah ul Haq scooped over fine leg that fell in Sreesanth's hand.
"In the air Sreesanth takes it, India win," were the words of the Ravi Shastri who also happens to be voice behind the mic during 2011 World Cup triumph.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 24, 2019
No one had ever thought that Dhoni who was leading the team for the first time will go on to defeat the likes of South Africa, Australia, England and Pakistan to lift the title especially without the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid post 2007 poor World Cup exit.
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