South Africa v New Zealand – Bowlers gives South Africa a close fought win
South Africa finish their group match on high note after beating New Zealand by 1 run in a low scoring game at Lord’s. Chasing the target of 129 runs to win in 20 overs, New Zealand fell short by 1 runs. It was not an easy pitch to bat with cloudy condition but it was also not that hard.
South Africa remains unbeaten in their Group. They made a modest score but rallied superbly in the field. Brendon McCullum got a half-century (57 runs of 54 balls) but never threatened to step on the gas. Whenever New Zealand started to form a stand South Africa snapped it. South Africa held their nerve and bowled really well, applying and keeping the pressure on New Zealand.
At half-way stage no one thoughts that South Africa will came out winner in end. South AfricaNew Zealand got off to flying start with openers putting on 47 runs for the first wicket but once J.Kallis got out it was all New Zealand throughout the South African innings. after put into bat by
The win here will give South Africa lots of confidence before going into the Super Eights stage. They are placed in Group E with England, India and West Indies, a lot tougher group than Group F (Pakistan, Ireland, New Zealand and Sri Lanka).
Re ven der Merwe was declared Man-of-the-Match for his superb bowling figure of 4-0-14-2.
Match Summary (South Africa won by 1 Run)
South Africa – 128/7 in 20 Overs
G.Smith- 33 JP. Duminy –29
I.Butler– 4-0-13-2 N.McCullum- 4-0-18-1
New Zealand – 127/5 in 20 Overs
B.McCullum- 57 J.Oram–24
Re ven der Merwe – 4-0-14-2 D.Styen- 4-0-22-1
Pakistan v Netherlands – Afridi and Ajmal guide Pakistan into Super Eights
Superb bowling performance by Shahid Afridi (4/11) and Saeed Ajmal (3/20) put Pakistan into next stage of World Twenty20. Defending the target of 176, Pakistanis bowler came out all cylinders firing to restrict the Netherlands to only 93 runs.
To qualify they needed to restrict Netherlands to 150 runs and they did it in style by bowling them out for 93 runs in 17.3 overs. No batsman able to play twin spin attack of Afridi and Ajmal comfortably, only A.Kervezee who made 21 runs shows some fight.
Earlier Younis Khan won the toss and decided to bat first in a pressure match. Kamran Akmal top scored for Pakistan with 41 runs of just 30 balls. Younis Khan also played a good hand scoring 36 runs of 20 balls.
Kamran Akmal was declared Man-of-the-Match for his inning of 41 runs of 30 balls.
Match Summary (Pakistan won by 82 Run)
Pakistan – 175/5 in 20 Overs
K.Akmal- 41 Younis Khan –36
P.Seelar– 4-0-36-2 D.Nannes- 4-0-26-1
Netherlands – 93/10 in 17.3 Overs
A.Kervezee- 21 R.ten Doeschate–14
Shahid Afridi – 4-0-11-4 Saeed Ajmal- 4-0-20-3