ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd semi final

India v Pakistan

India won by 29 runs

41.5

Wahab Riaz to Harbhajan Singh, no run, on a length, seaming away, and tapped to point

41.6

Wahab Riaz to Harbhajan Singh, no run, definite reverse swing from Riaz, snaking deceptively through the air at a good pace to zip past the outside edge of Harbhajan's bat

India 205/6   Harbhajan Singh 0* (2b)

42.3

Saeed Ajmal to Harbhajan Singh, no run, doosra and Bhajji is absolutely bamboozled! Didn't pick that at all, playing for turn where there was none, beaten

42.4

Saeed Ajmal to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, a looping top edge on the sweep! But it falls safely, and they take a single

India 207/6   Harbhajan Singh 1* (4b)

43.1

Wahab Riaz to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, swiped out into the deep on the leg side, and they're back for the second

43.2

Wahab Riaz to Harbhajan Singh, 1 wide, Riaz loses his radar, sending this one down the leg side

43.2

Wahab Riaz to Harbhajan Singh, no run, that's better, nicely straight this time to draw a defensive stroke from Harbhajan

43.3

Wahab Riaz to Harbhajan Singh, 1 wide, Kamran saves runs! Again Riaz sends one down the leg side, this one went even further and was heading for four wides ... until Kamran leapt athletically to his left to stop it one-handed

43.3

Wahab Riaz to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, fuller, and outside off this time. Harbhajan steps forward and drives into the covers

43.6

Wahab Riaz to Harbhajan Singh, no run, Riaz steams in from round the wicket to Bhajji, banging this one in fairly short. It spits up, going with the angle towards leg stump and strikes the batsman on the hip, looping towards short fine leg. Bhajji was looking for the paddle-pull but couldn't connect

India 213/6   Harbhajan Singh 4* (8b)

44.2

Saeed Ajmal to Harbhajan Singh, no run, Harbhajan sweeps, it comes off the glove and balloons to gully ... no fielder is close enough

44.3

Saeed Ajmal to Harbhajan Singh, no run, flapped back to the bowler

44.4

Saeed Ajmal to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, this time he connects with the sweep! That's hit uppishly but well-placed, beating short fine leg and deep square. First boundary for the best part of 15 overs

44.5

Saeed Ajmal to Harbhajan Singh, 2 wides, this'll be wides, speared down the leg side, the ball strikes Kamran's glove and rolls to fine leg. Ajmal isn't happy

India 220/6   Harbhajan Singh 8* (11b 1x4)

45.5

Umar Gul to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, four runs to fine leg! Gul is losing it here, another full toss and this time it's misdirected down the leg side, a deflection off the bat and it beats Kamran

45.6

Umar Gul to Harbhajan Singh, no run, dot ball to finish, very full and reversing to beat the bat, but wide of off. India really needed an over like that

India 235/6   Harbhajan Singh 12* (13b 2x4)

46.3

Saeed Ajmal to Harbhajan Singh, no run, well, Harbhajan wasn't picked the doosra when he first came in but he seems to be doing so now. Defended

46.4

Saeed Ajmal to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, doosra, missed and stumped! Harbhajan jumped down the wicket and aimed for the straight boundary, but ran straight past the ball and is easily stumped by several metres. Ajmal the clear winner in the battle between the two offspinners

Harbhajan Singh st †Kamran Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 12 (28m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

India 236/7   Harbhajan Singh 12 (15b 2x4)

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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