ICC WT20: Umar Inspires Gul-Orious Pakistan Win

ICC WT20: Umar Inspires Gul-Orious Pakistan Win
ICC WT20: Umar Inspires Gul-Orious Pakistan Win
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Pakistan 100-4 (Shahzaib Hasan 35, Vettori 2-20) beat
New Zealand 99 (Styris 22, Umar Gul 5-6) by six wickets

ICC World Twenty20 Group F, The Oval

Pace bowler Umar Gul returned the best figures ever in Twenty20 International as Pakistan recorded an emphatic six-wicket win over New Zealand at The Oval.

Gul took five for six as New Zealand were bowled out for 99 and Pakistan eased to victory in 13.1 overs with six wickets in hand.

Gul was in brilliant form, with his yorkers unplayable for the New Zealand lower order and Gul worked his magic in just three overs after the Black Caps struggled having lost early wickets. Brendon McCullum (12) and Martin Guptill (8) fell to Abdul Razzaq, who marked his return to international cricket with two for 17 and Mohammad Aamer nipped out Aaron Redmond for 15 before Jacob Oram became the second of seven batsmen to fall for single figure scores.

Gul had Scott Styris brilliantly caught by Shahid Afridi for 22, then had Peter McGlashan trapped in front for eight, bowled Nathan McCullum and James Franklin for seven apiece and he completed the five-wicket haul when Kyle Mills chipped him to Shahzaib Hasan for a duck.

100 was never going to be much of a challenge for Pakistan, and they set off at a great rate with Kamran Akmal (19 in 14 balls) and Shahzaib (35 in 28 balls) putting no 36 for the first wicket inside five overs.

There was a little bit of a wobble when they departed, followed by Razzaq (5) and Shoaib Malik (4) but contrasting innings from Younus Khan (6 not out) and Shahid Afridi (29 not out). Afridi blasted three big fours while Younus's cool head kept things ticking over and despite captain Daniel Vettori taking two for 20, Pakistan were way too good.

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