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Twenty20 World Cup : Pakistan vs New Zealand Semi Final Review

Written by Commoner on September 23rd, 2007   (886 views)

If South Africa has developed the habit of choking anywhere in the big tournaments, New Zealand has also found it customary to strangle themselves in the semi-finals of mega titles.

In five ODI world cups they have managed to reach semi-finals and then managed to choke. They just repeated it in the semifinal of Twenty20 semifinal yesterday. In the first semi final of Twenty20 world cup played at Newlands, Cape Town though Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets, it was more of a display of indifference and mental barriers of New Zealand, than of any extraordinary performance from Pakistan.

After winning the toss, Kiwis opted to bat and they played with lots of extra sense and care during the powerplay which lasted for six overs. After the powerplay New Zealand was 41/0 and both the openers were playing rather sedately, in that ,Lou Vincent was at 24*, and BB McCullum had scored 15*. This serene tempo of Black Caps was broken by the rain, which halted the play for a while.

After the rain, Fawad Alam took a brilliant catch upon his own ball, and Lou Vincent stood there in utter disbelief watching Pakistani players celebrating the first breakthrough and McCullum followed soon afterwards for 26. Scott Styris and Peter Fulton both took a start but then sent back by Umar Gul. Pakistan sealed the deal by getting rid of the most dangerous player of Kiwis, Craig McMillan, when he was just ready to take off. He was cought by Younis khan at the bowling of Fawad Alam. Oram was a huge disappointment.

It wasnt a day for Ross Taylor. He was involved in two run outs. First he killed the innings of his skipper Vettori, who sacrificed himself, then he sent back Shane Bond. Taylor tried to makeup for that by hitting 17 runs in the last over of Mohammad Asif, and gave some room to his bowlers by posting a target of 143, which was never enough.

Pakistn’s start was as fragile, as Imran Nazir found himself lucky on multiple occassion. He then ran away with 59 runs off 41 balls. He was little bit supported by Hafeez, who looked in good touch, but then as usual threw his wicket away. Younis Khan came, chewed the gum, did some theatrics on the crease, laughed like a maniac, and then then departed cheaply for good. After the middle order wobble, captain Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq again provided smashing coolness in the late order, and ensure that Pakistan reaches the final of the first ICC Twenty20 World Cup.

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