Good start key to win: Gul
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:Umar Gul, Younis Khan, DL Vettori
Event:ICC World Twenty20 2009

DateLine: 14th June 2009


Pakistan speedster Umar Gul attributed the fine win over New Zealand to splendid bowling in the first six overs.


Gul was phenomenal in his spell when he took five wickets giving away only six runs as he single the New Zealand batting. His spell scripted a comprehensive Pakistan victory which now makes their chances of reaching the semi-finals look pretty easy as they have only Ireland to beat in their next game.


"It was a special day. I think the main thing was that we bowled well in the first six overs and did not give too many runs. We got three wickets. Then I was told to go for wickets and I did that," Gul said.


When the man of the match was asked about his brilliant yorkers, he said that they practice these a lot and help from veterans in the art has also come in handy.


"We practice yorkers and low bouncers. Aqib (Javed) helped and often Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram give me a lot of help."


Pakistan skipper Younis Khan justified using his premium pacer late in the innings, saying that the bowler is best suited for that stage in this format.


"It was a good toss to lose. When you get wickets, specially in first six over, it's good. Gul's bowling was turning point for us. He knows Twenty20, so we wanted to utilise him in the mid of the innings," he said.


Daniel Vettori who looked disappointed with the loss admitted that they were never in the reckoning after getting out at a meagre 99. He also said that he is wary of the Sri Lankan outfit whom his side will face in the next game.


"We wanted to exert pressure by scoring a good total. Unfortunately we did not get that total. They bowled really well and put the ball in decent areas. It was incredibly difficult to defend a hundred," he said.


"They are one of the favourite teams along with South Africa and we are looking forward for the game on Tuesday."


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