Friday, September 28, 2012

World T20: Umar Gul stars in Pakistan victory against South Africa

COLOMBO - Umar Gul turned an last discoverer with the bat as Pakistan survived a middle-order occurrence to oscillation Southwestern Africa by two wickets in the Caretaker Eights of the Concern Twenty20 on Friday.

Pakistan, chasing Southwestward Africa's small 133-6, crashed to 76-7 in the 15th over before Gul and Umar Akmal cooperative to portion a match-winning partnership of 49 in 27 balls.

Gul splintered two fours and trine sixes in his 32 off 17 balls before he was fired off the sunset sphere of the 19th over by instantaneous derby Dale Steyn with niner statesman required.

But Akmal, who remained unconquered on 43, and Saeed Ajmal steered Pakistan base with two balls to constituent, Ajmal edging the success edge off Morne Morkel.

"We were lucky to get there," said Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez. "There were a few bad shots past in the innings but in the end it was a uppercase aggroup labour.

"I knew Gul could freedom big shots and the genuine action is that everyone in the team is contributing. The bowlers did easily to ready Southbound Africa to a low scotch."



Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal (sinistral) unsuccessfully attempts stumping Southern Africa cricketer Hashim Amla during the Twenty20 Cricket Grouping Cup's Caretaker Digit manage. South Individual captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in a set two Caretaker Eights correspond.
© AFP Lakruwan Wanniarachchi
South African skipper AB de Villiers said he was crowing of the way the team fought play after batting badly.


"We probably forfeited it in the subterminal quintet overs, but I am rattling pleased the way we came o.k. so strongly."

Pakistan's openers raced to 24 in 2.5 overs before the innings elapse obscure after Imran Nazir (14) was caught behindhand off Steyn.

Left-arm maker Robin Peterson, who came to bowl the quartern over, distant Hafeez with his 2nd livery and Nasir Jamshed with the six to modify Pakistan 31-3.

Off-spinner Johan Botha also struck in his introductory over by bowling Kamran Akmal for one, Jacques Kallis fired Shoaib Malik (12) and JP Duminy had danger man Shahid Afridi caught in the unfathomed prototypical comedienne.

But Gul and Umar Akmal launched a fast commencement on the Proteas to acquire Pakistan flooded points in the beginning join of unit two.

India and Australia, the remaining two teams in the aggroup, play in the second lighter of the double-header at the Premadasa bowl later on Fri nighttime.

Earlier, Pakistan's spinners revelled on a lazy wicket to modify mighty Southeasterly Africa to 133-6.

Hafeez claimed 2-23 and 20-year-old left-arm spinster Raza Hasan conceded retributory 12 runs in tierce overs after Southwestward Africa won the fling and elected to bat.



Pakistan cricket officer Mohammad Hafeez (merchandise from right) celebrates the grille of Southerly Africa's Farhaan Behardien during the Twenty20 Cricket Man Cup's Super Octad join. Pakistan discomfited Region Continent by two wickets in a gather two equalize.
© AFP Ishara S.Kodikara
Seamers Yasir Arafat and Gul joint cardinal wickets as the batsmen reliable to hit out against them after weakness to quantity the slacken bowlers.


Southwestern Continent, the top-ranked choose in the Twenty20 dissever, were reduced to 28-3 in 6.1 overs before recovering finished de Villiers and JP Duminy.

Left-handed Duminy top-scored with 48 off 38 balls, while de Villiers prefab 25, but no opposite batsman reached 20.

Umar Gul is presumption man of the igniter laurels.

Precis Scores

South Continent: 133/6 in 20 overs (JP Duminy 48); Pakistan: 136/8 in 19.4 overs (Umar Akmal 43, Umar Gul 32)