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PHOTOS: Gul, Akmal lead Pakistan to thrilling win

Last updated on: September 28, 2012 20:54 IST

PHOTOS: Gul, Akmal lead Pakistan to thrilling win

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Umar Gul blasted 32 runs off 17 balls and Umar Akmal struck an unbeaten 43 as Pakistan beat South Africa by two wickets in a nail-biting Super Eight stage match of the World Twenty20 on Friday.

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Gul struck three sixes and two boundaries in his entertaining cameo while Akmal remained unbeaten after a 41-ball knock as Pakistan chased down the 134-run victory target with two balls to spare.


Image: Umar Akmal of Pakistan celebrates as Pakistan wins the super eight match between Pakistan and South Africa
Photographs: Pal Pillai/Getty Images

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Seamer Yasir Arafat started the slide as removed Hashim Amla in the second over.  

Amla was done in by a slower on from Arafat after he was dropped by Kamran Akmal in the first over.


Image: Yasir Arafat of Paksitan (L) celebrates the wicket of Hashim Amla of South Africa during the Super Eight match between Pakistan and South Africa
Photographs: Pal Pillai/Getty Images

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Saeed Ajmal then removed Richard Levi, who perished playing a reverse sweep.  

The slowness of the pitch increased the woes for the Proteas who found it increasingly difficult to hit the big shots.

Even young Raza was difficult to get away as he gave away only 12 runs in his three overs.


Image: Richard Levi of South Africa is bowled out by Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan during the Super Eight match between Pakistan and South Africa
Photographs: Pal Pillai/Getty Images

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Duminy, de Villiers revive South Africa

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Jean-Paul Duminy then revived the innings with a 44-ball 48 along with AB de Villiers. Rookie Farhan Behardien tried his best to play aggressive cricket but was deceived by Mohammad Hafeez.

Duminy and De Villiers struggled against the spinners but when Umar Gul came in, de Villiers cashed in on some pace on the ball.


Image: Kamran Akmal of Pakistan looks on as JP Duminy of South Africa bats during the Super Eight match between Pakistan and South Africa
Photographs: Pal Pillai/Getty Images

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Peterson strikes early for South Africa

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Gul's knock was crucial in the context of the match after South African spinners Robin Peterson and Johan Botha bowled brilliantly to set it up for AB de Villiers' men.

Peterson removed Mohammad Hafeez after Imran Nazir edged one to de Villers in the third over.


Image: Dale Steyn of South Africa celebrates the wicket of Imran Nazir of Pakistan with teammate AB De Villiers during the Super Eight match between Pakistan and South Africa
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Pakistani batsmen, then went on a roll losing wickets at regular intervals. Shahid Afridi was back in the hut without even troubling the scorers.

But Akmal and Gul used the long handle to good effect to see Pakistan home. 

Pakistan needed nine runs off the last over sent down by Morne Morkel and Akmal hit a six off the second delivery, a full toss, before taking a single.

Saeed Ajmal edged the fourth delivery to boundary to score the winning run.

It capped a stunning comeback by Pakistan who lost their top three batsmen in a span of seven balls.


Image: Pakistan's Kamran Akmal is bowled as South Africa's de Villiers looks on during the ICC World Twenty20 Super 8 cricket match at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo
Photographs: Philip Brown/Reuters

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