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Salman Butt, only one batsmen in the Pakistan, Inwardly Sincere

T20 world Cup 2010: Defending champions Pakistan were on the brink of elimination from the World Twenty20 after losing to New Zealand by just ONE run in a thrilling Super Eights match here on 08 May.
New Zealand fast bowler Ian Butler took an impressive three wickets for 19 runs as opener Salman Butt, who finished on 67 not out, so nearly saw Pakistan to victory after a top-order collapse.
Pakistan, chasing 134 to win, finished on 132 for seven in reply to the 133 for seven New Zealand made after losing the toss.
The title holders began the final over, bowled by Butler, needing 11 to win.
Left hander Salman Butt couldn’t make contact with the first ball but slashed the second down to third man for four. Off the fifth ball, Pakistan ran a bye and that left Abdur Rehman, who’d earlier taken 2 wickets for just 19 runs in his first Twenty20 international for nearly 3 years, on strike with two needed off the final ball.
Abdur Rehman, also a left hander, made good contact as he swung at a legside delivery from Butler but the ball flew straight to Martin Guptill to spark joyous celebrations amongst the New Zealand team.
Man of the match Butler, selected along with Mills after fellow seamers Jacob Oram and Tim Southee were dropped, then struck twice to reduce Pakistan to 58 for five in his first match of the tournament.
Butler had Misbah-ul-Haq lbw for 3 and then, after digging in a short ball on a lively pitch, saw Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi caught pulling for 11 by a diving Nathan McCullum, running in from deep midwicket.
Abdul Razzaq gave Pakistan renewed hope by driving New Zealand captain and left arm spinner Daniel Vettori for a six and a four off successive balls.
Razzaq then finished a 15th over from Vettori that cost 16 runs with another huge six, this time lofted over deep midwicket, to leave Pakistan in the far more healthy position of 94 for 5.
Then Razzaq failed to connect several times against Shane Bond before flat batting the bowler for a massive six over long on that landed on top of the pavilion.
However, when Razzaq holed to off spinner Nathan McCullum for a 28 ball 29 it meant Pakistan were 111 for 6 and needed 23 off 13 balls for victory.
That became 22 off two overs and then Butt, giving himself room, drove Mills for a superb six over long off.
Salman Butt, only one of three batsmen in the Pakistani innings to make it into double figures, faced 54 balls for his undefeated 67, with a six and 8 fours.
Vettori led the way for New Zealand with 38. Only opener Brendon McCullum (33runs) also made it past 30.


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