Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    8.6 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. 44/1
    15.3 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? 70/2
    23.5 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 103/3
    25.4 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 ... 106/4
    49.5 there's the game! Misbah swings, the ball goes miles up in the air and lands safely in Kohli's hands at long-on 231/10
    33.1 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 142/5
    36.2 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. 150/6
    41.5 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 184/7
    44.5 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 199/8
    46.1 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 208/9
    not out
    8 (w 8)
    231 all out (49.5 Overs, RR: 4.63)
    Fall of wickets: 1-44 (Kamran Akmal, 8.6 ov), 2-70 (Mohammad Hafeez, 15.3 ov), 3-103 (Asad Shafiq, 23.5 ov), 4-106 (Younis Khan, 25.4 ov), 5-142 (Umar Akmal, 33.1 ov), 6-150 (Abdul Razzaq, 36.2 ov), 7-184 (Shahid Afridi, 41.5 ov), 8-199 (Wahab Riaz, 44.5 ov), 9-208 (Umar Gul, 46.1 ov), 10-231 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 49.5 ov)
    Z Khan9.505825.89316020
    A Nehra10.003323.30393010
    MM Patel10.014024.00435110
    Harbhajan Singh10.004324.30283000
    Yuvraj Singh10.015725.70273200

Match Notes

  • India 5, Pakistan 0

    Seventeen years. Four World Cups. Somehow, India and Pakistan had managed to avoid each other. When they finally came to face to face, it didn't take long for the emotions to surge

  • Is this really patriotism?

    Looking at the hype and hysteria that surrounds every India-Pakistan encounter, one wonders whether India has really evolved as a responsible nation

  • Only a match in Mohali

    Twenty-two cricketers will subject their skills and temperament to the toughest of tests; equally, fans in both countries will be on trial

  • India's batting might versus Pakistan's bowling variety

    In a game that pits a powerful Indian batting line-up against a highly potent Pakistan bowling attack, it could be the pressure of the occasion that ultimately decides the outcome