Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Presentation:

De Villiers: "I'm proud of the way we fought back. We lost it in the last five overs. Captaincy wise one or two errors there."

Hafeez: "We played couple of bad shots but great team effort. I knew that Gul could hit it hard. This is good sign that everybody is contributing. We did well to restrict them, in the end Pakistan was lucky to get this."

Gul is the Man of the Match: "I must thank to my coach. I told Akmal that we should stay at the crease, the flick is my favourite shot."

Pakistan can celebrate this tonight, but really they should have a look at some of the shots played by the top order. They treated it like a T10 slogathon. Shouldn't have been this close. Plenty for both teams to think about.

Don't go anywhere. India v Australia coming up. Cheers!

End of match: Umar Akmal may have stayed there till the end to give Pakistan the reassurance that a specialist was around, and due credit to him, but take your hat off to Umar Gul. Out of the blew, he produced some clean blows over the on side and had the South Africans paralysed. The equation was reducing rapidly with every six and the South Africans panicked.

You look at the bowling figures and wonder why on earth Botha and Duminy bowled only two overs each for not much. De Villiers will be grilled for his management of the bowlers surely.

Pathan: "Un-b****y-believable. The amount of adrenalin that has been pumped around my body watching Pakistan over the years could power half of Karachi! Afridi is a real disgrace. I hope he is demoted to number 11 in the next match."

19.4
4
M Morkel to Saeed Ajmal, FOUR runs, outside edge settles it! Umar Akmal was off the blocks even before Morkel landed it on the pitch, Ajmal decided not to go for any wild slog and settled on edging it past the keeper, there was no slip and the ball raced to third man, smart choice of shot by Ajmal

2 off 3, another Super Over anyone? Midwicket goes back

19.3
1
M Morkel to Umar Akmal, 1 run, squeezes out a yorker outside off and he gambles by giving Ajmal the strike
19.2
6
M Morkel to Umar Akmal, SIX runs, that siphons six off the required runs! What a time to bowl a full toss, Akmal's eyes lit up and he smashed that flat and hard over deep midwicket
19.1
0
M Morkel to Umar Akmal, no run, under pressure and Morkel slips in the yorker outside off and Akmal fails to dig it out

Steyn's gone off the field. Ajmal walks in. Morne Morkel to bowl the final over

END OF OVER:
19 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 125/8 (9 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.57, RRR: 9.00)

  • Umar Akmal36 (38b)
  • Dale Steyn4-0-22-3
  • Morne Morkel3-0-22-0
18.6
W
Steyn to Umar Gul, OUT, is there another twist here? The South Africans will be relieved to see the back of Gul, it was full outside off and he got underneath the bounce and tried to carve that over sweeper cover, the ball dipped and Peterson comfortably took it in front of the rope

Umar Gul c Peterson b Steyn 32 (29m 17b 2x4 3x6) SR: 188.23

Field's spread out

18.5
1
Steyn to Umar Akmal, 1 run, reaches forward and drives in the air down to sweeper cover
18.5
1w
Steyn to Umar Akmal, 1 wide, Steyn loses complete control of that one and slips it wide of the off stump, impossible for the batsman to chase that
18.4
0
Steyn to Umar Akmal, no run, pulled flat and straight to midwicket and he declines the single
18.3
1
Steyn to Umar Gul, 1 run, just drops short of third man! Gul goes for the straight hit and ends up getting a top edge that swirls towards third man, Amla runs forward but the ball drops short of him
18.2
1
Steyn to Umar Akmal, 1 run, a touch too short and he makes room and thumps that to sweeper cover

Steyn's fine to continue the over

Steyn's getting some treatment here and there's a break in play.

Abhishek Nal: "Gul's turning it on with the bat here...he came in to bat in the 15th over much before he got to bowl which was in the 18th over...looks like he was furious that he was kept at bay and wanted to show that he can win the match with the bat."

18.1
2
Steyn to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, ouch! Steyn's in pain here, Akmal bashes it back to the bowler and his heel comes in the way, the ball deflects to long-on, the throw was wide and they take a couple

Steyn to bowl the penultimate over

END OF OVER:
18 | 7 Runs | PAK: 119/7 (15 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.61, RRR: 7.50)

  • Umar Akmal32 (34b)
  • Umar Gul31 (15b)
  • Morne Morkel3-0-22-0
  • Albie Morkel2-0-26-0

John: "Only AB will know why, why, why he took the spinners off..."

17.6
1
M Morkel to Umar Akmal, 1 run, fullish outside off and he squirts it out to point

This is Gul's best score in T20Is

17.5
1
M Morkel to Umar Gul, 1 run, fires that full and wide outside off and he reaches out and squirts it out wide of third man
17.4
0
M Morkel to Umar Gul, no run, another wide one outside off, he chases that and the bat hits the ground, two dot balls
17.3
0
M Morkel to Umar Gul, no run, close to being a wide there, it was wide outside off and Gul chased that one
17.2
4
M Morkel to Umar Gul, FOUR runs, Umar Gul's the man of the moment! Morkel errs by bowling a low full toss on the pads, Gul effortlessly works his wrists and flicks it with ease to deep square leg
17.1
1
M Morkel to Umar Akmal, 1 run, fires that full on the stumps and he drills it down to long-off, beats the bowler

END OF OVER:
17 | 20 Runs | PAK: 112/7 (22 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.58, RRR: 7.33)

  • Umar Gul26 (11b)
  • Umar Akmal30 (32b)
  • Albie Morkel2-0-26-0
  • Jacques Kallis2-0-17-1

20 off it and 36 off the last two! The "C" word's doing the rounds on feedback and pretty much everywhere

16.6
2
JA Morkel to Umar Gul, 2 runs, another free swing to deep midwicket and they hurry the second
16.5
4
JA Morkel to Umar Gul, FOUR runs, the equation is narrowing fast! Poor stuff from Morkel, slower delivery outside off and he carves that high over backward point and the ball nearly carries all the way over the rope
16.4
6
JA Morkel to Umar Gul, SIX runs, Gul showing he cannot be underestimated as a batsman! Another whack over the on side, picks a length delivery and swings across the line, lands a few rows behind deep midwicket
16.3
1
JA Morkel to Umar Akmal, 1 run, clubs the Free Hit over square leg and it's only a single as the fielder in the deep picks up
16.3
2nb
JA Morkel to Umar Gul, (no ball) 1 run, it's a front foot no ball and a Free Hit! Gul goes for the big hit and ends up skying it to the on side, drops short of the fielder

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st24Imran NazirMohammad Hafeez
2nd6Mohammad HafeezNasir Jamshed
3rd1Kamran AkmalNasir Jamshed
4th6Shoaib MalikKamran Akmal
5th26Shoaib MalikUmar Akmal
6th0Shahid AfridiUmar Akmal
7th13Yasir ArafatUmar Akmal
8th49Umar GulUmar Akmal
9th11Saeed AjmalUmar Akmal

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

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WI3214-0.375
ENG3122-0.397
NZ3030-0.169
Group 2
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PAK32140.273
INDIA3214-0.274
SA3030-0.421
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ENG21120.65
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Group B
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WI2011-1.855
IRE2011-2.092
Group C
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SA22043.598
SL21121.852
ZIM2020-3.624
Group D
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NZ21121.15
BDESH2020-1.868