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Lou Vincent was the first Kiwi batsman to give his wicket away
Electing to bat first at Newlands, the Black Caps managed just 143-8, a total picked off with some degree of comfort.
Vettori said: "We've been pretty radical with our batting, but can't put a decent performance together."
Pakistan's Shoaib Malik said: "I want to thank my team-mates, all Pakistani people and our fans around the world."
Malik, leading his side with distinction, now faces the prospect of a final against the winners of the India v Australia match in Durban.
He added: "It's a great win. Our bowlers are bowling brilliantly at the moment and contained [New Zealand's batsmen] so well.
"When we came back after the first rain break [with New Zealand on 44-0 in the seventh over] I was saying to the guys 'Come on, this is our day, we have to contain them and keep them to 140,' and we did that."
Vettori also noted that his batsmen had produced a good start, which they were unable to back up.
"We were always chasing out tail after that," he added.
"It just wasn't to be. It's bitterly disappointing and I know the guys are going to be hurting a lot."
Malik said he hoped Pakistan "could be number one very soon."
Umar Gul, the team's match-winner with 3-15 from four overs, added: "We have done a lot of hard work, and had a lot of practice at bowling yorkers and bouncers."
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Adams proud of Sussex's title win
"They've all been different - the first was just momentous, the second was just gruelling and a relief to get there.
"This is perhaps the most satisfying because we've done it against the odds," Adams told BBC Sport.
"We've had four players called up for England and we've had to deal with injuries to key players - and we only operate a small squad."
Sussex's triumph was confirmed on Saturday when they beat Worcestershire by an innings and 14 runs and rivals Lancashire lost to Surrey after a brave attempt to score 489 for victory.
But they will now have to look to strengthen their squad with Pakistan paceman Rana Naved leaving the club because they can only field one overseas player next summer, and opening batsman Richard Montgomerie retiring.
Adams could have left last winter when he was offered the chance to become director of cricket at Yorkshire, a post he initially accepted but then rejected after a change of heart.
"It was two hellish weeks of my life - but I think both clubs have done well out of that little equation.
"Yorkshire offered me a very tempting position but I knew it would be horrendously difficult for me to play alongside other players in another team. I couldn't do it - that's the bottom line, " the 37-year-old said.
"I'm delighted Sussex were able to keep the door open and I've had a great year with the bat and enjoyed the contest more than any other. It's been awesome.
"We haven't played our best cricket but the true test of a champion is when you don't play your best but still come out on top."
Leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed was once again a leading figure for Sussex, taking 13 wickets in the game against Worcestershire to take his total for the summer to 90.
And afterwards he thanked the club for their support after a traumatic experience in the Caribbean earlier this year when Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer died during the World Cup.
Mushtaq was working with the team at the time as Woolmer's assistant.
"[Manager] Mark Robinson and Chris Adams understood my situation and cricket was the only way for me to forget what happened in the West Indies," he said.
"Luckily I could deliver my best but we are lucky to get through this time because five teams could have won. It's a very special moment for Sussex but we've had to work hard for our win."
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Last Updated: Sunday, 23 September 2007, 08:14 GMT 09:14 UK
Lancashire promise to bounce back
Sussex were crowned champions after Lancashire narrowly failed to score 489 to beat Surrey at The Oval.
"We have got a fantastic team spirit," Watkinson said afterwards.
"It was an outstanding effort. I don't think there are many sides that would be chasing 490 on the last day and get within 25 runs."
Lancashire have not won the Championship outright since 1934 - although they did share the title with Surrey in 1950 - and fought to the bitter end to try and end their long wait.
VVS Laxman (100) and Stuart Law (79) were the main contributors to their run-chase and it looked as if Dominic Cork might complete the job despite only having last man Gary Keedy for company until Cork played on to spin bowler Murtaza Hussain.
"We had belief and tried to put some strategy in the game of how many runs we could get in each session." explained Watkinson.
"We swapped the order around to give Laxy as much chance as possible to bat through the day and he really had his teeth into the challenge. That gave us the impetus to keep going right down to number 11."
Watkinson added: "This is one of the lowest feelings after a game - the history of the club and what it would mean to so many people was just wrapped up in the emotions in the dressing room at the end of play."
Long-serving all-rounder Glen Chapple, who made 29, hailed an "amazing effort" by the team.
"Everyone has played terrifically well - Laxman had a brilliant knock, Stuart as well and the youngster Paul [Horton] was very unlucky with a dodgy decision.
"When you are chasing four and a half an over all day long, things are going to happen and it was so close at the end - it was just a remarkable day's cricket.
"We know we are a good team and we are absolutely gutted we have not won the Championship," Chapple said.
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NZ v Pakistan as it happened
WORLD TWENTY20 semi-finals, Cape Town:|
Pakistan 147-4 (18.5 overs) bt New Zealand 143-8 (20 overs) by 6 wickets
LATEST ACTION AS IT HAPPENS (ALL TIMES BST)
1535: A stunning nine sixes from Pakistan in that innings. That's it from Cape Town - we await the second semi-final, which sees Australia play India in Durban. I'm off for a sandwich - why not check out Paul Fletcher's live coverage of this afternoon's Premier League football, as by the time those games which kicked off at 1500 BST are over, we'll be ready for our second semi-final, which starts at 1700 BST. Make sure you're back by then!
PAKISTAN WIN BY SIX WICKETS
18.5 overs - Pkn 147-4
18th over - Pkn 132-4
17th over - Pkn 127-4
16th over - Pkn 119-4
15th over - Pkn 115-4
"It loosk like an interesting game if Pakistan start losing their wickets"
14th over - Pkn 106-3
13th over - Pkn 102-2
"Pakistanis are capable of winning this but do not
underestimate their abilities to screw things up either. It could be
all over in a couple of overs. Thank you and have a great day"
11th over - Pkn 79-1
10th over - Pkn 77-1
9th over - Pkn 69-1
8th over - Pkn 62-1
7th over - Pkn 60-0
"Does all the new technology run to an assessment of how
happy Geoff Lawson is going to feel if Pakistan beat Australia in the
6th over - Pkn 54-0
5th over - Pkn 42-0
4th over - Pkn 33-0
"Nothing is easy, especially as Pakistan's middle order
is a little dicey... Bond, Vettori and Patel are my hope. If Gillespie
is on song... watch out!"
3rd over - Pkn 29-0
2nd over - Pkn 20-0
1st over - Pkn 6-0
"Tricky total for Pakistan to chase down. They will need
a solid start. Rugby is boring by the way, waiting for the Arsenal game
1411: Umpires going back out there again. Regular opener Imran Nazir is joined this time by Mohammad Hafeez, despite Afridi having opened in their last game. Remember, the tortoise-paced Salman Butt was dropped for this game.
1400: Don't forget, it's the usual action-packed Saturday of sport. Elsewhere, Charlie Henderson is your man for the live text on South Africa v Tonga if rugby is your thing, while Ian Hughes is in the chair for the England v USA showdown at the women's football World Cup. And Sam Lyon is showing his versatility by adopting the "c'mon Tim" role for the Davis Cup tennis.
NEW ZEALAND INNINGS
20th over - NZ 143-8
"Running Vettori out like that, makes up for the idiotic way Salman Butt got run out against Bangladesh"
18th over - NZ 120-7
17th over - NZ 116-7
"Cmon Pakistan, oh and Boycs will be pleased to know that the SA rugby team are 3-0 down against Tonga!"
14th over - NZ 91-4
13th over - NZ 85-2
12th over - NZ 78-2
11th over - NZ 75-2
10th over - NZ 72-1
9th over - NZ 61-1
8th over - NZ 51-1
7th over - NZ 46-0
"Good conversation and comments chaps! Keep going! I am
missing this hot semi, as stuck in work, but at least getting a spicy
minute by minute update!"
"Ooh, can I have a little danish? I haven't had breakfast"
"Given the level of fame or perhaps even infamy achieved
by some of the regular contributors to this live text, I was curious as
to how many hits the average cricket live text receives"
My "gaffer" Paul Grunill, never one to shy away from a statistical challenge, has given me a few figures. Obviously, if England are playing on a weekday during office hours, the figures are appreciably higher - nearly 2.5 million page views for England-Australia, nearly 2.7m for Eng-NZ. Other recent figures include 1.2m (SA-NZ), 975,000 (Eng-Ind), 725,000 (Aus-Pkn), 521,000 (SA-Ind).
1250: The waterhogs (or, as Henry Blofeld calls them, "warthogs"), are starting to remove the surface water off the covers, while a burly member of the ground staff (who could rival Bermuda spinner Dwayne Leverock in a pie-eating contest) co-ordinates the removal of the covers.
"Mark, I'm sitting in the library reading your text. Don't write anything outrageously funny, got me?"
Rahul, I'm sat next to BBC cricket website colleague Oliver Brett. No offence Olly, but given the choice, and in the spirit of closer European integration, I wouldn't mind getting to know a little Danish either. (And I don't mean Danish Kaneria).
"Leave Inzi alone, he was one hell of a sportsman. And
yeah, Pakistan are guranteed to win. Just wish I wasn't stuck at work,
and could watch it. 8-hour shift, try a 12.5-hour shift!"
6th over - NZ 41-0
"I have always hated Inzi but his lack of foot movement
and stand and deliver style might have done well in this tournament!
Not denying he's big though!"
5th over - NZ 33-0
"I'm from NZ and am hoping that the Black Caps win! They
always falter in other tournaments so here's hoping they can get their
gear together and actually make a final!"
4th over - NZ 29-0
3rd over - NZ 15-0
"Thank the lord for 20-20 commentary to try and drag me
through a boring 8-hour shift at the Press Association with a
rip-roaring hangover! I'll have a tenner on Pakistan"
As you may or may not know, the Press Association supply the statistics which go on to the BBC Sport website and Ceefax - so the next time the county scores stop working, feel free to blame it on Dan's hangover.
2nd over - NZ 4-0
"'Big Boys'? Is Inzi back?"
1st over - NZ 2-0
1158: The cry is "Come on big boys" as Pakistan emerge from their huddle.
1155: Right you lot, don't just sit there guffawing at my brilliant prose, we need you to get involved via the TMS inbox (the email address is above) or using the 606 website.
1145: A few changes to both teams. Pakistan have dropped the snail-like Salman Butt, bringing in the relatively unknown Fawad Alam, a left-handed batsman who can bowl left-arm spin.
New Zealand have made two changes - off-spinner Jeetan Patel comes in for Chris Martin while 'Two-metre' Peter Fulton is back in the XI for Nathan McCullum.
New Zealand: Vincent, B McCullum, Fulton, Taylor, Styris, McMillan, Oram, Vettori, Bond, Gillespie, Patel.
Pakistan: Imran Nazir, Mohammad Hafeez, Younus Khan, Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir.
1143: New Zealand have won the toss and will bat first, which suits Shoaib Malik just fine. The Pakistan captain said he would have bowled first if he had won the toss, so everyone's a winner.
1135: Morning all, it looks a glorious day in the Cape so we're in for an absolute crackerjack of a semi-final at Newlands.
We've got the man who has hit the biggest six of the tournament - Misbah-ul-Haq - going head-to-head against the man who has hammered the most sixes - Craig McMillan.
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Durban: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said India were ready for their "biggest match" after they reached the final of the ICC World Twenty20 on Saturday.
India beat Australia by 15 runs in their semi-final to set up
a showdown with traditional rivals Pakistan in Johannesburg on Monday.
"It's the biggest stage and the biggest match you can play," Dhoni told a news conference.
"It's a match that needs to be played with intensity and I think we are ready to do that."
Despite the interest that will be generated by the match in
the sub-continent, Dhoni said the Indians would not feel the pressure.
"The pressure will be immense, not on us though because I don't believe in taking pressure and none of my team do either," Dhoni said.
"Taking the pressure on board will not help you perform. It will bring down your confidence."
Yuvraj Singh, who spurred India to victory with an aggressive 70 off 30 balls, agreed with his captain.
"India versus Pakistan is a dream final, the whole world is going to be watching," Yuvraj said.
Australia, champions of the 50-over World Cup earlier this
year, have dominated world cricket for more than a decade but on
Saturday they were left to dwell on a rare defeat.
"We'll go away and talk about it, we'll realise this format
is probably going to have a big impact on world cricket," Gilchrist
told a news conference. "We need to analyse and put some thought into
"There's no-one up there in our dressing room who doesn't care about it.
"It's annoying and frustrating if you go into a competition hoping to win it and you don't."
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Nobody dared move an inch from the edge of their seats at the Kingsmead
Cricket Ground lest they miss any action and man, wasn't that some
action in the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final! India held its nerve
against a brave charge by Australia to win the spectacle by a handsome
margin of 15 runs to set up a marketing man's dream – a final against
And on Saturday, the Indian cricketers showed that they were brave hearts. First it was Yuvraj Singh and company with the bat as they powered India to 188 for five with 128 runs in the final 10 overs. Then Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh who led the bowling attack with their calm demeanour to help India extend its stupendous showing and give itself the chance to win the top prize on Monday.
The Australians, as is their wont, were game for the challenge. Skipper Adam Gilchrist set the tone with his big hitting against Rudra Pratap Singh. And it was when Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds came together for a stand of 66 runs that the thousands of tricolour-waving fans fell quiet but Sreesanth delivered them from their agony.
Sreesanth was focussed on the task at hand and unmindful of the mayhem unleashed at the other end. He produced 140 kmph corkers to send back Gilchrist, and when he came back to bowl the crucial 15th over, Hayden. His spell of 4-1-12-2 will be etched in the minds of all those who watched it for its intensity and 16 dot balls!
Harbahajan Singh was control and variation personified as he brought in Test match quality bowling to the crease under pressure. The others like RP Singh, Irfan Pathan and even Joginder Sharma showcased an ability to take a beating and bounce back strongly. Each of them accounted for at least one over each.
You could reach out and touch the electricity in the air as a charged up Yuvraj Singh led an India resurgence to a comfortable 188 for five in 20 overs. For the second time in five nights, he creamed the opposition attack to make a breezy half-century. His knock of 70 off 30 deliveries (five fours and five sixes), coupled with spirited efforts by Robin Uthappa (34, 28 balls, one four, three sixes) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (36, 18 balls, four fours and a six) strengthened the dreams of thousands in the stadium and millions in the sub-continent – a juicy India-Pakistan final.
Before the start of the match, the question on top of everyone's mind was whether Yuvraj would be fit to play the game. The explosive left-hander had sat out of the match against South Africa with a sore elbow but he ruled himself fit to take on the Australians. And he engineered so much electricity in the atmosphere that the stadium lights could have been powered by that.
Yuvraj Singh walked in at the fall of Gautam Gambhir's wicket at 41 after the opener had made 24 but eight overs had already been played and Australia was on top of its game. He pulled the second ball he faced over square-leg and announced his intentions of leading an India fightback in a knock that reminded many of his innings against Australia in Nairobi back in 2000.
His clinical aggression negated the many dot balls that Uthappa was forced to play in his quest to ensure that India would not lose more wickets and come under additional pressure. India raced from 60 in the 10th over to finish with 188 – a whopping 128 runs in the second half of the innings. Yuvraj can take credit for giving direction to the 84-run stand with Uthappa.
Gilchrist, leading the side in Ricky Ponting's absence, and Stuart Clark – man of the match in the team's sensational win over Sri Lanka a couple of days ago challenged Yuvraj with a strong leg-side. The Indian vice-captain picked up the gauntlet and creamed the pace bowler for 20 runs, including a pulled six over mid-wicket and two fours over the cover fielder.
One thing became sure. T20 cricket is not for the weak-hearted. Not it if packs in so much excitement in one evening.
Adam Gilchrist (Captain and wicket-keeper), Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Andrew Symonds, Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Stuart Clark, Nathan Bracken.
Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain and wicket-keeper), Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Joginder Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Rudra Pratap Singh, S Sreesanth
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By Paresh Soni
They were up against it when Umar Gul (3-28) helped restrict them to 157-5, which Gautam Gambhir's 75 dominated.
But RP Singh struck twice early on and Irfan Pathan took 3-16 as a succession of Pakistanis gave away their wickets.
Misbah-ul-Haq (43) rallied them with three sixes off Harbhajan Singh and another in the final over, but fell to Joginder Sharma to end an amazing game.
It brought a hugely entertaining tournament to a fitting climax, which was always likely - after all, the teams tied their group game.
There was a similar frenzied atmosphere when the latest instalment in their rich rivalry commenced at a packed Wanderers.
Gambhir was a figure of calm assurance, however, after debutant Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa perished with mis-timed heaves during a frenetic opening.
He placed and timed the ball elegantly, particularly through the covers, in bringing up his fifty in 38 balls.
The left-hander put India on course for a formidable total, but Yuvraj Singh - the hero against England and Australia - never got going as Gul exerted control with his clever variations in pace and length.
Gul took a return catch after Yuvraj top-edged a pull and sent skipper Mahendra Dhoni's leg-stump flying as the scoring slowed dramatically between the 14th and 18th overs.
Gambhir quite literally hurt Gul's figures by smashing the ball into the scoreboard over the mid-wicket fence but Gul had the last word by having him snapped up at short fine-leg to become the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 13.
Rohit Sharma collected successive fours off Yasir Arafat, while Mohammad Hafeez helped a swipe off Sohail Tanvir over the wide long-on boundary to take the score past 150.
But India still had a lot of work to do to clinch their first major silverware since the 1983 World Cup final and deny their neighbours the chance to emulate their 1992 50-over triumph.
Their prospects looked brighter when Hafeez guided RP Singh's fifth ball to Robin Uthappa at slip and Kamran Akmal lost his off-stump to an inswinger from the left-arm paceman.
As long as Imran Nazir stayed at the crease the run rate was never likely to be an issue.
He battered two fours and two sixes off an atrocious first over from the erratic Sree Santh which cost 21 runs.
Younus Khan was nowhere near as convincing, although he managed to get bat on ball to collect successive leg-side fours off Santh to take the team past 50 in the sixth over.
The innings then capitulated from 52-2 to 77-6 as Dhoni's bowling changes took the pace off the ball.
Nazir, who went into the game with a groin problem and was refused a runner, was short of the crease when Uthappa's throw from mid-off hit the stumps.
Younus holed out to mid-on, while skipper Shoaib Malik and dangerman Shahid Afridi, who went first ball, tossed their wickets away with ambitious heaves off Irfan Pathan.
The seamer cleaned up Yasir Arafat to end a brief revival but Misbah swung off-spinner Harbhajan between cow corner and long-on for three thumping sixes, and Tanvir flicked the returning Santh for two more maximums to provide a massive twist in the tale.
Crucially, Santh knocked out the tail-ender's off-stump and RP Singh cleaned up Gul with his penultimate delivery.
The inexperienced Joginder Sharma was entrusted with the final over and began with a horrible wide and when Misbah battered another six down the ground the game looked up.
But Misbah's gamble of trying to loft the ball over the keeper's head backfired horribly and handed a stunning victory to India.
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