ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd semi final

India v Pakistan

India won by 29 runs

25.5

Yuvraj Singh to Umar Akmal, no run, another slow ball drifting into the right-hander, defended on the front foot

25.6

Yuvraj Singh to Umar Akmal, no run, big turn at very slow pace outside off, Akmal strides forward and lets it go

Pakistan 106/4   Umar Akmal 0* (2b)

26.2

Harbhajan Singh to Umar Akmal, no run, Akmal drops the ball off the back foot behind point, he played that with soft hands but Misbah says no to the run

26.3

Harbhajan Singh to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, too quick and too short from Harbhajan, played towards deep point for two

26.4

Harbhajan Singh to Umar Akmal, 1 run, too short from Harbhajan, has he been watching Yuvraj? Played towards cover for a quick single

26.6

Harbhajan Singh to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Akmal goes right back and uses Harbhajan's shorter length to work the ball off his pads

Pakistan 112/4   Umar Akmal 4* (6b)

27.1

Yuvraj Singh to Umar Akmal, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump, Misbah leans forward and drives towards long off

27.5

Yuvraj Singh to Umar Akmal, no run, played off the pads towards midwicket

27.6

Yuvraj Singh to Umar Akmal, 1 run, nudged between midwicket and square leg for another single. Pakistan showing lot of urgency in their running

Pakistan 117/4   Umar Akmal 6* (9b)

28.1

Nehra to Umar Akmal, no run, Nehra cuts the ball across the right-hander from an excellent length, Akmal was squared up and beaten

28.2

Nehra to Umar Akmal, no run, was that an edge? Sounded like one as Akmal swished at a wide delivery outside off and was beaten. No appeal from anyone though

28.3

Nehra to Umar Akmal, no run, tight line and length from over the wicket angling across the right-hander, played towards point off the back foot

28.4

Nehra to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Nehra wishes he was Brett Lee as Akmal nudges that ball towards his right and sets off for a quick single

Pakistan 118/4   Umar Akmal 7* (13b)

29.1

Yuvraj Singh to Umar Akmal, FOUR, that is a big moment, Akmal releases the pressure by charging and hitting inside out over extra cover, hit placed that superbly

29.2

Yuvraj Singh to Umar Akmal, no run, defended on the front foot towards the leg side

29.3

Yuvraj Singh to Umar Akmal, SIX, terrific shot! Massive pressure released again. Akmal picks up the short length early, rocks back, and hammers the ball with brute force over deep midwicket. First six of the game

29.4

Yuvraj Singh to Umar Akmal, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards the off side

Pakistan 129/4   Umar Akmal 18* (17b 1x4 1x6)

30.3

Nehra to Umar Akmal, 1 run, short of a length ball cramps Akmal for room, he jumps on the back foot and plays the ball towards long leg

Pakistan 132/4   Umar Akmal 19* (18b 1x4 1x6)

31.1

Yuvraj Singh to Umar Akmal, no run, Akmal gets on to the front foot and blocks towards the leg side, Dhoni fields

31.2

Yuvraj Singh to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, Akmal begisn to charge but changes his mind and plays a risky cut from the stumps through point, aggressive running and the Indians are helpless to prevent the second

31.3

Yuvraj Singh to Umar Akmal, SIX, Akmal has decided Yuvraj has to go, he charges the spinner, gets under the ball and hammers it over the sight screen, he took one hand off the bat even and it still went miles, is he turning the game?

31.4

Yuvraj Singh to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Yuvraj has to bowl shorter and flatter not and Akmal cuts towards deep point, Akmal has messed with Yuvraj's length

Pakistan 141/4   Umar Akmal 28* (22b 1x4 2x6)

32.1

Patel to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Akmal moves forward and runs a short of a length ball from outside off towards third man

Pakistan 142/4   Umar Akmal 29* (23b 1x4 2x6)

33.1

Harbhajan Singh to Umar Akmal, OUT, bowled 'im! Bhajji strikes straight away, it wasn't the doosra - more of an arm ball - but Umar played it horribly, neither forward nor back and swishing hopefully through the line of the ball. It nipped past the bat and clattered into the off stump

Umar Akmal b Harbhajan Singh 29 (35m 24b 1x4 2x6) SR: 120.83

Pakistan 142/5   Umar Akmal 29 (24b 1x4 2x6)

Match Coverage

Peter Roebuck - An encounter to stop a subcontinent
News - News channels granted semi-final access
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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