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Vettori happy with all-round display
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter


Player:DL Vettori
Event:ICC Champions Trophy 2009/10

DateLine: 4th October 2009

 

New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori felt New Zealandís ability to execute their game plan well was one key element that contributed towards the victory.

 

The Kiwis will take on Australia in the final after an unbeaten half-century from Grant Elliott helped them achieve a five-wicket win over Pakistan at the Wanderers.

 

The skipper led by example taking two wickets and making 41, part of a match-winning 104-run stand with Elliot, who finished unbeaten on 75, as New Zealand coasted past the 234-run target with 13 balls to spare.

 

"It's very satisfying," Vettori said. "I think particularly because we've lost some critical players.

 

"I'm really proud of the team. We've won all different types of games and we've got one more to go on a different wicket. Hopefully we've got one more left in us."

 

Vettori was full-on praise for Grant Elliott Elliot, who held the innings together with his 103-ball knock.

 

"Grant Elliot was in doubt for the day but he managed to battle through with a broken thumb and played such an impressive innings.

 

"It was an innings of character. He had his thumb injected, he couldn't feel it and he just guts it out. It wasn't a very memorable 40 but it was an outstanding 75. I think he'll be very proud of it and I know the team is proud of him."

 

Vettori also praised the efforts of his bowlers, especially Ian Butler, who took a career-best four for 44, and Shane Bond.

 

"Tactics are all well and good but it's about the people who implement them. I think, particularly early on, the way the guys bowled, Shane Bond and Ian Butler allowed us to get into the game and allowed us to put pressure on Pakistan the whole way through.

 

"The same with our batting, because we restricted them to 230, we were just allowed to cruise a little bit, but whenever we needed that little bit of impetus we got it from Ross Taylor and Grant Elliot."


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