ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd semi final

India v Pakistan

India won by 29 runs

1.1

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Slip and short midwicket in. on the off stump line, from a good length,. Hafeez offers the full bat-face as he pushes it to the off side

1.2

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, angles this away from Hafeez, who pushes away from the body, and runs it down to third man

1.5

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, on the hips. tucked away uppishly but in the gap through backward square-leg region

1.6

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, leans well forward to push this to the off side

Pakistan 12/0   Mohammad Hafeez 3* (4b)

2.2

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, stays round the stumps for Hafeez as well. Full and just outside off stump, Hafeez square drives towards point.

2.3

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Ah! nice! It was not a bad delivery at all. It came in towards the middle, Hafeez ensures his front leg doesn't come in the way, stays back, opens up a bit, and clips this through midwicket

2.4

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, Close run. It was pushed towards Sachin at mid-off and they rushed across but Sachin doesn't pick the ball. The batsman would have made it in time, even if he had I guess

Pakistan 20/0   Mohammad Hafeez 8* (7b 1x4)

3.1

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Supah shot! Caressed away in some style. It was a length delivery outside off stump and HAfeez leaned forward and across to drive it through extra cover. No violence. Pure timing. Treat to watch

3.2

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, the slower one, around off stump line, defended towards point

3.3

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, another off cutter, Hafeez stays back to push it to the off side. There is a fumble there and the batsmen think ok may be here is a chance for a single. Virat had fumbled at cover but the ball went to mid-off and the batsmen return

3.4

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, slower one on the pads, worked through midwicket. They think about the second run but kill the thought.

3.6

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, a length delivery just outside off, Hafeez presses his weight back, opens the bat-face and punch-steers it sweetly to left of backward point where Yuvraj stops it on the rebound

Pakistan 26/0   Mohammad Hafeez 13* (12b 2x4)

5.1

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, the off cutter on the middle and off line, pushed out to the off side. Hafeez then does that off-cutter release style. He is aware all right.

5.2

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, this one is a seam-up delivery outside off stump, punched out to the off where Raina stops

5.3

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, another off cutter, this time on the leg and middle line, clipped to right of midwicket where Sehwag makes a diving save

5.4

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Another off cutter, Hafeez punches it slightly uppishly as he checked the shot. It flew towards but fell short of Nehra who dived. The ball, after bouncing, brushed Nehra's hands and crashed into the stumps at the other end. A run out appeal ensues. But Kamran was home. Third ump confirms.

5.5

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, around the off stump line, punched out to Virat at cover

5.6

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, slower cutter on the middle and leg, whipped away to Munaf at deep midwicket region

Pakistan 29/0   Mohammad Hafeez 14* (18b 2x4)

6.1

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, full in length just outside off, driven crisply but straight to mid-off. He then practices that shot again, this time he leans more into it

6.2

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Hafeez shoulders arms. Dhoni collects and Hafeez remarks his guard with his boot.

6.3

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Whack! Up and over point. It was a short of length delivery outside off and Hafeez plays a cracking shot. It wasn't the horizontal cut; he punched it up and over in some style. Misbah applauds

6.4

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fuller and Hafeez drives neatly but again straight to Tendulkar at mid-off. Time for some gardening down the track for Hafeez

6.5

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, full in length, tapped towards Tendulkar at mid-off for a single

Pakistan 34/0   Mohammad Hafeez 19* (23b 3x4)

7.1

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, full in length just outside off, pushed out to mid-off.

7.2

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slower one outside off, pushed out to the off

7.3

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Risky but well executed. It was slightly short in length around off stump and Hafeez just whips it away in the air but well to the right of mid-on. Wonderfully done in the end.

7.4

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, the off cutter and this one breaks away from the middle and off and ends up outside off, pushed out to the off side

7.5

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, on the middle stump line, pushed to right of Piyush Chawla, subbing for Gambhir, at mid-on

Pakistan 43/0   Mohammad Hafeez 24* (28b 4x4)

8.1

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Hafeez shifts his weight back and plays a nice punchy shot to left of point where Virat makes a lunging stop

8.2

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, it was the slower one just outside off stump, Hafeez sees the slightly short of length and goes for the pull shot. But ends up edging it to his body

8.3

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Another inside edge. This one was another slower one and well outside off, Hafeez went hard into the back-foot drive and edged it behind the stumps

8.4

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, The third slower one in a row; Hafeez pushes it to short cover

8.5

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, a length delivery, seam-up, this time on the middle, calmly tapped to right of mid-on

Pakistan 44/0   Mohammad Hafeez 25* (33b 4x4)

9.1

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, full in length around off stump line and Hafeez plays a lovely off drive. Pure timing again. He has played beautifully so far. Harbhajan had to put in a dive to his left at mid-off if he was to stop it. He didn't. Four.

9.2

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length delivery around off stump, punched to left of short extra cover and the cover fielder stops

9.3

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, full, too full again, driven to cover. He started off with a fab leg cutter from a good length but now is bowling a touch too full.

9.4

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, this time lands it on the good length and Hafeez drives it back down the track. Munaf is so eager to stop and stare at the batsman that he doesn't stop it cleanly! He does glare though!

9.5

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, just outside off stump, pushed out to short extra cover

9.6

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Munaf tries the bouncer. Hafeez goes for the aerial pull. Zaheer was there at deep midwicket but he was caught in two minds. Whether to go for the improbable catch or stop the boundary. He does neither. He moved forward and then realised he was nowhere close to the catch. He then slid to his left to stop but couldn't get his body behind the ball.

Pakistan 52/1   Mohammad Hafeez 33* (39b 6x4)

10.3

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Almost caught and bowled! It was a well-tossed up delivery that dipped on the batsman who chipped it back down the track. Harbhajan lunges to his right but it falls just short of his palms. Could he have dived?

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Another good delivery. THis one turns in from outside off, Hafeez goes for the cut. Mistake. And inside edges it to his pad

10.5

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, gets back to clip this to the on side for a single

Pakistan 54/1   Mohammad Hafeez 34* (42b 6x4)

11.1

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, No slip in. leg cutter in the zone outside off stump line, left alone

11.2

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, shortish delivery on the middle and leg, Hafeez drag-pulls it to the fine-leg boundary.

11.3

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, hurls a leg cutter in the corridor outside off, left alone

11.4

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, leans forward to squeeze this to point

11.5

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, in the corridor outside off, pushed out to point.

11.6

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, on a length around off, pushed to left of Nehra at mid-on for a easy single.

Pakistan 59/1   Mohammad Hafeez 39* (48b 7x4)

12.1

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, turns in from outside off, defended towards midwicket

12.2

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, leans well forward to defend the flighted delivery back to the bowler

12.3

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, slower, on the middle, Hafeez gets back to push it down to long-on

12.5

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, leans forward to squeeze this to the left of Harbhajan who makes a mess of regulation stop.

Pakistan 62/1   Mohammad Hafeez 41* (52b 7x4)

14.1

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, turns in to the leg stump line, dabbed past square-leg. Slip and leg slip in

14.4

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slip and leg slip in and this ball spins in to the middle, keeps a touch slow, pushed to midwicket

14.5

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, leans forward to defend this towards midwicket

14.6

Harbhajan Singh to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, nicely flighted up, on a length outside off, inviting a drive and Asad edges it to behind square-leg

Pakistan 70/1   Mohammad Hafeez 43* (56b 7x4)

15.1

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, just outside off stump, pushed to right of point where Yuvraj stops and fires a throw at the non striker's end

15.2

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, lands on a good length outside off and moves away fractionally. Hafeez cuts. Thin air. Dhoni collects.

15.3

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, What was Hafeez thinking? Again, yet again, a lovely 30 -40 and he has combusted. He went for a paddle sweep, yeah a paddle sweep, to a full delivery outside off stump and edged it to Dhoni. Oh dear. Pressure? or over confidence?

Mohammad Hafeez c †Dhoni b Patel 43 (66m 59b 7x4 0x6) SR: 72.88

Pakistan 70/2   Mohammad Hafeez 43 (59b 7x4)

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The Heavy Ball - Victory in Basel
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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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