ICC World Twenty20, 1st Semi Final: New Zealand v Pakistan at Cape Town, Sep 22, 2007
ICC World Twenty20 - 1st semi final
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Played at Newlands, Cape Town (neutral venue)
22 September 2007 (20-over match)

Welcome back, Shane Bond will take the new ball for New Zealand. Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Nazir will open

0.1

Bond to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, too much width, and that's walloped through the covers. Cracking start for Pakistan

0.2

Bond to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tighter line and defended off the front foot this time

0.3

Bond to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, chaos - flicked round the corner and an instant call ... and a belated rejection. Ross Taylor at square leg had time to take aim, but missed by an inch as McCullum hurtled despairingly up to the stumps

0.4

Bond to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Taylor fields again, but no fears this time

0.5

Bond to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, flicked off the legs and fielded at midwicket. Tighter line now from Bond

0.6

Bond to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, slower ball and spotted early, Hafeez picks up and over the leg-side, a couple of bounces and fielded at deep backward square

A tidy first over, bar that first-ball aberration. Here's the deceptively quick Gillespie

End of over 1 (6 runs) Pakistan 6/0 (138 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.26)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 6 (6b 1x4)
    • Imran Nazir 0 (0b)
    • SE Bond 1-0-6-0
1.1

Gillespie to Imran Nazir, no run, straight and accurate, defended into the covers

1.2

Gillespie to Imran Nazir, FOUR, a genuine edge, and McCullum watches it fly past his right ear! Nazir was forcing off the back foot, and who knows what the keeper was thinking. That was never first slip's catch

1.3

Gillespie to Imran Nazir, FOUR, walloped. That's how to make New Zealand pay. Like a tracer bullet through point

1.4

Gillespie to Imran Nazir, 2 runs, driven into the off side, and well fielded this time

1.5

Gillespie to Imran Nazir, FOUR, a flashing, windmill-esque cut shot, and that picked the gap superbly between gully and third man. Yet more runs in an expensive (and unlucky) over

1.6

Gillespie to Imran Nazir, no run, dragged short and too wide as well, but point stoops to field

Imran Nazir has called for a runner. Not sure what the problem is - he's been dealing in boundaries mainly, so not a lot of running needed so far. The captain, Shoaib Malik, comes out to do the honours

End of over 2 (14 runs) Pakistan 20/0 (124 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 6.88)

    • Imran Nazir 14 (6b 3x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 6 (6b 1x4)
    • MR Gillespie 1-0-14-0
    • SE Bond 1-0-6-0
2.1

Bond to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, that's poor from Bond - he knows where you can and can't bowl in limited-overs cricket, and short and wide outside off is not the spot

2.2

Bond to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, runs are coming at a deluge here. Hafeez shaped to pull and gloved it up and away down to fine leg

2.3

Bond to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, better line and length, and fielded at point, but that was timed nicely as well. Pakistan are timing it well

2.4

Bond to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, slower ball, nurdled down to third man, who fields in the long-barrier position and sends in a speculative return

2.5

Bond to Imran Nazir, no run, better line and length now, and defended out to point, who is being kept busy. No swing as yet

2.6

Bond to Imran Nazir, no run, a slightly uncertain defensive stroke from Nazir, who seems a bit startled by some extra lift off the pitch. Either way, the ball was safely negotiated and fielded at short leg

End of over 3 (9 runs) Pakistan 29/0 (115 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 9.66, RRR: 6.76)

    • Imran Nazir 14 (8b 3x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 15 (10b 3x4)
    • SE Bond 2-0-15-0
    • MR Gillespie 1-0-14-0
3.1

Gillespie to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, full and angling in to leg stump, turned to midwicket

Imran Nazir has a thigh strain, apparently. It's unrelated to the knock he took in the last match, hence a runner is legitimate

3.2

Gillespie to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, too short, but Hafeez doesn't time his pull shot. Deep square leg fields on the rope

3.3

Gillespie to Imran Nazir, 1 run, this one is timed, but almost too well. The shot lands half a yard in front of Ross Taylor, who does well not be be nutmegged by the bounce

3.4

Gillespie to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, full length and straight, the ball bobbles out to point off an inside-edge, and a quick single results

3.5

Gillespie to Imran Nazir, no run, full again, on leg stump this time, but no joy with an attempted flick for Nazir

3.6

Gillespie to Imran Nazir, 1 run, pulled off a good length, and Taylor fields again at deep square leg

End of over 4 (4 runs) Pakistan 33/0 (111 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.25, RRR: 6.93)

    • Imran Nazir 16 (11b 3x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 17 (13b 3x4)
    • MR Gillespie 2-0-18-0
    • SE Bond 2-0-15-0
4.1

Bond to Imran Nazir, no run, full and straight

4.2

Bond to Imran Nazir, no run, tucked down to short third man off the back foot

4.3

Bond to Imran Nazir, 1 run, hint of an appeal as the ball scuttles after pitching, but possibly sneaking down leg. A two-paced pitch?

4.4

Bond to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, better bowling from Bond, who sends down a slower ball that tweaks past the edge

4.5

Bond to Mohammad Hafeez, SIX, short and clobbered! That wasn't so short but Hafeez was into position so early, and that flew fast and flat over midwicket

4.6

Bond to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, clever batting, just a delicate deflection down the leg-side, and Bond's figures are bruised yet further

End of over 5 (9 runs) Pakistan 42/0 (102 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.40, RRR: 6.80)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 25 (16b 3x4 1x6)
    • Imran Nazir 17 (14b 3x4)
    • SE Bond 3-0-24-0
    • MR Gillespie 2-0-18-0
5.1

Gillespie to Imran Nazir, 1 wide, way down the leg-side

5.1

Gillespie to Imran Nazir, 3 runs, short and too wide, flailed through the covers off the back foot. Not quite timed, and fielded with a headlong slide inside the rope

5.2

Gillespie to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, slapped down to third man, a bit chancy, but Pakistan can afford that at the moment

When does Vettori come into the attack? It has to be soon ...

5.3

Gillespie to Imran Nazir, 1 run, another single down to third man

5.4

Gillespie to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, much better length, full and straight, and blocked down to mid-off with a full face of the bat

5.5

Gillespie to Mohammad Hafeez, SIX, right in the slot, Hafeez was waiting for this one, and lifted a slower ball straight back over the bowler's head, and all the way into the stand!

5.6

Gillespie to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, quicker delivery to finish, but Pakistan are marching ever onwards

That's the end of the fielding restrictions, and unsurprisingly, Vettori has wasted no time in getting in on the action

End of over 6 (12 runs) Pakistan 54/0 (90 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 6.42)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 32 (20b 3x4 2x6)
    • Imran Nazir 21 (16b 3x4)
    • MR Gillespie 3-0-30-0
    • SE Bond 3-0-24-0
6.1

Vettori to Imran Nazir, no run, twirled onto a good length from around the wicket, and blocked out to midwicket

6.2

Vettori to Imran Nazir, SIX, beasted over cow corner with two steps down the track and a huge swing of the blade! Massive strike

6.3

Vettori to Imran Nazir, no run, slower delivery, more flighted, and Vincent in the covers fields with a tumble

6.4

Vettori to Imran Nazir, no run, turned off the hip and fielded by the keeper

6.5

Vettori to Imran Nazir, no run, beautiful delivery! That was the arm-ball and Nazir was done like a kipper. Vettori was pleading for the decision, but Harper's unmoved. That was close! Maybe just sneaking down leg

6.6

Vettori to Imran Nazir, no run, full stride of the front leg and patted into the covers

Time for Scott Styris. New Zealand desperately need a breakthrough

End of over 7 (6 runs) Pakistan 60/0 (84 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.57, RRR: 6.46)

    • Imran Nazir 27 (22b 3x4 1x6)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 32 (20b 3x4 2x6)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-6-0
    • MR Gillespie 3-0-30-0
7.1

Styris to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, and they've got the breakthrough! Taufel raises where Harper declined. Hafeez was down in position to sweep, moving outside off stump, and struck in front of middle. Fair enough, and that's timely to say the least

Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Styris 32 (30m 21b 3x4 2x6) SR: 152.38

7.2

Styris to Younis Khan, no run, defended into the leg-side

7.3

Styris to Younis Khan, no run, tidy enough so far

7.4

Styris to Younis Khan, 1 run, floated onto a good length outside off stump, Younis bullies that through the leg-side with a big swing of the bat

7.5

Styris to Imran Nazir, 1 run, a bit of width, and cracked out to deep cover

7.6

Styris to Younis Khan, no run, nurdled down to third man, and that's the end of an important over for New Zealand

End of over 8 (2 runs) Pakistan 62/1 (82 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.75, RRR: 6.83)

    • Younis Khan 1 (4b)
    • Imran Nazir 28 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • SB Styris 1-0-2-1
    • DL Vettori 1-0-6-0
8.1

Vettori to Imran Nazir, no run, dragged down the pitch and defends back to the bowler. Teasing flight

8.2

Vettori to Imran Nazir, no run, props forward from the crease this time

8.3

Vettori to Imran Nazir, no run, faster and flatter, and nudged round the corner

8.4

Vettori to Imran Nazir, SIX, that's vast. Nazir was playing by numbers there, and chose the right ball to wallop. A quickstep down the wicket and a monstrous heave over long-off

8.5

Vettori to Imran Nazir, 1 run, swept to midwicket to rotate the strike

8.6

Vettori to Younis Khan, no run, another arm-ball that Younis plays off the back foot to gully. Lovely variation, but no success so far

Right, time for a change in the comms. Here's JT. Thanks, AM. Hello again everyone. So, the momentum with Pakistan but still a long way to go (relatively, of course) in this match

End of over 9 (7 runs) Pakistan 69/1 (75 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.66, RRR: 6.81)

    • Younis Khan 1 (5b)
    • Imran Nazir 35 (28b 3x4 2x6)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-13-0
    • SB Styris 1-0-2-1
9.1

Styris to Imran Nazir, SIX, low full toss spanked high and hard off the bottom of the bat up and way over long-off

9.2

Styris to Imran Nazir, no run, calmer defence now

9.3

Styris to Imran Nazir, 2 runs, another clean hit but boomed towards midwicket and tidied up out there

9.4

Styris to Imran Nazir, no run, good recovery from Styris, planting on a good length in front of off

9.5

Styris to Imran Nazir, no run, pushes him on the back foot for a rock-solid back-foot defence

9.6

Styris to Imran Nazir, no run, on the dot again, the batsman tries to push it off the face into short midwicket but is too late on the shot and the ball rolls harmlessly there. No chance of a run

Patel into the attack now

End of over 10 (8 runs) Pakistan 77/1 (67 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.70, RRR: 6.70)

    • Imran Nazir 43 (34b 3x4 3x6)
    • Younis Khan 1 (5b)
    • SB Styris 2-0-10-1
    • DL Vettori 2-0-13-0
10.1

Patel to Younis Khan, no run, on the spot first up, Younis presses forward in defence, stunning the pace right out of the ball

10.2

Patel to Younis Khan, 1 run, a smooth, easy Sunday-morning-kind-of drive out to straight long-on

10.3

Patel to Imran Nazir, 1 run, worked into the leg-side again, squarer

And it's new bat time - or at least there's a call for one

10.4

Patel to Younis Khan, no run, waits, and waits, as Patel squeezes the ball in from off, before it's eased gently into the off-side

10.5

Patel to Younis Khan, no run, down the track, attacking intent from Younis, but it's to remain intent only as he drives straight towards mid-on

10.6

Patel to Younis Khan, no run, again he comes down and again there's a dot as he drives straight back to Patel

Good over, that, from Patel. New Zealand were 75 for 2 at this stage. Oram coming into the attack now

End of over 11 (2 runs) Pakistan 79/1 (65 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.18, RRR: 7.22)

    • Younis Khan 2 (10b)
    • Imran Nazir 44 (35b 3x4 3x6)
    • JS Patel 1-0-2-0
    • SB Styris 2-0-10-1
11.1

Oram to Imran Nazir, 1 run, dropped. Swiped from outside off and that's a shocker from Taylor at mid-on - straight into his hands, and out again

Nearly got the breakthrough straight away - but instead Pakistan can break further away

11.2

Oram to Younis Khan, 1 leg bye, swept round through the 45

11.3

Oram to Imran Nazir, 2 runs, chipped high on the off-side this time

Taylor at least has the decency to look thoroughly embarrassed

11.4

Oram to Imran Nazir, SIX, Nazir now gets to his half-century with a belter of a drive up and over straight long-on

11.5

Oram to Imran Nazir, SIX, extraordinary - hooks a top edge right over the keeper, hardly the prettiest shot, but it travels, all right

11.6

Oram to Imran Nazir, no run, driven to mid-on

Costly over for New Zealand, then - and the clean-hitting Imran is only going to make them pay for dropping him... as he's already demonstrated... Patel to continue

End of over 12 (16 runs) Pakistan 95/1 (49 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.91, RRR: 6.12)

    • Imran Nazir 59 (40b 3x4 5x6)
    • Younis Khan 2 (11b)
    • JDP Oram 1-0-15-0
    • JS Patel 1-0-2-0
12.1

Patel to Younis Khan, 1 leg bye, reaches out for a reverse sweep which he hardly connects with as it whispers down to fine leg

12.2

Patel to Imran Nazir, OUT, had to go this time - tried to sweep a faster delivery, swooping very low in doing so, and was rapped straight in front of off

Imran Nazir lbw b Patel 59 (48m 41b 3x4 5x6) SR: 143.90

What a mightily relieved man Taylor must be - and this gives New Zealand a glimmer

12.3

Patel to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, taken from outside off and worked to fine leg

12.4

Patel to Younis Khan, 1 run, driven out to deep cover

12.5

Patel to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, width outside off, turns in a touch, but it's still wide enough to be cut easily behind point to bring up Pakistan's hundred

12.6

Patel to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, outside off, slightly straighter, driven out to long-on

Exactly a run a ball required now.

End of over 13 (7 runs) Pakistan 102/2 (42 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.84, RRR: 6.00)

    • Shoaib Malik 5 (3b)
    • Younis Khan 3 (13b)
    • JS Patel 2-0-8-1
    • JDP Oram 1-0-15-0

Vettori now

13.1

Vettori to Younis Khan, 1 run, outside off, worked into short midwicket

13.2

Vettori to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, in towards middle-and-leg, the batsman hardly giving himself room - in fact he was cramped - to cut into the off-side

13.3

Vettori to Younis Khan, OUT, backed away to try to cut a straight one and got a thin edge through which McCullum snapped tidily

Younis Khan c †McCullum b Vettori 4 (22m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 26.66

Game most definitely on. Here's Shahid Afridi. Wonder if he's going to pull any boom-booms out of his locker today...

13.4

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, waits on the back foot and drives into the covers for a quick single but, wait, Vincent is in trouble as Patel's throw crashes into the back of his head at close quarters

He gets back on his feet, smiling, but not before he was down for a minute or two

13.5

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, no run, waits patiently to defend on the back foot

13.6

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, no run, from outside off, Afridi considers the cover drive before recovering to make a very straight shape with body and bat in playing a back-foot defence. Well adjusted, good patience

This one could go down to the wire

End of over 14 (4 runs) Pakistan 106/3 (38 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.57, RRR: 6.33)

    • Shahid Afridi 2 (3b)
    • Shoaib Malik 6 (4b)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-17-1
    • JS Patel 2-0-8-1
14.1

Bond to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, horrible low full toss outside off, driven kindly out inside the cover boundary

14.2

Bond to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, slower ball, picked up with a scooped drive through extra cover

14.3

Bond to Shahid Afridi, OUT, gone this time, though - driven flat on the up straight to Fulton at mid-off

Shahid Afridi c Fulton b Bond 6 (5m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

Afridi walks off shaking his head having fallen on Nelson

14.4

Bond to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slower delivery down the off channel, waited and left

14.5

Bond to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slowish yorker, digs out a single on the off-side

14.6

Bond to Shoaib Malik, 1 wide, huge bouncer - too huge for Umpire Harper's liking

14.6

Bond to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, bottom-of-the-bat straight drive sails high - but dry - eluding some converging fielders inside the long-off boundary

End of over 15 (9 runs) Pakistan 115/4 (29 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.66, RRR: 5.80)

    • Shoaib Malik 9 (6b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 1 (2b)
    • SE Bond 4-0-33-1
    • DL Vettori 3-0-17-1
15.1

Styris to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, up there, straight, driven out easily to mid-on

15.2

Styris to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, driven out again to mid-on and the strike's rotated once more

Just shy of a run a ball needed

15.3

Styris to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, driven out to the covers

15.4

Styris to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, reaches out to push the ball to cover where Vettori is clean, and not to mention tidy, in picking up

Midwicket moves out

15.5

Styris to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, waits and presses an easy single into the midwicket

15.6

Styris to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full toss seems to slip out of his hand, squiggling in at midriff height outside off and driven back out to long-on

Patel on again

End of over 16 (4 runs) Pakistan 119/4 (25 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.43, RRR: 6.25)

    • Shoaib Malik 11 (8b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 3 (6b)
    • SB Styris 3-0-14-1
    • SE Bond 4-0-33-1
16.1

Patel to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, comes out and drives out to long-on for a comfortable single

Pakistan content to pace themselves right now

16.2

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, worked out to midwicket

16.3

Patel to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, down the pitch and tracked right over to the rope, bissecting midwicket and mid-on - my, that was forcefully struck

16.4

Patel to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pitches on middle and follows the batsman as he hops back and pushes off the back foot to mid-on

16.5

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, pops up, but harmlessly

16.6

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, outside off, turning into the right hander who pushes to mid-on for a strike-stealer

Pakistan need 17 from the last three overs

End of over 17 (8 runs) Pakistan 127/4 (17 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.47, RRR: 5.66)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 5 (9b)
    • Shoaib Malik 17 (11b 1x4)
    • JS Patel 3-0-16-1
    • SB Styris 3-0-14-1
17.1

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, a throaty, gurgly roar - but outside the line

17.2

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, comes down the track, pushing a single out to long-on

17.3

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, comes down and defends forward

17.4

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, outside off and driven to the covers

17.5

Vettori to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, touch of flight, worked off the toes and they come back for two, safely enough in the end

"Finish it lads, come on," cries McCullum, a touch prematurely

17.6

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, worked into the leg-side

Great spell from the typically reliable Vettori who has now left Pakistan needing 12 from 12

End of over 18 (5 runs) Pakistan 132/4 (12 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.33, RRR: 6.00)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 9 (14b)
    • Shoaib Malik 18 (12b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 4-0-22-1
    • JS Patel 3-0-16-1
18.1

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, driven out to a straight mid-on

The pressure's building

18.2

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX, ...and is instantly punctured with a straight six over mid-off

Pakistan in sight of the final now

18.3

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, swept easily behind square for a single

Smiles in the dug-out - they can sense their final place right now

18.4

Patel to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, dropped. Nathan McCullum made good ground to meet the ball deep near the midwicket boundary

Vettori looks at once glum and resigned to his fate

18.5

Patel to Shoaib Malik, SIX, huge six over midwicket - massive pull that's caught somewhere in the crowd who have now, as is traditional, gone wild

Pakistan, then, are the first confirmed finalists in the first Twenty20 final... and aren't they enjoying it? There's even an on-pitch cartwheel from one of the support staff... though not Geoff Lawson who is looking quietly happy. They deserved to make it all the way, after suppressing New Zealand who had chosen to bat, then easing to the six-wicket victory.

Shoaib says: "First of all I want to thank you my team-mates. It's a great win, our bowlers, they're bowling brilliantly at the moment, they contained them."

Vettori says: "It just wasn't to be this time. We've been ragged with our batting. It's bitterly disappointing and I know the boys will be hurting a lot."

Shoaib again: "We are going to improve on our mistakes for the final where we will give 100 per cent."

Umar Gul is the deserved Man of the Match, with 3 for 15. "We have done a lot of hard work for the Twenty20, a lot of practice for yorkers, bouncers and the slower ones. We hope to continue with the same performance and I will try my best to perform the same way."

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