Cape Town:Chasing 144, Pakistan romped home to a six-wicket victory against New Zealand with seven balls to spare in the semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup at Cape Town on Saturday.
Umar Gul was named Man of the Match for superb bowling spell of 4-0-15-3.
Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez walloped Shane Bond through the covers on the first delivery to start the proceedings. He, along with Imran Nazir, put up a sixty-run partnership for the first wicket to lead Pakistan's cracking reply before he was trapped lbw by Styris for 32.
Nazir hammered three boundaries and five sixes en route his 59 and put Pakistan on course before Jeetan Patel trapped him in front.
An excellent spell from Umar Gul stifled New Zealand as they were restricted to 143 for eight after electing to bat.
Mohammad Asif and Sohail Tanvir, who shared the new ball for Pakistan, did not allow the New Zealand openers Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum get off the hook with only four runs coming off the first two overs.
After the quiet start, McCullum struck two consecutive boundaries off Asif's second over to break the shackles. The duo rotated the strike well to bring up the fifty-run partnership before Fawad Alam grabbed a terrific return catch to bring about Vincent's exit for a run a ball 28.
Shahid Afridi struck soon after to trap Mccullum in front for 26 as New Zealand lost their second wicket with 74 runs on the board.
Nine balls later, Umar Gul got into the act to unsettle the Kiwi middle order as he scalped Scott Styris (18) and Peter Fulton (10) in three deliveries to leave New Zealand stuttering at 87 for four in 13.3 overs.
Crag McMillan, the new man in, departed soon after in an attempt to clobber Alam over long off as Shoaib malik took a neat catch just yards inside the boundary ropes.
Thereafter, Pakistan bowlers took wickets at regular intervals to stifle the New Zealand lower order but a late flurry by Ross Taylor, who scored 37 off 23 deliveries, lifted Kiwis to 143 for eight.
Jeetan Patel came in for Chris Martin in the New Zealand side and Peter Fulton for Nathan McCullum while Pakistan brought in Fawad Alam for Salman Butt.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (wk), Lou Vincent, Peter Fulton, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Jacob Oram, Craig McMillan, Daniel Vettori (capt), Shane Bond, Mark Gillespie, Jeetan Patel.
Pakistan: Imran Nazir, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Fawad Alam, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif.