Result
2nd Semi-Final (D/N), Johannesburg, Oct 3 2009, ICC Champions Trophy
233/9
(47.5/50 ov, target 234)
234/5
New Zealand won by 5 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
1y
• The Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

Nerveless Vettori and Elliott lead New Zealand to final

Grant Elliott and Daniel Vettori guided an amazingly thin batting line-up to a modest target

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Scorecard summary
Pakistan233/9(50 overs)
New Zealand234/5(47.5 overs)

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
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
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 478 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 230/5CRR: 4.89 • RRR: 1.33 • Need 4 from 18b
Grant Elliott74 (102)
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
DL Vettori st †Kamran Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 41 (78m 42b 3x4 0x6) SR: 97.61
46.5
1
Saeed Ajmal to Elliott, 1 run
Elliott swings the ball down to fine leg for a single
46.4
1
Saeed Ajmal to Vettori, 1 run
Vettori is down the track and turns the ball to midwicket for a single
46.3
1lb
Saeed Ajmal to Elliott, 1 leg bye
off the pads, the ball runs towards point for one
46.2
4
Saeed Ajmal to Elliott, FOUR runs
Elliott is finishing this in a hurry, comes down the track, and opens the face as he drives the ball past cover, picked the doosra early there
46.1
1
Saeed Ajmal to Vettori, 1 run
Vettori sweeps from well outside off towards square leg

Ajmal is back into the attack

end of over 4616 runs
NZ: 222/4CRR: 4.82 • RRR: 3.00 • Need 12 from 24b
Grant Elliott69 (99)
Daniel Vettori39 (39)
Umar Gul8-0-44-1
Naved-ul-Hasan8-0-57-0
45.6
Umar Gul to Elliott, no run
plays it with soft hands, but the ball drops dead at his feet, no run

Much of the crowd is making its way out of the ground

45.5
1
Umar Gul to Vettori, 1 run
Vettori clips the ball to deep square leg for another single
45.4
1
Umar Gul to Elliott, 1 run
reverts to the let-me-just-drop-it-and take-a-single mode, dabbing it to backward point
45.3
6
Umar Gul to Elliott, SIX runs
whoah, Elliott is turning on the style, singles? what are they, he says, smacks that one over midwicket for six, New Zealand are nearly home, it will need an almighty choke from here for New Zealand to go out
45.2
4
Umar Gul to Elliott, FOUR runs
Elliott shows us he's not a single-specialist, another boundary, again full, this time Elliott launches it wide of mid-on

The crowd has gone silent, even the bugler isn't to be heard

45.1
4
Umar Gul to Elliott, FOUR runs
fantastic shot from Elliott, full ball on off, backs away and lofts that between cover and extra cover for four, first ball for a boundary takes the pressure off

Umar Gul, the yorker specialist is on, for what is going to be a crucial over. Gul holds the key for Pakistan

end of over 4514 runs
NZ: 206/4CRR: 4.57 • RRR: 5.60 • Need 28 from 30b
Grant Elliott54 (94)
Daniel Vettori38 (38)
Naved-ul-Hasan8-0-57-0
Mohammad Amir10-2-32-1
44.6
1
Naved-ul-Hasan to Elliott, 1 run
finishes off with - you guessed it - a slower ball, Elliott makes room to cut, and dabs it towards the off side
Best performances - batsmen
GD Elliott
75 runs (103)
5 fours
1 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
23 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
04139263614
Umar Akmal
55 runs (62)
7 fours
0 sixes
Control73%
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
23 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
13351590010
Best performances - bowlers
IG Butler
O
10
M
0
R
44
W
4
Eco
4.40
DL Vettori
O
10
M
2
R
43
W
3
Eco
4.30
Match details
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TossPakistan , elected to bat first
SeriesICC Champions Trophy 2009
Player Of The Match
Daniel Vettori
Series resultNew Zealand advanced
Match numberODI no. 2906
Season2009/10
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 days3 October 2009 - day/night match (50-over match)
ODI debut
Aaron Redmond
Umpires
Ian Gould
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
Daryl Harper
Reserve Umpire
Steve Davis
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath