Player of the Match
Player of the Match

and as expected Pakistan qualify for the 1999 World Cup final, a commanding performance. New Zealand get to hang around for the encore 4-Test match series a huge crowd has gathered in front of the pavilion. Stay tuned and we'll have a summary of the presentations being fully drowned out by the crowd noise Ravi Shastri is the MC, and don't the crowd just love him Fleming gets a healthy boo as well. "we had a reasonable competitive total... Shoaib very quick... we thought we may have got them with the lack of pace (!).... we exceeded expectation for a lot of people [in terms of the tournament, not the match]" Wasim: "reaching the final of the world cup is a great achievemnt...", he doesn't care who he plays in the final Richie Benaud chooses Shoaib as the Man of the Match, not for his economy I assume. A pretty surprising choice over Saeed Anwar. and then there were 3. Tomorrow is the second semi final, Australia v South Africa from Birmingham. As usual, 0945 GMT. Good night.

47.3
2
Astle to Saeed Anwar, 2 runs, edged in the air, Twose may get a catch at the long on, but no, the terrific fans, a credit to the human race, storm onto the field, Twose aborts going for the catch and instead seeks out some protection
47.2
4
Astle to Saeed Anwar, FOUR, slogged over the bowler's head, 2 to win
47.1
0
Astle to Saeed Anwar, no run,

END OF OVER:
47 | 1 Run | PAK: 236/1 (6 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.02, RRR: 2.00)

  • Ijaz Ahmed28 (21b)
  • Saeed Anwar107 (145b)
  • GI Allott9-0-41-0
46.6
0
Allott to Ijaz Ahmed, no run, another ripper of a ball, zips past the outside edge yet again, Allott may not get a chance to bowl another over
46.5
0
Allott to Ijaz Ahmed, no run, defending down the wicket, back to the bowler
46.4
0
Allott to Ijaz Ahmed, no run, moving away from the batsman and to the keeper

people running onto the pitch for some unknown reason fans jumping over the fence, and squatting on the rope, security doesn't appear to give two hoots about it a big delay it will be, my crowd's overfloweth! I suspect there might be a pitch invasion at the conclusion of this match. Just call it a hunch. game won't be restarting until all the crowd are packed back into their tin this is fun finally, play is about to continue after a 9 minute delay. Most of the crowd simply stared blankly and ignore the request to get back into the stands

46.3
0
Allott to Ijaz Ahmed, no run, and again past the outside edge, Allott finally pulling his finger out
46.2
0
Allott to Ijaz Ahmed, no run, zipping it past the outside the edge, Ijaz dabbing some defence at it
46.1
1
Allott to Saeed Anwar, 1 run, Allott brought back, and not a moment too soon

END OF OVER:
46 | 9 Runs | PAK: 235/1 (7 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.10, RRR: 1.75)

  • Ijaz Ahmed28 (16b)
  • Saeed Anwar106 (144b)
  • NJ Astle7-0-35-0
45.6
2
Astle to Ijaz Ahmed, 2 runs, and there's another few runs, we're nearly there
45.5
4
Astle to Ijaz Ahmed, FOUR, typical horrid Ijaz shot, inside edge off an on drive, thru the keeper and to the fine leg boundary
45.4
0
Astle to Ijaz Ahmed, no run,
45.3
1
Astle to Saeed Anwar, 1 run, I'm glued to the edge of my seat
45.2
2
Astle to Saeed Anwar, 2 runs, lifting it over the covers, this match is approaching a raptuous climax
45.1
0
Astle to Saeed Anwar, no run,

END OF OVER:
45 | 8 Runs | PAK: 226/1 (16 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.02, RRR: 3.20)

  • Ijaz Ahmed22 (13b)
  • Saeed Anwar103 (141b)
  • DJ Nash5-0-34-0
44.6
0
Nash to Ijaz Ahmed, no run,
44.5
4
Nash to Ijaz Ahmed, FOUR, lifted over the mid wicket, Horne slides his bum alogn the rope, looks very comofrtable, then someone expect it not to be called 4, TV umpire adjudicates
44.4
1
Nash to Saeed Anwar, 1 run,
44.3
0
Nash to Saeed Anwar, no run,
44.2
2
Nash to Saeed Anwar, 2 runs, around the wicket, playing across the line and off the toes, saved from being a boundary in the deep
44.1
0
Nash to Saeed Anwar, no run,
44.1
1w
Nash to Saeed Anwar, 1 wide, way down the leg side, well at least he landed it on the pitch