You are here: Rediff Home » India » Cricket » Twenty20 World Championship » Report
Search: The Web
  Discuss this Article   |      Email this Article   |      Print this Article

Pakistan cruise into Twenty20 World Cup final
Get Cricket updates:What's this?
September 22, 2007 20:38 IST
Last Updated: September 22, 2007 23:19 IST

A half-century by Imran Nazir [Images] and three wickets from paceman Umar Gul helped Pakistan beat New Zealand [Images] by six wickets with seven balls to spare in Cape Town on Saturday to reach the final of the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup.

Gul was not introduced until the 12th over at Newlands but quickly removed Scott Styris (18), Peter Fulton (10) and Jacob Oram [Images] (1) to restrict New Zealand to a modest 143 for eight in 20 overs after electing to bat first.

Opener Nazir, batting with a runner after injuring his leg, then lashed three fours and five sixes in his 41-ball innings of 59 to lead Pakistan to victory.

Nazir put on 60 for the first wicket with Mohammad Hafeez [Images] (32).

Pakistan were never behind the asking rate and remained in control throughout the run chase. Captain Shoaib Malik [Images] (26 not out) finished the contest in style by hammering off-spinner Jeetan Patel over mid-wicket for six.

"Every captain dreams of taking his team to a world cup final and I feel the same way," Malik said.

"We will try to win the final and give this gift to the nation in the holy month of Ramadan which is blessed with showers from the Almighty."

Earlier, Ross Taylor top-scored for New Zealand with an unbeaten 37 from 23 balls. He smashed paceman Mohammed Asif for 17 in the final over.

Openers Brendan McCullum (26) and Lou Vincent (28) shared a 50-run opening stand before wickets started to fall on a regular basis.

For New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori [Images], it was yet another taste of semi-final defeat.

"It's bitterly disappointing - this is the worst I've felt for a long time. It was yet another opportunity to reach the final of a major event and we thought we could win," he said.

"We were a lot more relaxed than before several other semi-finals but we couldn't get across the line. Unfortunately we're bound to be labelled with the tag of not being able to reach finals," Vettori added.

Pakistan will meet Australia or India in Monday's final.

  • Complete coverage: Twenty20 World Championship
    © Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.
     Email this Article      Print this Article

    © 2007 India Limited. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer | Feedback