New Zealand vs Pakistan Twenty20 World Championship 2007 Semi Final

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WORLD TWENTY20 semi-final, Cape Town: New Zealand v Pakistan

Pakistan Cricket team New Zealand Cricket teamThe first semi-final, at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon, pits Pakistan against New Zealand.
The Pakistan side finished at the top of their group, having won all three of their second round matches against Sri Lanka, Australia and Bangladesh. The only loss in this tournament was agaist India in a bowl out. Pakistan are notoriously erratic and can either be brilliant or dire, but seem to be doing well under their new coach, Australian Geoff Lawson. New Zealand who owe their place in the ICC World Twenty20 semi-finals thanks to India's heavy defeat of South Africa on Thursday night, lost to South Africa, but went through to the semi-finals by virtue of a better run rate. New Zealand have been impressive throughout the tournament, and it needed a brilliant 89 not out from Justin Kemp for South Africa to beat them in the only second round match that they lost.
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ICC World 20-20, PAK vs NZ, Semi Final: Pakistan beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

Pakistan cruised home to a six-wicket victory against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup at Cape Town on Saturday.
Mohammad Hafeez smashed Shane Bond through the covers on the first delivery to start the proceedings at Kingsmead. He, along with Imran Nazir, put up a sixty-run partnership for the first wicket to lead Pakistan's cracking reply before he was trapped lbw by Styris for 32. Nazir hammered three boundaries and five sixes en route his 59 and put Pakistan on course before Jeetan Patel trapped him in front. An excellent spell from Umar Gul put New Zealand on the backfoot as they were restricted to 143 for eight after electing to bat.
ICC World Twenty20, PAK vs NZ, Semi Final: Pakistan 147-4 (18.5 overs) beat New Zealand 143-8 (20 overs) by 6 wickets

ICC World 20-20, PAK vs NZ, Semi Final: Mohammad Asif doubtful for Twenty20 semi-final

Pakistan Cricket team New Zealand Cricket team Pakistan were on Friday dealt a blow ahead of their Twenty20 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand with pace spearhead Mohammad Asif in doubt for the match with an elbow injury.
The Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Nasim Ashraf said Asif had sustained the injury during the net practice before the game against Australia and has been in pain since then. "That is why he has looked out of sorts and struggled with his line and length. He has played because of the importance of the game against Australia but I think the team management should have given him rest for the match against Bangladesh," Ashraf said.
Asif has been in tremendous form in the tournament, took four wickets against India, and Pakistan has relied heavily on his early strikes and economical bowling in the championship. Ashraf said Asif had played after taking injections but he was still not 100 per cent fit.
"The manner in which Asif bowled against Bangladesh he does not bowl like this even in the nets," he said. Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik also admitted that Asif was crucial to the team's chances in the event. He said the lethargic performance against Bangladesh was a result of the players being tired and jaded after travelling and continuous cricket. "But after one day's rest we will be back to our best for the semi-final against New Zealand. We have come so far and we don't intend to now go out without a fight," he said.
Malik said Shahid Afridi would continue as opener. "If he comes off it is good for the team so we have decided to try him as an opener," he said. New Zealand team (from): Lou Vincent, Brendon McCullum, Peter Fulton, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori (Captain), Shane Bond, Mark Gillespie and Jeetan Patel.
Pakistan team (from): Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik (Captain), Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir.

Twenty20 World Championship 2007 Semi Final

New Zealand vs Pakistan


New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat
143 for 8 (20.0 overs)
147 for 4 (18.5 overs)

New Zealand Innings - Close
Vincent c and b Alam
28 1 1
McCullum lbw b Afridi
27 2 0
Styris c Tanvir b Gul
12 1 1
Fulton c Malik b Gul
15 0 0
Taylor not out
23 2 2
McMillan c Younis b Alam
6 1 1
Oram c Akmal b Gul
4 0 0
Vettori run out
0 0 0
Bond run out
7 0 0
Patel not out
0 0 0
2nb 3w 1lb 6
for 8 143 (20.0 ovs)

Asif 4.0 0 34 0
Tanvir 4.0 0 30 0
Afridi 4.0 0 24 1
Alam 3.0 0 29 2
Gul 4.0 0 15 3
Hafeez 1.0 0 10 0
Fall of wicket
50 Vincent
74 McCullum
85 Styris
87 Fulton
104 McMillan
106 Oram
107 Vettori
126 Bond

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Pakistan Innings
Hafeez lbw b Styris
21 3 2
Nazir lbw b Patel
41 3 5
Younis c McCullum b Vettori
15 0 0
Malik not out
14 1 1
Afridi c Fulton b Bond
5 1 0
Misbah-ul-Haq not out
17 0 1
2w 2lb 4
for 4 147 (18.5 ovs)

Bond 4.0 0 33 1
Gillespie 3.0 0 30 0
Vettori 4.0 0 22 1
Styris 3.0 0 14 1
Patel 3.5 0 31 1
Oram 1.0 0 15 0
Fall of wicket
60 Hafeez
96 Nazir
104 Younis
111 Afridi

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Umpires: D J Harper, S J A Taufel
New Zealand: Vincent, McCullum, Fulton, Taylor, Styris, Oram, McMillan, Vettori, Bond, Gillespie, Patel
Pakistan: Nazir, Hafeez, Younis, Alam, Misbah-ul-Haq, Malik, Afridi, Akmal, Tanvir, Gul, Asif

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.