India enters in the final of the world cup by defeating Pakistan by 29 runs. India defeated thePakistan team playing at Punjab Association Stadium, Mohali on Wednesday, 30 March. This match was the semi-final of the world cup 2011.
The boss of toss Mahender Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. The Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar both gave a solid start to Indian batting. Especially Sehwag in his aggressive style made 38 runs in just 25 balls by hitting nine boundaries in his short inning. He was taken by Wahab Riaz.
The one down comer Gautam Gambhir (27 runs on 32 balls with 2 fours) and Tendulkar played very well and added 68 runs for the partnership of 2nd wicket. Gambhir was then stumped by Kamran Akmal on the ball of Mohammad Hafeez. However, both Kohli and Yuvraj proved unlucky. Just on the first ball of his inning, Wahab Riaz took Yuvi’s wicket.
Man of the Match, Tendulkar, played a brilliant inning in the match. However, in the first time of his career, luck was with him and he got 5 lives in the inning. His 3 catches were dropped by Pakistani players. Sachin lost his wicket when he directly hit the ball and the ball went in the hands of Pakistani Captain Afridi who took a brilliant catch. Saeed Ajmal took the precious wicket of Sachin when he was on 85 runs (115 balls, 11 fours).
At last, India scored a total of 260/9 in 50 overs with the RR of 5.20. On the other hand, Pakistani team was dismissed for 231 runs for chasing the victory of 261. And in this way, India won this historical match by 29 runs.
Match Summary and Highlights
India won by 29 runs
Man of the Match – Sachin Tendulkar
Indian inning – 260/9 (50 overs)
Highest scorer – Sachin Tendulkar (85 runs)
Best Bowling – Ashish Nehra who took 2 wickets (10-0-33-2)
Five bowlers by Indian side were used in this match. Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh. They all took 2-2 wickets.
Pakistan Inning – 231/10 (49.5 overs)
Highest Scorer – Misbah-ul-Haq (56 Runs)
Best Bowling – Wahab Riaz 5 Wickets ( 10-0-46-5)