Player of the Match
Player of the Match
687dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

Umar Akmal and Umar Gul script unlikely win

JP Duminy was the only South African batsman able to stand up to a crafty Pakistan attack, who kept their opposition to a below-par total in Colombo.

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JP Duminy
JP Duminy
48(38) 2x4 - 2x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 18 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 4 15 2 10 13 0 3
Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
43(41) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 13 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 7 4 9 6 1 16

Best performances - Bowlers

DW Steyn
DW Steyn
O4
M0
R22
W3
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
RJ Peterson
O4
M1
R15
W2
Eco3.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

15.30 start, First Session 15.30-16.50, Interval 16.50-17.10, Second Session 17.10-18.30

Match days

28 September 2012 - day/night match (20-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Pakistan 2, South Africa 0

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Kanishkaa Balachandran

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

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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SL33060.998
WI3214-0.375
ENG3122-0.397
NZ3030-0.169
Group 2
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS32140.464
PAK32140.273
INDIA3214-0.274
SA3030-0.421
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INDIA22042.825
ENG21120.65
AFG2020-3.475
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS22042.184
WI2011-1.855
IRE2011-2.092
Group C
TeamMWLPTNRR
SA22043.598
SL21121.852
ZIM2020-3.624
Group D
TeamMWLPTNRR
PAK22040.706
NZ21121.15
BDESH2020-1.868