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)

12.55pm We're almost set to get underway - here come the umpires, Simon Taufel and Daryl Harper, wearing red shirts your dad may describe as "jazzy", and the teams are close behind. Your commentators today will be Andrew Miller and Jenny Thompson.

12.50pm Andrew McGlashan, our man on the spot, is crowd-watching. "The crowd is slowly building up but it's nowhere near full at the moment, which is a shame for a semi-final," he says. "Maybe the locals are still sulking after the other night in Durban."

12.45pm New Zealand win the toss and bat. Daniel Vettori is wary of the dusty surface, and believes spin will come into play later in the game. No fears about the knock-out stage for him though - "we've felt like it's a knock-out all the way."

Mohammad Asif had been a pre-match worry for Pakistan, but he's been passed fit. "We'll give our 100% and try to win the game," says their captain, Shoaib Malik.

With no Salman Butt in the line-up, the expectation is that Shahid Afridi will open the batting. "It's up to him," says Shoaib, somewhat enigmatically.

New Zealand Brendon McCullum (wk), Lou Vincent, Peter Fulton, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Jacob Oram, Craig McMillan, Daniel Vettori (capt), Shane Bond, Mark Gillespie, Jeetan Patel.

Pakistan Imran Nazir, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Fawad Alam, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik (capt), Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (wk), Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif.

Patel comes in for Chris Martin, Fulton for Nathan McCullum; while Fawad Alam is in for Salman Butt

12.35am The pitch looks dusty and subcontinental, according to the pundits. Adam Gilchrist described it as "tired" during Australia's thumping of Sri Lanka on Thursday morning, so spin is likely to be a key factor - which means that two bowlers in particular should take centre stage; New Zealand's captain, Vettori, who has been arguably the bowler of the tournament, and Pakistan's Shahid Afridi, whose fast leg-breaks have been ideal for the format.

12.30pm Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the first semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 at Cape Town. And this is the match-up that no-one quite imagined could happen - the Kiwis probably had to have their flight back to Auckland turned around somewhere over the Indian Ocean, as word snuck out of South Africa's incredible capitulation against India on Thursday.

That result gave Daniel Vettori's men a stay of execution, but today they come up against arguably the form team of the tournament. Pakistan were the first to qualify for the knock-out stage, as they put their horrors of the World Cup firmly behind them.

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

Two slips in and fine leg is in the circle

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

Sharing the new ball will be Sohail Tanvir, and his extraordinary off-the-wrong-foot action

End of over 1 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
L Vincent    1* (4b)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-2-0
BB McCullum    1* (2b)     

1.1

Sohail Tanvir to McCullum, 1 run, pitches outside leg but McCullum is slightly baffled by that one and gets a slight leading edge to cover

1.2

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, no run, straight across the right-hander. Brilliant line, pitching on middle and leg and zipping past the edge

1.3

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, no run, beaten again. Lovely rhythm from Pakistan's openers

1.4

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, no run, driven uppishly, and gully collects a thick edge. New Zealand's openers are starting to feel the pinch

1.5

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, no run, width, but that one whistles through with extra bounce, and Vincent misses out again

1.6

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, 1 run, on the spot again, Vincent deflects into the off side with an open face, and deep point tidies up

End of over 2 (2 runs) New Zealand 4/0 (RR: 2.00)
L Vincent    2* (9b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-2-0
BB McCullum    2* (3b)      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

Who is going to snap first? Not Asif, in my opinion

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

After all that, it was Asif who blinked first. Well batted the Kiwis

End of over 3 (11 runs) New Zealand 15/0 (RR: 5.00)
BB McCullum    11* (7b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-13-0
L Vincent    4* (11b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-2-0

3.1

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, no run, no mercy from Tanvir, back on the spot straight away

3.2

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, 1 run, deflected into the covers

3.3

Sohail Tanvir to McCullum, 1 run, nothing doing with that delivery, pitching on middle and angling across. So it is pushed up to mid-off for another single

3.4

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, 2 runs, excellent running brings two to a steer to third man. Vincent had to scamper but the throw was poor

3.5

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, SIX, thumped! A fraction too short from Tanvir and he is deposited into the brewery for his sins! That's a big hit, clears the stand by a distance

3.6

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, FOUR, same shot, similar result! Tanvir dragged it down a little too much and Vincent was into position in a trice. The ball plops a foot inside the rope

End of over 4 (14 runs) New Zealand 29/0 (RR: 7.25)
L Vincent    17* (16b 1x4 1x6)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-16-0
BB McCullum    12* (8b 2x4)      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

"The clouds are rolling in over Table Mountain," reports Gnasher McGaskill. "not a great sign."

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

End of over 5 (4 runs) New Zealand 33/0 (RR: 6.60)
L Vincent    19* (18b 1x4 1x6)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-17-0
BB McCullum    14* (12b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-16-0

5.1

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, 2 runs, brilliant work from Afridi on the midwicket boundary, who stretches to claw a certain four back in from the ropes. Just a little too short from Tanvir

Tanvir comes around the wicket

5.2

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, 1 no ball, oops, he over-steps. A free hit coming up ...

5.2

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, 1 wide, yorker length, brilliant ball for a Test match. But Taufel calls wide as it snuck down the leg-side. The free hit still applies

5.2

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, no run, that was a teasing response. A slow hand-grenade of a delivery, and he gets away with it

5.3

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, no run, full-length, an attempted clip to midwicket, but doesn't connect properly

A lot of fidgeting in the stands at the moment, is that rain approaching?

5.4

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, 2 runs, pushed into the covers, and more overthrows as Younis is unsighted by the umpire as the shy comes in, and fumbles Misbah's shy from the covers

5.5

Sohail Tanvir to Vincent, 1 run, slower ball, Vincent tried to welly it, but didn't connect properly

The groundstaff are moving into position, and the wind has got up as well ...

5.6

Sohail Tanvir to McCullum, 1 run, clipped to square leg, and the rain is getting heavy now

End of over 6 (8 runs) New Zealand 41/0 (RR: 6.83)
BB McCullum    15* (13b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    3-0-24-0
L Vincent    24* (24b 1x4 1x6)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-17-0

Shahid Afridi into the action

6.1

Shahid Afridi to McCullum, 1 wide, and he starts with a leg-side anomaly. The ball must be difficult to grip in these conditions

6.1

Shahid Afridi to McCullum, 1 run, dabbed into the covers

6.2

Shahid Afridi to Vincent, 1 run, skid and bounce off a good length, and Vincent deflects to third man

2.00pm Right then, following the rain interlude we're due to get under way once more, with New Zealand 44 without loss after 6.2 overs. No overs have been lost.

1.55pm Pitch-watch courtesy of Sambit Bal. "There are a couple of really wet patches on the ground, almost muddy, at the straight boundary below the press box. It was already a soft ground because of all that rain" Best spikes at the ready for the fielders, then.

"And suddenly is absolutely sunny now," adds Sambit, "and though the top of Table Mountain is still covered in clouds, you can get a much clearer view of it now."

Stumps are back in position, and the Pakistanis are warming up - and the groundsman Andy Atkinson is patrolling the pitch.

1.50pm The covers are coming off and the sun's out again. But how long before play resumes we don't, as yet, know. And I should say, thank you Andrew, as it's now me - Jenny Thompson - in the hot seat. Hello. Ah, just heard it's a 2pm restart barring further rain. Nigel Llong, an off-field umpire says no time has been lost as "there are two hours to make up time in the semi-finals and we've only used up 27 minutes of that time so far."

Rain stops play It is properly minging out there now. And the umpires have bowed to the inevitable.

Meanwhile, those of you following the Championship (dear old Champo) will be unsurprised to learn Sussex have won. This leaves them likely to take the title, with only Lancashire able to prevent them from doing so. Lancs are doing their best to hunt their mammoth 489 required at The Oval. VVS Laxman is Lancashire's best hope in that game ...

6.3

Shahid Afridi to McCullum, 2 runs, on middle, veering towards leg, McCullum controlling the bounce by getting over it and nudging off the pads very fine

6.4

Shahid Afridi to McCullum, no run, on off this time, driven back forward with no more than a push

6.5

Shahid Afridi to McCullum, no run, nibbled to gully and Simon Taufel calls for the third umpire to rule on a return to the keeper. He didn't need long - he was well in

6.6

Shahid Afridi to McCullum, no run, eased with the wrists into the off-side

Good end to an interrupted over for Afridi - the lift he gets always difficult to negotiate.

End of over 7 (5 runs) New Zealand 46/0 (RR: 6.57)
BB McCullum    18* (18b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-5-0
L Vincent    25* (25b 1x4 1x6)      Sohail Tanvir    3-0-24-0

Fawad Alam now

7.1

Fawad Alam to Vincent, 1 run, a wide delivery down off, cut away through point

7.2

Fawad Alam to McCullum, no run, slower, more loop, and can't connect with a back-cut flap

7.3

Fawad Alam to McCullum, 1 run, tighter and dealt with

7.4

Fawad Alam to Vincent, 2 runs, swept from off through midwicket and a misfield at the bowler's end allows the second and the fifty

7.5

Fawad Alam to Vincent, OUT, terrific return catch - Vincent driving hard on the up and Fawad is quick to get his hands to the ball

L Vincent c & b Fawad Alam 28 (31m 28b 1x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

That's the breakthrough, Vincent has gone. Smart change of bowling from Shoaib. Scott Styris now comes in at No. 3...that's a boost up for him

7.6

Fawad Alam to Styris, 1 run, off the mark immediately with a sweep to midwicket, and he's stolen the strike, too

End of over 8 (5 runs) New Zealand 51/1 (RR: 6.37)
SB Styris    1* (1b)      Fawad Alam    1-0-5-1
BB McCullum    19* (20b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-5-0

8.1

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, full delivery on off, Styris eases the ball to mid-on

8.2

Shahid Afridi to McCullum, 1 run, outside off, makes room to rock back and cut firmly to point for a comfortable single

8.3

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 2 runs, played off the legs square for an easy single again

8.4

Shahid Afridi to Styris, FOUR, drags it a touch short and with width enough outside off for Styris to create some room to cut forcefully off the back foot, eluding the dives of some fielders

8.5

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, worked behind point now for an easy single

8.6

Shahid Afridi to McCullum, 1 run, veering down leg, worked to the 45 where the ball's eventually met by the man running up from deep backward square leg

End of over 9 (10 runs) New Zealand 61/1 (RR: 6.77)
BB McCullum    21* (22b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-15-0
SB Styris    9* (5b 1x4)      Fawad Alam    1-0-5-1

9.1

Fawad Alam to McCullum, 2 runs, outside off, width, cut square out to deep point but there's some tidy work just inside the boundary

9.2

Fawad Alam to McCullum, 1 run, short and McCullum is quick-as-a-flash onto a pull through midwicket, but the man patrolling deep midwicket is on to it

9.3

Fawad Alam to Styris, 1 run, worked off the legs for an easy single this time

New Zealand rotating the strike well at the moment

9.4

Fawad Alam to McCullum, 1 run, a drive out to cover

Plenty of encouragement for Pakistan in the field

9.5

Fawad Alam to Styris, SIX, only just slightly short but Styris does not miss out - freeing his shoulders to pull strongly in front of square

9.6

Fawad Alam to Styris, no run, worked out to cover and that's the halfway mark

New Zealand have a good platform here at the halfway stage, but Pakistan are full of energy and chirp, so they'll focus right to the end

End of over 10 (11 runs) New Zealand 72/1 (RR: 7.20)
SB Styris    16* (8b 1x4 1x6)      Fawad Alam    2-0-16-1
BB McCullum    25* (25b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-15-0

10.1

Shahid Afridi to McCullum, 1 run, played off the back foot into the covers

10.2

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, ooh, and nearly has his man, the French cut skewing down perilously close to the leg stick, trying to cut one on off

10.3

Shahid Afridi to McCullum, OUT, now this is a big wicket - rapped low and clearly on off, McCullum trying to sweep and missing completely

BB McCullum lbw b Shahid Afridi 26 (39m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 96.29

Hardly needed the umprire to give that one out, really. Here's Peter Fulton.

10.4

Shahid Afridi to Fulton, no run, confident shout from Afridi - that one through the gate and hitting him high on the thigh - even though bang on middle

Height saved him

10.5

Shahid Afridi to Fulton, no run, played forward

10.6

Shahid Afridi to Fulton, 1 run, worked round off the legs through the 45

Big over for Pakistan, that, removing McCullum and now there are effectively two new batsmen at the crease (even if Styris is on 17 not out - it's only from nine balls). Umar Gul coming on now, from the Kelvin Grove End.

End of over 11 (3 runs) New Zealand 75/2 (RR: 6.81)
PG Fulton    1* (3b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-18-1
SB Styris    17* (9b 1x4 1x6)      Fawad Alam    2-0-16-1

11.1

Umar Gul to Fulton, no run, good start, planting on a good length outside off and that carried through with some good pace - the batsman failing to connect, luckily for him really

11.2

Umar Gul to Fulton, no run, stands tall and delivers one which steeples in from just outside off and defended on the back foot

11.3

Umar Gul to Fulton, no run, tries to straight pull off the back foot, but mistimes the ball and it crashes into the ground in front of off

11.4

Umar Gul to Fulton, 2 runs, straight half-volley, brandished through mid-on with a lovely pick-up off the legs, and a good call to come back for the second

11.5

Umar Gul to Fulton, no run, outside off, better length, and though Fulton thinks of driving, he checks his shot into the covers

Intent etched all over Gul's face

11.6

Umar Gul to Fulton, 1 run, on leg, easily played off the knee to the man at deep square; not quite where the bowler was aiming for, but he will be happy with an economical over

End of over 12 (3 runs) New Zealand 78/2 (RR: 6.50)
PG Fulton    4* (9b)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-0
SB Styris    17* (9b 1x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-18-1

12.1

Shahid Afridi to Fulton, 1 run, driven off the legs to midwicket

12.2

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 wide, wide down leg

12.2

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 leg bye, adjusted to the off-side, driven out to cover

12.3

Shahid Afridi to Fulton, no run, half-hearted shout on off which told its own story

12.4

Shahid Afridi to Fulton, 2 runs, played off the legs behind square and the fielder trips in returning

12.5

Shahid Afridi to Fulton, 1 run, cutting back in from outside off

12.6

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, wide outside off and a huge appeal for a run-out from one to cover where Younis did well to recover. It looked out to the naked eye, but the replays show he was quite clearly grounded

End of over 13 (7 runs) New Zealand 85/2 (RR: 6.53)
SB Styris    18* (11b 1x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-24-1
PG Fulton    8* (13b)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-0

13.1

Umar Gul to Styris, OUT, outside off, Styris lifts up off the bottom of his bat but can't clear the cover boundary - the ball goes up straight and back down into the hands of Sohail way inside the rope

SB Styris c Sohail Tanvir b Umar Gul 18 (17m 12b 1x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

13.2

Umar Gul to Fulton, 2 runs, a mishit, too, from Fulton - straight down the ground

13.3

Umar Gul to Fulton, OUT, two in three balls now for Gul as Fulton, standing straight, doesn't get over the ball and pops a straightforward catch to cover

PG Fulton c Shoaib Malik b Umar Gul 10 (12m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Craig McMillan in now, with some work to do for New Zealand

13.4

Umar Gul to McMillan, no run, greets him with a bouncer, McMillan ducking under, unbothered

13.5

Umar Gul to McMillan, FOUR, beat third man this time

13.6

Umar Gul to McMillan, no run, good delivery to round off an excellent over, beating the bat on its way through

Lou Vincent says New Zealand will be confident of defending 160. So that's what they're aiming for, then. "Even 150, we could defend that. But 160 would be ideal."

End of over 14 (6 runs) New Zealand 91/4 (RR: 6.50)
CD McMillan    4* (3b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-9-2
LRPL Taylor    0* (0b)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-24-1

14.1

Fawad Alam to Taylor, 2 runs, played off the legs to midwicket

14.2

Fawad Alam to Taylor, 2 runs, driven out tamely wide of mid-on and there's another referral - McMillan's looking a combination of worried and furious but needn't worry as the direct shy just isn't quite enough

14.3

Fawad Alam to Taylor, 1 run, driven out to long-off for an easy single

14.4

Fawad Alam to McMillan, SIX, hello, massive, to coin a Mark Nicholasonian phrase - a huge swing straight over long-off

The hundred's up, of course

14.5

Fawad Alam to McMillan, 2 runs, heaved to cow corner this time

14.6

Fawad Alam to McMillan, OUT, goes to clear long-off again with the huge lift off the bottom of the bat, but - like Styris earlier - did not get the distance and Shoaib stays firm, and strong, to take the catch yards in from the rope

CD McMillan c Younis Khan b Fawad Alam 12 (5m 6b 1x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

Jacob Oram's in now and his favourite shot, he tells the camera, is "anything that goes to the boundary". Standby, then...

End of over 15 (13 runs) New Zealand 104/5 (RR: 6.93)
     Fawad Alam    3-0-29-2
LRPL Taylor    5* (3b)      Umar Gul    2-0-9-2

15.1

Umar Gul to Oram, 1 run, stays over the wicket, pushing across the left hander who plays with a straight bat off the back foot

15.2

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, driven out to mid-off, a dab really, and they shuffle through immediately

15.3

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, nipping in at the right hander, played down off the back foot and a quick single is a risky one too, as he was nearly run out at the non-striker's end. Direct hit would have had him gone

15.4

Umar Gul to Oram, no run, flings down a bouncer that gets up around the upper chest region, Oram swaying slightly backward, enough for the ball to travel past

15.5

Umar Gul to Oram, no run, round the wicket, angling in from quite wide too, a good yorker which is well dug out

15.6

Umar Gul to Oram, OUT, round the wicket again, angling in, with some lift too, and Oram's would-be carve over mid-on takes a big snick through to Akmal

JDP Oram c †Kamran Akmal b Umar Gul 1 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Gul deserved that wicket, too. So, Oram unable to play any of his favourite shots today... Here's Daniel Vettori - man for a crisis, so a man needed now. Four overs to come.

End of over 16 (2 runs) New Zealand 106/6 (RR: 6.62)
     Umar Gul    3-0-11-3
LRPL Taylor    6* (5b)      Fawad Alam    3-0-29-2

16.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, no run, tight delivery

16.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, OUT, wristed to midwicket, then a horrible mix-up: Vettori turning down the second and then sacrificing himself - walking out of his crease to allow Taylor to get back in

DL Vettori run out 0 (1m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

16.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 2 runs, outside off, worked to deep backward point

16.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, SIX, short on off, heaved to the leg-side and some very welcome runs for New Zealand

16.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Taylor, 1 run, deceptive delivery, dropping at the last minute just in front of off, the batsman dealing with it well to work to short midwicket

16.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Bond, no run, a hint of turn again, the batsman waiting and waiting and finally prodding a defensive on the back foot

End of over 17 (10 runs) New Zealand 116/7 (RR: 6.82)
SE Bond    0* (1b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-10-0
LRPL Taylor    16* (10b 1x6)      Umar Gul    3-0-11-3

Gul to finish his spell, then

17.1

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, pushed right up there, straight, no room to do anything but defend

17.2

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, right up there again, but well worked out to long off for a single

17.3

Umar Gul to Bond, 1 run, on off, dragged a touch short, worked out well off the back foot to a wideish third man

17.4

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, good yorker, dug out to cover, and both batsmen set off, shuffle two or three yards, and then run back

17.5

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, full again - we've seen Brett Lee find success with his full deliveries this tournament - and the batsmen can only find a single to cover

17.6

Umar Gul to Bond, 1 run, driven out to extra cover - firmly enough, but straight to the fielder

Excellent spell from Gul - 3 for 15 - and he cast one, too. "They are showing the rugby score at the bottom of the scoreboard," notes Gnasher, but this is no time for such things... Two overs left

End of over 18 (4 runs) New Zealand 120/7 (RR: 6.66)
SE Bond    2* (3b)      Umar Gul    4-0-15-3
LRPL Taylor    18* (14b 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-10-0

18.1

Sohail Tanvir to Bond, 1 run, quick single for Bond

18.2

Sohail Tanvir to Taylor, no run, a dot this time to a yorker

18.3

Sohail Tanvir to Taylor, (no ball) 1 run, would have been out but for a no-ball - caught trying to paddle over fine leg, but a top-edge - and here comes the free hit

18.3

Sohail Tanvir to Bond, 1 run, driven off the back foot to cover

18.4

Sohail Tanvir to Taylor, 1 run, comes from wide of the crease, angling into the right hander who in turn drives out to long-on

18.5

Sohail Tanvir to Bond, no run, wide of the crease, again, radaring outside leg at yorker length, where the batsman jabs down late

18.6

Sohail Tanvir to Bond, 1 run, OUT, yet another calamitous mix-up and Bond now sacrifices himself for Taylor - a drive out to cover and they come back for the two, but there was only ever one-and-a-half on at most

SE Bond run out 5 (11m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Asif for the final over. New Zealand were looking for 150 minimum. That's some big hitting to get it.

End of over 19 (6 runs) New Zealand 126/8 (RR: 6.63)
     Sohail Tanvir    4-0-30-0
LRPL Taylor    20* (17b 1x6)      Umar Gul    4-0-15-3

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

Vital runs, of course, for New Zealand

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...

2.55pm Pakistan, then, will be pleased with their efforts to peg New Zealand back following a good start for the batsmen. But Umar Gul, the pick with 3 for 15, led the attack well and pulled things back Pakistan's way... until the final over. "It's a good total," says Shoaib. "If we want to win this game, we will have to work hard."

End of over 20 (17 runs) New Zealand 143/8
LRPL Taylor    37* (23b 2x4 2x6)      Mohammad Asif    4-0-34-0
JS Patel    0* (0b)      Sohail Tanvir    4-0-30-0
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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