ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 1st semi final

New Zealand v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

0.1

Mohammad Asif to Vincent, no run, nips off the seam and clips the thigh-pad. Good pace and carry first up

0.2

Mohammad Asif to Vincent, no run, outside off stump and there for the cut, but more good seam movement cramps Vincent for room

0.3

Mohammad Asif to Vincent, 1 run, perfect line and length, jags back into the right-hander again, and deflected into the covers

0.4

Mohammad Asif to McCullum, no run, good leave, just outside off stump once again, and Kamran takes comfortably

0.5

Mohammad Asif to McCullum, 1 run, hustled into the leg-side, another ball that started outside off and jagged off the seam. Excellent bowling

0.6

Mohammad Asif to Vincent, no run, no room for manoeuvre whatsoever. Vincent is drawn forward in a textbook defence, and that's the end of the first over

New Zealand 2/0   Mohammad Asif 1-0-2-0

2.1

Mohammad Asif to Vincent, 1 run, brilliant bowling from Asif, tempting an indiscretion with his drip-drip line and length. Vincent has no option but to tip and run into the covers

2.2

Mohammad Asif to McCullum, no run, pushed back onto the stumps, slightly shorter in length but the perfect line again

2.3

Mohammad Asif to McCullum, 1 run, drawn forward and defended into the covers again. Who says Twenty20 isn't a bowler's game. It is if you're good enough

2.4

Mohammad Asif to Vincent, 1 run, swished across the line, the first sign of aggression/desperation. In fairness it was a calculated risk, Asif has been nipping from off to leg, so Vincent went with the movement

2.5

Mohammad Asif to McCullum, FOUR, the shackles are broken at last. Using the pace of the bowler, and beat midwicket with superb timing

2.6

Mohammad Asif to McCullum, FOUR, width on the off side this time from Asif, and McCullum climbs into it with such a thirst for runs that one hand comes off the bat. But backward is beaten all the same

New Zealand 15/0   Mohammad Asif 2-0-13-0

4.1

Mohammad Asif to McCullum, no run, left alone outside off stump. Quite a contrast to the last two swipes

4.2

Mohammad Asif to McCullum, 1 run, dragged forward by yet another beautiful length delivery. Defended into the covers

4.3

Mohammad Asif to Vincent, 1 run, oops, overthrows from a direct hit. Midwicket had a dart, just to put the non-striker back in his box. But the ball ricocheted away for the exact opposite effect!

4.4

Mohammad Asif to McCullum, no run, come forward or hang back? McCullum can't decide. And a dot ball is the upshot

4.5

Mohammad Asif to McCullum, 1 run, pushed into the gap this time, but still no freedom for the batsmen

4.6

Mohammad Asif to Vincent, 1 run, a rare loose delivery, a full toss. And Vincent is so surprised he almost runs himself out. The shy from mid-off hit the stumps, but the batsman was home

New Zealand 33/0   Mohammad Asif 3-0-17-0

19.1

Mohammad Asif to Taylor, FOUR, full delivery dug out with a desperate, but well-struck, drive straight through long-on

19.2

Mohammad Asif to Taylor, SIX, Taylor steps out now and plants his front foot wide to give himself room to drive long and hard over long-on

19.3

Mohammad Asif to Taylor, FOUR, played off the legs through midwicket, a cleanish strike into the ground, and that races away, too

19.4

Mohammad Asif to Taylor, no run, wideish down off and an appeal as Taylor cuts into the ground - the noise was likely to have been bat into ground

19.5

Mohammad Asif to Taylor, 2 runs, low full toss driven wide of long-off who races and races and finally cuts it off with a lunge - good fielding

19.6

Mohammad Asif to Taylor, 1 run, low full toss pulled high in the air off the bottomn of the bat and that's a poor piece of keeping from Akmal who calls for it... and then fluffs it. That may be amusing, but let's hope for his sake that it doesn't come down to a run...

New Zealand 143/8   Mohammad Asif 4-0-34-0
Tournament Results
India v Pakistan at Johannesburg - Sep 24, 2007
India won by 5 runs
Australia v India at Durban - Sep 22, 2007
India won by 15 runs
New Zealand v Pakistan at Cape Town - Sep 22, 2007
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
South Africa v India at Durban - Sep 20, 2007
India won by 37 runs
Bangladesh v Pakistan at Cape Town - Sep 20, 2007
Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Cape Town - Sep 20, 2007
Australia won by 10 wickets (with 58 balls remaining)
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Sep 22, 2007

Pakistan celebrate a job well done, 1st Semi-final, ICC World Twenty20, Cape Town

Pakistan celebrate a job well done

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Sep 22, 2007

Cartwheeling to success: Pakistan celebrate making the final, 1st Semi-final, ICC World Twenty20, Cape Town

Cartwheeling to success: Pakistan celebrate making the final

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