New Zealand v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, semi-final, Jo'burg October 4, 2009

Vettori's value fully received

How well Vettori performed, and how well his team followed
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Like the team that he has fashioned in his image, there is nothing flash about Daniel Vettori. Neither is there any posturing. After leading his injury-ravaged team to the Champions Trophy final, Vettori said the value of captaincy was over-rated. "It's about leading by the performance," he said. "My team will follow if I perform."

How well he performed, and how well his team followed. New Zealand's performance wasn't as grand as Australia's yesterday, and Vettori's own didn't have the epic feel that Ricky Ponting's hundred carried, but the sum of his contribution was far more valuable to his team.

Vettori doesn't stir the senses, but there is air about him. It's of self-assurance and poise. From his fingers, the ball doesn't hiss, spit and turn extravagantly. He doesn't bedazzle or spook his victims. But he is a crafty and subtle bowler, who has been among the most outstanding ODI spinners of his age. Only Muttiah Muralitharan among the current spinners has a better economy rate than him, and in an age of batting orgies, it can be counted by the fingertips how many times he has been taken for more than six runs an over.

And in his relaxed, unfussy style, he was hard to get away again. As always, there were no magic balls, but an honest length and subtle variations in line and trajectory. Vettori was lucky with Umar Akmal's wicket for the umpire failed to see the deflection off the bat. But he got his opposite number with a lovely one: the drift got Younis Khan trying to reach out to dab it on the leg-side, and the turn caught the leading edge. It looked like a soft dismissal, but the mistake had been induced.

Vettori's fast bowlers had started well, denying the batsmen width and keeping them pinned to the crease with bounce. Vettori made sure that the leash was never loosened. Pakistan had been in a similar situation against India earlier in the tournament, but had had found easy runs in the middle over. Only twice did Pakistan manage to touch a run-rate of five, in the first and the 12th overs, and never did they go beyond it. Almost unobtrusively, Vettori managed to get seven overs out of James Franklin as he held the strings at the other end.

With the bat, his contribution was even more precious. Pakistan are the masters of breaking open the wall when they find a little opening, and Ross Taylor had provided them a huge one with a ridiculously ill-chosen cut to a full and hurrying ball from Shahid Afridi whom he had just clubbed for six. It felt that this was the moment Pakistan would siege.

Vettori denied them cussedly. He had chosen to come out ahead of Neil Broom, a specialist batsman, and it was apparent why. He was the man with the nerve. Runs came in little dabs and cuts, but never did they dry up while Vettori was batting. Grant Elliott, playing with a broken and numb thumb, was struggling to put them away but there was never any panic. The asking rate crossed seven, but the batting Powerplay remained.

It wasn't a very memorable 40, but it was an outstanding 75
Vettori on Grant Elliott's innings

When it was taken, Vettori was the one to lead the charge. Saeed Ajmal was swung past mid-on for four, Mohammed Aamer was driven down the ground for another and Naved-ul-Hasan was swung over midwicket. Then, out of nowhere, Elliott found an explosive release and a 16-run over from Umar Gul sealed the match. "It wasn't a very memorable 40," Vettori said about Elliott's innings, "but it was an outstanding 75."

Perhaps the scorecard will tell us the story. That no New Zealand bowler went for over five-and-half an over and none of their batsmen were dismissed in single figures points to the fact the team never the let the match slip away from their grasp. Pakistan under-performed, and as Younis Khan, candid in defeat, admitted, that dropped catch when Elliott was on 42 might haunt him forever. But nothing should not detract from the fact that New Zealand did what they needed to. It was an utterly professional performance that has taken them, the perennial semi-finalists, to one match from their second Champions Trophy win.

It was New Zealand's third successive win, and Vettori spoke about the importance of entering the semi-final on a high. It was also the third time New Zealand had entered the match as the unfancied team and won comfortably. The final will be no different: Australia will be the favourites to win, but New Zealand will not beat themselves.

"I hope we have one more good match is us," Vettori said. That will be an apt finish to a tournament of delightful surprises.

Sambit Bal is the editor of Cricinfo

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  • AsifRathod on October 5, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    In my previous comments, I rated him best ODI spinner of this decaded. And, now, we all have to accept, that he is the best All-rounder of the decade, by far. He's been performing pretty well, with both ball and bat consistently for his team. And, frankly I haven't seen best performance playing for his nation, other than his. Truly, incredible and class player. I have also rated him the best player of this DECADE, and, still he is the best for me, by far.

  • LeoSaqib on October 5, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    Time and time again, Champoin Trophy has proved to be waterloo for giants of World cricket.Day before yesterday's match between Pak and NZL proved that one small slip from a player,even an official can cost any team a match.Younas's decision to play despite injury was brave but foolish.The catch he dropped due to broken finger was simples possible and Misbah, or even Fawad Alam could have grabbed that easily and surely it would wrapped Kiwi Innings.Yes, Umar Akmal was unlucky but what about Shahid Afridi,and his xerox copy Imran Nazir, who always disappoint when team badly need them to score?Misbah might be in worst form of his life but he is at least more dependable than these two gamblers of Nation's pride. Anyway,Pakistan team was clueless,as usual in big match and Kiwis played like well oiled,wll programmed autimatic machines.Bravo, Dan, I have never seen you let down your Homeland. Hope for the best in final.If you guys win, it will be great victory of quality over hollow hype.

  • tjdo on October 4, 2009, 21:48 GMT

    Dan is the true lionheart of his team - often the glue that binds them together. Thankfully, he is no 'celebrity' cricketer. The quiet, bookish, bearded, professorial exterior belies an incisive cricket brain & a steely determination to consistently give of his best for his team. When you add to this mix the actions of a true sportsman - remembering The Oval 2008, he could have sent Collingwood on his way the other day but chose, instead, to recall him & teach him a much-needed lesson in sporting behaviour - you appreciate why this great star in the Kiwi cricket universe is now properly recognised by a much wider audience. Good Luck, Dan & team, for Monday's final - it would certainly be fitting to add the CT to the richly-deserved Spirit Of Cricket award. Go for it!!

  • Stuart_Lord on October 4, 2009, 20:03 GMT

    I am looking forward very much to this all-Antipodean final. Ponting vs Vettori is always going to be interesting, but particularly since the Kiwis are hit by injuries and the Ozzies are somewhat diminished (no Haydos, McGrath, Warne etc. - to list but a few...). There has been a history of antagonism between these 2 countries - the underarm bowled final ball incident for example and you can see that the black caps really like it when they beat the guys from across the Tasman (or should that be 'West Island'?!).

    So, Yes, I'd like to see the underdogs win tomorrow - it'll be fascinating to watch.

  • patroclus on October 4, 2009, 19:33 GMT

    aussielass, who exactly told you Indian fans dismiss NZ. We are always behind them when they are not playing India. Memories of NZ vs Aus quarter final clash in 96 WC in Chennai come to mind when the whole crowd was behind the Kiwis. I will be one dejected and depressed Kiwi fan if they squander this. Go Dan!!!

  • anderson2010 on October 4, 2009, 16:35 GMT

    All people who are bad mouthing New Zealand victory are just jealous. There are people here complaining about bad umpiring. But New zealand were vastly superier side compared to pakistan who looked like bunch of amatures. New zealand would have won this match even sooner if umpires weren't intimidated by afridi and company. It was disgraceful behavior from pakistan against the most sporting team in the world.

  • Fireballers on October 4, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    Kiwis are the good guys of cricket. Nobody, in their right mind, would ever hope to say anything against them. Vettori is a true legend of the game and the foremost personification of sportsman spirit.

  • rohanbala on October 4, 2009, 11:50 GMT

    Congratulations to Daniel Vettori and his team for reaching the finals of the ICC Championship Trophy 2009.. The NZ team fielded excellently during the Pakistan innings and I am sure, the Kiwis will win more matches in future, provided their selectors do not bring back non-performers like Jacob Oram etc.

  • HERA_PAKISTAN on October 4, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    awesome great captaincy but vettori, he leads from the front and shows the way, Pakistan gave the match to the inferior team, but to take it NZ got the guts to take it...THANKS TO M.AMIR & SAEED AJMAL prolific batting...

  • SibaMohanty on October 4, 2009, 11:03 GMT

    It's probably integrated in the Kiwis. Never flashy. Even the wily Stephen Fleming was a man of few words. But how well has Dan marshaled his resources. Half the team down with injuries, a quarter sent back, some playing with the pain. No stars, no glitz. Simple professionalism. And how well Dan led, just like he said, from the front. Look at Indian stars. The more I see Indian cricketers, the more I like the Black Caps. Dan right there on the top.

  • AsifRathod on October 5, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    In my previous comments, I rated him best ODI spinner of this decaded. And, now, we all have to accept, that he is the best All-rounder of the decade, by far. He's been performing pretty well, with both ball and bat consistently for his team. And, frankly I haven't seen best performance playing for his nation, other than his. Truly, incredible and class player. I have also rated him the best player of this DECADE, and, still he is the best for me, by far.

  • LeoSaqib on October 5, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    Time and time again, Champoin Trophy has proved to be waterloo for giants of World cricket.Day before yesterday's match between Pak and NZL proved that one small slip from a player,even an official can cost any team a match.Younas's decision to play despite injury was brave but foolish.The catch he dropped due to broken finger was simples possible and Misbah, or even Fawad Alam could have grabbed that easily and surely it would wrapped Kiwi Innings.Yes, Umar Akmal was unlucky but what about Shahid Afridi,and his xerox copy Imran Nazir, who always disappoint when team badly need them to score?Misbah might be in worst form of his life but he is at least more dependable than these two gamblers of Nation's pride. Anyway,Pakistan team was clueless,as usual in big match and Kiwis played like well oiled,wll programmed autimatic machines.Bravo, Dan, I have never seen you let down your Homeland. Hope for the best in final.If you guys win, it will be great victory of quality over hollow hype.

  • tjdo on October 4, 2009, 21:48 GMT

    Dan is the true lionheart of his team - often the glue that binds them together. Thankfully, he is no 'celebrity' cricketer. The quiet, bookish, bearded, professorial exterior belies an incisive cricket brain & a steely determination to consistently give of his best for his team. When you add to this mix the actions of a true sportsman - remembering The Oval 2008, he could have sent Collingwood on his way the other day but chose, instead, to recall him & teach him a much-needed lesson in sporting behaviour - you appreciate why this great star in the Kiwi cricket universe is now properly recognised by a much wider audience. Good Luck, Dan & team, for Monday's final - it would certainly be fitting to add the CT to the richly-deserved Spirit Of Cricket award. Go for it!!

  • Stuart_Lord on October 4, 2009, 20:03 GMT

    I am looking forward very much to this all-Antipodean final. Ponting vs Vettori is always going to be interesting, but particularly since the Kiwis are hit by injuries and the Ozzies are somewhat diminished (no Haydos, McGrath, Warne etc. - to list but a few...). There has been a history of antagonism between these 2 countries - the underarm bowled final ball incident for example and you can see that the black caps really like it when they beat the guys from across the Tasman (or should that be 'West Island'?!).

    So, Yes, I'd like to see the underdogs win tomorrow - it'll be fascinating to watch.

  • patroclus on October 4, 2009, 19:33 GMT

    aussielass, who exactly told you Indian fans dismiss NZ. We are always behind them when they are not playing India. Memories of NZ vs Aus quarter final clash in 96 WC in Chennai come to mind when the whole crowd was behind the Kiwis. I will be one dejected and depressed Kiwi fan if they squander this. Go Dan!!!

  • anderson2010 on October 4, 2009, 16:35 GMT

    All people who are bad mouthing New Zealand victory are just jealous. There are people here complaining about bad umpiring. But New zealand were vastly superier side compared to pakistan who looked like bunch of amatures. New zealand would have won this match even sooner if umpires weren't intimidated by afridi and company. It was disgraceful behavior from pakistan against the most sporting team in the world.

  • Fireballers on October 4, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    Kiwis are the good guys of cricket. Nobody, in their right mind, would ever hope to say anything against them. Vettori is a true legend of the game and the foremost personification of sportsman spirit.

  • rohanbala on October 4, 2009, 11:50 GMT

    Congratulations to Daniel Vettori and his team for reaching the finals of the ICC Championship Trophy 2009.. The NZ team fielded excellently during the Pakistan innings and I am sure, the Kiwis will win more matches in future, provided their selectors do not bring back non-performers like Jacob Oram etc.

  • HERA_PAKISTAN on October 4, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    awesome great captaincy but vettori, he leads from the front and shows the way, Pakistan gave the match to the inferior team, but to take it NZ got the guts to take it...THANKS TO M.AMIR & SAEED AJMAL prolific batting...

  • SibaMohanty on October 4, 2009, 11:03 GMT

    It's probably integrated in the Kiwis. Never flashy. Even the wily Stephen Fleming was a man of few words. But how well has Dan marshaled his resources. Half the team down with injuries, a quarter sent back, some playing with the pain. No stars, no glitz. Simple professionalism. And how well Dan led, just like he said, from the front. Look at Indian stars. The more I see Indian cricketers, the more I like the Black Caps. Dan right there on the top.

  • RohanMorais on October 4, 2009, 10:23 GMT

    Vettori is one of cricket's most under-rated performer. Even since he made his debut as a long haired and bespectacled left arm spin bowler,in the mid nineties, he has improved in leaps and bounds. It would be very safe to comment that he has no parallel NOW in his chosen field. Not only is he a restrictive bowler in ODI's and the T20 setup, but also a wicket taking one in test matches, as his record proves. This for me, makes him a complete bowler. He has also matured into a fine, thinking captain who is fearless and will add more burden on to his own shoulders if the situation warrants it. Hats off to a fine cricketer and a perfect gentleman. Go ahead, claim your just rewards - The Champions Trophy.

  • V_N_T on October 4, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    vettori is d best left arm bowler of all time, n a great captain and not to mention ambassador to the game hope well get a fantasic final

  • Bharat1981 on October 4, 2009, 9:38 GMT

    Dan Vettori, one of my favourite player outside India. A quite performer, never does chest boasting, pure gentleman and a fierce fighter when it comes to cricket, whether batting or bowling and now proves to be a very good captain who leads by example. Hats off to him. Hope he, alongwith Taylor, Bond, McCullum, etc. Elliott in the absence of key players like Oram and Ryder carries them through and beat the Aussies. Congrats to the Kiwis for a great win against a highly talented and dangerous Pakistani team.

  • kidkiwi on October 4, 2009, 9:32 GMT

    Hey aussielass. I agree with some of your comments but not the one about 'little interest or support amongst All Black mad fans'. If you knew NZ fans you would know that 90% of AB fans in NZ are also Black Cap fans due to the fact the games are played in different seasons and the rugby fans prefer to go cricket rather than laze on the beach during summer. By the way most of the other 10% support other sports such as softball.

  • sunil_sb on October 4, 2009, 9:29 GMT

    Good work NZ ! I agree, if no more India then next team to support is - The Black Caps. I am glad Shane Bond is back in the ODIs. Hopefully we will get to see some great cricket from him !

  • anderson2010 on October 4, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    Kiwis derided and dismissed by indian fans. Most indian fans love Kiwi cricket team. Most sporting team in the world as proven by the ICC award the other night. How can you not like the team captained by Dan Vettori. Didn't you how he recalled collingwood after what collingwood did in england. It was quite a poetic justice. We done new zealand. Almost everyone is behind you except ausies.

  • patroclus on October 4, 2009, 8:26 GMT

    Am so glad for the Black Caps. NZ have always been my favorite team aside my India. Hope NZ are crowned here, this is their best chance... and you cant ask for a better team to win against - World Champions, Defending Champions and of course, most importantly, Arch Rivals. Lets go for it Kiwis... Its all yours for the taking!!

  • ylucki on October 4, 2009, 8:22 GMT

    @aussielass, Kiwis derided and dismissed by the Indian fans ? You got it wrong mate. The favorite team of most Indian cricket fans after India is Kiwis. We admire their professional way of playing cricket, and their all rouders.

  • anderson2010 on October 4, 2009, 8:12 GMT

    Well done Dan the man. You rock. He is not considered the best spinner in the world for nothing. (by none other the guy who toys with spinners for fun- Great virender Sehwag). If sehwag respects a spinner, he is got to be damn good. Congratulations to rest of the new zealand team too. You rock guys. but please don't get carried away by a victory over mediocre pakistan team . Real test awaits against mighty ausies.

  • RaghuramanR on October 4, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    We have to be surprised that a country like New Zealand with population lesser than Bangalore or even Coimbatore, is able to go to the finals. It looks like the two neighbours, Australia-New Zealand dont beat themselves whereas India-Pakistan end up doing the same all the time :(

  • Pratik_vodka on October 4, 2009, 7:59 GMT

    However beautiful or romantic the kiwis journey to the final against all odds sounds.. the matter of the fact is NZ cricket team is suited for such short tournaments where a match here or two can make all the difference. Any month long tournament or 2 month tours where long drawn consistent performances are required the kiwis always fall short. These short hit or miss tourneys always favour such teams. But never the less all praise for the kiwis and specially Dan Vettori, without whom the kiwi team is nothing but a bunch of men with bats and balls. Dan vettori to NZ is what Sachin was to India in 1990's. Dan Vettori is a solo act. Best all rounder(test/ODI) in this decade by FAR !! and OFC we are proud that he is a Delhi Daredevil too !!! Go GO Dan the MAN !!

  • thehowlingfantod on October 4, 2009, 6:53 GMT

    You have it backwards Bangalore Kid. NZ tends to step up against the aussies. Have a look at the chappel hadlee trophy record. It's SA we tend to choke against. I'd back us with an outside chance. GO NZ! We weren't meant to beat srilanka, we weren't meant to beat england, we weren't meant to beat pakistan, and wer're not backed to beat australia either. We're a TEAM. 4 key players injured - but we step up.

  • guruofanarchy on October 4, 2009, 6:49 GMT

    what an awesome inning by DAN the man!..daniel vettori is no doubt the most consistent allrounder ever to hve played the game!..i have always been a great fan of the black caps. if NZ indeed go on to win this trophy, it will be a true testament to NZ's fighting spirit as they are without many quality players. being an indian, i will pray for a kiwi victory on monday and i want them clich the trophy in style. bad luck for pakistan, they looked good and played well in the tourney overall but today wasnt their day.

  • finncam on October 4, 2009, 6:33 GMT

    Actually, BangaloreKid, the Kiwis never choke against Australia. Choking implies being the favoured ones, then freezing up on big occasions. On the contrary, they usually rise to the occasion when playing us. They are our best competition, bar the Ashes, and always fight harder than the English. It's that never-say-die down-under mentality that other cricketing nations just don't have. I 'm really glad NZ are in the final, even if they win, because they deserve it - tiny population to draw from, very little money compared to the other teams, and little interest or support amongst the AllBlack-mad Kiwis. Great players. And always derided and dismissed by the Indians and Pakistani fans.

  • rajeshkumarn on October 4, 2009, 6:19 GMT

    Well done Vettori & his team. Looking forward Shane Bond to fire as he usually does against Aussies! All the best Kiwis:)

  • underarmincidenthater on October 4, 2009, 5:56 GMT

    Vettori is a marvel. Going from the youngest person to play in the Black Caps, and now a seasoned leader who can craftily taunt batsmen with his bowling. He provides quiet leadership, as opposed to Ponting's loud and brash command of his troops. The man's not a bad middle order batsman either! Amazing!

  • AllanZhang on October 4, 2009, 5:43 GMT

    Well Done Vettori and the Black Caps !!

    Smart Captaincy, doing the right things at the right time. Many people are Predicting NZ will not be in the final, once Kiwis are in the Semi. They also predicted Kiwis will not make the Semis, before the group match starts.

    For Example Ian's Grand Prediction of Aud V Pak Final.... Haha... What a stupid thing to do to try to predict.

    I can sense that Ian is predicting the winner again... of cause, whoelse.. Australia. ..... Aussie team got to be worried when ever a Crow's mouth is open and speaking.

    First time in China that Start Sports started to show live Cricket game... and it will be even better to see a great Kiwi team winning.

    Good Luck to the final. .... Go Kiwis .. GOOOOOO!

  • ShoConsul on October 4, 2009, 5:40 GMT

    It should be an entertaining final. New Zealand always seem to save their best for a match against Australia. Looking forward to the final!

  • Cricproject on October 4, 2009, 4:25 GMT

    It wasn't a very memorable 40, but it was an outstanding 75. Classic mate.

  • Uranium on October 4, 2009, 3:57 GMT

    Vettori is a genius. Going ahead of Broom was a master stroke I felt. If he keeps going the way he has been the last 3-4 years he will go down as a legend of the game - the best NZ player since Hadlee.

  • s0ldier on October 4, 2009, 3:01 GMT

    Always an under-rated cricketer - Vettori! His left-arm spin is the best in the world today, and the way he transformed from a #10 batsman to a reliable middle order bat is nothing but awesome.

  • TwitterJitter on October 4, 2009, 2:32 GMT

    Best of luck to the Kiwis although the odds of them beating Australia is pretty low. It is not to say that this Aussie side is a great team but the Kiwis have always choked against the Aussies inspite of performing better against the other teams. It always appeared to me that they have some sort of mental block when they play the Aussies. I will be happy to be proven wrong. Still as usual this Kiwi team punched above their belt. Well done for having reached the final!

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  • TwitterJitter on October 4, 2009, 2:32 GMT

    Best of luck to the Kiwis although the odds of them beating Australia is pretty low. It is not to say that this Aussie side is a great team but the Kiwis have always choked against the Aussies inspite of performing better against the other teams. It always appeared to me that they have some sort of mental block when they play the Aussies. I will be happy to be proven wrong. Still as usual this Kiwi team punched above their belt. Well done for having reached the final!

  • s0ldier on October 4, 2009, 3:01 GMT

    Always an under-rated cricketer - Vettori! His left-arm spin is the best in the world today, and the way he transformed from a #10 batsman to a reliable middle order bat is nothing but awesome.

  • Uranium on October 4, 2009, 3:57 GMT

    Vettori is a genius. Going ahead of Broom was a master stroke I felt. If he keeps going the way he has been the last 3-4 years he will go down as a legend of the game - the best NZ player since Hadlee.

  • Cricproject on October 4, 2009, 4:25 GMT

    It wasn't a very memorable 40, but it was an outstanding 75. Classic mate.

  • ShoConsul on October 4, 2009, 5:40 GMT

    It should be an entertaining final. New Zealand always seem to save their best for a match against Australia. Looking forward to the final!

  • AllanZhang on October 4, 2009, 5:43 GMT

    Well Done Vettori and the Black Caps !!

    Smart Captaincy, doing the right things at the right time. Many people are Predicting NZ will not be in the final, once Kiwis are in the Semi. They also predicted Kiwis will not make the Semis, before the group match starts.

    For Example Ian's Grand Prediction of Aud V Pak Final.... Haha... What a stupid thing to do to try to predict.

    I can sense that Ian is predicting the winner again... of cause, whoelse.. Australia. ..... Aussie team got to be worried when ever a Crow's mouth is open and speaking.

    First time in China that Start Sports started to show live Cricket game... and it will be even better to see a great Kiwi team winning.

    Good Luck to the final. .... Go Kiwis .. GOOOOOO!

  • underarmincidenthater on October 4, 2009, 5:56 GMT

    Vettori is a marvel. Going from the youngest person to play in the Black Caps, and now a seasoned leader who can craftily taunt batsmen with his bowling. He provides quiet leadership, as opposed to Ponting's loud and brash command of his troops. The man's not a bad middle order batsman either! Amazing!

  • rajeshkumarn on October 4, 2009, 6:19 GMT

    Well done Vettori & his team. Looking forward Shane Bond to fire as he usually does against Aussies! All the best Kiwis:)

  • finncam on October 4, 2009, 6:33 GMT

    Actually, BangaloreKid, the Kiwis never choke against Australia. Choking implies being the favoured ones, then freezing up on big occasions. On the contrary, they usually rise to the occasion when playing us. They are our best competition, bar the Ashes, and always fight harder than the English. It's that never-say-die down-under mentality that other cricketing nations just don't have. I 'm really glad NZ are in the final, even if they win, because they deserve it - tiny population to draw from, very little money compared to the other teams, and little interest or support amongst the AllBlack-mad Kiwis. Great players. And always derided and dismissed by the Indians and Pakistani fans.

  • guruofanarchy on October 4, 2009, 6:49 GMT

    what an awesome inning by DAN the man!..daniel vettori is no doubt the most consistent allrounder ever to hve played the game!..i have always been a great fan of the black caps. if NZ indeed go on to win this trophy, it will be a true testament to NZ's fighting spirit as they are without many quality players. being an indian, i will pray for a kiwi victory on monday and i want them clich the trophy in style. bad luck for pakistan, they looked good and played well in the tourney overall but today wasnt their day.