Player of the Match
Player of the Match
266dThe Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Jittery chase takes New Zealand to semi-finals

New Zealand survived a late scare to book their place in another global semi-final with a four-wicket victory after exploiting a lively Wanderers pitch to skittle England for 146

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MJ Guptill
MJ Guptill
53(55) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %58%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 19 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
1 4 5 12 4 16 6 5
BB McCullum
BB McCullum
48(39) 4x4 - 3x6
Control %46%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 12 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
5 6 8 12 6 4 1 6

Best performances - Bowlers

GD Elliott
GD Elliott
O8
M0
R31
W4
Eco3.87
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SCJ Broad
SCJ Broad
O8.1
M1
R39
W4
Eco4.77
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

Match days

29 September 2009 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

New Zealand 2, England 0

New Zealand, as a result of topping this group, will now play their semi-final at this very venue. A bit of a struggle after that scintillating start to chase down this small target, but they'll be relieved they're through. Sri Lanka will head back home. England will be ruing the fact that they didn't get more runs, even 40-50 more would have made this match even more interesting given the kind of pitch they were playing on. They fought well through their seamers but the damage had been done by the two openers. McCullum found some touch after a fairly tough time at the to of the order, and Guptill, promoted to open, played his role well despite an unconvincing start. But the Man-of-the-Match honours, I suspect, will go to Grant Elliott for his four-for that helped New Zealand bowl England out of the match. It'll be interesting to see what the captains have to say about the pitch. We'll get you the presentation details in a bit.

Strauss: "I don't think it's a great wicket for ODI cricket. You would want a wicket that plays more consistent. New Zealand came at us strongly with the bat, it seemed we could come back but by then they had too many runs on the board. We didn't get partnerships going, we needed a bit of luck early on. New Zealand didn't give us too many freebies. Stuart Broad hit the deck hard, but we don't need to read too much in the result here. We're playing our semis in Centurion, where the conditions are different, it's a good wicket there."

Vettori: "Brendon realised that if they [openers] take some risks at the start, it could pay off,. They put the pressure on England. Elliott came back and gave us some impetus out in the middle. We play as a collective unit, and during adverse times we keep coming back strongly. The Collingwood incident - he wasn't attempting a run, just walking ahead after the last ball of the over. Technically he was out, but it was in the spirit of the game to call him back."

Elliott is the Man of the Match: "I didn't think I would win this award for my bowling. I didn't bowl in Sri Lanka, there was a bit of pressure on me while bowling, following the great spells from Mills and Bond and they bowled superbly. Hopefully we can carry this momentum through to the semi-finals."

That's all we have have from here, folks. Thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. The Group B scenario is now clear, we'll know the definitive results for Group A tomorrow when Pakistan take on Australia and India battle against West Indies. Pakistan are already through to the semis, and it's India and Australia fighting to join them in the knockout phase. Until then, it's goodbye from all of us at Cricinfo.

27.1
4
Broad to Vettori, FOUR runs, all over, short on middle, pulls it away over midwicket to seal victory and top the group

END OF OVER:
27 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 143/6 (4 runs required from 22.5 overs, RR: 5.29, RRR: 0.17)

  • James Franklin2 (5b)
  • Daniel Vettori6 (7b)
  • Ryan Sidebottom6-0-32-1
  • Stuart Broad8-1-35-4
26.6
0
Sidebottom to Franklin, no run, dropped, Bopara spills it at short square leg, bowled short on leg stump, Vettori just works it off the back foot, a low chance but he could have taken it, would have added an interesting twist to the game
26.5
2
Sidebottom to Franklin, 2 runs, angling it in towards middle, pushes it back down the ground through mid-on for a couple of runs
26.4
0
Sidebottom to Franklin, no run, back of a length outside off, chops it down to point
26.3
0
Sidebottom to Franklin, no run, kept low, a rare one this innings, short of a good length outside off and just rolled through
26.3
1w
Sidebottom to Franklin, 1 wide, a run gifted, hurls a wide down the leg side

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st84BB McCullumMJ Guptill
2nd29NT BroomMJ Guptill
3rd1LRPL TaylorNT Broom
4th4GD ElliottNT Broom
5th12GJ HopkinsNT Broom
6th10DL VettoriNT Broom
7th7DL VettoriJEC Franklin

ICC Champions Trophy (ICC KnockOut)

Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS32050.51
PAK32140.999
INDIA31130.29
WI3030-1.537
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
NZ32140.782
ENG3214-0.487
SL3122-0.085
SA3122-0.177