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   Umar Gul 1-0-4-0

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   Umar Gul 2-0-25-0

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   Umar Gul 3-0-33-0

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

6.3

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, FOUR, Gul's troubles aren't over yet. He strays down leg and Tendulkar glances the ball to the fine-leg boundary

6.4

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, good length and a better line on off and middle. Tendulkar defends on the off side from the crease

6.5

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, he was aiming for the yorker, but didn't get it quite right. Tendulkar drives the over-pitched delivery to mid-on

6.6

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, 3 runs, Tendulkar pushes the length ball through cover and calls for two initially, he'll get three

India 57/1   Umar Gul 4-0-41-0

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

31.3

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, Two-paced wicket all right. This time Tendulkar gets a bottom edge, trying to push it to point for a single. The ball rolls behind the wicket

31.4

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, full in length, just outside off, Tendulkar pushes it to mid-off

31.5

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, gets back, steers it to left of backward point, looks for a run but Umar makes a neat diving stop.

31.6

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, short in length, on the middle, turned to right of Younis at midwicket. TEndulkar wants a single. And they change their mind. Wise decision.

India 171/4   Umar Gul 5-0-42-0

33.1

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, nicely driven, on the up, but straight to short extra cover

33.2

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, bottom-edged cut! The ball went nowhere near the wicket - it had been delivered short and wide - but a brief moment of alarm all the same. Is it already keeping low?

33.3

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, 1 run, tip-and-run from Sachin, as he leans into a defensive stroke and scrambles a single while the ball rolls to backward point. He's run well today, real hustle

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

33.4

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, attempted paddle sweep from Sachin as Gul spears this one in full and fast, Sachin misses however, the ball strikes pad and rolls to short fine leg

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   Umar Gul 6-0-45-0

45.1

Umar Gul to Raina, FOUR, lifted majestically down the ground! Dead straight, powerfully hit. It was a length ball from Gul, and Raina got nicely underneath it

45.2

Umar Gul to Raina, 1 wide, this time he aims for the yorker, but it slips down the leg side. A hint of wobble through the air, that delivery would be dangerous if he could get it on target

45.2

Umar Gul to Raina, no run, full toss this time, and Raina is taken a little by surprise, driving back to the bowler. Gul hasn't been quite at his best today, but a low full toss is at least better than a length ball at this stage

45.3

Umar Gul to Raina, FOUR, hmm, or maybe not! Another full toss from Gul but this time it's dished up wide of off. Raina drives, picking the gap in the field to pick up four

45.4

Umar Gul to Raina, 1 run, a better ball, but the damage has already been done in this over. With the field set back on the off side, Raina eases a very full ball to long-off for one

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   Umar Gul 7-0-59-0

48.1

Umar Gul to Raina, 1 run, swinging yorker, right on the toes! Raina gets an inside edge on it, and that looks to be heading for the fine leg boundary ... but no! Riaz dives at short fine to cut it off

48.2

Umar Gul to Khan, 1 run, another full toss and Zaheer, backing away to leg, manages to carve into the off side to get Raina back on strike

48.3

Umar Gul to Raina, 1 run, full toss again, but it's low. Raina attempts to heave it down the ground, but the ball hits the toe of the bat, making a weak, woody sound, and falls well short of the man at long-on

48.4

Umar Gul to Khan, 1 run, Zaheer slams a full toss down the ground ... and another great piece of fielding from Pakistan! Younis Khan it is this time, sliding across from long-off to save runs. Still, 250 up for India

48.5

Umar Gul to Raina, 2 runs, yet another full toss, Raina drives along the ground to wide long-off ... they take on the fielder's arm, Umar Akmal it is out there, and they're back for the second!

48.6

Umar Gul to Raina, FOUR, shot! Raina walks across to off stump, and picks a half-volley up and over fine leg ... the fielder is inside the circle there, and once it was past him it was four

India 256/7   Umar Gul 8-0-69-0

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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