ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd semi final

India v Pakistan

India won by 29 runs

4.1

Patel to Kamran Akmal, no run, oh a lovely leg cutter! It landed on a length around off and zagged away sharply. Surprised Kamran who pushed out at it and the ball went past the edge

4.2

Patel to Kamran Akmal, no run, Kamran dashes down the track, Munaf picks it and bangs it shorter. Kamran defends, Munaf stares.

4.3

Patel to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, Tries the bouncer, good one just outside off , and Kamran goes for the pull. Heart in the mouth moment. He top edged it but the ball sailed clear of mid-on fielder. Dhoni applauds.

4.4

Patel to Kamran Akmal, no run, on the off stump line, from a length, Kamran defends it to the off side.

4.5

Patel to Kamran Akmal, no run, full in length just outside off stump and Kamran square drives uppishly. The cover fielder jumped in anticipation of a catch at point but the ball fell short of the point fielder.

4.6

Patel to Kamran Akmal, no run, leans forward to push this one to cover. Fine tight over from Munaf

Pakistan 28/0   MM Patel 1-0-2-0

6.1

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, full in length just outside off, driven crisply but straight to mid-off. He then practices that shot again, this time he leans more into it

6.2

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Hafeez shoulders arms. Dhoni collects and Hafeez remarks his guard with his boot.

6.3

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Whack! Up and over point. It was a short of length delivery outside off and Hafeez plays a cracking shot. It wasn't the horizontal cut; he punched it up and over in some style. Misbah applauds

6.4

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fuller and Hafeez drives neatly but again straight to Tendulkar at mid-off. Time for some gardening down the track for Hafeez

6.5

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, full in length, tapped towards Tendulkar at mid-off for a single

6.6

Patel to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, Uppish but through the gap. It was a length delivery outside off, Kamran went for the off drive but ended up slicing it a bit. The ball flew right through the gap between mid-off and extra cover. Catch it was the cry but ...

Pakistan 38/0   MM Patel 2-0-11-0

9.1

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, full in length around off stump line and Hafeez plays a lovely off drive. Pure timing again. He has played beautifully so far. Harbhajan had to put in a dive to his left at mid-off if he was to stop it. He didn't. Four.

9.2

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length delivery around off stump, punched to left of short extra cover and the cover fielder stops

9.3

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, full, too full again, driven to cover. He started off with a fab leg cutter from a good length but now is bowling a touch too full.

9.4

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, this time lands it on the good length and Hafeez drives it back down the track. Munaf is so eager to stop and stare at the batsman that he doesn't stop it cleanly! He does glare though!

9.5

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, just outside off stump, pushed out to short extra cover

9.6

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Munaf tries the bouncer. Hafeez goes for the aerial pull. Zaheer was there at deep midwicket but he was caught in two minds. Whether to go for the improbable catch or stop the boundary. He does neither. He moved forward and then realised he was nowhere close to the catch. He then slid to his left to stop but couldn't get his body behind the ball.

Pakistan 52/1   MM Patel 3-0-19-0

11.1

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, No slip in. leg cutter in the zone outside off stump line, left alone

11.2

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, shortish delivery on the middle and leg, Hafeez drag-pulls it to the fine-leg boundary.

11.3

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, hurls a leg cutter in the corridor outside off, left alone

11.4

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, leans forward to squeeze this to point

11.5

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, in the corridor outside off, pushed out to point.

11.6

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, on a length around off, pushed to left of Nehra at mid-on for a easy single.

Pakistan 59/1   MM Patel 4-0-24-0

13.1

Patel to Asad Shafiq, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Asad plays a loose drive and the ball cuts away past the edge.

13.2

Patel to Asad Shafiq, no run, just outside off stump, pushed to right of point where Yuvraj dives to stop.

13.3

Patel to Asad Shafiq, no run, fuller, just outside off stump, quicker, dug out back to Munaf for a "crowd catch"

13.4

Patel to Asad Shafiq, no run, full in length on the middle stump line, Asad, yet to get going, mistimes the drive to mid-on

13.5

Patel to Asad Shafiq, no run, leg cutter in the zone outside off stump, Asad is beaten again, trying to drive on the up

13.6

Patel to Asad Shafiq, no run, full in length and its driven to mid-on

Pakistan 63/1   MM Patel 5-1-24-0

15.1

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, just outside off stump, pushed to right of point where Yuvraj stops and fires a throw at the non striker's end

15.2

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, lands on a good length outside off and moves away fractionally. Hafeez cuts. Thin air. Dhoni collects.

15.3

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, What was Hafeez thinking? Again, yet again, a lovely 30 -40 and he has combusted. He went for a paddle sweep, yeah a paddle sweep, to a full delivery outside off stump and edged it to Dhoni. Oh dear. Pressure? or over confidence?

Mohammad Hafeez c †Dhoni b Patel 43 (66m 59b 7x4 0x6) SR: 72.88

15.4

Patel to Younis Khan, no run, Munaf pitches on a good length on middle stump, Younis plays towards midwicket. Ten dots in a row for Munaf

15.5

Patel to Younis Khan, no run, good length and very straight, Younis defends on the front foot

15.6

Patel to Younis Khan, 2 runs, driving length outside off and Younis eases it through cover off the front foot

Pakistan 72/2   MM Patel 6-1-26-1

32.1

Patel to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Akmal moves forward and runs a short of a length ball from outside off towards third man

32.2

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah defends from his crease and gets an inside edge on to the pad

32.3

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah stays rooted to his crease and dabs the length ball towards point

32.4

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah gets drawn in to the forward lunge and gets beaten by a slower ball that seams away from him outside off

32.5

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, a fuller ball outside off, Misbah drives off the front foot, Munaf reaches out with his left hand and stops it

32.6

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Munaf ends a terrific over with a length delivery around off stump. Misbah defends on the off side

Pakistan 142/4   MM Patel 7-1-27-1

34.1

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, legcutter, defended carefully towards cover point

34.2

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, this one nips back in off the seam, again Misbah can't get it away. He can barely get it off the square at the moment!

34.3

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, nice and straight from Munaf, good length too, and Misbah taps to midwicket

34.4

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, a touch fuller from Munaf, closer to off stump, and all Misbah can do is tap it back to the bowler

34.5

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Munaf aims for the yorker, but it slips out a very low, dipping full toss outside off. Misbah jams the bat down to get it to third man

34.6

Patel to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, Munaf goes full again, this time he slips towards leg stump however and Razzaq tucks him easily through square leg

Pakistan 146/5   MM Patel 8-1-29-1

36.1

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, is Misbah starting to find the middle of the bat? Full and straight, and he drives stylishly down to long on

36.2

Patel to Abdul Razzaq, 1 wide, Razzaq steps to leg, giving himself room, and swishes wildly outside off ... the ball cuts away to beat him. Taufel's called that wide, but it's a bit harsh

36.2

Patel to Abdul Razzaq, OUT, gone! Bowled! Munaf sends down a slower ball, another legcutter, and Razzaq plays down completely the wrong line to lose his off stump. India surge ahead with that wicket, they've got control now.

Abdul Razzaq b Patel 3 (12m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

36.3

Patel to Shahid Afridi, no run, full on off stump, cutting away and keeping low. Afridi taps to cover and looks for a single - but there is none

36.4

Patel to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, flicked uppishly down to long-on, and he's off the mark. Plenty of bottom hand in the shot

36.5

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah walks into a defensive stroke, dropping the ball towards point

36.6

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this pitch continues to get slower and lower, Misbah was too soon into the drive here but the ball is chipped safely down to long on for one

Pakistan 152/6   MM Patel 9-1-33-2

48.1

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, on a length and straight, Misbah steps to leg and, perhaps undone by the pace of the wicket, can only defend

48.2

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX, six! Slammed down the ground, sailing over the boundary. Fifty for Misbah, but there are just too many runs needed now

48.3

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Munaf hits a length again, and Misbah can only tap it back to the bowler

48.4

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slapped out to deep cover, Misbah is just backing himself to hit boundaries now, again he turns down the single

48.5

Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah clears the front leg and muscles this to wide long-on, but Raina sprints across to save the boundary ... that's just a single.

48.6

Patel to Saeed Ajmal, no run, Ajmal walks across to off and paddles ... but he can't beat short fine leg! If that had been a boundary ...

Pakistan 231/9   MM Patel 10-1-40-2

Match Coverage

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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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