India beat Pakistan by 29 Runs enter to Final

India beat Pakistan by 29 Runs enter to Final

Tags: World Cup 2011, 2nd Semi Final - India v Pakistan at Mohali - Mar 30, 2011, India, Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Toss

Published on: Mar 30, 2011

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In the 2nd Semifinals of Cricket World Cup 2011 being played between India and Pakistan at Mohali. India won the toss and elected to bat first.

India kept their unbeaten World Cup record against Pakistan intact as they beat the arch rivals by 29 runs in the second semifinal here on Wednesday.

Harbhajan Singh gave India the much-needed wicket of Umar Akmal when he ended the youngster's 29-run cameo by bowling him off the first ball after the drinks break in the second semifinal of the World Cup here on Saturday.

MS Dhoni's tactic to chop and change his bowlers worked to India's advantage when the left-arme struck a double blow to first castle Asad Shafiq and then invited a mistimed drive from Younis Khan to put India on top in the second semifinal of the World Cup here on Saturday.

Some tight overs by Indian bowlers led to the wicket of Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez who played a loose shot to give Munaf Patel his first wicket of the innings in the second semifinal of the World Cup here on Saturday.

Pakistan openers got their team off to a comfortable start of 44 runs but Zaheer Khan struck just just when India needed him to, when he removed Kamran Akmal in the second semifinal of the World Cup here on Saturday.

Earlier, Pakistan openers Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez looked in no trouble whatsoever as MS Dhoni chose to open the bowling with Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra to defend a competitive 260.

Wahab Riaz returned for his final spell of the innings and struck right away to take his fourth and the Indian innings' sixth wicket to put his team on top in the World Cup semifinal here on Wednesday.

Sachin Tendulkar's perhaps most charmed innings in one-day internationals was ended by Saeed Ajmal who had the Indian maestro caught in the covers to give Pakistan an upper hand as the Inidian innings entered the last 10 overs in the World Cup semifinal here on Wednesday.

Wahab Riaz broke the back of Indian middle order when he sent back Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh off successive deliveries to bring Pakistan right back in the World Cup semifinal here on Wednesday.

Earlier, Sehwag got India off to a rampant start against Pakistan as he hit Umar Gul for five boundaries in the pacer's second over and also brought up his 1000 runs against Pakistan.

Sachin Tendulkar survived two close calls off consecutive Saeed Ajmal deliveries as the DRS and third-umpire came to India's rescue to give Tendulkar not out on lbw and stumping appeals respectively here in the World Cup semifinal on Wednesday.

Earlier, Sehwag got India off to a rampant start against Pakistan as he hit Umar Gul for five boundaries in the pacer's second over and also brought up his 1000 runs against Pakistan.

But Shahid Afridi's decision to bring on left-armer Wahab Riaz into the attack brought immediate result as the quickie took out a dangerous Sehwag after the Indian opener had made a brisk 38 runs of 25 balls.

Sehwag immediately called for a review of Simon Taufel's decision, but it remained unsuccessful.

On the other end, Sachin looked pretty assured and took India to 73/1 in 10 overs, after which two deliveries stopped India's heart.

Earlier, the most awaited match of the 2011 World Cup got underway here in the northern Indian city of Mohali with a loud cheer receving the two captains for the toss that MS Dhoni won and decided to bat.

India has dropped Ashwin and pacer, Ashish Nehra is back in team. Pakistan has no changes in the team.
Afridi said that this is his biggest game as captain and Pakistan are playing an unchanged team, which means they might have seen the last of Shoiab Akhtar.
Dhoni said after the change in team that it was because he wanted to have more options to work with.
In the World Cup games, both India and Pakistan has met 4 times and India has won all the four matches.
In Mohali, both met each other 2 times and Pakistan won both the times. Both played 115 matches, out of which Pakistan has won 69 matches while India has won 46 matches.
India Playing XI: V Sehwag, S Tendulkar, V Kohli, S Raina, G Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, A Nehra, M Patel.
Pakistan Playing XI: Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul.

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