New Zealand To Chase 234 To Make Trophy Final
Pakistan 233-9 (Umar Akmal 55, Butler 4-44) v New Zealand
ICC Champions Trophy Semi-Final, Johannesburg
Pakistan have set New Zealand a target of 234 to reach the ICC Champions Trophy final by reaching 233 for nine in their semi-final match in Johannesburg.
Umar Akmal top scored with 55 and Ian Butler returned career-best figures of four for 44 but it took a last-wicket stand of 35 between Mohammad Aamer and Saeed Ajmal to help Pakistan avoid being bowled out inside their 50 overs.
Butler bowled impressively to dismiss Kamran Akmal (24), Shoaib Malik (2), Shahid Afridi (8) and Umar Gul (6) as Pakistan lost their way after Umar Akmal and Mohammad Yousuf (45) had put on 80 for the fifth wicket, a stand which was crucial after captain Younus Khan's dismissal in the 21st over which saw Pakistan slump to 86 for four.
Daniel Vettori's ten overs of left-arm spin returned three for 43 with opening bowlers Kyle Mills and Shane Bond taking a wicket apiece.
The winner of the match will meet Australia in Monday's final.
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