ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd semi final

India v Pakistan

India won by 29 runs

1.1

Abdul Razzaq to Tendulkar, no run, good length ball around off stump at gentle pace, Tendulkar leans forward and taps the ball towards midwicket

1.2

Abdul Razzaq to Tendulkar, no run, Razzaq takes the pace off the ball and keeps a tight line around off, Tendulkar mis-times his attempted push towards cover

1.3

Abdul Razzaq to Tendulkar, no run, steady wicket-to-wicket line from Razzaq, Tendulkar stays in his crease and blocks. Pakistan have started calmly here ...

1.4

Abdul Razzaq to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar pushes the ball towards mid-on and sprints like a younger man for his first run, Wahab Riaz misses at the bowler's end but Tendulkar was safe

1.6

Abdul Razzaq to Tendulkar, no run, pushed off the front foot towards cover

India 6/0   SR Tendulkar 1* (5b)

3.1

Abdul Razzaq to Tendulkar, 3 runs, Tendulkar threads the ball through a tiny gap at point and his timing is excellent. It takes ages for the fielders to reach it.

3.5

Abdul Razzaq to Tendulkar, no run, length ball around off stump, Tendulkar punches off the front foot towards short cover

3.6

Abdul Razzaq to Tendulkar, FOUR, pure timing and placement. Tendulkar moves forward and drives with zen-like calm through extra cover. Mid-off should have dived to try and cut it off but he didn't

India 39/0   SR Tendulkar 8* (8b 1x4)

5.1

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, hits a good length from over the wicket and zips it across the right-hander, Tendulkar lets it go through to Kamran

5.2

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar moves a touch forward to cover for the angle across him and whips the ball towards square leg

5.3

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, pitches outside leg this time and allows Tendulkar to nudge the ball off his thigh towards fine leg

India 48/0   SR Tendulkar 8* (11b 1x4)

6.3

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, FOUR, Gul's troubles aren't over yet. He strays down leg and Tendulkar glances the ball to the fine-leg boundary

6.4

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, good length and a better line on off and middle. Tendulkar defends on the off side from the crease

6.5

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, he was aiming for the yorker, but didn't get it quite right. Tendulkar drives the over-pitched delivery to mid-on

6.6

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, 3 runs, Tendulkar pushes the length ball through cover and calls for two initially, he'll get three

India 57/1   SR Tendulkar 15* (15b 2x4)

7.1

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, FOUR, Tendulkar's bat is rather awesome. He just clipped a short of a length ball from outside off between the fielders at mid-on and midwicket. It didn't look like it had enough legs to reach the boundary but it grew plenty on the way there

7.2

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, played off the body towards square leg

7.3

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, Wahab beats Tendulkar with a 115kph slower ball. Tendulkar was through his pull and though he tried to adjust he couldn't prevent getting hit on the hip

7.4

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, played back to the bowler this time

7.5

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, FOUR, too full with width outside off, Tendulkar moves towards the ball, crouches on one knee and plays the perfect square drive through point

7.6

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length closer to off stump, Tendulkar moves towards the off, gets behind the line and plays towards cover

India 65/1   SR Tendulkar 23* (21b 4x4)

9.3

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, 4 leg byes, pitches outside leg again but this time Tendulkar doesn't get any bat on it. Pad will do for India though and Gul can't cut off the boundary at fine leg

9.4

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, defended on the off side off the back foot

9.5

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, good length ball on off and middle, defended on the front foot towards the off

9.6

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar cuts a short of a length ball towards cover point and there's a near collision between the fielders

India 73/1   SR Tendulkar 23* (25b 4x4)

10.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar moves forward and defends towards midwicket

10.4

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, lbw! Ian Gould raises the finger and Tendulkar wants a review. There's only one review left. That pitches in line, hits him in line but the replays show that it is likely to miss leg stump. And listen to that roar in Mohali. That looked close. Tendulkar bats on ...

10.5

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, is he stumped this time? Tendulkar lunged forward to play the ball and was beaten by the doosra outside off stump. Akmal whipped off the bails in a flash. Tendulkar's leg had left the ground for a second. Replays show that he might have got it down just in time. Very very close call and Tendulkar bats on again ...

10.6

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, 1 run, driven off the front foot through extra cover for a single. What an over that was. Pakistan thought thy had Tendulkar twice. He slipped away both times.

India 76/1   SR Tendulkar 24* (29b 4x4)

11.1

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, Afridi drifts the ball into the right-hander, Tendulkar moves back and defends

11.2

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, pushed on the off side from the crease

11.3

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Tendulkar frees his arms and drives but can't beat cover

11.4

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 run, worked off the pads from deep in his crease behind square

11.6

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar moves forward and drives the ball through wide mid-on for a single

India 79/1   SR Tendulkar 26* (34b 4x4)

12.1

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, Ajmal is testing Tendulkar here, he played too early and got a leading edge towards the bowler. Another straighter one.

12.2

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar gets hit on the pad as he tries to work the ball down leg, but that was missing leg stump

12.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, played towards midwicket, Tendulkar struggling for fluency against Ajmal

12.4

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar moves forward and pushes towards point and sets off for a quick single. Pakistan need to keep him on strike against Ajmal

India 80/1   SR Tendulkar 27* (38b 4x4)

13.1

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 run, dropped, Tendulkar is living a charmed life. He pulls the ball firmly towards midwicket where Misbah attempts to take the catch to his right and drops it. Afridi keeps rather calm ...

13.4

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 run, the quicker ball that drifts into the right-hander, Tendulkar nudges off the pads through square leg

13.6

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, that was the straighter one and Tendulkar pushed it off the front foot towards point

India 90/1   SR Tendulkar 29* (41b 4x4)

14.2

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, FOUR, Crunchy sweep. That very fine sweep that he plays. He picked it from around middle and swept it fine. He didn't go hard at it; just lapped it around the corner

14.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, turns this to short fine-leg fielder

14.4

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, quicker, slightly shorter, turns into off and middle, punched back to the bowler

14.5

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, turning down the leg side, tickled down to short fine-leg fielder

14.6

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, FOUR, Edged but no slips there. Tendulkar living a charmed innings here. It was the doosra around the off stump line, Tendulkar leaned forward to defend and the ball broke away to take the edge. Tendulkar is clearly not picking Ajmal here. It would have been a simple catch to first slip

India 99/1   SR Tendulkar 37* (46b 6x4)

15.3

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 run, full, very full, on the middle, Tendulkar ensures he doesn't get the front leg in the way and drives it inside out to deep cover

India 101/1   SR Tendulkar 38* (47b 6x4)

16.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, no run, around the off stump line, TEndulkar pushes outside the line and edges it to the on side of the pitch

16.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, quicker, on the middle and leg, Tendulkar gets across to work it past square-leg

India 104/1   SR Tendulkar 39* (49b 6x4)

17.1

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, full outside off, Tendulkar goes hard into the cover drive and edges it to the off

17.2

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward to defend this leg break to the off

17.3

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, lovely leg break, turning away from the middle and leg line, Tendulkar gets a leading edge to the off as he tries to work it to the leg

17.4

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, That slider! On the off and middle line, Tendulkar pushes it back down the track

17.5

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, FOUR, Nice ball. But it has gone to the boundary. It was a lot slower, a bit loopier on the middle on a length and Tendulkar went forward and chipped it over the bowler. and it went away to the straight boundary

17.6

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, back to that slider, looking for lbw or an inside edge. Tendulkar presents the full bat face in defense. Good contest on

India 114/1   SR Tendulkar 43* (55b 7x4)

18.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, no run, stays back to punch this to short midwicket

18.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, on the middle and leg, worked through midwicket for a single

India 116/1   SR Tendulkar 44* (57b 7x4)

19.1

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 run, leans forward to drive past cover, Kamran screams for the throw but the ball hasn't been stopped.

19.3

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, OMG! Yet another drop! Younis Khan this time. Afridi holds his head. What agony for the Pakistan captain. A sitter too. What a clanger. It was the loopy delivery outside off and TEndulkar drives. The ball goes to right of Younis who stretches his hands out but drops it. Pressure. Tension. Afridi can't believe it

19.4

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, goes down the leg side, brushes the pad

19.5

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward to push this to the off

19.6

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 run, leans forward to ease this to long-off

India 119/2   SR Tendulkar 46* (62b 7x4)

20.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, no run, leans well forward to defend

20.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, no run, gets back to deflect this to midwicket

20.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, gets forward to ping long-on for a single

India 120/2   SR Tendulkar 47* (65b 7x4)

21.1

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward to drive this to cover

21.2

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, FOUR, Top shot! Fifty up. Afridi tries to lure Tendulkar into another catch at cover. He flighted it up, slowed it down and tossed it outside off. TEndulkar stretched forward and hit this one over extra cover.

21.3

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, turns away from the off stump line, Tendulkar chases it with a cut shot but misses

21.4

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 run, lot slower and this one keeps a touch low on the middle and for a moment you were thinking a lbw moment when Tendulkar crouched to work it behind square-leg

21.6

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, FOUR, What a shot! It was full and just outside off. NO way that looked like it can be cut. Tendulkar pressed back, crouched, opened the bat-face and played the late cut. He steered it through vacant slips.

India 130/2   SR Tendulkar 56* (70b 9x4)

22.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, quicker one, on the off and middle, Tendulkar gets back to clip it to the leg side for a single

India 132/2   SR Tendulkar 57* (71b 9x4)

23.4

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, 1 run, The short ball angling across Tendulkar who steers it to third man. Not quite the hard upper cut- he opted for a horizontal steer this time

23.6

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, beaten! It was the length delivery in the zone outside off, Tendulkar walked forward and tried to punch it on the up but it went sliding past the edge

India 136/2   SR Tendulkar 58* (73b 9x4)

24.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, gets back to deflect this to short fine-leg region for a single

24.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, slower, flighted as well, Tendulkar waits and eases it through to long-on

India 140/2   SR Tendulkar 60* (75b 9x4)

26.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, gets back to deflect this to square-leg

India 146/4   SR Tendulkar 61* (76b 9x4)

27.1

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, 1 run, stays back to punch it wide of backward point for a single

27.3

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, Beaten again! Sachin Lucky Tendulkar! It was in the zone outside off and TEndulkar tries to open the bat-face and pokes at it.

27.4

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, fuller and Tendulkar leans ever so gracefully forward and across to drive it to cover

27.5

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, 1 wide, tries to perhaps get this one back in and pushes it outside leg.

27.5

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, FOUR, Umar Gul is living a nightmare out there. It was glanced to him at fine-leg and what does he do? He slides an awkward slide and the ball rolls of his thigh to the boundary.

27.6

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, 1 run, leans forward and across to punch this to sweeper cover

India 160/4   SR Tendulkar 67* (81b 10x4)

28.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, no run, goes so back and across to push it from the middle to the leg side

28.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, And again. Well this time it was a touch slower and that allowed Tendulkar the time to work the wrists over time and send it behind square-leg

India 161/4   SR Tendulkar 68* (83b 10x4)

29.1

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, gets back to dab this to short third man. No slip in

29.2

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 2 runs, slower, bit more bounce on this from short of length, Tendulkar waits on the back foot and cuts to deep point

29.3

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, Dropped again Shahid Afridi holds his head again! Dropped by Kamran. Tough chance, though. It was the leg break and Tendulkar edged his defensive push. The ball deviated a lot and Kamran couldn't move his hands to his right in time. Tough chance for Kamran's standards. How many is too many? So many lives!

29.4

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward to defend to the off

29.5

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, FOUR, Lovely shot! It was a nice leg break outside off and Tendulkar waited on that front foot and square drove it inside out over the off-side field to pick up four

29.6

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, gets back to dab this to right of short fine-leg fielder

India 168/4   SR Tendulkar 74* (89b 11x4)

30.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, stays back to steer the length delivery through point for a single

30.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, no run, gets back to punch this to midwicket

30.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, no run, on the off stump line, Tendulkar tries to dab it to the leg and gets a leading edge, back along the track

30.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward to ease it back to the bowler

India 170/4   SR Tendulkar 75* (93b 11x4)

31.3

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, Two-paced wicket all right. This time Tendulkar gets a bottom edge, trying to push it to point for a single. The ball rolls behind the wicket

31.4

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, full in length, just outside off, Tendulkar pushes it to mid-off

31.5

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, gets back, steers it to left of backward point, looks for a run but Umar makes a neat diving stop.

31.6

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, short in length, on the middle, turned to right of Younis at midwicket. TEndulkar wants a single. And they change their mind. Wise decision.

India 171/4   SR Tendulkar 75* (97b 11x4)

32.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward to turn this from around off stump to midwicket

32.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, moves down the track but Hafeez is alert; shortens the length and Tendulkar pushes it through to long-on

India 173/4   SR Tendulkar 76* (99b 11x4)

33.1

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, nicely driven, on the up, but straight to short extra cover

33.2

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, bottom-edged cut! The ball went nowhere near the wicket - it had been delivered short and wide - but a brief moment of alarm all the same. Is it already keeping low?

33.3

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, 1 run, tip-and-run from Sachin, as he leans into a defensive stroke and scrambles a single while the ball rolls to backward point. He's run well today, real hustle

33.4

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, attempted paddle sweep from Sachin as Gul spears this one in full and fast, Sachin misses however, the ball strikes pad and rolls to short fine leg

India 177/4   SR Tendulkar 77* (103b 11x4)

34.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, no run, nice and full, not much flight but a hint of drift. Tapped to square leg

34.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar shuffles down the wicket this time, but Hafeez spots him coming and re-adjusts the length

34.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 2 runs, whipped out to deep midwicket with flair, Tendulkar raising the right leg off the ground as he plays the shot. There's a fielder out there

34.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 2 runs, arrowed in flat on off stump, Tendulkar makes room and slaps it out to deep cover

34.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, no run, again Tendulkar dances down, slightly misjudging the line to be struck on the pad ... a very optimistic appeal from Hafeez is quickly turned down

34.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, dropped again! What on earth is happening out there? Tendulkar tried a whip-pull to midwicket, popping the ball in the air ... Umar Akmal is there for the shot at a wide midwicket, times the jump and gets both hands to it, and it pops out! Hafeez is fuming, Afridi is utterly disconsolate. That's the fourth drop!

India 182/4   SR Tendulkar 82* (109b 11x4)

35.1

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 run, wrong 'un from Afridi, picked and defended to leg

35.3

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 run, a touch too full, driven out to the cover sweeper

India 185/4   SR Tendulkar 84* (111b 11x4)

36.1

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, doosra, Tendulkar flashes and a thick edge bounces to the man at short third man

36.2

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, offspinner this time, flicked to backward square leg

36.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar presents the full face of the bat on the drive to send the ball to long-off

36.6

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, OUT, finally, they've held one! Sachin falls. And guess who's there to take the catch? Afridi drops to his left to hold onto a stinging drive at short extra cover. 'If you want the job done right, then do it yourself,' he's thinking. Possibly. Relief flows visibly over the Pakistanis as they gather at the fall of the wicket. Plenty of smiles out there now

SR Tendulkar c Shahid Afridi b Saeed Ajmal 85 (160m 115b 11x4 0x6) SR: 73.91

India 187/5   SR Tendulkar 85 (115b 11x4)

Match Coverage

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Chatterbox - India v Pakistan, 2nd semi-final, Mohali
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Report - India scrap their way into World Cup final
Features - Fielding clangers and Wahab's big day
Stats Analysis - The crucial first 15 overs, and mysterious Misbah
News - Shahid Afridi proud of Pakistan's performance
News - India well prepared for pressure games - Dhoni
Analysis - Pakistan let it slip through their fingers, literally
Features - Every fan an actor on the biggest stage
Analysis - Bit-part players come to India's aid
Fan Following - Full house, fully entertained
Kamran Abbasi - Crushed but not broken
The Heavy Ball - Victory in Basel
Aakash Chopra - Is this really patriotism?
News - Ajmal still baffled by Tendulkar lbw reversal
News - Three sleepless nights before semi-final - Riaz
News - Hawk-Eye dismisses doubts over Tendulkar lbw
Video Running Between the Cricket - Small city, big match
Video Running Between the Cricket - Meeting Rahul Bhattacharya
Video Press Conference - Shahid Afridi: Proud of my boys
Audio Match Analysis - 'India strong favourites for title'
Audio Match Analysis - 'Pakistan batting lacked character'
Video Harsha's World Cup Daily - Sad end to a promising campaign
Video Press Conference - MS Dhoni: Team unity has been the highlight
Audio Switch Hit - The Last Hurrah
Video Running Between the Cricket - Mohali's moment in the sun
Gallery - Nerveless India scrap into final
Gallery - Cricket is in the air

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Pakistan fans cheer for their team

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Shahid Afridi and Sachin Tendulkar share a laugh, India v Pakistan, 2nd semi-final, World Cup 2011, Mohali, March 30, 2011

Shahid Afridi and Sachin Tendulkar share a laugh

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