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Wednesday, June 16, 1999 Published at 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK


Openers send Pakistan into final

Wasim Akram bowls to Matthew Horne

New Zealand 241 for 7 (50 overs)
Pakistan 242 for 1 (47.3 overs)
Pakistan win by nine wickets

Full Scorecard

A brilliant partnership from Pakistan's opening batsmen steered Wasim Akram's side into the Cricket World Cup final.

Wajahatullah Wasti and Saeed Anwar scored 194, the highest first wicket partnership in World Cup history to put an end to the theory that Pakistan's batting may be their undoing.


Simon Mann: "New Zealand were swept aside"
Saeed went on to grab his seventh century in one-day internationals as his side showed the kind of form which will pose a problem for either South Africa or Australia, the sides playing in the other semi-final.

It is Pakistan's second final in seven years, having won the trophy in 1992 by beating England in Australia.

Unsatisfying


[ image: Wajahatullah Wasti: Part of a historic partnership]
Wajahatullah Wasti: Part of a historic partnership
The only unsatisfying aspect of the game from the Pakistan point of view was a premature pitch invasion during the final overs, which held the match up for some time.

The ending to the match was also controversial, with Saeed's mistimed drive the cue for the spectators to invade the pitch, despite two runs still needing to be ran.

It was an inglorious way for New Zealand's campaign to end, especially after there had been significant hope of the Kiwis being able to successfully defend their total of 241.

But they could scarcely believed that Pakistan would have chosen this match to show what their batsmen are capable of when motivated.

194 runs were on the board by the time Wajahatullah was caught by Kiwi captain Stephen Fleming off Chris Cairns for 84.

His partner reached his century moments later, while Ijaz Ahmed kept things going at the other end, one six over long one taking the eye.

Celebratory

The winning runs came with plenty to spare and the Pakistan team already in celebratory mode in the pavilion.

Gavin Larsen, Geoff Allott, Craig McMillan and Nathan Astle were all on the receiving end of some fierce hooking and straight driving, although the Kiwis also contributed to their own downfall with some loose bowling.

Earlier, Shoaib Akhtar had produced a thrilling display of fast bowling which overshadowed New Zealand's total of 241 for seven.

The young fast bowler was clearly not overawed by playing in a World Cup semi-final, finishing with figures of three for 55.

But Pakistan were left cursing the fact that the New Zealand total was made up of over 40 extras.

Significant contributions from Roger Twose, Stephen Fleming and an unbeaten 44 from Chris Cairns seemed to have given the underdogs a great chance of reaching the finals.

Both sides began the match in nervous fashion, with Pakistan conceding plenty of extras during the first three overs, while the Kiwi opening pair of Nathan Astle and Matthew Horne appeared intimidated by the sight of Shoaib bowling at top speed.

Edgy

Astle in particular seemed edgy, and it came as no surprise when he was emphatically bowled by Shoaib with the score at just 20.


[ image: Stephen Fleming: A captain's innings]
Stephen Fleming: A captain's innings
Craig McMillan's unconvincing innings was brought to an end when the right hander edged Wasim Akram to give Moin Khan a simple catch.

Horne's defiant knock of 35 was ended when he was yorked by Abdul Rassaq.

Much now depended on Twose and captain Fleming, who needed to rescue their side from the perilous position of 58 for 3.

They achieved this, courtesy of some glorious strokeplay from the in-form Twose and some occasionally wild bowling from Pakistan.

Precious

The partnership was worth 94 precious runs for the Kiwis and was only broken by an unplayable yorker from Shoaib which sent Fleming back to the pavilion for 41.

Twose seemed certain to guide his side to a score in excess of 250 before he was brilliantly caught by Ijaz in the covers off Rassaq.

Diving to his right and catching the ball with just one hand, the Pakistan veteran pulled off one of the catches of the tournament.

Attack

The partnership of Cairns and Chris Harris again threatened to give the Kiwis a big total, but the recall of Shoaib to the attack changed things.

A series of yorkers softened up Harris, who was clean bowled by a slower delivery.

Shortly after, Adam Parore played on to Wasim to leave New Zealand with just three wickets remaining.

But Cairns and new batsman Dion Nash did enough to break up Pakistan's concentration, particularly that of captain Wasim, who bowled an unusually high amount of wides and no balls.

11 runs from the final over took the Kiwis past 240, who could not have imagined how useless that contribution would become.

- Semi Final: Pakistan v New Zealand
16 Jun 99 at Old Trafford

Pakistan beat New Zealand by 9 wkts Scorecard correct at 17:26 GMT 18:26 UK

Pakistan 242 for 1 (47.3overs)
New Zealand 241 for 7 (50overs) , overs completed


Pakistan innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
Saeed Anwar not out 113 148 9 -
Wajahatullah Wasti c Fleming b Cairns 84 123 10 1
Ijaz Ahmed not out 28 21 4 1
Extras 0b 3lb 7w 7nb 17
TOTAL: 1 wkts, 47.3 overs 242

Fall of wickets: 1-194 (194 Wajahatullah Wasti, 165 mins)
Still to bat: Inzamam-ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Moin Khan, Wasim Akram, Azhar Mahmood, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar

Bowler O M R W
G I Allott 9 0 41 0
D J Nash 5 0 34 0
G R Larsen 10 0 40 0
C L Cairns 8 0 33 1
C Z Harris 6 0 31 0
N J Astle 7.3 0 41 0
C D McMillan 2 0 19 0
New Zealand innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
MJ Horne b Abdul Razzaq 35 48 5 -
NJ Astle b Shoaib Akhtar 3 18 - -
CD McMillan c Moin Khan b Wasim Akram 3 19 - -
SP Fleming b Shoaib Akhtar 41 57 5 -
RG Twose c Ijaz Ahmed b Abdul Razzaq 46 83 3 -
CL Cairns not out 44 48 3 -
CZ Harris b Shoaib Akhtar 16 21 - -
AC Parore b Wasim Akram 0 4 - -
DJ Nash not out 6 10 1 -
Extras 4b 14lb 17w 12nb 47
TOTAL: 7 wkts, 50 overs 241

Fall of wickets: 1-20 (20 Astle, 24 mins), 2-38 (18 McMillan, 22 mins), 3-58 (20 Horne, 21 mins), 4-152 (94 Fleming, 71 mins), 5-176 (24 Twose, 29 mins), 6-209 (33 Harris, 24 mins), 7-211 (2 Parore, 4 mins) Did not bat: G R Larsen, G I Allott

Bowler O M R W
Wasim Akram 10 0 45 2
Shoaib Akhtar 10 0 55 3
Abdul Razzaq 8 0 28 2
Saqlain Mushtaq 8 0 36 0
Azhar Mahmood 9 0 32 0
Shahid Afridi 5 0 27 0

New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat

Umpires: D B Hair, P Willey

Pakistan
Saeed Anwar , Wajahatullah Wasti , Ijaz Ahmed , Inzamam-ul-Haq , Abdul Razzaq , Moin Khan , Wasim Akram , Azhar Mahmood , Saqlain Mushtaq , Shahid Afridi , Shoaib Akhtar ,

New Zealand
M J Horne , N J Astle , C D McMillan , S P Fleming (capt) , R G Twose , C L Cairns , A C Parore (wkt) , C Z Harris , D J Nash , G R Larsen , G I Allott ,





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