ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd semi final

India v Pakistan

India won by 29 runs

0.1

Khan to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, Cracking start from Kamran. He loves to square drive. He leaned forward to a length delivery angling away from him and drove it through cover point

0.2

Khan to Kamran Akmal, no run, drives this one back down the track but Zaheer intercepts with his right hand.

0.3

Khan to Kamran Akmal, no run, fuller, on the middle and leg line, Kamran falls over a touch on that front foot and stabs it away to the leg side.

0.4

Khan to Kamran Akmal, no run, That one kept low. It was in the zone outside off stump and Kamran crouches and tries to push it away but gets no contact

0.5

Khan to Kamran Akmal, no run, on the middle stump line and Kamran drives it neatly to mid-off. He is looking to be very positive here.

0.6

Khan to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, Top shot! Crunchy! It was a length delivery on the middle stump line and Kamran drove it on the up and through the line, right past the umpire. Fab hit.

Pakistan 8/0   Z Khan 1-0-8-0

2.1

Khan to Kamran Akmal, 3 runs, Loverly drive through covers. Kamran is in some mood. He leaned well forward - Zaheer was bowling from round the stumps- and caressed it through extra cover.

2.2

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, stays round the stumps for Hafeez as well. Full and just outside off stump, Hafeez square drives towards point.

2.3

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Ah! nice! It was not a bad delivery at all. It came in towards the middle, Hafeez ensures his front leg doesn't come in the way, stays back, opens up a bit, and clips this through midwicket

2.4

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, Close run. It was pushed towards Sachin at mid-off and they rushed across but Sachin doesn't pick the ball. The batsman would have made it in time, even if he had I guess

2.5

Khan to Kamran Akmal, no run, stays back to punch this sweetly but its intercepted at point

2.6

Khan to Kamran Akmal, no run, leans well forward to drive to the off side, the short cover fielder lunges to make a half stop. The ball rolls to mid-off. Kamran had started for the run and had to get back. Tendulkar with the throw and Kamran gets back in time

Pakistan 20/0   Z Khan 2-0-16-0

8.1

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Hafeez shifts his weight back and plays a nice punchy shot to left of point where Virat makes a lunging stop

8.2

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, it was the slower one just outside off stump, Hafeez sees the slightly short of length and goes for the pull shot. But ends up edging it to his body

8.3

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Another inside edge. This one was another slower one and well outside off, Hafeez went hard into the back-foot drive and edged it behind the stumps

8.4

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, The third slower one in a row; Hafeez pushes it to short cover

8.5

Khan to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, a length delivery, seam-up, this time on the middle, calmly tapped to right of mid-on

8.6

Khan to Kamran Akmal, OUT, Done in by the slower one. And also done by his own favourite square drive. It was full and outside off stump, Kamran couldn't resist the temptation and reached out for his square drive. But he ended up slicing it straight to point.

Kamran Akmal c Yuvraj Singh b Khan 19 (40m 21b 3x4 0x6) SR: 90.47

Pakistan 44/1   Z Khan 3-0-17-1

20.1

Khan to Younis Khan, no run, length ball slanting across the right-hander from over the wicket, Younis dabs towards point and wants one, Shafiq sends him back

20.2

Khan to Younis Khan, 1 run, fuller length and Younis drives towards wide mid off where Yuvraj moves to his left and tumbles, he manages to stop the ball

20.3

Khan to Asad Shafiq, 2 runs, full ball on the pads, clipped crisply off the pads through square leg, Munaf runs rather well from long leg and picks up

20.4

Khan to Asad Shafiq, no run, good length ball angling into the right-hander from round the wicket, played off the pads towards midwicket

20.5

Khan to Asad Shafiq, no run, Shafiq prods outside off at one that pitches and holds its line outside off, he gets beaten

20.6

Khan to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, that would have been a risky single had Yuvraj picked up at mid-off, but he didn't. Shafiq punched that nicely off the front foot and decided he could take Yuvraj

Pakistan 93/2   Z Khan 4-0-21-1

22.1

Khan to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, Zaheer angles the ball into the right-hander, Shafiq moves forward and opens the face to steer towards third man

22.2

Khan to Younis Khan, no run, Zaheer appeals for lbw but Taufel says not out, that surely pitched outside leg and thudded into the pad after Younis missed the shot across the line

22.3

Khan to Younis Khan, 1 run, another fumble in the field - Chawla at square leg - after Younis flicks the ball off his hips

22.4

Khan to Asad Shafiq, 2 runs, width outside off stump and Shafiq cuts towards deep point where Harbhajan runs to his left and picks up with one hand

22.5

Khan to Asad Shafiq, 2 runs, too full on the pads, Pakistan reach 100, Shafiq played a crisp flick towards deep square leg where Munaf fields

22.6

Khan to Asad Shafiq, no run, played with an open face towards point

Pakistan 100/2   Z Khan 5-0-27-1

38.1

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, good start, he rushes in and hits a good length on off stump, beating the outside edge as Misbah tries to slash to third man

38.2

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, straighter this time, on a length and Misbah defends with minimal foot movement

38.3

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, fuller, driven down to long-off

38.4

Khan to Shahid Afridi, 1 wide, Zaheer is going to attack Afridi's stumps here. This one is slightly off line, but the intent is there

38.4

Khan to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, slammed down the ground, but the fielder on the boundary sprints round to cut it off

38.5

Khan to Shahid Afridi, no run, slower ball, the cutter, and it's chopped to cover point with little timing

38.6

Khan to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, another slower ball, this time Afridi finds a gap on the off side for a single

Pakistan 168/6   Z Khan 6-0-32-1

40.1

Khan to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, inswinging yorker! Well, not quite, a touch too full, and is whipped behind square on the leg side. Definite movement through the air though, back in to the right-hander

40.2

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, short on middle and off, Misbah steps back and pulls, turning his wrists on the shot to keep it down

40.3

Khan to Shahid Afridi, no run, again Nehra does the job in the field! Afridi slams a length delivery to mid-on, Nehra has a split second to move to his left and does so, stopping it. The ball is following him around!

40.4

Khan to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, low full toss, Afridi chips it up and over midwicket, and it falls safely in front of the fielder out there

40.5

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, very full, and straight too. Misbah drives straight back to the bowler

40.6

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this looked slower through the air, dipping on the batsman at the last moment. Misbah nudges through square leg for a single

Pakistan 181/6   Z Khan 7-0-36-1

45.1

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, ha! He's not listening to me. Zaheer sends down a leg-stump half-volley and Misbah clips him neatly to the square leg boundary

45.2

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slower ball, on a length and outside off. Misbah taps it towards point and they scramble through for one

45.3

Khan to Umar Gul, 1 run, Gul guides down to third man to get off the mark

45.4

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full and fast outside off, driven with very little timing at all ... but that gives them the chance to sprint through for another

45.5

Khan to Umar Gul, 1 run, Gul gets too far underneath a low full toss, chipping it in the air to midwicket ... but it falls safely in no-man's land

45.6

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, whipped powerfully off the pads, but straight to Raina at midwicket ... Misbah wanted one all the same, but Gul sent him back. Raina's throw is just wide, and would've caught him short!

Pakistan 208/8   Z Khan 8-0-44-1

47.1

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 5 wides, well, Zaheer's completely lost the radar here. Misbah backed away to leg and Zaheer tried to follow him but he went too far, the ball shooting well down the leg side and beating a diving Dhoni

47.1

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full and straight, Misbah steps away and slams it straight to mid-off. He's got to hit the ball in the air, there aren't many gaps along the ground

47.2

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, that could've been it! Misbah steps away, Zaheer follows him with a length delivery and he still goes for the cut, chopping it down just past his stumps

47.3

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, full toss outside off, and Misbah puts it away through cover. Too late?

47.4

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length delivery, slapped out to the man who's just been placed at deep cover. He turns the single down

47.5

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, slower ball from Zaheer, Misbah picks it and lifts it sweetly over mid-on, four more! Is there still a chance here?

47.6

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tip-and-run from Misbah, he pushes to mid-off and they charge through ... he's home, just!

Pakistan 224/9   Z Khan 9-0-58-1

49.1

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, drilled down the ground, Misbah turns down the single ... so now he's got to hit every ball for six

49.2

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full and wide outside off, is that a wide? Swing and a miss from Misbah

49.3

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short, pulled and straight to midwicket. The crowd are excited now, they know India are through

49.4

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, on a length now, heaved across the line and straight to midwicket

49.5

Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, there's the game! Misbah swings, the ball goes miles up in the air and lands safely in Kohli's hands at long-on

Misbah-ul-Haq c Kohli b Khan 56 (134m 76b 5x4 1x6) SR: 73.68

Pakistan 231/10   Z Khan 9.5-0-58-2

Match Coverage

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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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