Indo-Pak match brought both nations together: Gilani
Pak PM said winning or losing a game did not matter as much as team spirit.
Islamabad: The Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final match in Mohali has helped in bringing the two nations and their leadership together, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said.
“I want to congratulate both the teams for demonstrating sportsmanship and quality game,” the Daily Times quoted Gilani, as saying in a message.
“[Wednesday’s] match brought the peoples and leadership of the two countries together. This, I believe is the positive outcome (of the match),” he added.
Disciplined bowling by India saw them beat Pakistan by 29 runs on Wednesday to set up a World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on April 02.
Winning or losing a game did not matter as much as its quality and the team spirit, said Gilani, adding that “in fact, it is the success of both the teams”.
After India’s 260 for 9 was built around man-of-the-match Sachin Tendulkar’s 85, Pakistan were dismissed for 231 with a ball to spare after all of India’s five bowlers took two wickets each.
Gilani conveyed special felicitations to the Indian cricket team for showing better performance and determination than their Pakistani counterpart.