ICC Cricket World Cup, 2nd Semi-Final: India v Pakistan at Mohali, Mar 30, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd semi final
India won by 29 runs
30 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
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   Saeed Ajmal 1-0-3-0
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

10.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar moves forward and defends towards midwicket

10.4

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, lbw! Ian Gould raises the finger and Tendulkar wants a review. There's only one review left. That pitches in line, hits him in line but the replays show that it is likely to miss leg stump. And listen to that roar in Mohali. That looked close. Tendulkar bats on ...

10.5

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, is he stumped this time? Tendulkar lunged forward to play the ball and was beaten by the doosra outside off stump. Akmal whipped off the bails in a flash. Tendulkar's leg had left the ground for a second. Replays show that he might have got it down just in time. Very very close call and Tendulkar bats on again ...

10.6

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, 1 run, driven off the front foot through extra cover for a single. What an over that was. Pakistan thought thy had Tendulkar twice. He slipped away both times.

India 76/1   Saeed Ajmal 2-0-6-0
12.1

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, Ajmal is testing Tendulkar here, he played too early and got a leading edge towards the bowler. Another straighter one.

12.2

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar gets hit on the pad as he tries to work the ball down leg, but that was missing leg stump

12.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, played towards midwicket, Tendulkar struggling for fluency against Ajmal

12.4

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar moves forward and pushes towards point and sets off for a quick single. Pakistan need to keep him on strike against Ajmal

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   Saeed Ajmal 3-0-11-0
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

14.2

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, FOUR, Crunchy sweep. That very fine sweep that he plays. He picked it from around middle and swept it fine. He didn't go hard at it; just lapped it around the corner

14.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, turns this to short fine-leg fielder

14.4

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, quicker, slightly shorter, turns into off and middle, punched back to the bowler

14.5

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, turning down the leg side, tickled down to short fine-leg fielder

14.6

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, FOUR, Edged but no slips there. Tendulkar living a charmed innings here. It was the doosra around the off stump line, Tendulkar leaned forward to defend and the ball broke away to take the edge. Tendulkar is clearly not picking Ajmal here. It would have been a simple catch to first slip

India 99/1   Saeed Ajmal 4-0-20-0
36.1

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, doosra, Tendulkar flashes and a thick edge bounces to the man at short third man

36.2

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, offspinner this time, flicked to backward square leg

36.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar presents the full face of the bat on the drive to send the ball to long-off

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

36.6

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, OUT, finally, they've held one! Sachin falls. And guess who's there to take the catch? Afridi drops to his left to hold onto a stinging drive at short extra cover. 'If you want the job done right, then do it yourself,' he's thinking. Possibly. Relief flows visibly over the Pakistanis as they gather at the fall of the wicket. Plenty of smiles out there now

SR Tendulkar c Shahid Afridi b Saeed Ajmal 85 (160m 115b 11x4 0x6) SR: 73.91

India 187/5   Saeed Ajmal 5-0-22-1
38.1

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, 2 runs, chipped in the air to wide long-on

38.2

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, 1 run, a slightly wild swipe across the line from Raina, the ball was a little short but not short enough for that shot. Just the single as the ball rolls out to midwicket. The odd one is definitely keeping low for the spinners

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

38.4

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, no run, Raina plays very deep in the crease to get Ajmal excited, but lays bat on ball

38.5

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, 1 run, full on off stump, pushed into the covers for one

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   Saeed Ajmal 6-0-28-1
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

40.2

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, 1 run, Raina gets back and across and glances to Afridi's right at short fine leg

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

40.4

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, no run, defended off the back foot

40.5

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, no run, Raina stretches forward to defend another good ball, Ajmal staying round the wicket to him

40.6

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, no run, tapped gently into the covers to end the over

India 203/5   Saeed Ajmal 7-0-31-1
42.1

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, no run, Ajmal stays round the wicket to Raina, who stretches forward to defend

42.2

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, 1 run, flicked to short fine leg for a single

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

42.5

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, no run, tapped into the covers

42.6

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, no run, confusion in the running! Raina chops to point, both batsmen set off, stop, look at each other, run again and the stop mid-pitch ... Raina turns and is back just in time! The is nervous stuff

India 207/6   Saeed Ajmal 8-0-33-1
44.1

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, 1 run, Ajmal comes round the wicket, firing one flat at the toes and Raina flicks to midwicket ... he wants two, but just the single

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

44.5

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, no run, good ball! Arrowed in very full outside off, a great yorker and it slips right under Raina's bat. Too wide to be of danger to the stumps, but it's a dot ball

44.6

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, 1 run, Raina skips down the wicket to take the ball on the full and whips out to deep midwicket

India 221/6   Saeed Ajmal 9-0-41-1
46.1

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, no run, good stuff from Ajmal, spearing in the arm ball to cramp Raina for room. He taps back down the wicket, and Ajmal runs across to deny the single

46.2

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, 1 run, a touch too full, Raina steps forward and drives to long-on

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

46.5

Saeed Ajmal to Khan, 1 run, yet another doosra, Zaheer steps forward and defends into space at cover, and Raina immediately calls for the single

46.6

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, 1 run, Ajmal comes round the wicket, zoning in on leg stumps and Raina flicks off the pads to keep strike

India 238/7   Saeed Ajmal 10-0-44-2
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