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Pakistan bowled aggressively and batted with supreme calm to seal a convincing eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the final of the World Twenty20 on Sunday.
This week’s attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team means Pakistan will be a no-go area for sports teams for years to come but the country will still be able to “host” matches elsewhere, with a “home” series already lined up against Australia in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Scenes of bloodshed on the streets of Lahore after gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team bus instantly ended any hopes Pakistan might have held of coaxing the cricketing world back to its grounds.
Pakistan captain Younis Khan will be chasing Brian Lara’s record highest Test score of 400 when he resumes on 306 not out against Sri Lanka but no matter how many runs he racks up — 400, 450, 500 even — it is not going to be remembered as one of the great Test knocks.
Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka’s most successful test captain and one of the nicest men in cricket, is stepping down as skipper after their tour of Pakistan.