Saturday 22 September 2007 

Pakistan Book ICC World Twenty20 Final Place

Umar Gul took three for 15 and Imran Nazir hit a half-century as Pakistan turned in an assured display to beat New Zealand by six wickets in the first ICC World Twenty20 semi-final in Cape Town.

Chasing 144 for victory, they were given a flying start by Nazir, who scored 59, and Mohammad Hafeez (32) which set the platform for Shoaib Malik (26 not out) and Misbah-ul-Haq (16 not out) to guide them to victory with seven balls to spare.

New Zealand took wickets, but they hadn't enough runs on the board to put Pakistan under any pressure.

Earlier, New Zealand openers Lou Vincent (28) and Brendon McCullum (26) got them off to a fine start before Fawad Alam had Vincent brilliant caught and bowled and Shahid Afridi trapped McCullum leg before to start the collapse.

Umar Gul's spell saw him remove the dangerous Scott Styris (19), Peter Fulton (10), and Jacob Oram (1).

Ross Taylor then did his bit, running out Dan Vettori and Shane Bond before redeeming himself by striking 17 runs from the final over as he finished unbeaten on 37 from 23 balls.

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