14th Match (D/N), Chandigarh, Oct 25 2006, ICC Champions Trophy
(46.3/50 ov, target 275)223
New Zealand won by 51 runs
player of the match
Stephen Fleming
New Zealand

A fine victory for New Zealand, those perennial "dark horses", as we commentators love to call them. They are the first side through to the next round, and Pakistan face a shoot-out with South Africa for the other semi-final berth. That match takes place on Friday, and should be a cracker.

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Mills to Kamran, OUT

and that's an emphatic way to finish! It's two wickets in two balls, as Fleming takes the catch that sends New Zealand into the semi-finals! Akmal gave himself room, and lollipopped a simple catch to short midwicket.

Kamran Akmal c Fleming b Mills 16 (30m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 114.28
Mills to Umar Gul, OUT

well, that livened things up! The substitute Ross Taylor pulls off a blinding pick-up-and-throw from gully to ping the non-striker's stumps. Bob Willis, who has clearly been drinking too much of the local tea, sums it up thus: "It's not Rudolph Nureev [sic], it's Umar Gul"

Umar Gul run out (sub [LRPL Taylor]) 8 (14m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
Mills to Kamran, 1 run

swished out towards deep midwicket, but there's no way though

end of over 466 runs
PAK: 222/8CRR: 4.82 RRR: 13.25 • Need 53 runs from 24b
Umar Gul8 (11)
Kamran Akmal15 (12)
James Franklin9-0-47-1
Kyle Mills7-1-37-1

Mills to continue

Franklin to Umar Gul, no run

pushed onto the back foot. Good tight bowling

Franklin to Umar Gul, 2 runs

double the result for this shot, thanks to an over-enthusiastic shy from Lou Vincent. Overthrows are Pakistan's only hope. Six of them every ball

Franklin to Kamran, 1 run

and again. As the run-rate continues to climb

Franklin to Umar Gul, 1 run

turned to short midwicket, another single, but Pakistan are most welcome to them

this match is dribbling to an inconsequential finish

Franklin to Kamran, 1 run

full and wide of off stump, flat-batted to third man

Franklin to Umar Gul, 1 run

singles simply won't do for Pakistan. Stephen Fleming is already contemplating his semi-final tactics

end of over 457 runs
PAK: 216/8CRR: 4.80 RRR: 11.80 • Need 59 runs from 30b
Kamran Akmal13 (10)
Umar Gul4 (7)
Kyle Mills7-1-37-1
James Franklin8-0-41-1
Mills to Kamran, FOUR runs

oh dear, down the leg side and away to the boundary. A bit of a slack finish from Mills, but a good spell nonetheless

Mills to Umar Gul, 1 run

short and carved uppishly to third man. But still no boundaries

Mills to Umar Gul, no run

but instead of a boundary, that's another dot. It's all a bit futile now for Pakistan

Mills to Kamran, 1 run

short and swished into the leg side. Pakistan need boundaries, urgently

Mills to Kamran, no run

firm drive, but can't beat mid-off

Mills to Umar Gul, 1 run

finds the gap and at last Akmal has the strike