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Pakistan v South Africa, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo

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Nitish Verma

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Umar Gul slogged three sixes to bring Pakistan back into the chase, Pakistan v South Africa, World Twenty 20 2012, Super Eights, Colombo, September 28, 2012
Umar Gul: did the damage with bat and ball © Getty Images
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Choice of game
In my point of view, Super Eights are the star of this tournament. Pakistan v South Africa is always a good match to catch since they have a history of classic matches on the world stage: the 1999 World Cup and the 2009 World Twenty20 semi-final come to the mind. This one can be added to the list since it was a nail-biter.

Key performer
Everyone was wondering whether Umar Gul would get to bowl since the spinners had South Africa in trouble. He came in the 18th over, got smacked for a six and dismissed AB de Villiers off his second ball. Then he came in to bat when Pakistan were 76 for 7. With Umar Akmal, he brought momentum to the innings and hit some of the biggest sixes of the day. His two back-to-back sixes showed he is confident while batting. The crowd went wild, to say the least.

Bags were checked twice and there were many cops around the ground. Despite the crowd dancing and singing, the security was enough tight enough to keep proceedings enjoyable and safe.

Since my arrival in Colombo, I've heard thunderstorms being predicted daily. However, to everyone's delight, conditions here were perfect for some T20 cricket.

Crowd meter
The stadium was half full, and support for Pakistan overwhelmed the cheers for the South Africans. There were many neutrals who supported both teams. Sixes or wickets, the crowd was very involved in the game.

Marks out of 10
9. A low-scoring game that went down to the wire. South Africa fought back from 28 for 3 to post a respectable score. Pakistan had begun their chase brightly when the South African bowlers struck, after which the two brave Umars brought Pakistan back into the match when all hope was gone. The tournament needed a match like this.

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Nitish Verma is a recent graduate of Seton Hall University in New Jersey and is currently working in global logistics. His first true love is cricket. He is an Indian supporter but can watch any two teams play.

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Posted by Dummy4 on (September 29, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

Great article! Congrats!!!

Posted by Saad on (September 29, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Fine piece, Nitish. Enjoyed your writing.

Posted by Hawks on (September 29, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Great article by Nitish Verma! Hope you will keep on writing many more articles about cricket especially India and Pakistan!!! Love from Pakistan!!!

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