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India clinch thriller

India beat Pakistan by five runs in a thrilling World Twenty20 final to cap what has been an entertaining tournament and one that has been very interesting to follow over the past fortnight or so.

Gautam Gambhir's 75 got India to a good start but Pakistan came very close to actually winning the match as they just needed six runs from from four balls before the last wicket was taken and so this match could easily have gone either way.

After 16 overs, India managed to reduce Pakistan to 104-7 but the good work from Misbah-ul-Haq meant that Pakistan came as close to winning the match as possible as Misbah-ul-Haq got 43 runs off 38 balls.

It was good for once to have a competitive and exciting cricket final after the boring and one-sided finals in the last three World cups.

I think India deserved their win given the way they played throughout the whole tournament. They beat Australia convincingly and against England Yuvraj Singh got the six sixes and then drew against Pakistan in their group match.

I also think that India benefited a lot from the seven match one-day series against England and they carried their form from there into the World Twenty20 tournament.

After the debacle of the Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean, I think the ICC have redeemed themselves with the way they have organised this one and I hope it wont be long before Australia also hosts this tournament.

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