Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Umar Akmal
55(62) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 12 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
7 0 4 8 8 0 0 3
GD Elliott
75(103) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 12 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 2 14 1 0 10

Best performances - Bowlers

Saeed Ajmal
O8.0
M0
R39
W2
Eco4.87
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
IG Butler
O10.0
M0
R44
W4
Eco4.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

New Zealand defy expectations and make it to the finals. Daniel Vettori showed his worth with bat and ball again, and Grant Elliott shrugged off a hand injury to turn in a second match-winning performance. Pakistan's fielding will need to improve, that sitter which Younis put down isn't going to be forgotten soon, and they missed plenty of direct hits, one of which would have been enough to turn the game. Ultimately, though, it will be the batting that will have to take the blame, 233 was just not good enough on a pitch with nothing in it for the bowlers.

The best thing for Pakistan in this tournament has been Umar Akmal's batting, his mature approach against the West Indies and today's composed innings. And Mohammad Aamer confirms he's one of the brightest talents around.

Presentation ceremony
Younis Khan: "I think we were 20-25 runs short. At one stage, we looked like making 250, all the time we are struggling in the Powerplays and we collapsed.

"The plan was that someone from the top four should stay, it was a good pitch to bat, if you score 250, it would have been very good.

"If I take that catch, maybe things may have changed, but in sports this is not the first time."

"We won the World Twenty20 and reached the semi-finals here. We are improving day by day."

Vettori: "It all started with the way we bowled. 230 was a score we fancied we could chase. We have not been a consistent side, but we have managed to do that here."

"We were always thinking of making it 60 off 60, we didn't quite get there but with the Powerplays, it makes such a difference. Elliott was great against Gul in that over which tool the game away from them."

Vettori is also the Man of the Match for his all-round efforts.

Whew, a fantastic win for New Zealand, they take on their neighbours Australia on Monday. Do join us then, it's me Siddarth Ravindran saying goodbye. Thanks for all the mails, see you Monday.

47.5
1
Umar Gul to Broom, 1 run, fantastic yorker from Gul, but it's in vain as Broom digs it out and the batsmen zip through for a single, New Zealand are through, Pakistan are out
47.4
0
Umar Gul to Broom, no run, big appeal for lbw, full ball looked to be sliding down leg, there was an inside-edge as well
47.3
0
Umar Gul to Broom, no run, full and just outside, punched to extra cover
47.2
2
Umar Gul to Broom, 2 runs, the scores are level as Broom steers the ball wide of third man for a couple
47.1
1
Umar Gul to Elliott, 1 run, Elliott glides the ball to third man for a single, moving on to 75

END OF OVER:
47 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 230/5

  • GD Elliott74 (102b)
  • Saeed Ajmal8-0-39-2
  • Umar Gul8-0-44-1

The Powerplays have made all the difference, 55 runs in them

46.6
W
Saeed Ajmal to Vettori, OUT, Vettori is gone, too little too late for Pakistan, Vettori goes down the pitch and goes for a big heave, misses the ball, Akmal has an easy stumping

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Umar Akmal
55(62) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 12 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
7 0 4 8 8 0 0 3
GD Elliott
75(103) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 12 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 2 14 1 0 10

Best performances - Bowlers

Saeed Ajmal
O8.0
M0
R39
W2
Eco4.87
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
IG Butler
O10.0
M0
R44
W4
Eco4.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

ICC Champions Trophy

Group A
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
ENG33006.0001.052
BDESH31103.000-0.666
AUS30102.000-0.082
NZ30201.000-0.606
Group B
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
INDIA32104.0001.360
PAK32104.000-0.666
SA31202.0000.168
SL31202.000-0.803