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New Zealand v Pakistan

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Runs: 51
Balls faced: 56
Strike rate: 91.07
Scoring shots: 34

Career Summary of Craig McMillan

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Craig Douglas McMillan

Born: 13 September 1976, Christchurch
Major Teams: New Zealand
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium

A player may get a hundred or a bowler may take five wickets. But in one day cricket, sometimes these are not the most crucial factors. A spell of three wickets in ten deliveries at a vital juncture or an unbeaten half century when everything seems lost for your side may prove to be decisive. And this was proved by Craig McMillan in the ICC KnockOut tournament semifinal between New Zealand and Pakistan on Wednesday.

Just consider the tension filled situation that McMillan handled adroitly. In reply to Pakistan's 252, New Zealand had lost their third wicket at 150 in the 31st over when he entered. And he had not even settled down yet when in quick succession, he lost Roger Twose, Adam Parore and Chris Harris. By the 38th over, New Zealand had slid to 187 for six and the pendulum had swung Pakistan's way. New Zealand has this tradition of choking at vital moments of a big match and in fact before Wednesday, had never entered the final of a major tournament.

McMillan did the most to change this well oiled script. With a series of aggressive shots, he wrested the initiative. First New Zealand clawed back into the game and then as McMillan and Styris kept their composure against Saqlain Mushtaq and Wasim Akram, always dangerous bowlers at the death, they inched their side towards victory. For all the gallant efforts of Styris, there was little doubt that McMillan led the fightback at the critical juncture. He handled the pressure situation in exemplary fashion, going for his strokes boldly and finding the gaps for the important singles and twos. The two added 68 priceless runs for the seventh wicket off 11.1 overs. McMillan's unbeaten 51 off 56 balls with the help of three fours certainly played a major role in New Zealand's unexpected triumph.

McMillan: How he scored his 51 not out against the Pakistan bowlers to steer his side to victory

  Runs Balls RP6B
v Wasim Akram 12 11 6.55
v Azhar Mahmood 7 8 5.25
v Abdur Razzaq 6 7 5.14
v Saqlain Mushtaq 14 17 4.94
v Arshad Khan 12 13 5.54

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