Pakistan vs South Africa

Match info: ICC World Twenty20 2012 at R. Premadasa Stadium - Group 2

Date: 28th Sep 2012 Umpires: I J Gould and R J Tucker

20-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Pakistan

136/8 (19.4 Overs)

Result

South Africa

133/6 (20.0 Overs)

Pakistan win by 2 wickets

  • Last Updated: September 28 2012, 21:23 BST

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez praised Umar Gul and his fellow bowlers after the nail-biting two-wicket victory over South Africa in their World Twenty20 Super Eight match.

Umar Gul: Match-winning innings for Pakistan
Umar Gul: Match-winning innings for Pakistan

Gul emerged as Pakistan's unlikely batting hero by blasting a 17-ball 32 to rescue the 2009 champions from 76-7 as they chased a 134-run victory target in Colombo.

"I knew he can hit the ball hard. He showed character," said Hafeez. "Even if it's not with his bowling, he can still contribute for the team. It's a very good sign for us

"The bowlers did a great job and we restricted South Africa to a total we can chase. South Africa played well and anybody could have won it but in the end, Pakistan was lucky to get this."

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers said: "Unfortunately we lost the momentum in the last five overs.

"I'm proud of the way we fought back into the game, especially after the bad start. We will be back fighting in the next two games for sure."