result
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
14y
• The Bulletin by S Rajesh

Fleming leads NZ to deserving win

New Zealand became the first side to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy when they eased past Pakistan by 51 runs to register their second win of the tournament.

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Scorecard summary
New Zealand274/7(50 overs)
Scott Styris86 (113)
Umar Gul2/47(9)
Abdul Razzaq2/60(10)
Pakistan223/10(46.3 overs)



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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46.3
W
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
46.2
W
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
46.1
1
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 from 24b
Umar Gul8 (11)
Kamran Akmal15 (12)
James Franklin9-0-47-1
Kyle Mills7-1-37-1

Mills to continue

45.6
Franklin to Umar Gul, no run

pushed onto the back foot. Good tight bowling

45.5
2
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

45.4
1
Franklin to Kamran, 1 run

and again. As the run-rate continues to climb

45.3
1
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

45.2
1
Franklin to Kamran, 1 run

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

45.1
1
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 from 30b
Kamran Akmal13 (10)
Umar Gul4 (7)
Kyle Mills7-1-37-1
James Franklin8-0-41-1
44.6
4
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

44.5
1
Mills to Umar Gul, 1 run

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

44.4
Mills to Umar Gul, no run

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

44.3
1
Mills to Kamran, 1 run

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

44.2
Mills to Kamran, no run

firm drive, but can't beat mid-off

44.1
1
Mills to Umar Gul, 1 run

finds the gap and at last Akmal has the strike

end of over 444 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 209/8CRR: 4.75 RRR: 11.00 • Need 66 from 36b
Umar Gul2 (4)
Kamran Akmal8 (7)
James Franklin8-0-41-1
Shane Bond10-0-45-3
43.6
1
Franklin to Umar Gul, 1 run

expansive drive, but picked up on the cover boundary. The rate is now up to 11 an over

43.5
Franklin to Umar Gul, no run

tight on off stump, edged onto pads

43.5
1w
Franklin to Umar Gul, 1 wide

bouncer, but too short

43.4
1
Franklin to Kamran, 1 run

firm drive into the covers, an excellent parry saves the boundary, and Akmal is back off the strike

43.3
1
Franklin to Umar Gul, 1 run

angled into the new batsman, deflected into the leg side

Best performances - batters
Scott Styris portrait
SB Styris NZ
86 runs (113)
10 fours
0 six
Control69%
Productive shot
leg glance
24 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Stephen Fleming portrait
SP Fleming NZ
80 runs (105)
8 fours
1 six
Control73%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
20 runs
3 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Shane Bond portrait
SE Bond NZ
O
10
M
0
R
45
W
3
ECO
4.5
Jacob Oram portrait
JDP Oram NZ
O
8
M
1
R
25
W
2
ECO
3.12
Match details
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
TossPakistan, elected to field first
SeriesICC Champions Trophy
Season2006/07
Player Of The Match
Stephen Fleming
Stephen Fleming
Match numberODI no. 2436
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 days25 October 2006 - daynight(50-over match)
Umpires
England Image
Mark Benson
South Africa Image
Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
New Zealand Image
Billy Bowden
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Steve Bucknor
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsNew Zealand 2, Pakistan 0