Five star Gul thrash New Zealand

Published: Sunday, June 14, 2009, 7:32 [IST]
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London: Pakistan thrashed New Zealand by eight wickets in super eights to keep their semi final hopes alive in ICC World Cup Twenty20 .

Umar Gul made in T20 history as he claimed five wickets in an innings that helped Pakistan to bowl out New Zealand out for 99 - the lowest score by a Test side at this tournament. Gul gave away only six runs in his three over spell.

Pakistan then chased down the target in a ball over 13 overs to record a thumping victory.

Shahzaib Hasan scored 35 off 28 balls and was exceptionally was ran out by run out followed by Abdul Razzaq – who was caught behind off Denial Vettori, for 5 off eight balls. Shahid Afridi ( 29 not out) and Younis Khan ( 6 not out) remained unbeaten to steered pakistan to victory.

New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori, who came into the side for the first time in the tournament despite not being fully fit, picked up 2-20 but the score was too small to defend.

Pakistan were desperate to win and this was apparent when Afridi effected a stunning catch, short of the long-on boundary, off Gul to dismiss Scott Styris (22).

Gul, who has emerged as one of the best bowlers in Twenty20"s short international life, also became the leading wicket taker in the tournament with 10 scalps. He came in to bowl with New Zealand placed at 72/4 and then ran through the New Zealand batting line-up to produce the best figures in Twenty20 internationals.


Razzaq, who came back to mainstream cricket after relinquishing his ties with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), gave the Pakistanis an obvious lift from the start with the new ball after Mohammad Aamir"s first over gave away 14 runs.

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