Catches won us match, says Kiwi skipper Fleming

Published: Thursday, October 26, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mohali:After booking the semifinal berth with a 51-run win against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy Group 'B' tie here, New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming said couple of crucial catches tilted the scale in the Kiwis' favour.

''We needed couple of catches in crucial moment and I think that made all thew difference in the match,'' he told reporters after the match.

Admitting that Mohd Yousuf (71) and Shoaib Malik (52) were cruising along, adding to his woes, Fleming said, ''We needed something to happen at that stage and got the crucial wicket of Yousuf.'' Fleming, however, was not amused with the dew on the pitch and said the ploy of combating the issue spraying chemicals in the strip didn't really work.

In spite of spraying chemicals, there was dew in the field, he complained and felt Daniel Vettori bowled well in the match ''with a bar of soap''.

''Whereas, in the first 25 overs of our innings, the ball was seaming around and it was a case of survival for most of the players,'' he said.

On his own 80-run knock, Fleming said, ''I'm definitely not batting as well as I can do but at least I'm getting the job done.'' Happy to have made it to the semifinals, Fleming said, ''We are happy to be at the Business End of the tournament and hopefully we will see more interesting matches in the coming days.''

He was also all praise for pacer Shane Bond and said, ''He is a quick bowler on his day. But in this game, he worked hard and bowled smartly.''


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