Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik said his team would be seeking to repeat history after they cruised to a six-wicket win in their World Twenty20 semifinal against New Zealand here at Newlands on Saturday.
“In 1992 Pakistan won the World Cup in the holy month of Ramadan after beating New Zealand in the semifinal,” said Malik.
The current tournament is also being played during Ramadan and Malik said his players were confident they could achieve victory in Monday’s final in Johannesburg.
“We are playing like a team,” said Malik, who felt Pakistan were always in control against the Kiwis.
Malik added: “I want to thank my teammates, all Pakistani people and our fans around the world.”
Malik, leading his side with distinction, now faces the prospect of a final against the winners of the India v Australia match in Durban.
He added: “It’s a great win. Our bowlers are bowling brilliantly at the moment and contained (New Zealand’s batsmen) so well.
“When we came back after the first rain break I was saying to the guys ‘Come on, this is our day, we have to contain them and keep them to 140,’ and we did that,” he expressed.
Malik said he hoped Pakistan “could be number one very soon.”
Fast bowler Umar Gul produced a high-quality display of accurate and hostile bowling as New Zealand were unable to capitalise on a promising start after winning the toss and deciding to bat.
Umar Gul, the team’s match-winner with 3-15 from four overs, added: “We have done a lot of hard work, and had a lot of practice at bowling yorkers and bouncers.”
“Pakistan bowled and fielded pretty well,” said New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori. “We got ourselves into a bit of a mire and couldn’t get any momentum going,” he explained.
Vettori said his team had produced a “pretty inept” display. He said: “We’ve been pretty radical with our batting, but can’t put a decent performance together.”
Vettori also noted that his batsmen had produced a good start, which they were unable to back up.
“We were always chasing out tail after that,” he added. “It just wasn’t to be. It’s bitterly disappointing and I know the guys are going to be hurting a lot,” he expressed.
For New Zealand it was yet another stumble at the semifinal stage of a world tournament. “We need to find a way, first to get back into a semifinal and then to get over that hurdle,” said Vettori.
Source:Cricket NewsMore on:India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Shoaib Malik, Twenty20 World Cup
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