ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd semi final

India v Pakistan

India won by 29 runs

23.6

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah defends tentatively on the front foot, that didn't hit the middle of the bat

Pakistan 103/3   Misbah-ul-Haq 0* (1b)

24.4

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah moves forward and nudges the ball off his pads, there is a fielder at leg slip and the ball falls just short

24.5

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, swept towards long leg and Misbah gets going

Pakistan 105/3   Misbah-ul-Haq 1* (3b)

26.1

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah pushes forward with hard hands and gets a leading edge towards point

26.5

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, fuller length and Misbah strides forward and plays the sweep towards long leg

Pakistan 111/4   Misbah-ul-Haq 3* (5b)

27.2

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, what's happened there? Yuvraj has broken the stumps with the hand and Dhoni missed. Misbah played the sweep towards fine leg, where Yusuf picked up and fired the return to Dhoni. Akmal wanted the third and had run a long way to the striker's end. Dhoni collected and fired a flat throw to Yuvraj, who messed it up

27.3

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, played off the back foot towards the off

27.4

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, driven through cover point off the back foot

Pakistan 116/4   Misbah-ul-Haq 6* (8b)

28.5

Nehra to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Nehra is skidding balls at very low height across the batsmen, Misbah lets it go and the ball bounces a second time and Dhoni does well to collect cleanly

28.6

Nehra to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, good length and much closer to the batsman, Misbah prods and is beaten. Pressure mounting

Pakistan 118/4   Misbah-ul-Haq 6* (10b)

29.5

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, blocked off the front foot, Yuvraj is back to a fuller length

29.6

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah gets down on one knee and paddle sweeps. Massive over for Pakistan.

Pakistan 130/4   Misbah-ul-Haq 7* (12b)

30.1

Nehra to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah pushes off the front foot towards cover and thinks about a single, Akmal sends him back

30.2

Nehra to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Nehra pitches outside leg and allows Misbah to work the ball off his pads towards square leg, Chawla runs in swiftly and makes a clean pick up to prevent the second

30.4

Nehra to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, nudged from the crease towards midwicket

30.5

Nehra to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, good length and very straight, the batsman defends from the crease towards the off side

30.6

Nehra to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah uses the angle across him to steer the ball and makes good contact, can't beat point though

Pakistan 132/4   Misbah-ul-Haq 8* (17b)

31.5

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover

31.6

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, blocked off the front foot toward the leg side, Dhoni is quick enough to prevent one

Pakistan 141/4   Misbah-ul-Haq 8* (19b)

32.2

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah defends from his crease and gets an inside edge on to the pad

32.3

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah stays rooted to his crease and dabs the length ball towards point

32.4

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah gets drawn in to the forward lunge and gets beaten by a slower ball that seams away from him outside off

32.5

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, a fuller ball outside off, Misbah drives off the front foot, Munaf reaches out with his left hand and stops it

32.6

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Munaf ends a terrific over with a length delivery around off stump. Misbah defends on the off side

Pakistan 142/4   Misbah-ul-Haq 8* (24b)

33.5

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, nudged into space at square leg, and they sprint through

Pakistan 144/5   Misbah-ul-Haq 9* (25b)

34.1

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, legcutter, defended carefully towards cover point

34.2

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, this one nips back in off the seam, again Misbah can't get it away. He can barely get it off the square at the moment!

34.3

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, nice and straight from Munaf, good length too, and Misbah taps to midwicket

34.4

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, a touch fuller from Munaf, closer to off stump, and all Misbah can do is tap it back to the bowler

34.5

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Munaf aims for the yorker, but it slips out a very low, dipping full toss outside off. Misbah jams the bat down to get it to third man

Pakistan 145/5   Misbah-ul-Haq 10* (30b)

35.4

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, floated up full on middle and off, driven back to the bowler

35.5

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, this is gentle stuff from Yuvraj, but it's doing the job. Misbah stretches forward to defend

35.6

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, finally a run, forced down the ground for a single

Pakistan 148/5   Misbah-ul-Haq 11* (33b)

36.1

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, is Misbah starting to find the middle of the bat? Full and straight, and he drives stylishly down to long on

36.5

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah walks into a defensive stroke, dropping the ball towards point

36.6

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this pitch continues to get slower and lower, Misbah was too soon into the drive here but the ball is chipped safely down to long on for one

Pakistan 152/6   Misbah-ul-Haq 13* (36b)

37.1

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, driven in the air once again, but threading the gap at cover ... and they're back for a second run

37.2

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flighted up on off stump, Misbah stretches out and unfurls a forward defensive that would not be out of place in a Test match

37.3

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this one rushes on with the arm, Misbah nudges in front of square on the leg side for a single

Pakistan 155/6   Misbah-ul-Haq 16* (39b)

38.1

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, good start, he rushes in and hits a good length on off stump, beating the outside edge as Misbah tries to slash to third man

38.2

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, straighter this time, on a length and Misbah defends with minimal foot movement

38.3

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, fuller, driven down to long-off

Pakistan 164/6   Misbah-ul-Haq 17* (42b)

39.2

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, where has that come from? Misbah reverse sweeps, beating a diving short third man, and picks up his first boundary!

39.3

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, again the reverse sweep, finer this time, but short third man zips across to cut it off

39.5

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, nudged into the leg side

Pakistan 176/6   Misbah-ul-Haq 23* (45b 1x4)

40.2

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, short on middle and off, Misbah steps back and pulls, turning his wrists on the shot to keep it down

40.5

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, very full, and straight too. Misbah drives straight back to the bowler

40.6

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this looked slower through the air, dipping on the batsman at the last moment. Misbah nudges through square leg for a single

Pakistan 181/6   Misbah-ul-Haq 25* (48b 1x4)

41.1

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Bhajji comes round the wicket, Misbah nurdles straight to the fielder on the leg side and for some reason both he and Afridi look eager for a single. Absolutely no chance

41.2

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, glanced very fine down the leg side, short fine runs round to keep them to one

41.6

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full and straight, pushed carefully into the leg side

Pakistan 184/7   Misbah-ul-Haq 26* (51b 1x4)

42.4

Nehra to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, whipped off the pads down to fine leg

Pakistan 186/7   Misbah-ul-Haq 27* (52b 1x4)

43.2

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, another reverse sweep from Misbah, and he places it perfectly! He used the extra pace as Harbhajan fired down another quicker one, getting it fine of the man at short third man

43.3

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, worked off the pad to short fine leg, and they race through for a quick single

Pakistan 198/7   Misbah-ul-Haq 32* (54b 2x4)

44.6

Nehra to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, low full toss, Misbah cracks it to mid-on and they charge through for one

Pakistan 200/8   Misbah-ul-Haq 33* (55b 2x4)

45.1

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, ha! He's not listening to me. Zaheer sends down a leg-stump half-volley and Misbah clips him neatly to the square leg boundary

45.2

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slower ball, on a length and outside off. Misbah taps it towards point and they scramble through for one

45.4

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full and fast outside off, driven with very little timing at all ... but that gives them the chance to sprint through for another

45.6

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, whipped powerfully off the pads, but straight to Raina at midwicket ... Misbah wanted one all the same, but Gul sent him back. Raina's throw is just wide, and would've caught him short!

Pakistan 208/8   Misbah-ul-Haq 39* (59b 3x4)

46.5

Nehra to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah opens his stance and pushes to mid-on, rushing across for a single

Pakistan 210/9   Misbah-ul-Haq 40* (60b 3x4)

47.1

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 5 wides, well, Zaheer's completely lost the radar here. Misbah backed away to leg and Zaheer tried to follow him but he went too far, the ball shooting well down the leg side and beating a diving Dhoni

47.1

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full and straight, Misbah steps away and slams it straight to mid-off. He's got to hit the ball in the air, there aren't many gaps along the ground

47.2

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, that could've been it! Misbah steps away, Zaheer follows him with a length delivery and he still goes for the cut, chopping it down just past his stumps

47.3

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, full toss outside off, and Misbah puts it away through cover. Too late?

47.4

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length delivery, slapped out to the man who's just been placed at deep cover. He turns the single down

47.5

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, slower ball from Zaheer, Misbah picks it and lifts it sweetly over mid-on, four more! Is there still a chance here?

47.6

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tip-and-run from Misbah, he pushes to mid-off and they charge through ... he's home, just!

Pakistan 224/9   Misbah-ul-Haq 49* (66b 5x4)

48.1

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, on a length and straight, Misbah steps to leg and, perhaps undone by the pace of the wicket, can only defend

48.2

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX, six! Slammed down the ground, sailing over the boundary. Fifty for Misbah, but there are just too many runs needed now

48.3

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Munaf hits a length again, and Misbah can only tap it back to the bowler

48.4

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slapped out to deep cover, Misbah is just backing himself to hit boundaries now, again he turns down the single

48.5

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah clears the front leg and muscles this to wide long-on, but Raina sprints across to save the boundary ... that's just a single.

Pakistan 231/9   Misbah-ul-Haq 56* (71b 5x4 1x6)

49.1

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, drilled down the ground, Misbah turns down the single ... so now he's got to hit every ball for six

49.2

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full and wide outside off, is that a wide? Swing and a miss from Misbah

49.3

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short, pulled and straight to midwicket. The crowd are excited now, they know India are through

49.4

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, on a length now, heaved across the line and straight to midwicket

49.5

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, there's the game! Misbah swings, the ball goes miles up in the air and lands safely in Kohli's hands at long-on

Misbah-ul-Haq c Kohli b Khan 56 (134m 76b 5x4 1x6) SR: 73.68

Pakistan 231/10   Misbah-ul-Haq 56 (76b 5x4 1x6)

Match Coverage

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Chatterbox - India v Pakistan, 2nd semi-final, Mohali
News - Shoaib misses marquee semi-final
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

Photos

Mar 30, 2011

Pakistan fans cheer for their team, India v Pakistan, World Cup semi-final, Mohali, March 30, 2011

Pakistan fans cheer for their team

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Mar 30, 2011

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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