Gul display stuns Vettori
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori admits that Umar Gul's bowling took his side by surprise.
Last Updated: 14/06/09 3:49pm
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has admitted that Pakistan paceman Umar Gul's bowling exploits had taken his side by surprise.
Gul made history by becoming the first man to claim five wickets in an international Twenty20 match as the Black Caps were skittled for just 99 runs at the Oval on Saturday.
Having been brought into the attack with New Zealand wobbling on 72-4, Gul claimed the wickets of Scott Styris and Peter McGlashan in his first over.
He then dismissed Nathan McCullum, James Franklin and Kyle Mills on his way to figures of 5-6. The performance left Vettori astonished.
"I've never seen someone reverse-swing the ball after 12 overs and he managed to do that, which made all the difference," he said.
"I don't think anyone has done that in the history of Twenty20 cricket. He was a difficult proposition."
The returning Abdul Razzaq grabbed two wickets at the top of the order while Mohammad Aamer and Shahid Afridi also chipped in, leaving Vettori rueing a missed opportunity to put runs on the board.
"It was a good wicket with plenty of runs in it but we couldn't put a score on the board. We were under constant pressure from Pakistan and could not get any momentum going," the New Zealand captain added.
"Twenty20 is about taking risks and sometimes you meet a team who are bowling well and it doesn't come off. We knew we needed about 180 to compete and it wasn't our day."
Pakistan skipper Younus Khan also paid tribute to his record-breaking bowler, but was not as surprised as Vettori by the performance.
"Umar bowls fast and is very effective in the middle overs. He has pace and reverse swing." He said.
"It's not the first time he has put in performances like this, he was our leading wicket taker in the last Twenty20 World Cup.
"He bowls in the middle when the ball has taken a lot of hits and in this kind of situation he is effective for us."