The Pakistan players are draped in flags as they walk round the field. Their coach Mickey Arthur – who has known dark times of his own in England – is being interviewed.
“It’s been an up and down ride but I’m just so proud of the boys. We came back superbly after the first game, and the whole group kept believing. We knew we were better than we showed in that game. It’s a remarkable achievement, I’m so proud of everybody.”
Mohammad Hafeez: “Thanks to almighty Allah. It’s a great team effort. After losing the first game we were nowhere. I’m really happy for all of Pakistan because they’ve been waiting for this for a very long time. It’s a great day, I’m so happy.”
Mohammad Amir has a big goofy grin: “I think that’s the start we needed: Shikhar, Rohit and Kohli were in tremendous form. I was looking for early wickets and I did it. This was all about teamwork and momentum – the South Africa game gave us momentum.”
Shoaib Malik: “Back home I’m sure the roads are blocked, people are dancing even though we have Ramadan. It’s just awesome.”