The game between India and Pakistan certainly leaved up to the hype created by audience and media as it goes right till the end until India maintained there unbeaten record in the world cup against Pakistan. Now they have five out of five against Pakistan in the World Cup.
India who posted a challenging total of 261 runs for victory for Pakistan bowled and fielded superbly to beat Pakistan by 29 runs and get through to the Final of ICC World Cup 2011.
Indian bowlers bowled exceptionally well after posting a not so much on the board which was beyond the reach of Pakistanis batsmen but they bowled exceptionally well specially Ashish Nehra and Munaf Patel, the two bowlers who struggled to get their line and length right throughout the tournament.
Misbah-Ul-Haq was the lone fighter for Pakistan but he consumed too many deliveries to put pressure on the other batsmen to follow and that was the really turning point of the game. He was the last wicket to fall for Pakistan in the 50th over of an inning.
Indian fielding as compared to Pakistanis was also brilliant and they fielded really well and outclassed the Pakistanis in that department. Pakistan who dropped as many as four easy chances offered by Sachin Tendulkar earlier which ultimately cost them the game.
Indian bowling was also good. The Indians didn't give away an extra until the 37th over of the innings, and the way they put together strings of dot balls and tight overs was key to their success. Munaf Patel picked up two victims and Yuvraj Singh made up for his golden duck with a pair of wickets, but the most important breakthrough came when Harbhajan Singh bowled Umar Akmal for 29.
Akmal had struck a pair of sixes off Yuvraj, driving him over the sight screen and pulling him over midwicket, and anything was possible while he was at the crease. But Dhoni called on Harbhajan to replace Yuvraj, and with the first ball of his spell he came around the wicket and pushed one across Akmal, taking the off stump when the batsman played for the spin.
Pakistan Captain Shahid Afridi also got out in trying to hit Harbhajan full toss out of the park but in the end manage to sky the ball high in the air to the short cover and that was the end of Pakistan hope to get into the Final.
Earlier Indian Captain M.S.Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first on beautiful batting wicket. Virendra Sehwag (38 runs off 25 balls) gave India a flying start after hitting inform Umar Gul for five fours in an over.
However three quick wickets in the middle overs put Pakistanis right back into the game. But the hero of last game Suresh Raina (36* off 39 balls) played a sensible knock to guide India to a competitive total which was more than enough for the Indians in the end.
Sachin Tendulkar was the highest scorer for the Indians with 85 runs off 115 balls but in this inning he got as many as four straight forward chances put down by Pakistanis fielders.
Now India will Play Sri Lanka in the Final of ICC World Cup 2011 on April 2nd in Mumbai.
Sachin Tendulkar was declared Player of the Match for his brilliant effort with bat. He scored 85 runs off 115 balls.
Match Summary (India Won by 29 Runss)
India Inning– 260/9 in 50 Overs
S.Tendulkar- 85 V.Sehwag – 38
W.Riaz– 10-0-46-5 S.Ajmal- 10-0-44-2
Pakistan Inning– 231/10 in 49.5 Overs
Misbah-Ul-Haq- 56 M.Hafeez–43
A.Nehra– 10-0-33-2 M.Patel- 10-1-40-2