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Smells Like Team Spirit



There was hysteria plenty in the Twenty20 finals. It was close. So close. In the end, it came down to the wire, as indeed it was inevitable it would. To the third ball of the last over, to be precise. But before that it swung like a pendu



There was hysteria plenty in the Twenty20 finals. It was close. So close. In the end, it came down to the wire, as indeed it was inevitable it would. To the third ball of the last over, to be precise. But before that it swung like a pendulum. A pendulum having gone berserk.

The bravado and braggadocio had diminished a but after India ended with only 157 off their 20 overs with both Yuvraj and Dhoni not quite contributing what people have come to expect from them. Yet, there was hope. And some attempted consolation by repeated reminders that India had never lost to Pakistan in any World Cup encounter before.

The tension was palpable. The firecrackers had been bought and stored in anticipation of historic win which somehow had been taken for granted ever since Yuvraj hit those record six sixes. But there was also an undercurrent of nervous energy and barely concealed hint of a fear of a possibility that things could go wrong. And for sometime it seemed as if they would. As if they had. As if the plot had been lost.

But in the end, the young Indian team held its nerve. It was Pakistan that blinked. And buckled under the pressure.

But it was so close.

Pakistan could well have won the match in which fortunes fluctuated wildly from one team to the other till the third ball of the last over when Pakistan innings finally folded up. For 152. With just three balls to spare. When S Sreesanth caught a dangerous Misbah-ul-Haq off Joginder Sharma.

Pakistan had just needed 6 more runs to win. But it was India that had won its first major title in over two decades. By five runs.

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