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South Africa blown away by Gul haul

UPDATED 06 March, 2013 3:22PM AEST | by Omnisport 4

Umar Gul produced a stunning performance with the ball as Pakistan beat South Africa by 95 runs to clinch the Twenty20 series in Centurion.

Gul was the chief destroyer on Sunday, claiming figures of 5-6 to dismiss South Africa for 100 in 12.2 overs - the hosts' lowest T20 international total - after Pakistan had reached 195-7 in their innings.

The victory handed Pakistan a 1-0 win in the two-match series after Friday's opening game in Durban was washed out.

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez (86) won the toss, electing to bat first at SuperSport Park, and it proved to be a wise decision as the tourists pushed close to the 200-run mark.

Opener Nasir Jamshed was the first go, falling to Lonwabo Tsotsobe (1-28) for 13 in the fourth over.

Pakistan never looked back from that moment as Ahmed Shehzad (46) and Hafeez helped set the tone for a blistering innings.

Shehzad hit six boundaries and two sixes before he was run out with Pakistan in a comfortable position at 2-112.

Rory Kleinveldt (2-27) claimed the prized scalp of Hafeez in the 17th over and Shoaib Malik (seven), while Chris Morris (2-35) managed to dismiss Umar Akmal (11) and Kamran Akmal (one).

South Africa made a steady start to their run chase before Henry Davids (seven) made his way back to the pavilion.

AB de Villiers, who top scored with 36 before falling to Mohammad Irfan (1-27), attempted to anchor the Proteas innings but he watched in horror as he team-mates fell by the wayside.

Gul ripped through the South African top order, dismissing Faf du Plessis (six), Morris (0) and Justin Ontong (0) in his first over of the day as the home side were left reeling on 4-51.

After an impressive batting innings, Hafeez (3-25) also showcased his bowling credentials as he dismantled the tail order.

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First Posted 04 March, 2013 5:16AM AEST

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