10th Match, Johannesburg, Sep 29 2009, Group B (D/N), ICC Champions Trophy
(27.1/50 ov, target 147)
New Zealand won by 4 wickets (with 137 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
• The 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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Scorecard summary
England146(43.1 overs)
New Zealand147/6(27.1 overs)

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.

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 273 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 143/6CRR: 5.29 • RRR: 0.17 • Need 4 from 22.5ov
James Franklin2 (5)
Daniel Vettori6 (7)
Ryan Sidebottom6-0-32-1
Stuart Broad8-1-35-4
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
Sidebottom to Franklin, 2 runs
angling it in towards middle, pushes it back down the ground through mid-on for a couple of runs
Sidebottom to Franklin, no run
back of a length outside off, chops it down to point
Sidebottom to Franklin, no run
kept low, a rare one this innings, short of a good length outside off and just rolled through
Sidebottom to Franklin, 1 wide
a run gifted, hurls a wide down the leg side
Sidebottom to Franklin, no run
bowled on a good length outside off, pushed through to point

Franklin walks in

Unable to complete the job there. Vettori has to see his team through here.

Sidebottom to Broom, OUT
one more down! Poor shot from Broom there, short and wide, tried to nudge it down to third man, it came back in just a hint to take the outside edge straight to Morgan
NT Broom c †Morgan b Sidebottom 17 (69m 36b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.22
end of over 264 runs
NZ: 140/5CRR: 5.38 • RRR: 0.29 • Need 7 from 22.5ov
Daniel Vettori6 (7)
Neil Broom17 (35)
Stuart Broad8-1-35-4
Ryan Sidebottom5-0-29-0

Just seven more to knock off and top the group. How crucial was that start!

Broad to Vettori, 2 runs
New Zealand are through to the semi-finals, short on leg stump, worked away through square leg for a couple
Broad to Vettori, no run
bowled on a good length on middle, pushed back to the bowler

Three slips, a gully, backward point and a short square leg

Broad to Vettori, no run
short on middle, makes way and jabs it down towards backward point
Broad to Broom, 1 leg bye
shortish on leg stump, tries to work it fine, struck on the thigh pad, sneaks a leg bye
Broad to Broom, no run
worked away off the back foot to short square leg on the bounce
Broad to Broom, 1 wide
a bouncer gone bad, too short this time, above head height, well above, called a wide
Broad to Broom, no run
short on the off stump, gets back, turns the face and plays it down towards midwicket

Just 3 more to get to the semis now

end of over 256 runs
NZ: 136/5CRR: 5.44 • RRR: 0.44 • Need 11 from 22.5ov
Daniel Vettori4 (4)
Neil Broom17 (32)
Ryan Sidebottom5-0-29-0
Stuart Broad7-1-32-4
Sidebottom to Vettori, FOUR runs
important runs these, short and wide, reaches for it and cuts it over point for a welcome boundary
Sidebottom to Vettori, no run
short and wide, attempts a risky shot, tries to upper cut it over the slips, misses
Sidebottom to Vettori, no run
walks across, Sidebottom aims at middle and off, pushes it back to the bowler
Best performances - batsmen
MJ Guptill
53 runs (55)
7 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
19 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
BB McCullum
48 runs (39)
4 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
12 runs
0 fours
1 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
GD Elliott
SCJ Broad
Match details
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TossNew Zealand , elected to field first
SeriesICC Champions Trophy 2009
Player Of The Match
Grant Elliott
Match numberODI no. 2902
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 days29 September 2009 - day/night match (50-over match)
Asad Rauf
Daryl Harper
TV Umpire
Aleem Dar
Reserve Umpire
Steve Davis
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama
PointsNew Zealand 2, England 0