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2nd Semi-Final (D/N), Mohali, March 30, 2011, ICC Cricket World Cup
(49.5/50 ov, T:261) 231

India won by 29 runs

Player Of The Match
85 (115)
Match centre 
Scores: S Balasubramanian
Comms: Liam Brickhill
Scorecard summary
India 260/9(50 overs)
Wahab Riaz5/46 (10)
Saeed Ajmal2/44 (10)
Pakistan 231/10(49.5 overs)
Ashish Nehra2/33 (10)
Munaf Patel2/40 (10)

India win by 29 runs to reach a dream home final in Mumbai, where they will face Sri Lanka to decide the World Cup! Shahid Afridi leads his team out to shake the hands of the victorious Indians, Pakistan can certainly hold their heads up high after their performances in this tournament. After they breezed through the group stages, with one blip against New Zealand, this was always going to be their biggest challenge. There was so much hype around this game, so much pressure on both teams, but there can be only one winner. Today, it was India.

You can't blame Misbah's slow start for Pakistan's failure. He was always there to hold the batting together while other people hit out around him, but there was nothing substantial from the top order. Where Pakistan must really be disappointed is in their fielding. How much of a difference could it have made if they had held all their catches?

"This was almost like a final, whenever India and Pakistan play each other the pressure is always doubled," says Harbhajan, somewhat superfluously.

Shahid Afridi, the losing captain, can still manage a smile which is nice to see. "First of all I'd like to congratulate the Indian cricket team and the Indian nation for this great victory, and wish them all the best fo the final," he says, magnanimously. "Wahab really bowled well today, but we missed some opportunities. They played better than us. We didn't make partnerships, we played some irresponsible shots, and a partnership was crucial. I want to say sorry to my nation. We tried our level best, and we enjoyed ourselves at this tournament."

M S Dhoni looks very pleased. "We got off to a fantastic start through Sehwag and Sachin. As the game progressed the wicket got slower, and in the middle overs it was difficult to score. Shahid bowled really well, and it was important to just play the bowling with respect. 260 was a good score for this pitch. It was turning, we read the wicket wrong and that's why we went with three seamers, but in the end the seamers bowled really well too. We don't have bowlers who can bowl 140 plus, overall we really on what you might call deception - change of length, line and pace. Zaheer did really well, over the years with experience and in IPL and things like that he's become really smart. We've struggled at times in this tournament, but that's the beauty of this game."

Sachin Tendulkar, who's played in every world cup game between India and Pakistan since 1992, is the Man of the Match. "First of all I'd like to thank everyone here for terrific support, without that this wouldn't have been possible, and not to forget the whole team's efforts today. We just had to make sure we got to a decent, fighting total. When we started I was thinking of 310 to 315, whch was par score for me, but the way the ball started stopping and spinning, something closer to 270 was par.

"Going back to Mumbai for this event is going to be a wonderful occasion, we've got to be calm and focussed. This has been memorable, and something I will cherish all through my life."

And there you have it. Through 48 games, the teams in this World Cup have slowly been whittled down, and now only India and Sri Lanka remain. They will meet in the final, in Mumbai, on Saturday. With so much riding on this game, this was India's biggest challenge of the tournament, and the build-up to the final could well feel low-key in comparison! Read all about today's fantastic game in Brydon Coverdale's bulletin. We've also got no less than two galleries for you to enjoy, one detailing the pre-match excitement and one detailing the thrills and spills of the action on the field. That's all from your commentary team today, from Liam Brickhill, Sriram Veera and George Binoy - as well as the rest of the team behind the scenes - it's goodbye, and see you on Saturday.

Khan to Misbah, 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

The Pakistan players look utterly downcast in the dressing room, the dream is over

Khan to Misbah, no run

on a length now, heaved across the line and straight to midwicket

Khan to Misbah, no run

short, pulled and straight to midwicket. The crowd are excited now, they know India are through

Khan to Misbah, no run

full and wide outside off, is that a wide? Swing and a miss from Misbah

Ash: "Misbaha completed 50 and 2000 ODI runs... Hmmm.. Might be he was targetting this"

Khan to Misbah, no run

drilled down the ground, Misbah turns down the single ... so now he's got to hit every ball for six

Zaheer to bowl the final over, and Pakistan need a miracle. India have one foot in the final. Long-on, long-off are back

end of over 497 runs
PAK: 231/9CRR: 4.71 RRR: 30.00
Saeed Ajmal1 (5b)
Misbah-ul-Haq56 (71b 5x4 1x6)
Munaf Patel 10-1-40-2
Zaheer Khan 9-0-58-1
Patel to Ajmal, no run

Ajmal walks across to off and paddles ... but he can't beat short fine leg! If that had been a boundary ...

Patel to Misbah, 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.

Patel to Misbah, no run

slapped out to deep cover, Misbah is just backing himself to hit boundaries now, again he turns down the single

Patel to Misbah, no run

Munaf hits a length again, and Misbah can only tap it back to the bowler

Patel to Misbah, SIX runs

six! Slammed down the ground, sailing over the boundary. Fifty for Misbah, but there are just too many runs needed now

Patel to Misbah, no run

on a length and straight, Misbah steps to leg and, perhaps undone by the pace of the wicket, can only defend

37 off 12, surely not? Munaf to bowl

end of over 4814 runs
PAK: 224/9CRR: 4.66 RRR: 18.50
Misbah-ul-Haq49 (66b 5x4)
Saeed Ajmal1 (4b)
Zaheer Khan 9-0-58-1
Ashish Nehra 10-0-33-2
Khan to Misbah, 1 run

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

"If there is anyone out there, who is still wondering why India and Sri Lanka played each other so many times in the last 2 years, they have their answers now. It was all practice for the BIG GAME on April 2, 2011 :)" Finally Shrikanth has unravelled the mystery.

Khan to Misbah, FOUR runs

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

Khan to Misbah, no run

length delivery, slapped out to the man who's just been placed at deep cover. He turns the single down

Deep cover goes out now

Khan to Misbah, FOUR runs

full toss outside off, and Misbah puts it away through cover. Too late?

Khan to Misbah, 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

Khan to Misbah, 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

Khan to Misbah, 5 wide

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

end of over 472 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 210/9CRR: 4.46 RRR: 17.00
Saeed Ajmal1 (4b)
Misbah-ul-Haq40 (60b 3x4)
Ashish Nehra 10-0-33-2
Zaheer Khan 8-0-44-1

The end of Nehra's contribution with the ball, good effort from him

Nehra to Ajmal, no run

high full toss outside off, Ajmal runs it down to third man but Misbah says no to the single - he's got to keep the strike if Pakistan's slim hopes are to be kept alive

Nehra to Misbah, 1 run

Misbah opens his stance and pushes to mid-on, rushing across for a single

Best performances - batters
SR Tendulkar
SR Tendulkar INDIA
85 runs (115)
11 fours0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
27 runs
4 fours0 six
Misbah-ul-Haq PAK
56 runs (76)
5 fours1 six
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
14 runs
1 four1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz PAK
A Nehra
Match details
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
TossIndia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Sachin Tendulkar
Series resultIndia advanced
Match numberODI no. 3147
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days30 March 2011 - daynight (50-over match)
Ian Gould
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
New Zealand
Billy Bowden
Reserve Umpire
Rod Tucker
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Ranjan Madugalle
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