Umar Gul 32 Off 17 agianst South Africa. Pakistan 136 for 8 (Umar Akmal 43*, Gul 32) beat South Africa 133 for 6 (Duminy 48, Hafeez 2-23) by two wickets. Umar Gul smashed three sixes to bring Pakistan back into the chase. Umar Gul and Umar Akmal pulled off a spectacular coup to bring Pakistan back from the brink to beat South Africa. The second round of the tournament started with two thrillers on Thursday and the fire carried over into Friday as the match swung three times.

Pakistan put themselves in front with a strong performance in the field as their four frontline spinners wove a web around South Africa. But what should have been a straightforward chase for Pakistan turned into a comedy of soft dismissals and a surprising outfoxing of the batsmen by the South African spinners. Then, Gul and Umar Akmal took centre stage and shared a stand of 49 in 27 balls for the eighth wicket to inflict a demoralizing defeat on South Africa. The pair stroked a series of audacious boundaries as they took on South Africa’s pace attack with Jacques Kallis and Albie Morkel the worst hit. To add to South Africa’s worries, Dale Steyn left the field with an injured ankle after being struck in his final over.

For Pakistan the strategy may not matter. They take the points and the advantage in the group after looking as though they would at the halfway stage, almost giving it away and then snatching it back in some style to ensure their early efforts did not go to waste. Gul’s 32 are the second-highest score by a batsman batting at a position between 9 and 11. It is however the highest such score in a World Twenty20 game. Gul holed out to Petersen on the cover boundary but he had done enough damage. Umar Akmal’s eyes lit up when Morne Morkel offered him a full toss and he hit it flat over midwicket to leave Saeed Ajmal to seal the win with an outside edge to third man.

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