Gul dents New Zealand hopes
Fast bowler Umar Gul took three for 15 in four overs as Pakistan restricted New Zealand to 143 for eight in their World Twenty20 semi-final at Newlands Saturday.
Gul produced a high-quality display of accurate and hostile bowling as New Zealand were unable to capitalise on a promising start after winning the toss and deciding to bat.
Ross Taylor was New Zealand's top scorer with 37 not out off 23 balls, including 17 off the last over, bowled by Mohammad Asif.
Rain interrupted New Zealand's innings when they were 44 for no wicket after 6.2 overs, with Lou Vincent on 25 and Brendon McCullum on 16.
But Vincent was out for 28 nine balls after the resumption, superbly caught and bowled when he hammered a straight drive against newcomer, left-arm spinner Fawad Alam.
New Zealand's innings never regained its earlier momentum, with Gul, who started bowling in the 12th over, keeping the pressure on the batsmen.
Gul took two wickets in his second over, dismissing Scott Styris and Peter Fulton, and had Jacob Oram caught behind in his third over.
Taylor was involved in two mix-ups which led to the run-outs of captain Daniel Vettori and Shane Bond, who both sacrificed themselves so that Taylor could continue batting.