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Kiwis post thrilling 1-run win vs Pakistan

By The Assam Tribune

BRIDGETOWN (BARBADOS), May 8 (PTI): New Zealand today pushed defending champions Pakistan to the brink of ouster from the Twenty20 World Cup after scoring a pulsating one-run win in their crucial Super Eights match here today.

Chasing 134 to win, Pakistan required 11 runs from the last over but paceman Ian Butler bowled two dot balls and took a wicket off the last ball to emerge hero for the Black Caps.

Salman Butt (67) hit boundaries in the second and fourth balls of the 20th over and left Abdur Rehman to score two runs from the final ball after snatching a single from the penultimate ball.

Rehman swung at the last delivery only to agonizingly watch Martin Guptil come under the ball at square leg. The Kiwis were all over Butler who helped them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

This is for the first time that New Zealand have beaten Pakistan in a T20 international match.

Brief scores: New Zealand: 133 for 7 in 20 overs. (D Vettori 38, B McCullum 33; A Rehman 2/19, M Sami 2/25, S Afridi 2/29).

Pakistan: 132 for seven in 20 overs (S Butt 67 not out, A Razzaq 29; I Butler 3/19, K Mills 2/33).

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Kiwis post thrilling 1-run win vs Pakistan

BRIDGETOWN (BARBADOS), May 8 (PTI): New Zealand today pushed defending champions Pakistan to the brink of ouster from the Twenty20 World Cup after scoring a pulsating one-run win in their crucial Super Eights match here today.

Chasing 134 to win, Pakistan required 11 runs from the last over but paceman Ian Butler bowled two dot balls and took a wicket off the last ball to emerge hero for the Black Caps.

Salman Butt (67) hit boundaries in the second and fourth balls of the 20th over and left Abdur Rehman to score two runs from the final ball after snatching a single from the penultimate ball.

Rehman swung at the last delivery only to agonizingly watch Martin Guptil come under the ball at square leg. The Kiwis were all over Butler who helped them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

This is for the first time that New Zealand have beaten Pakistan in a T20 international match.

Brief scores: New Zealand: 133 for 7 in 20 overs. (D Vettori 38, B McCullum 33; A Rehman 2/19, M Sami 2/25, S Afridi 2/29).

Pakistan: 132 for seven in 20 overs (S Butt 67 not out, A Razzaq 29; I Butler 3/19, K Mills 2/33).