ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 2nd semi final

India v Pakistan

India won by 29 runs

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   Mohammad Hafeez 25* (33b 4x4)   Z Khan 3-0-17-1

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

Pakistan 70/2   Asad Shafiq 8* (13b 1x4)   MM Patel 5.3-1-24-1

23.5

Yuvraj Singh to Asad Shafiq, OUT, whoops! Shafiq's gone. Too straight and a touch too full to cut, Shafiq went back and tried to, he missed and the ball skidded straight past him and hit middle stump, the Indians get into a huddle. He was cramped for room and short of time to play that shot

Asad Shafiq b Yuvraj Singh 30 (61m 39b 2x4 0x6) SR: 76.92

Pakistan 103/3   Younis Khan 11* (24b)   Yuvraj Singh 2.5-0-9-1

25.4

Yuvraj Singh to Younis Khan, OUT, caught at cover! A slow ball on a good length outside off, inviting Younis forward and into the drive. He takes the bait and spoons the ball towards Raina who leaps and takes the catch at head height. India are back in this ...

Younis Khan c Raina b Yuvraj Singh 13 (44m 32b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.62

Pakistan 106/4   Misbah-ul-Haq 1* (3b)   Yuvraj Singh 3.4-0-9-2

33.1

Harbhajan Singh to Umar Akmal, OUT, bowled 'im! Bhajji strikes straight away, it wasn't the doosra - more of an arm ball - but Umar played it horribly, neither forward nor back and swishing hopefully through the line of the ball. It nipped past the bat and clattered into the off stump

Umar Akmal b Harbhajan Singh 29 (35m 24b 1x4 2x6) SR: 120.83

Pakistan 142/5   Misbah-ul-Haq 8* (24b)   Harbhajan Singh 7.1-0-31-1

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

Pakistan 150/6   Misbah-ul-Haq 12* (34b)   MM Patel 8.2-1-31-2

41.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shahid Afridi, OUT, gone! Harbhajan sends down a high full toss, Afridi attempts to smash it baseball-style down the ground but the ball takes the top edge and swirls up for cover to take an easy catch. The captain departs, he had to go for his shots but couldn't execute that one too well. This is India's game now

Shahid Afridi c Sehwag b Harbhajan Singh 19 (25m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 111.76

Pakistan 184/7   Misbah-ul-Haq 26* (50b 1x4)   Harbhajan Singh 8.5-0-36-2

44.5

Nehra to Wahab Riaz, OUT, there's another one! Full and straight, Riaz swings mightily across the line but all he can do is send the ball straight up in the air, an easy catch for Tendulkar at cover. India are just two wickets away from a World Cup final. Pakistan are still alive, but only just. The pressure really told on Riaz there, all those dot balls made him feel as though he absolutely had to hit the boundary

Wahab Riaz c Tendulkar b Nehra 8 (16m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Pakistan 199/8   Misbah-ul-Haq 32* (54b 2x4)   A Nehra 8.5-0-30-1

46.1

Nehra to Umar Gul, OUT, gone! Full, swinging, and Gul is struck flush on the foot as he swipes across the line. He asks for a review but to no avail, that's stone dead. Gul's unhappy day comes to an end. India are just one wicket away from a dream final

Umar Gul lbw b Nehra 2 (9m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Pakistan 208/9   Misbah-ul-Haq 39* (59b 3x4)   A Nehra 9.1-0-31-2

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   Saeed Ajmal 1* (5b)   Z Khan 9.5-0-58-2

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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