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

Pakistan 4/0   Kamran Akmal 4* (1b 1x4)   Z Khan 0.1-0-4-0

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   Kamran Akmal 8* (6b 2x4)   Z Khan 1-0-8-0

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

Pakistan 19/0   Mohammad Hafeez 7* (6b 1x4)   Z Khan 1.3-0-15-0

3.1

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Supah shot! Caressed away in some style. It was a length delivery outside off stump and HAfeez leaned forward and across to drive it through extra cover. No violence. Pure timing. Treat to watch

Pakistan 24/0   Mohammad Hafeez 12* (8b 2x4)   A Nehra 1.1-0-8-0

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

Pakistan 33/0   Mohammad Hafeez 18* (21b 3x4)   MM Patel 1.3-0-6-0

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   Kamran Akmal 19* (19b 3x4)   MM Patel 2-0-11-0

7.3

Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Risky but well executed. It was slightly short in length around off stump and Hafeez just whips it away in the air but well to the right of mid-on. Wonderfully done in the end.

Pakistan 42/0   Mohammad Hafeez 23* (26b 4x4)   A Nehra 3.3-0-15-0

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.

Pakistan 48/1   Mohammad Hafeez 29* (34b 5x4)   MM Patel 2.1-0-15-0

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   Mohammad Hafeez 33* (39b 6x4)   MM Patel 3-0-19-0

11.2

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

Pakistan 58/1   Mohammad Hafeez 38* (44b 7x4)   MM Patel 3.2-0-23-0

14.2

Harbhajan Singh to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, Smashed! He tried the topspinner but landed it short. And outside off. Asad goes back to crash it through covers.

Pakistan 68/1   Asad Shafiq 7* (12b 1x4)   Harbhajan Singh 2.2-0-11-0

16.1

Harbhajan Singh to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, Shafiq charges and hits Harbhajan hard into the ground, the ball bounces over the bowler, who jumped in vain, and Zaheer doesn't bother diving to his right at mid-off

Pakistan 76/2   Asad Shafiq 12* (14b 2x4)   Harbhajan Singh 3.1-0-17-0

29.1

Yuvraj Singh to Umar Akmal, FOUR, that is a big moment, Akmal releases the pressure by charging and hitting inside out over extra cover, hit placed that superbly

Pakistan 122/4   Umar Akmal 11* (14b 1x4)   Yuvraj Singh 5.1-1-18-2

37.4

Yuvraj Singh to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, thrashed through cover! Immense power in the shot, it was pitched up and Afridi scythed through the line to send the ball screaming to the cover boundary

Pakistan 159/6   Shahid Afridi 5* (3b 1x4)   Yuvraj Singh 8.4-1-44-2

39.2

Yuvraj Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, where has that come from? Misbah reverse sweeps, beating a diving short third man, and picks up his first boundary!

Pakistan 173/6   Misbah-ul-Haq 21* (43b 1x4)   Yuvraj Singh 9.2-1-53-2

42.5

Nehra to Wahab Riaz, FOUR, Riaz finds the boundary! Unorthodox but effective. He backs away to leg, Nehra follows him and he's cramped for room but gets a good connection on a bottom-handed swipe that races to wide long-on

Pakistan 190/7   Wahab Riaz 5* (4b 1x4)   A Nehra 7.5-0-28-0

43.2

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, another reverse sweep from Misbah, and he places it perfectly! He used the extra pace as Harbhajan fired down another quicker one, getting it fine of the man at short third man

Pakistan 197/7   Misbah-ul-Haq 31* (53b 2x4)   Harbhajan Singh 9.2-0-41-2

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

Pakistan 204/8   Misbah-ul-Haq 37* (56b 3x4)   Z Khan 7.1-0-40-1

47.3

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

Pakistan 219/9   Misbah-ul-Haq 44* (63b 4x4)   Z Khan 8.3-0-53-1

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?

Pakistan 223/9   Misbah-ul-Haq 48* (65b 5x4)   Z Khan 8.5-0-57-1

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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