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Pakistan stun South Africa to reach Twenty20 final
Pakistan bowled superbly to clinch an outstanding victory over favourites South Africa on Wednesday and reach the World Twenty20 final.
So, more disappointment for South Africa at the semi-final stage and further evidence that Umar Gul (the heroics of Afridi notwithstanding) is the best “death” bowler in this tournament. His spell at the end of the South Africa innings was beautifully delivered and certainly too good for the South Africans … and once again, it was the penultimate over that effectively decided this contest.
It’ll be West Indies or Sri Lanka to face them but they’ll be favourites for the final whoever it is… And who could have imagined saying that after that abject defeat by England earlier in the tournament?
PHOTO: Pakistan’s Mohammad Aamer celebrates after catching South Africa’s Grame Smith during their ICC World Twenty20 cricket semi-final match at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England June 18, 2009. REUTERS/Philip Brow