ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd semi final

India v Pakistan

India won by 29 runs

0.1

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, nerves? An extremely wide ball outside off with lots of swing away from the right-hand batsman. Sehwag chases with a wild swing and gets beaten. That looked wide, but it hasn't been called

0.2

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, short of a length outside off with good carry through to Kamran after Sehwag lifts his bat out of the ay

0.3

Umar Gul to Sehwag, FOUR, driven through covers for four. The ball was a touch too full outside off, Sehwag says so still and brings his bat down swiftly to crash the ball through the in field

0.4

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, shorter length with less room outside off, Sehwag tries to force off the back foot through cover but gets beaten by the shape away from him

0.5

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, fuller length outside off stump, Sehwag leans into a square drive but hits it to the fielder at point. He opened the face of the bat

0.6

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag pushes off the back foot towards cover

India 4/0   V Sehwag 4* (6b 1x4)

1.5

Abdul Razzaq to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag drives on the up and hits the ball past the fielder at short cover, he doesn't get past the fielder on the edge pf the circle though

India 6/0   V Sehwag 5* (7b 1x4)

2.1

Umar Gul to Sehwag, FOUR, a half-volley on leg stump dismissed by Sehwag with a crisp flick off his pads. He hit that in the air but there was no fielder anywhere near midwicket

2.2

Umar Gul to Sehwag, FOUR, too straight again, not as full, but Sehwag stays in his crease and whips the ball off his pads through midwicket. Still no fielder there.

2.3

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, short of a length around the hips, Sehwag tucks the ball off his body towards the man at square leg

2.4

Umar Gul to Sehwag, FOUR, too straight again and Sehwag flicks, this time past the fielder at square leg and the ball races across his fast outfield towards the boundary before the fielder at long leg can get to it

2.5

Umar Gul to Sehwag, FOUR, that's the fourth of the over. A slower ball outside off stump. The length was short and there was width. Sehwag waited for it and cut the ball hard through point

2.6

Umar Gul to Sehwag, (no ball) FOUR, the fifth! And it's a front-foot no-ball as well. Too full outside off and Sehwag drills the ball off the front foot through extra cover. Gul is rattled. Sehwag on the charge ...

2.6

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag its on the back foot and tries to heave the short of a length ball over the leg side, he mis-hits in into his pad. This game has burst into life in this over. Pakistan need to control the damage.

India 27/0   V Sehwag 25* (14b 6x4)

3.2

Abdul Razzaq to Sehwag, no run, length ball around off stump, Sehwag drives on the up but doesn't get past cover

3.3

Abdul Razzaq to Sehwag, FOUR, length ball which is pretty straight and Sehwag has hit it straight. He planted his front foot forward and hit the ball through the line over the bowler's head.

3.4

Abdul Razzaq to Sehwag, 1 run, on leg stump this time and Sehwag flicks off his pads towards fine leg

India 35/0   V Sehwag 30* (17b 7x4)

4.1

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag waits in his crease and opens the face of the bat to play towards point

4.2

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, good length around off stump, Sehwag strides forward and punches towards cover. Ball coming on to the bat nicely. The bounce looks good.

4.3

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag uses the width and length outside off to drive the ball powerfully off the back foot, the fielder at point is in the way

4.4

Umar Gul to Sehwag, FOUR, that's a rubbish half-volley on middle and leg I'm afraid. Sehwag whips it through midwicket with a fearful lash of his wrists

4.5

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, there's the first bouncer! And Sehwag ducks under it.

4.6

Umar Gul to Sehwag, FOUR, that's another bouncer, perhaps a touch slower? It was wider outside off though and Sehwag reached for it and lashed it over point ... Pakistan on a leather hunt

India 47/0   V Sehwag 38* (23b 9x4)

5.4

Wahab Riaz to Sehwag, no run, Wahab tests Sehwag with the short ball, Sehwag ducks again. The short ball got him out against Australia ...

5.5

Wahab Riaz to Sehwag, OUT, Taufel has given Sehwag out and he's asked for a review against the lbw decision immediately. He didn't even check with Tendulkar. Brilliant decision from Taufel. That ball pitched just in line with leg stump, short of a length, and skidded on to Sehwag, beating the batsman's attempted flick off the back foot. That ball didn't bounce as much as Sehwag thought it would. He was on his toes playing the shot. The only doubt was whether it pitched in line, it did. Pakistan are ecstatic.

V Sehwag lbw b Wahab Riaz 38 (32m 25b 9x4 0x6) SR: 152.00

India 48/1   V Sehwag 38 (25b 9x4)

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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