Afridi wins it for Pakistan

LONDON - Pakistan won their first major title in 17 years when they stunned Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the World Twenty20 final at a sell-out at Lord's here yesterday.

LONDON - Pakistan won their first major title in 17 years when they stunned Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the World Twenty20 final at a sell-out at Lord's here yesterday.

Seamer Abdur Razzaq claimed three wickets as Pakistan bowled and fielded to restrict Sri Lanka to 138-6, then coasted home with eight deliveries to spare.

Shahid Afridi hit an unbeaten 54 off 40 balls, his second consecutive half-century, and former captain Shoaib Malik made 24 not out during a match-winning partnership of 76 for the undefeated third wicket.

Pakistan, runners-up to India final of the inaugural World Twenty20 final in SA two years ago, ended Sri Lanka's unbeaten run in the tournament with style.

Pakistan last won an official multi-nation tournament in 1992 when Imran Khan's team lifted the World Cup by beating England in the final in Australia. - Sapa-AFP

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