ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd semi final

India v Pakistan

India won by 29 runs

5.6

Wahab Riaz to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir gets going by nudging one that angles into him towards the leg side

India 49/1   G Gambhir 1* (1b)

6.1

Umar Gul to Gambhir, no run, Gul immediately pitches on a good length and zips the ball across the left-hander, beating Gambhir

6.2

Umar Gul to Gambhir, 1 run, played towards third man for a single

India 50/1   G Gambhir 2* (3b)

8.1

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir immediately indicates he wants to clear his front foot and hit but readjusts to defend

8.2

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, no run, Ajmal bowls a quicker one outside off, Gambhir cuts but doesn't beat gully

8.3

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, no run, cut off the back foot towards point

8.4

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, no run, that is too close to cut, far too close to off stump, but Gambhir cuts. To the fielder at gully.

8.5

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, 2 runs, nudged off the pad towards midwicket. No fielder there so they run two before the fielder in the deep gets to the ball

8.6

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, 1 run, played towards midwicket again off the back foot

India 68/1   G Gambhir 5* (9b)

9.1

Wahab Riaz to Gambhir, no run, short of a length ball angling into the left-hander from over the wicket, Gambhir cuts from his crease but can't beat point

9.2

Wahab Riaz to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir was trying to hit that squarer but fell over a touch and played the fuller ball angling into him towards fine leg

India 69/1   G Gambhir 6* (11b)

10.1

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir twinkles down the pitch and drives to the fielder at cover

10.2

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, 1 wide, strays down leg side, too wide for Gambhir to make contact with the glance

10.2

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, 1 run, driven towards extra cover where Afridi's attempt to stop it with his shoe isn't too successful

India 75/1   G Gambhir 7* (13b)

11.5

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 run, played off the pads through square leg

India 78/1   G Gambhir 8* (14b)

12.5

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir steps out and tries to hit Ajmal over midwicket. It doesn't happen. What happens is an inside edge on to the pad.

12.6

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, FOUR, this time Gambhir stays in his crease and uses the pace of Ajmal to play a deft cut that goes fine of the fielder at short third man. Razzaq chases and slides in vain.

India 84/1   G Gambhir 12* (16b 1x4)

13.2

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 2 runs, driven towards long off for a single, Gambhir played that very straight

13.3

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up outside off, driven off the front foot once again towards long off

13.5

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir gets under the ball and chips it towards long on

India 90/1   G Gambhir 16* (19b 1x4)

14.1

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, 1 run, lands around middle and off and spins away a bit, Gambhir eases it to cover point for a single

India 91/1   G Gambhir 17* (20b 1x4)

15.1

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to defend it back down the track

15.2

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 run, slower, loopy, fullish, Gambhir waits on the front foot and drives to long-on. 100 up

15.4

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, no run, moves down the track and lunges out to push it back to the bowler

15.5

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, no run, it lands outside leg stump, Gambhir sweeps it gently and straight to short fine-leg fielder

15.6

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 run, gets back, waits for the leg break to arrive, opens the bat-face and steers to backward point for a single

India 102/1   G Gambhir 19* (25b 1x4)

16.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, 1 run, And GAmbhir goes down the track straightaway to drive to deep cover

16.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, FOUR, Width. Cut. The ball is thrown back from the backward point boundary.

16.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, 2 runs, fuller, just outside the leg stump line, Gambhir stabs and the ball rolls through to fine-leg region

16.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to defend. "Well bowled Hafeez," says Kamran

India 110/1   G Gambhir 26* (29b 2x4)

18.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, 1 run, from round the stumps, on the pads, clipped away for a single

18.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to dab this to the off side.

18.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, OUT, Lovely stuff from Hafeez! Beaten in flight and stumped! Gambhir went down the track but couldn't reach the pitch of the ball. Panic. He then tried to stab the ball away but is now beaten by the turn. More panic. The ball has gone past him and he looks back, trying to get back but no luck. Kamran whips off the bails. India two down.

G Gambhir st †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Hafeez 27 (55m 32b 2x4 0x6) SR: 84.37

India 116/2   G Gambhir 27 (32b 2x4)

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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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