It was one of the craziest heist in Twenty20 Cricket as the the unlikely batting hero Umar Gul exploded 32 off 17 balls to see Pakistan through for the third successive time against South Africa in the World T20s. Gul joined his namesake Umar [Akmal] – they were to have after partnership of 49 off 27 balls - when Pakistan needed 58 from 33 balls with only three wickets in hand and ended up, after doing all the damage, leaving Pakistan needing 9 off last 6 balls.

West Indies added more weigh to notion that they are one of the favourites to win this event as they beat England by 15 Runs in their first match of Super Eight played at Pallekele. It was first victory of West Indies in this event, after having both of their group games washed-out and getting into the next round on base of Australia beating Ireland clinically.

It was perfect and much needed match for a tournament which was until that moment said to be dull and drab. With Sri Lanka needed 1 off last ball Lahiru Thirimanne, who had just hit a Four on the previous ball, was run out in a most dramatic fashion you would ever see to tie the game, what was second tie of the World Twenty20s.

South Africa may have been Number One team of this format but when they square up against Pakistan on Friday they will have some history and team, more suited to the conditions, to beat. In two of their previous clashes in World Twenty20s, Pakistan ended up as the victorious – one was Semi Final other effectively a knock-out match too in 2009 and 2010.

ICC announced umpire appointments for the Super Eight Round of ICC World Twenty20. Rod Tucker and Richard Kettleborough are set to stand in Pakistan-India clash on September 30 in Colombo. Following are the appointments of the on-field umpires.

Given their team’s poor record in the chases in the past, Pakistan fans were left on their toes when minimum Pakistan needed to score was 140 to advance to the next round of the event. But Imran Nazir cut to the chase in a way that was enough for 176, their highest ever successful chase, let alone 140. Nazir scored 72 from 36 balls and, meanwhile, blasted fastest fifty (off 25 balls) of World Twenty 2012.

Since 2000, Bangladesh have played against 17 different international teams and, save Pakistan, they have beaten all [16] at least once.

While it is surprising that they have not won in 13 years and 37 international matches, what’s more surprising is never even once there came a possibility of No-Result (like rain) to end Pakistan’s constantly growing winning streak.

As the rain had the final say, match between West Indies and Ireland was washed-out. The result advanced West Indies to next round on base of their better Run Rate than Ireland.

If Pakistan are to go in Super Eight, they must not lose to Bangladesh by margin of 36 or more runs when they play on Tuesday (September 25) in Pallekele. Or if Pakistan bat first then they must not let Bangladesh chase target before 16 overs. In other words, if Bangladesh win by at least 36 runs or chase the target in less than 16 overs, they will knock out Pakistan from the event and will go through along with New Zealand.