Pakistan defeated South Africa by two wickets in a group two Super Eights match of the World Twenty20 in Colombo on Friday. A brilliant 49-run partnership off just 27 balls between Umar Akmal and Umar Gul gave Pakistan a narrow two-wicket win over South Africa in their Group 2 encounter of the World Twenty20 Championship.
Umar Gul turned an unlikely hero with the bat as Pakistan survived. Pakistan’s openers raced to 24 in 2.5 overs before the innings fell apart after Imran Nazir (14) was caught behind off Steyn. Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, who came to bowl the fourth over, removed skipper Mohammad Hafeez with his second delivery and Nasir Jamshed with the six to make Pakistan 31-3. Off-spinner Johan Botha also struck in his first over by bowling Kamran Akmal for one, Jacques Kallis dismissed Shoaib Malik (12) and JP Duminy had danger man Shahid Afridi caught in the deep first ball.
India and Australia, the other two teams in the group, play in the second match of the double-header at the Premadasa stadium later on Friday night.