ICC World Twenty20 semi-final

New Zealand v Pakistan

Hugh Chevallier

At Cape Town, September 22, 2007. Pakistan won by six wickets. Toss: New Zealand.

New Zealand again fell at the semi-final hurdle, resolute and disciplined enough to go further than more talented teams, but lacking the class - especially in batting - to go all the way. "We just can't put a decent performance together, except Craig McMillan," said Vettori. But New Zealand's captain made the questionable decision to send in Fulton at No. 4, after a decent start, instead of McMillan; and Fulton's inability to get the ball off the square forced Styris, New Zealand's classiest batsman, to hit out too soon. Styris was caught at deep cover off Umar Gul, who mixed length-balls with yorkers and slower balls in a match-winning spell. Pakistan's chase wobbled only when Vettori brought on his slower bowlers to use an old pitch. Imran Nazir, after a thigh strain, was allowed a runner but was agile enough to hit five sixes.

Man of the Match: Umar Gul. Attendance: 9,576.

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