ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd semi final

India v Pakistan

India won by 29 runs

25.4

Wahab Riaz to Dhoni, no run, Almost! Kamran even throws in an appeal! Dhoni walked down the track and across towards off and sparred at it. The ball flashed past the edge

25.5

Wahab Riaz to Dhoni, FOUR, Edged away Another one slanting across Dhoni who jabs it to thrid man boundary. What a over so far.

25.6

Wahab Riaz to Dhoni, no run, lands around leg, moves in towards leg and middle, stabbed back to the bowler. "End of a magnificent over," says AThers and who can argue with that. Gem of an over.

India 145/4   MS Dhoni 4* (3b 1x4)

26.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, FOUR, just outside the off stump, Dhoni was steering it towards gully, partly edged and partly steered and it runs through to thirdman boundary

26.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, no run, a weak walk across and he stabs this one way to the off. Very edgy

26.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, no run, lunges forward to defend this to the off

26.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, no run, stretches forward to push this back to the bowler

26.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, no run, slower and Dhoni taps this to the bowler

India 150/4   MS Dhoni 8* (8b 2x4)

27.2

Wahab Riaz to Dhoni, 3 runs, on the leg and middle line, Dhoni went back to punch it through wide mid-on region and they run hard to come back for the third run

India 154/4   MS Dhoni 11* (9b 2x4)

28.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, no run, threatens to paddle sweep and HAfeez adjusts! Dhoni too adjusts to the change in line and pace to stab it to the leg side

28.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to defend this to the on sdie

28.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, no run, slower, on the off and middle line, tapped back to the bowler

28.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, no run, stretches well forward to defend to the off

India 161/4   MS Dhoni 11* (13b 2x4)

30.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, no run, slower, on the middle, Dhoni waits before he clips to square-leg fielder

30.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, 1 run, fetches it from outside off and paddled it to fine-leg

India 170/4   MS Dhoni 12* (15b 2x4)

31.1

Umar Gul to Dhoni, no run, short in length outside off stump, Dhoni tries to punch it to the off but is too early with the shot and the ball wobbles past the bat

31.2

Umar Gul to Dhoni, 1 run, again goes hard into the punchy shot, again too early with that and mistimes it to deep cover

India 171/4   MS Dhoni 13* (17b 2x4)

32.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, 1 run, gets back to punch this to long-on

32.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, no run, lunges forward to defend this to the leg side

32.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, no run, stretches forward to push it to the off side of the pitch. "Well bowled Hafeez," says Kamran. And adds, "C'mon boys!"

32.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Dhoni, no run, flighted around the middle stump line, defended to the leg side

India 173/4   MS Dhoni 14* (21b 2x4)

33.4

Umar Gul to Dhoni, (no ball) 1 run, short and rising from Gul, Dhoni stands tall and pulls to midwicket ... and he's overstepped! A front foot no-ball, and a free hit coming up

33.5

Umar Gul to Dhoni, no run, Gul sprints in with intent and fires one down on a length, Dhoni nudges to mid-on

33.6

Umar Gul to Dhoni, no run, very full but wide of off, dug out on the drive but it's toe-ended and rolls away harmlessly

India 177/4   MS Dhoni 15* (24b 2x4)

35.2

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, pushed gently into the gap at cover, quick single

35.4

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, is there glue on the soles of Dhoni's shoes? He's stuck to the crease and jabs a quick legspinner awkwardly into the off side

35.5

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, nudged back to the bowler

35.6

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, tight finish to the over, zoning in on off stump and Dhoni defends

India 185/4   MS Dhoni 16* (28b 2x4)

36.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run, nudged back towards the bowler with no great intent

36.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, worked slightly wider this time, and as midwicket runs across there's time for a quick single

India 187/4   MS Dhoni 17* (30b 2x4)

37.1

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, slammed down the ground for one

37.6

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, the end of another very tight over from Afridi, Dhoni can't work this away

India 189/5   MS Dhoni 18* (32b 2x4)

38.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni leans well forward and allows ball to hit bat, angling the blade to get the ball to short fine leg. Good one-day batting, and another quick single

38.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni, now without cap or helmet, waits on a fast, flat offspinner and tucks it wide of short fine leg for one

India 195/5   MS Dhoni 20* (34b 2x4)

39.1

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, Afridi attacks the stumps, Dhoni stretches down the wicket and drives cautiously into the off side

39.5

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, huge appeal from Afridi as Dhoni lunges forward and is struck on the pad! Taufel says no ... but Afridi asks for the review all the same. But he's going to be disappointed, as there's a huge inside edge. A wasted review. Trust the Taufel!

39.6

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, speared in very flat, Dhoni eases down the ground to bring up India's 200. And that run rate is back to five an over

India 200/5   MS Dhoni 22* (37b 2x4)

40.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, a thick inside edge ricochets off the pad and rolls to midwicket, allowing them to steal a quick single

40.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni doesn't look to be in the best of nick! He thrusts the bat out more in hope than anything else, not sure he's picking Ajmal's variations. A leading edge loops into space at cover, and they get a single. "Scratchy, like chalk on a chalkboard," says George Binoy

India 203/5   MS Dhoni 24* (39b 2x4)

41.1

Wahab Riaz to Dhoni, no run, gosh, an ugly jab bobbles into the covers, feet and hands going everywhere

41.2

Wahab Riaz to Dhoni, 1 run, edged and dropped! Kamran it is, a thick edge flies to his right, hitting the fingers and bouncing out. That was a really tough chance, there's no slip in so he's got to go for it, he stretches into the dive ... but can't hold on!

41.4

Wahab Riaz to Dhoni, OUT, well, that's one way to take the faulty catching out of the equation! Dhoni is rapped on the pad as he shuffles to off, huge appeal and Taufel has given him out! Dhoni wants a review though ... but it's not going to help, three reds as it pitches and hits him in line, definitely hitting the stumps and that's gone. India's hopes of making a defendable total are beginning to evaporate here

MS Dhoni lbw b Wahab Riaz 25 (64m 42b 2x4 0x6) SR: 59.52

India 205/6   MS Dhoni 25 (42b 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

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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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