Result
1st Semi Final, Cape Town, Sep 22 2007, ICC World Twenty20
143/8
(18.5/20 ov, target 144)
147/4
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Pakistan
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Scorecard summary
New Zealand143/8(20 overs)
Ross Taylor*37 (23)
Lou Vincent28 (28)
Umar Gul3/15(4)
Fawad Alam2/29(3)
Pakistan147/4(18.5 overs)

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."

18.5
6
Patel to Shoaib Malik, SIX runs
huge six over midwicket - massive pull that's caught somewhere in the crowd who have now, as is traditional, gone wild

Vettori looks at once glum and resigned to his fate

18.4
2
Patel to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs
dropped. Nathan McCullum made good ground to meet the ball deep near the midwicket boundary

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

18.3
1
Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
swept easily behind square for a single

Pakistan in sight of the final now

18.2
6
Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX runs
...and is instantly punctured with a straight six over mid-off

The pressure's building

18.1
Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
driven out to a straight mid-on
end of over 185 runs
PAK: 132/4CRR: 7.33 • RRR: 6.00 • Need 12 from 12b
Misbah-ul-Haq9 (14)
Shoaib Malik18 (12)
Daniel Vettori4-0-22-1
Jeetan Patel3-0-16-1

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

17.6
1
Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
worked into the leg-side

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

17.5
1
Vettori to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
touch of flight, worked off the toes and they come back for two, safely enough in the end
17.4
1
Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
outside off and driven to the covers
17.3
Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
comes down and defends forward
17.2
2
Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs
comes down the track, pushing a single out to long-on
17.1
Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
a throaty, gurgly roar - but outside the line
end of over 178 runs
PAK: 127/4CRR: 7.47 • RRR: 5.66 • Need 17 from 18b
Misbah-ul-Haq5 (9)
Shoaib Malik17 (11)
Jeetan Patel3-0-16-1
Scott Styris3-0-14-1

Pakistan need 17 from the last three overs

16.6
1
Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
outside off, turning into the right hander who pushes to mid-on for a strike-stealer
16.5
Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
pops up, but harmlessly
16.4
1
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
16.3
4
Patel to Shoaib Malik, FOUR runs
down the pitch and tracked right over to the rope, bissecting midwicket and mid-on - my, that was forcefully struck
16.2
1
Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
worked out to midwicket

Pakistan content to pace themselves right now

16.1
1
Patel to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
comes out and drives out to long-on for a comfortable single
end of over 164 runs
PAK: 119/4CRR: 7.43 • RRR: 6.25 • Need 25 from 24b
Shoaib Malik11 (8)
Misbah-ul-Haq3 (6)
Scott Styris3-0-14-1
Shane Bond4-0-33-1

Patel on again

15.6
1
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
Best performances - batsmen
Imran Nazir
59 runs (41)
3 fours
5 sixes
Control71%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
18 runs
0 fours
3 sixes
1103976194
LRPL Taylor
37 runs (23)
2 fours
2 sixes
Control65%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
14 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Umar Gul
O
4
M
0
R
15
W
3
Eco
3.75
Fawad Alam
O
3
M
0
R
29
W
2
Eco
9.66
Match details
Newlands, Cape Town
TossNew Zealand , elected to bat first
SeriesICC World Twenty20 2007
Player Of The Match
Umar Gul
Series resultPakistan advanced
Match numberT20I no. 44
Season2007/08
Hours of play (local time)First Session 13:00-14:20, Interval 14:20-14:40, Second Session 14:40-16:00
Match days22 September 2007 (20-over match)
Umpires
Daryl Harper
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
Ian Howell
Reserve Umpire
Nigel Llong
Match Referee
Mike Procter