Umar Gul and Umar Akmal got powerful Super Eight win for Pakistan
In recent year Pakistan (Pak) cricket team’s tail enders has not been successful in chasing a tough totals. But today Umar Gul with Umar Akmal have got us Pakistan a incredible win over best T20 spinners lineup of South Africa (SA). Both bated till the last over to get Pakistan victory. Saeed Ajmal clicked the winning boundary. The match turn out to be interesting one where match swing toward both sides several times. But Pakistan simply nailed South Africa in final overs. South Africa camp can be seen as losing grip under pressure where they missed catch, didn’t restrict Pakistani batsman hitting and bowled badly.
It is a known fact that Umar Gul can hit hard, but his performance under pressure was superb. His stand with Umar Akmal was mighty 49 on 27 balls. He made 32 runs from 17 balls whereas Umar Akmal chipped in 43 not out from 41 balls scoring four 4s and one 6s. Umar Gul hit two 4s and three 6s. South Africa fielders and bowlers slipped match well under their control when the bowled wrong deliveries and didn’t filed well under pressure. Earlier Pakistan was able to restrict SA for 133 where top scorers were JP Duminy 48 (38 balls) and AB de Villiers 25 runs (18 balls). If South Africa has sent AB de Villiers top the order, they would have better chance of scoring defendable total.
Umar Gul was rightly awarded ‘Player of the match’ who also took one wicket and succeeded 19 runs in two overs. Good win for Pakistan’s T20 Cricket squad.
Pakistan beat by South Africa by two wickets.
Pakistan: 136 for 8 (Umar Akmal 43 Not Out, Gul 32)
South Africa: 133 for 6 (Duminy 48, Hafeez 2-23)